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Posted By The Embedded Ninja
More and more frequently corporate users are finding themselves in need of a robust management solution for their Intelligent Systems. For example, managing thin client devices to ensure the right VDI or Citrix experience is becoming paramount. In terms of POS devices or interactive kiosks that take payment, managing software updates is a bar of entry for doing business in the world of PCI. And for other devices like those in an industrial scenario, keeping track of the “shift and drift” of an intelligent system ensures quality across the board.
For all of those scenarios and more, the newest System Center release offers a brilliant upside: It does away with the need for extra software to manage all kinds of embedded devices. Ben Smith, one of our Embedded Ninjas, offers a quick overview embedded-specific enhancements coming in Service Pack 1.
Many of the large enterprises we work with have implemented Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 on top of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to manage embedded devices. As you may have seen in the earlier System Center 2012 SP1 blog, with Service Pack 1, the capabilities of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager will be extended to manage Windows Embedded-based thin clients, Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals, digital signage, kiosks, and others. This functionality means devices other than servers, desktops, and laptops can be managed by System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 without requiring any additional software.
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Remote Desktop Connection 8 Client update for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 and Windows Embedded POSReady 7 is now available on ECE.
This update enables users using Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 and Windows Embedded POSReady 7 devices to connect to computers running Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8, and experience the rich user experience delivered by RemoteFX and RDP 8.0.
For more information on the RDP 8.0 update for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, please visit the Remote Desktop Services blog.
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Posted By David CampbellProgram Manager
As the Windows Embedded Compact v.Next launch approaches, we will soon be posting detailed information about the Compact OS and tools, both Platform Builder (used for Board Support Packages (BSPs) as well as drivers) and the use of Visual Studio itself for developing applications on top of Compact OS images. I’m looking forward to making more of the technical details of the release available, probably in small bits until we can go fully public, which will happen very soon.
In the meantime let’s take a detailed look at the CEPC BSP. Here’s a guest post by Doug Boling again with a great overview based on his recent webcast. (More details on Doug’s webcast series are provided at the end of the article.)
The CEPC board support package (BSP) in Windows Embedded Compact 7 is one of the frequently used BSPs in Platform Builder. Unfortunately it is also one of the more difficult to customize. It may seem strange to customize a BSP that runs on a generic PC chassis but when used on a production embedded system, some form of customization such as splash screens or subtle changes in hardware is almost always necessary.
The difficulty in customizing the CEPC BSP comes from its file structure. Before I can explain the problem, I need to discuss the architecture of a standard Windows Embedded Compact BSP
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The October 2012 Security Updates are now available on the ECE for Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3 and Windows® Embedded Standard 2009.
The list below applies to both XPE SP3 and Standard 2009:
Posted By J.T. KimbellProgram Manager
If you want to get me excited, talk to me about sports. Ask me to play some pickup basketball, to watch some American football, or nerd out with a computer game like Football Manager. The competition, strategy, and feats of athleticism found in sports just seem to tickle my fancy. I can’t wait for my children to get old enough to compete, so they can get the experiences and life lessons that sports teach so well.
But there’s a cloud hanging over many team sports: concussions and the serious impact they can have on the well-being of athletes. The issue has been discussed for years, but articles like the one written by Malcom Gladwell in 2009, and the increasing awareness of former athletes who commit suicide after head injury, have brought the discussion to the forefront of the sporting world. The link between contact sports, especially football, and brain damage are real, and are concerning for younger children and teenagers. I love football…but do I want my son to play it in high school? We’ll see, but I never would have had questioned this just ten years ago.
I’m not the only one who’s concerned; many smart people are trying to find ways to allow athletes to continue on in these sports while greatly minimizing the risk. From better helmets to stricter rules in youth sports, we’re seeing advancements. Ultimately, I think the best ideas will be those that take advantage of modern technology, which is getting cheaper, faster and smaller every year.