Windows Embedded Standard 7 'Write Filters Support for Mass Deployment'

Mass deployment is the process of creating a master Windows Embedded Standard 7 runtime image on a reference system and then deploying this image to multiple target systems. The deployment process typically uses specific tools such as System Preparation tool (sysprep.exe) and Imagex.exe as well as Windows PE Environment to perform following tasks: Generalize master […]

Mass deployment is the process of creating a master Windows Embedded Standard 7 runtime image on a reference system and then deploying this image to multiple target systems. The deployment process typically uses specific tools such as System Preparation tool (sysprep.exe) and Imagex.exe as well as Windows PE Environment to perform following tasks: Generalize master system by removing machine specific information; Capture system into a Windows image (wim) file; Apply image (wim) to target system; Specialize image to target machine. Write Filters (EWF and FBWF) in WES7 are delivering sysprep providers to enable seamless settings transfer during mass deployment scenarios. These providers are part of regular write filter (EWF or FBWF) packages. They’re also invoked automatically when users run sysprep command, i.e. they don’t require any user interaction. So, if a user is deploying a master image with FBWF protecting system volume (C:) and having a folder (Documents) in exclusion list, all target systems will end up protecting system volume (C:) and having (Documents) folder in exclusion list. Similarly, if EWF is protecting system volume (Disk 0, Partition 1) of the master image, all target systems will end up protecting the system volume (Disk 0, Partition 1).

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