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The ZENworks Imaging Environment fails to reboot on Dell Optiplex 380 machines requiring a hard reset of the machine.
workaround:
update the z_maint.cfg file with the kernel options "acpi=off nolapic"

i.e.
change:

ZENWORKSAPPEND 1
DEFAULT imaging
LABEL imaging
kernel boot\linux
append 5 initrd=boot\initrd mode=5 rootimage=/root install=tftp://$PXESERVER/boot splash=silent vga=0x314 tftptimeout=50 $KERNEL_PARMS

to

ZENWORKSAPPEND 1
DEFAULT imaging
LABEL imaging
kernel boot\linux
append 5 initrd=boot\initrd mode=5 rootimage=/root install=tftp://$PXESERVER/boot splash=silent vga=0x314 tftptimeout=50 acpi=off nolapic $KERNEL_PARMS

Save the change to the z_maint.cfg file

The optiplex 380 machines should now reboot successfully from the ZENworks Imaging Environment




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This TechBite session (presented on 3rd August 2011) is available here.

The TechBite session explains how to use ENGL tools to set up and configure Windows 7 system partitions and enable BitLocker during the build process.

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ENGL Imaging Toolkit 7 (codename Kamino) is the next major release of our automated Windows deployment solution for ZENworks Configuration Management (ZCM).

Imaging Toolkit 7 includes enhanced driver management (download, analysis and installation logic), base image creation with Windows update integration, and 3rd party (WinPE) imaging support.

If you would like to be involved in the BETA programme and have the chance to work directly with ENGL engineers, please complete the participation survey below. Closing date for submissions is August 31, 2011.

Imaging Toolkit 7 BETA Participation Survey

Regards,
Heath.

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I have been writing and presenting techbite sessions for the last couple of years covering various Imaging Toolkit related topics.
These are available in the archive section of the Events page

We have decided to change the format of the sessions, instead of being recordings of live presentations they will be prerecorded video demonstration plus additional files as required.

The current sessions that are scheduled in WebEx will be canceled but the content will still be produced and will appear both here and in the events/archived pages (as before)

cheers

jamie

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I'm pleased to announce that ENGL Driver Manager 2.0 for SCCM and MDT is now available to download from the ENGL web site.

Finding and deploying drivers is one of the most time consuming and troublesome tasks that administrators must undertake to deploy Windows. Driver Manager lowers the cost associated with driver management by automating the manual steps that have to be repeated for each new hardware platform.

Driver Manager 2 includes driver integration and deployment for both SCCM 2007 and MDT 2010.

  • Import hardware inventory from SCCM or Driver Manager Scanner
  • Find and download drivers from PC manufacturer and OEM's
  • Analyse drivers to determine the installation method
  • Create SCCM Driver and Software packages and assign driver categories
  • Create MDT Out-of-box drivers or Application packages

For further information including feature list, screen shots, downloads and evaluation licenses, visit the Driver Manager home page.

Regards,
Heath.