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K1000 Support for Windows Embedded

K1000 now supports Windows Embedded 7 and 8.1 in addition to Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 *limited support 

Unlike the full feature functionality provided for desktop computers and servers, this *limited support includes only Discovery, Inventory & Patching. Other specific features such as: Software Distribution and Software Metering remain unsupported.

Features

  • Discovery for Windows POSReady 2009, Windows Embedded 7 (WE 7) and Windows Embedded 8.1 (WE 8.1) is performed using the standard Discovery process.
  • Inventory for Windows POSReady 2009, WE 7 and WE 8.1 devices is performed using the standard agent or agentless processes.
  • Patching requires an installed agent on the Windows POSReady 2009, WE 7 and WE 8.1 device
            -Windows POSReady 2009, WE 7 and WE 8.1 patches are provided through the existing operating system subscription.
            -Detection and Deployment work the same as on any Windows system.
            -All patches are available to Windows POSReady 2009, WE 7 and WE 8.1 devices through the standard feed.

*Limited Support

Windows POSReady 2009, WE 7 and WE 8.1 will be supported on a limited basis. These OSs are designed to give device manufacturers the flexibility to modify them, making it impossible to anticipate and test every device/OS combination. Tested Windows Embedded versions include: Windows POSReady 2009, WE 7 Standard and POSReady, and WE 8.1 Industry.

Under Limited Support, a best effort attempt will be made by support to resolve any reported issues, but there is no guarantee issues related to limited support features and operating systems versions will be resolved. 

Write Filter management is the responsibility of the K1000 administrator and no automated functionality to enable/disable the write filter is being provided.

Higher level functionality such as: Asset Management, Service Desk, Reporting and Notification will work the same as it does for computers.

*Attempts to use K1000 for unsupported features or unsupported embedded versions are undertaken at the user’s own discretion. Support will not be available for unsupported OS versions, features and functionality.

Additional Resources

Additional information and resources can be found in the K1000 Knowledge Base Article # 188754


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KACE K1000 Write Filter Scripts for Windows Embedded

The latest Dell KACE K1000 release 6.4 SP2 (6.4.120756) now supports Patch Management for Windows Embedded 7 and 8.1.

Because Windows Embedded comes with enabled Write Filters in order to prevent unwanted changes on the Embedded devices these filters must be disabled before installing OS and Software updates.

Since the KACE K1000 appliance does not have that functionality I have developed 3 custom inventory rules which return the write filter status on the Windows embedded devices and two scripts which can diable or enable the write filter(s).

The CI rules and scripts can be downloaded from Here and imported into the K1000 appliance. They require an installed K1000 Agent on the device(s) running Windows Embedded.

There is an automated  recognition of OS version and write filter mode (file base, enhanced or UWF) built in.


- CI_Win_Embedded_EWF returns the status of the Enhanced Write Filter (if available)

- CI_Win_Embedded_FBWF returns the status of the File Based Write Filter (if available)

- CI_Win_Embedded_UWF  returns the status of the Unified Write Filter (if available)


- Windows Embedded Write Filter Disable is the script that scans the device for the available write filters and disables them. It must be executed before a patch job is scheduled to run.

- Windows Embedded Write Filter Enable is the script that scans the device for the available write filters and enables them. It must be executed after the patch Job has completed in order to enable the write filter(s) again.

Since the modification of the write filter(s) requires a restart in order to become active, both scripts include a reboot command.


NOTE:
Windows Embedded OSs are currently supported on a limited basis. For information on supported platforms and features, please view:
https://support.software.dell.com/k1000-systems-management-appliance/kb/188754


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