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To coincide with the soon to be released ENGL Imaging Toolkit 8.0 which includes support for both System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and ZENworks 11 Configuration Management, ENGL is pleased to announce an optional Retro Imaging Pack.

The Retro Imaging Pack supports the import and deployment of Sinclair ZX Spectrum BASIC, Amiga Kickstart and Commodore BASIC. Based on demand from older customers who refuse to clear out their attics of old retro gaming machines will be delighted to purchase this expansion pack.



ENGL is working hard to support customers wishing to allow employees to bring in their own hardware. With the Retro Imaging Pack, corporate customers can now manage ZX Spectrum, Amiga and Commodore (VIC-20 and C-64 only at this time) along side their Windows hardware.

Proof of age will be required when placing an order together with a test on which 80's gaming machine is the best, which is clearly the Commodore C-64. Stay tuned for further details.

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When using either Imaging Toolkit or Driver Manager drivers are delivered to a machine as it is being deployed.

Occasionally machines fail to deploy or install all the drivers correctly. The quickest way of reviewing what drivers are missing is to open Device Manager (devmgmt.msc) on the machine and check for unknown devices or those reporting an error.



Where it is not obvious which device to use the Report Issue functionality, for example, the “Base System Device” in the image above, the Hardware IDs can be used in order to work out which device does not have a driver.
This involves displaying the properties for each device with an error, reviewing the Details tab, identifying all the Hardware IDs and searching through the machine XML files to find the matching device.

In order to simplify this process we have created a simple vbscript file that can be executed on a machine to gather information about the devices in error.

The output from the script can then be pasted into the Driver Issue Report in either Build Console or Driver Manager and gives us a lot more information to assist in identifying the missing drivers.

The sample script below logs the information to C:\Unknown-Devices.log.

on error resume next
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set shell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")

'Option Explicit

Const ForAppending = 8

' set up logging
Set objLogFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile("c:\Unknown-Devices.log", ForAppending, True)
objLogFile.WriteBlankLines(2)

Dim oWMI, sComputerName, colItems, oItem
sComputerName = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\.\root\cimv2")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_ComputerSystem")
For Each objItem in colItems
objLogfile.WriteLine "====================================================="
objLogfile.WriteLine " Hardware "
strmanufacturer = objItem.Manufacturer
objLogfile.WriteLine " Manufacturer: " & objItem.Manufacturer
objLogfile.WriteLine " Model: " & objItem.Model
objLogfile.WriteLine " Name: " & objItem.Name
Next

if strmanufacturer = "LENOVO" then
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\.\root\cimv2")
Set colItems1 = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_ComputerSystemProduct")
For Each objItem in colItems1
objLogfile.WriteLine " Lenovo Model: " & objItem.Version
Next
End If

Set oWMI = GetObject ("winmgmts:\\.\root\cimv2")
Set colItems = oWMI.ExecQuery ("Select * from Win32_PnPEntity where status = 'error'")
objLogfile.WriteLine "====================================================="
objLogfile.WriteLine " Script ran at " & Time & " on " & Date
objLogfile.WriteLine "====================================================="

For Each oItem In colItems
objLogFile.WriteBlankLines(1)
objLogfile.WriteLine "Name: " & oItem.Name
objLogfile.WriteLine "DeviceID: " & oItem.DeviceID
objLogfile.WriteLine "PNP Device ID: " & oItem.PNPDeviceID
objLogfile.WriteLine "Description: " & oItem.Description
objLogfile.WriteLine "manufacturer: " & oItem.Manufacturer
objLogFile.WriteBlankLines(1)
objLogfile.WriteLine "====================================================="
Next

objLogFile.WriteBlankLines(2)
objLogfile.WriteLine "If missing drivers have been found please paste the content of this file into the Driver Manager / Build Console driver issue report"
objLogFile.Close

wscript.echo "Processing complete. Review c:\Unknown-Devices.log file"
 

 

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Imaging Toolkit 7.0.2 is now available to download.

Highlights of this release are:

  • Imaging Toolkit upgrade fixes
  • Driver management and analysis fixes
  • Driver image lookup fixes

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

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After months of scoping, we're gearing up for what could be Imaging Toolkit's biggest evolutionary leap so far - Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager support!

For 10 years we've given the ZENworks community the most advanced and feature rich Windows deployment solution. Don't panic! That will not change! We're committed to Novell ZENworks and will continue to support new ZENworks releases. Imaging Toolkit 8 includes new features for our ZENworks customers that make deployment configuration even easier.

If you're using or planning to move to System Center you too will have access to our industry leading driver management, Zim imaging front-end, and automated deployment process.

So, if you're using System Center 2012 or ZENworks 11 and would like to be involved in our closed BETA please complete the application survey below. Don't spend too long thinking it over, closing date for BETA applications is 31st August 2012.

Imaging Toolkit 8 BETA participation survey




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I'm pleased to annouce that Imaging Toolkit 7.0.1 is now available to download.

Highlights of Imaging Toolkit 7.0.1 are:

  • ZENworks 11 Configuration Management SP2 SU1 (11.2.1) support
  • Driver Management enhancements
  • Bug fixes since the release of Imaging Toolkit 7.0

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