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    July 2012 Optional Updates are on ECE for POSReady7

    The July 2012 Optional Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows Embedded POSReady7.

    The list below applies to Windows Embedded POSReady 7:

      • KB2654644 - This is a USB driver update roll-up which includes the latest Embedded USB boot drivers.  Note that KB2533552 is a pre-requisite for this KB.  Volume Licensed customers can download this KB from the Download Center.
      • KB2721923 - This update fixes an issue with the Registry Filter, where the registry filter does not take the customer registry setting correctly.  Volume Licensed customers can download this KB from the Download Center.

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    Discovering Intelligent Systems at work in Manufacturing

    Posted By Jeff Wettlaufer
    Technical Program Manager

    Hey everyone, recently our Windows Embedded team was on a customer site visit in Europe, and we came across a fantastic example of Intelligent Systems in action. While we were touring an automobile manufacturing plant, we observed the line using electric screwdrivers like the one pictured below. They had two cables running into them. Power and Ethernet. We asked the tour director about the network cable, and they explained that the screwdriver was actually an ‘intelligent’ screwdriver.

    We smiled at the thought of this basic piece of hardware actually being able to think about what it was doing. Then he explained it and we were amazed. The screwdriver was hung off a manufacturing line Windows Embedded Compact PC that was connected to a larger network in the factory. The backend provided the screwdriver engineering specs about the screw going into that location on the car, including the required torque and even the number of revolutions that Class 1 screw should take to achieve the desired torque. So, when the technician popped the screw into the chassis, all they had to do was fire the trigger, and everything was automatic. They even had some scenarios where this was done using robotic arms instead of people.DSC_0914sm

    When the screw was installed in the car, a data point was generated that came back down the network cable and registered in the factory database. Basically, an ‘OK’, or ‘NOT OK’ was registered, and in the case of either the torque being missed, or that torque being achieved in an unexpected number of revolutions, a flag was popped to investigate further. In summary, the car would not get off the production line if the quality bar wasn’t met.

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    Component Tales: System Cloning Tool / Sysprep

    [The following article is authored by one of the Windows Embedded MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals). Our MVPs have a heavy background in Embedded systems and are a great repository of information on Windows Embedded products. We’re providing this space on our team blog as a service to our readers by allowing MVPs to share some of their knowledge with the rest of the community.]

    Windows Embedded Standard systems are built differently, and do not have the same setup experience as normal desktop Windows computers, but both have one thing in common: Windows Security Identifiers (SIDs).

    SIDs

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    P97 innovates retail fueling and convenience store ecosystem with new intelligent system

    Posted By Kristin Flandreau
    Windows Embedded, Americas Business Group Lead

    In my role working with Windows Embedded partners, I often get a front-row seat at the debut of some innovative intelligent-system solutions. This week, P97 Networks is launching a cool new cloud-based mobile commerce platform and site controller software at the Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing (NACs) show in Atlanta, Georgia. Their intelligent system, called PetroZone, is built on Windows Azure, Microsoft Dynamics and Windows Embedded technologies, and integrates with third-party point-of-sale, electronic payment and fuel control servers.

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    Sneak Peek: Intelligent Systems Management Changes in System Center 2012 SP1

    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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