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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Adding “Storage Spaces” in Windows Embedded 8 Standard - Part 2

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    Today, Bowei Xu brings us part two of his blog on Windows 8’s new Storage Spaces feature.

    In the example below, I will show you how to create a Parity Virtual Disk out of a Storage Pool that has four physical disks, one of which is used as a “Hot Spare” disk. The hot-spare disk will come online automatically (it took about 5 to 8 minutes in my test below) in the event of a disk failure happening elsewhere in the pool. This allows for rapid recovery from disk failure, ensuring all data is protected as appropriate. “Repair-VirtualDisk” cmdlet can also be used to trigger the repair process immediately. I show both in the example below.


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    Adding “Storage Spaces” in Windows Embedded 8 Standard - Part 1

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    Hey everyone, and happy new year! Today Bowei Xu is providing some great information on Storage Spaces, a new feature provided in Windows 8, and how you can use Storage Spaces in Windows Embedded. Before we get to the article, here’s a little bit more about Bowei.

    Bowei currently works on various Lockdown and Branding features including Unified Write Filter (UWF), Unbranded Boot, and Custom Logon. Before moving to Windows Embedded in May 2012, Bowei worked on the local file system test team in Windows Sustained Engineering. During Windows 8 development, he helped the Windows Core Storage and File System test team to test the management layer (specifically powershell and the WMI Provider) for Storage Spaces.

    Many cool new features have been added to Windows 8. One such feature is Storage Spaces. Storage Spaces groups physical disks into pools, and then a Virtual Disk (LUN) can be created from pooled storage. Then you can format the volume out of Virtual Disk with a regular Windows file system, such as NTFS, and use it as a regular disk is used now (on Windows 7 and before). Fault tolerance and resiliency have been built into Storage Spaces. If you want to keep your data safe, Storage Spaces is the feature you want to use. 


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    A More Intelligent Way to De-Ice

    Posted By Myriam Semery
    Windows Embedded BG Lead

    A big freeze is descending upon much of Europe today and this weekend, causing thousands of canceled flights or completely closed airports, extremely cold temperatures and snowfall, and dangerous roads. I’m the Windows Embedded lead for Southern Europe, living in Paris, where getting around is no picnic. My colleague Werner Reuss has been braving the roads in Munich, Germany; here, he reflects on an innovative Italian technology that’s making a big difference in wintertime driving.

    It has been snowing pretty heavily the past few days in Munich, where I live, and the forecast doesn’t show any signs of it letting up soon. As an avid skier, living in a city within an hour and a half’s drive of some of the best skiing in the world is major incentive. I love the snow when I’m hitting the slopes, but there is a downside to living in a winter wonderland.

    Munich is very prepared for snow; the city has snow plows ready at the first sign of a flake. Due to environmental and economic concerns, we plow and salt only major roadways, which keeps traffic flowing and accidents to a minimum. Unfortunately, if you have to drive on side streets to get to the main roads or have to cross a bridge, driving can feel like sledding.


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    January 2013 Security Updates Are on ECE for XPe SP3 and Standard 2009

    The January 2013 Security Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 and Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3.

    The list below applies to Standard 2009 only:

    • KB2736428 - Vulnerability in Open Data Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service
    • KB2742595 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

    The list below applies to XPe SP3 and Standard 2009:

    • KB2736416 - Vulnerability in Open Data Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service
    • KB2742596 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2756918 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2757638 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB2753842 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege


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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    SYNC with MyFord Touch Update Available from a Browser Near You

    Posted By Chris Elliot
    Senior Marketing Communications Manager

    Software updates are a common occurrence these days. Whether it’s your mobile phone, laptop or Xbox 360—we’ve become used to our technology updating without worry. These updates enhance our experience by improving quality or providing new features. Well, now you can add the car to the list of technologies that get software updates.

    Select Ford owners, who have SYNC with MyFord Touch, can now update their system just by going to Simply download the update to a thumb-drive, plug it into your Ford’s USB port, and presto—your MyFord Touch system updates. You can also take your vehicle to your local Ford dealer if you choose that route.

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