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Posted By Pavel BanskyProgram Manager
Microsoft Management Summit is a big conference held in Las Vegas ever year targeted to IT-Pros. All the players that mean something in computer management, operations and virtualization are present. Tickets are usually sold out months ahead and this year they were sold out very quickly, since the new version of Configuration Manager was launched.
Windows Embedded team attended the conference, presenting its Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 and concept of intelligent systems. As you probably know Windows Embedded Device Manager extends capabilities of Configuration Manager for features related to embedded devices. It was very pleasant to see that embedded devices are making its way into enterprises and its capabilities become more and more relevant, so IT-Pros and system administrator are looking for scalable ways of device management. Comparing to last year when most people thought that embedded device is a phone (I’m mean it kind of is, but it’s not as cool as Coca Cola Freestyle machine), this year people were approaching us with specific questions about their devices and how Windows Embedded Device Manager can help them. Windows Embedded powered thin-clients, point-of-service terminals and digital signage are simply becoming first class citizen “computers” inside of the companies.
The Windows Embedded booth was setup as a big Intelligent System demo with six different Windows Embedded devices: thin-clients, surface, digital signage, ruggedized tablet and Windows Embedded server (alright, alright Windows Phone was there as well). The whole demo was created as a shopping experience from near future. Customers are interacting with shopping window, storing items in the cart on their phones, exploring related items on the surface table, and putting on virtual clothes, while shop assistant has a perfect overview of the store sales data, customer profiles and ordering process in their tablets.
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The May 2012 Optional Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows Embedded Standard 7.
The list below applies to Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 with Windows Media Center for Connected Media Devices installed:
The list below applies to Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows Embeddded Standard 7 SP1, and fixes the following issue:
If you have questions on accessing the ECE, please email Windows Embedded Communications Feedback & Support, ECE@microsoft.com.
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The May 2012 Security Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 and/or Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3.
The list below applies to Windows Embedded Standard 2009:
The list below applies to Windows Embedded XPe SP3 and Standard 2009:
The new updates included in this download can be applied directly to runtime images. The componentized versions of these update for updating the database will be included in next month’s security update release. The database updates incorporate all security updates from prior months for the current year; therefore you do not need to install previous security database updates.
If you have questions on accessing the ECE, please email MS Mobile & Embedded Communications Feedback & Support, ECE@microsoft.com.
Posted By David CampbellProgram Manager
I’ve seen a number of questions in some of the forums about how to get started with Windows Embedded Compact from the perspective of running (hosting) the actual OS image created with Platform Builder (PB). PB makes it easy to design and create an embedded OS image, but you still need to be able to load and execute that image – typically on a piece of hardware.. Virtual PCs are great as a Windows Embedded Compact development tool since they don’t actually require new hardware. Virtual machine use with Windows Embedded Compact really falls into two categories: hosting an OS image and hosting PB itself. The one I’ll cover today is hosting an embedded OS image, built with PB, in a Virtual PC rather than on an actual device.
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Posted By J.T. KimbellProgram Manager
Much of what we highlight on the Approaching Embedded Intelligently blog is about what we’re doing as the Windows Embedded team. However, much of what we create is just a platform, it takes our partners and customers to really create something great. I’m planning on taking some more time in the future to discover and highlight great examples of Windows Embedded in action. Today’s post is not a device running Windows Embedded, but is instead an extremely useful tool from Wolfgang Unger, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Windows Embedded. In addition to being an MVP, Wolfgang is a Windows Embedded, Microsoft, and device enthusiast. In his role at Elbacom he provides technical support and advice to customers about Windows Embedded, produces content for the Elbacom website, and writes the Embedded Magazine produced by Elbacom. In his free time he enjoys working on home automation and his car PC. All-in-all, Wolfgang is a fantastic Windows Embedded Partner and has received Microsoft’s Award of Excellence and Developer of the Year awards.
If you’re an Embedded developer or need to manage any Windows systems in your enterprise, you’re likely aware of the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool, or DISM. DISM is used to manage the features and technologies on Windows devices. For Windows Embedded, this is a very important tool because it enables you to change the composition of an image outside of Image Configuration Editor (ICE) or Image Builder Wizard (IBW). You can run DISM locally on the target image in what is called “Online” mode, or can run it on a captured .wim file in “Offline” mode.
DISM is extremely powerful and, as far as command-line applications go, it’s not too difficult to use. However, it’s not the same as having a nice interface that would guide you through the process and make adding and removing content from your image really easy to understand. With DISMUI, Wolfgang did just that and more.