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As mentioned in the blog articles “Image Builder Wizard – Quick and Easy Embedded OS Creation – Part 1” written by Robert and “BitLocker in Windows Embedded Standard 2011” written by Hema – the BitLocker feature requires two partitions. The first partition is a system partition contains the BCD (Boot Configuration Data) store and remains unencrypted. The second partition is the partition that contains Windows, programs, etc and can be encrypted. IBW does a good job in ensuring that the user is required to partition with a separate system partition if the user has added the BitLocker feature. It is able to do that because it has an awareness of whether the feature is added by the user.
What’s the “Gotcha” you may ask? Well, during Mass Deployment scenarios, such as using WDS or IBW to deploy a custom WIM, the disk partitioning dialog has no awareness of whether the BitLocker feature is in the image. That means that it is possible under these circumstances to create a system with the BitLocker feature and only have one partition. This is not a supported setup for BitLocker and the feature will not enable or allow the Windows partition to become encrypted.
HORM imposes the following restriction on volumes –
Crash dumps can be configured via the control panel or by editing the relevant registry entries as shown below. Additional details can be found in KB article 307973.
Via Control Panel
[Today’s post is provided by guest blogger, Levi Stevens]
In a default installation of Configuration Manager 2007, you cannot use a query to return devices running Windows Embedded operating systems prior to Windows Embedded Standard 2009. You can, however, extend the hardware inventory in Configuration Manager 2007 to collect further information about the operating product suite which can be used to build queries that return all Windows Embedded computers.
Use the following procedure to extend Configuration Manager 2007 hardware inventory to collect information that can be used in queries to identify all Windows Embedded computers:
Many of you must be wondering what SMI settings are and how these settings could be used to configure Windows Embedded Standard 7 image. Let me explain…
Settings Management Infrastructure (SMI) is a schema that is used to define mutable operating system settings. A mutable setting is a variable setting in which the value of the setting can be changed, either by other components or by the user or administrator. For example, user-preferred fonts and font colors are mutable settings.
Mutable settings can reside in any settings store in the operating system, such as the registry, .ini files, or some other public store, such as the IIS Metabase or the WMI repository. These settings are exposed to OEMs and Corporations to enable customization and make deployment of the OS easier.
In Windows Embedded Standard 7, these settings are included with each component in a Feature Package. In ICE, once you select a feature package to be included in your answer file, you will be presented with a list of settings that correspond to every component in the package you selected.
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