Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011, an integrated solution that extends the capabilities of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to include Windows Embedded Standard and Windows Embedded POSReady-based devices is released today at the Microsoft Management Summit 2011.
WEDM supports the most common devices found in enterprise environments built on the Windows Embedded Standard and Windows Embedded POSReady platforms, including thin clients, point-of-service (POS) devices and digital signage devices. The solution provides IT professionals with increased ease by allowing them to manage enterprise devices in a manner similar to PCs and servers, enhanced insight and control through a single management solution, and greater device integration. Moving forward, Microsoft is exploring the potential to extend support to additional Embedded platforms and device scenarios.
With WEDM you can leverage SCCM to manage your devices. the tool not only enables you to deploy and control your devices on your network but also allows to differentiate specific types of devices from others. Imagine you want to deploy a specific update to kiosks and not to Thin Clients on your network while they're both running Windows Embedded Standard 7, well, you can do this independently as the devices will be seen as what they're: kiosk or thin clients, not as PCs…
Another important feature, the tool is able to handle write filters. Just a quick reminder of what write filters are about. These're a feature specific to WES that allow to protect part or all of a disk partition by creating an overlay in RAM or in another partition that'll abstract the write cycles from the hardware, meaning you can create stateless machines that'll reboot from a know state at each power cycle. This feature is problematic for updates as if they're activated, you cannot apply an update to the OS or apps. Device Manger takes care of deactivating and reactivating the filters securely in order to apply patches to protected machines!
Devices Manager also allows for scenarios where enterprises can work closer to the OEMs regarding devices management.
To learn more about the product, visit this page.