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I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of ENGL Driver Manager 4.0.1.

This release includes some major functionality which customers have been requesting. Highlights of this release are System Center 2012 R2 support, driver searching /deployment for Windows 8.1 / Server 2012 R2, ability to search and download drivers for multiple machine models, and example WMI Task Sequence query is now shown for each machine model.

For further information visit the Driver Manager home page.

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I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of ENGL Wireless Manager 4.0.1.

This release provides System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows 8.1 support.

For further information visit the Wireless Manager home page.

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ENGL Imaging Toolkit 8.0.2 is now available to download!

This release includes:

  • ZCM 11.3 experimental support
  • Build Console UI improvements
  • Stability fixes

For a complete list of changes view the Imaging Toolkit 8.0.2 Release History.

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I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of ENGL Deployment Monitor 1.0.

Designed for Imaging Toolkit 8.0.2 (and 8.0.1), Deployment Monitor tracks Windows deployment progress from imaging through all build phases and can be viewed from a web browser.

The Deployment Monitor server can be installed on a Windows desktop or server running IIS 7.0 or above and SQL Server 2012 Express.

For evaluations and licensing please visit the Deployment Monitor home page.

 

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We have had some driver issue reports recently where devices are not listed in the hardware scan file but then show up on a machine once it has been built.

An example of this is the Media Card Reader Driver on a Lenovo T430 (23493A4).

When running Zdrivers or DMScanner against this machine the Hardware ID for this device is not always presented by Windows and so does not appear in the scan XML file.

The following scenarios detail the behaviour we have found:

  1. The hardware ID is listed if the driver is NOT installed.
  2. The hardware ID is listed if the driver IS installed AND media is in the card reader.
  3. The hardware ID is NOT listed if the driver IS installed and media is NOT in the card reader

As a result the hardware scan file for scenarios 1 and 2 give us a driver pack with the Media Card Reader Driver listed.
Scenario 3 results in a driver pack that does not include the Media Card Reader Driver.

If a driver pack is created and deployed from the hardware information gathered in scenario 3 then post-build the machine will list a unknown "Base System Device" in Windows Device Manager. This device will disappear once the appropriate Media Card Reader Driver is installed.

Recommendation

If you see an issue like this ensure that there is media in the Card Reader prior to running Zdrivers or DMScanner. In the meantime you can add a manual driver to your driver packs for the card reader.