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How to Remotely Connect to a PXE Client Using pcAnywhere and Deployment Solution 6.9

Created: 29 Jul 2010 • Updated: 03 May 2012 | 8 comments
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These step-by-step instructions assume that you have installed pcAnywhere 12.5 on your Deployment Server and followed HOWTO9707   

Part 1: Creating the Thin Host client

1. Open pcAnywhere console go to "Advanced View" and select "pcAnywhere Tools"

2. Double click on "Thin Host Configuration Wizard"

3. Click "Next"

4. Select "Windows"

5. Leave Host name blank , select pcAnywhere as Authentication type and pcAnywhere encoding as Encryption level

6. Type a User name and password

7. Click "Save to Disk"

8. Create a folder, give a name to the executable i.e. "thinclient.exe" and click "Save"

9. Go to the folder where you saved the executable, double click "thinclient.exe" to extract the thinhost files in the same folder.

Part 2: Integrating the Thin Host client to the PXE WinPE automation

1. From the Deployment Console open the PXE Configuration utility

2. Select the WinPE automation you want to modify from the Boot Menu Option and click Edit

3. Click Edit Boot Image

4. Right-click "WinPE 2.x additional files" and select Add> File  (Browse to the folder where you extracted the Thinhost files in point I. part 1 select every file but thinclient.exe) N.B. If you wish to add multilingual support select Add > Folder and select the "locale" folder.

5. Select startup.bat and type start THost.exe

6. Click Next and Next again to recompile your WinPE, then click Finish.

7. Click OK and Save

Part: 3 Remote connection to the PXE client

1. PXE boot your client machine, when the machine becomes active in the console, Right click select Remote Control and pcAnywhereQuickconnect.

2. Type the ip address of the target machine

3. Type the username and password you created when building the thinhost in point 6 part 1

4. Here is what you should see when connected to the WinPE

5. Here is a screenshot during a cloning task with Ghost:

It will help System Administrator / customer to view the activity on remote machine. Also it will solve the problem of taking snapshot of the errors, gather log files and troubleshooting the problem remotely.

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md investigate's picture

Works like a charm with DS 7.1 too. Thanks for great HowTo!

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Nitin's picture


This could be one of the use case which I mentioned in my article

Thanks and regards,


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Pascal KOTTE's picture

I think we should be able to integrate also PCA for those using Altiris CMS6, for getting the windows 7 support... I must investigate this point.

~Pascal @ Do you speak French? Et utilisez Altiris: venez nous rejoindre sur le GUASF

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spastor's picture

Hi all, great article.

Just one question: how do you know IP address of a client connecting through WinPE. It doesn't show up in the console :-(

Thank you


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Nitin's picture


You can easily get it from the NS console inventory. It shows client details like computer name, os version, network settings, etc.

If it is a bare metal machine, then you can search for subnet via pcAnywhere stand-alone console ( box product) and identify machine.


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arjain's picture

If a create a thin client from machine A and integrate in Win pe (machine B), can i remote control the machine B from machine C which have pcAnywhere installed.

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