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During BrainShare 2014 Salt Lake City (Nov 2-5), ENGL's Steve Thompson, Shaun Pond, and Heath Upton (me!) can found at our booth in the exhibition hall. We're also presenting two technical sessions so make sure you add them to your session planner.

TUT7835 - Windows deployment, any time, any place, anywhere, any hardware

Steve Thompson, ENGL
Heath Upton , ENGL


Have you been given the soul destroying job of deploying Windows with new hardware, in a new department, to a new building, or even in a different country? Don't resign! Join us and learn how to fully automate your Windows deployment by using ENGL Imaging Toolkit with Novell ZENworks Configuration Management 11. Whether you are deploying Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, ENGL Imaging Toolkit helps you streamline and automate the entire process. We will demonstrate identity driven imaging, fully automated Windows deployment, industry-leading driver management, and deployment monitoring. Plus you'll see a customizable and flexible deployment process that can be tailored to your requirements.



TUT8583 - ENGL Imaging Toolkit Best Practices and Troubleshooting

Shaun Pond, ENGL
Steve Thompson, ENGL


ENGL Imaging Toolkit is the leading Windows deployment solution for ZENworks Configuration Management. During this session we will review real world deployment challenges such as multi-site configuration, disconnected imaging and role-based application delivery and the best practice approach for solving them. We will also dive into common support issues and methods for troubleshooting and even resolving them!

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ENGL Imaging Toolkit 9 is now available to download!
Imaging Toolkit product page

  • Windows 8.1 / Server 2012 R2 deployment support
  • ZENworks 11 Configuration Management SP3 (with Windows 8.1 update / FRU1) support
  • System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager support
  • UEFI 64-bit imaging support
  • Search and download latest drivers for multiple machines

 

ENGL Deployment Monitor 1.0.1 is now available to download!
Deployment Monitor page

  • Imaging Toolkit 9.0 support
  • SQL Server 2014 Express support
  • SQL default and named instance support

 

Remember there's still time to sign up for today's Imaging Toolkit 9 What's New webinar.
Events page

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Imaging Toolkit 9 is coming soon! This is the first in a short series of preview blogs.

One of our key objectives for Imaging Toolkit 9 was to add deployment support for UEFI hardware using a single base image. In true ENGL style we also wanted to make the deployment process easy and seamless so that you don't need to know whether the machine being deployed is a UEFI machine or a BIOS machine.

You can deploy 64bit versions of Windows 7 SP1, 8, 8.1 and Server 2012, 2012 R2 to UEFI hardware using the same base OS image you would deploy to BIOS hardware. So as per normal ENGL best practice, you only have to update and maintain one base image for each version of Windows in the same way you do today.

The pre-requisites for UEFI deployment are:

  • ZCM 11.3.0 or later
  • SCCM 2012 R2

Deployment is supported using both ZENworks Linux/ZMG and ENGL WinPE/WIM based imaging and the Imaging Toolkit deployment process will automatically configure the GPT partition layout to support Windows running on UEFI hardware.

When using ZENworks Linux/ZMG based imaging a new option to create a UEFI boot image is available in the Build Console Deployment Wizard.

This only needs to be done once per version of Windows you are deploying, and once created will be automatically restored to UEFI hardware as part of the deployment process.

Note: ENGL WinPE/WIM based imaging does not require the UEFI boot image because we can create and configure the boot partition directly from WinPE.

In addition to supporting UEFI deployment we also had a requirement for the base image creation process to be supported on both UEFI and BIOS hardware. When you run the Build Console Deployment Wizard and select Base image preparation there is a new option to Install on UEFI hardware for the Windows unattended installation process:

Note: A base image created on BIOS hardware can be deployed to both BIOS and UEFI machines. A base image created on UEFI hardware can only be deployed to UEFI machines.

The final piece of the UEFI support was to enable creation of UEFI capable USB or DVD boot media using Ziminst. Many of our customers are using USB memory or disk devices for deployment where PXE boot is not available or network bandwidth is limited. We have updated Ziminst in Imaging Toolkit 9 so that the USB or DVD media created has both UEFI and BIOS hardware support built in. We can therefore deploy any machine from USB or DVD media without having to know whether the machine is UEFI or BIOS and without requiring different boot media for each hardware type.

For more information on Imaging Toolkit 9 please follow us on social media or keep an eye on the Imaging Toolkit product page.

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Imaging Toolkit 9 is coming soon! This is the second (and possibly last) in a short series of preview blogs.

Imaging Toolkit 9 adds support for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 for both the administration machine and deployment. Imaging Toolkit 9 will also support the "with Update" media for both of these operating systems, once imported the media will appear in the File Library:


Imaging Toolkit 9 requires Windows ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit) 8.1. If you already have Imaging Toolkit 8.0 then you will have Windows ADK 8.0 installed, before you upgrade to Imaging Toolkit 9 you need to un-install ADK 8.0 and then install ADK 8.1, there's no upgrade process available unfortunately.

Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 deployment is supported with:

  • ZENworks 11 Configuration Management SP3 with the Windows 8.1 update or FRU1
  • System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager


The majority of changes required to support Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 are hidden "behind the scenes" so you won't notice any other changes within Build Console or during the deployment process. Windows 8.1 will deploy just like any other OS you have a project for, and in true ENGL style we want to make the process easy. Once the Windows 8.1 media has been imported into the File Library, take an existing Windows 7 SP1 project, save a new copy of that project and change the Windows Version to Windows 8.1. The project validation process will check that the correct Desktop Management Solution version is in place and warn you of any changes required to the project. Create your new Windows 8.1 base image and project images and you're ready to begin deployment.

For more information on Imaging Toolkit 9 please follow us on social media or keep an eye on the Imaging Toolkit product page.

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As many of you will know there have been a series of patches released for ZENworks 11 Configuration Management SP3 (ZCM 11.3.0) and subsequently a large amount of confusion, not least for us! In order for us to figure out what our customers need we had to sit down and draw a picture, so I thought it would be good to share.

The key points from an ENGL perspective are:

  • You need to apply the ZCM 11.3.0 Patch 866736 patch for Imaging Toolkit 8.0.2 support.
  • Windows 8.1 will be supported with Imaging Toolkit 9.0 and you need to apply the ZCM 11.3.0 WIN 8.1 Patch 866736 patch.
  • The "a" releases are the result of adding the 841566 patches to either ZCM 11.3.0 or "ZCM 11.3 - Windows 8.1 Update"

We hope the the release of "FTF Rollup Update" i.e. FRU1 will simplify the situation for everyone an get us back to a common baseline.

If you have any queries regarding ZCM 11.3 support with Imaging Toolkit please contact our support team.