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ZCM Agent install on WinTPC



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February 16, 2012 11:59 am

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Microsoft has released the trimmed down version of their Windows 7 OS called “Windows Thin PC”. If you try to install the ZCM client on this OS, you could not due to the fact that dotnet 3.5 sp1 is not available. Here is an officially unsupported option to enable the dotnet 3.5 sp1 on WinTPC so you could install the ZCM client on it.

Requirements:

  1. Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 Toolkit or Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 Runtime (IBW) x86 DVD. It can be a retail or the evaluation DVD. You can get the evaluation DVD iso image from microsoft. I think the Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 Runtime (IBW) x86 DVD is enough.
  2. Windows Thin PC DVD.

Package Path Information:

The Feature Packages are stored in the \DS\Packages\FeaturePack folder of Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 ToolKit / Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 Runtime (IBW) x86 DVD.

The Non-English Language Packages are stored in the \DS\Packages\LanguagePack folder of Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 ToolKit or Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 IBW DVD.

The English Language Package is stored in the \LangPacks\en-US folder of Thin PC DVD (you must install this one as well, otherwise the installation of DOTNET fails).

DOTNET Framework 3.5 with Client Profile:

Windows Thin PC by defaults comes with .NET Framework 2.0 installed. The following packages will install .NET Framework 3.5 which includes .NET Framework 3.0 & 3.5.

winemb-iis-was.cab
winemb-netfx30.cab
winemb-netfx30client.cab
winemb-netfx35 .cab
winemb-netfx35client.cab

Feature Packages Installtion Procedure:

There are two ways to install or add the required Feature Package to the Thin PC.

- Online Method (Installing on an installed Thin PC OS)
- Offline Method (Integrating with the Thin PC DVD)

Online Method:

  1. Create two folders in C: drive named FeaturePack and LangPack
  2. Copy the required Feature Package files to the folder C:\FeaturePack
  3. Copy the required Language Package files to the folder C:\LangPack
  4. Open a command prompt window with Administrator privileges and run the following commands:Code:
    Dism.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\FeaturePack /NoRestart
    Dism.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\LangPack
  5. When it asks you to restart the PC press ‘Y’.
  6. Finished.

Offline Method (Integrating Method):

  1. Create three folders in C: drive named ThinPC, ThinMnt, FeaturePack
  2. Copy the contents of the Thin PC DVD to the folder C:\ThinPC
  3. Copy the required Feature Package files to the folder C:\FeaturePack
  4. Open a command prompt window with Administrator privileges and run the following commands:Code:
    Dism.exe /Mount-Wim /WimFile:C:\ThinPC\sources\install.wim /index:1 /MountDir:C:\ThinMnt
    Dism /Image:C:\ThinMnt /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\FeaturePack
    Dism.exe /Unmount-Wim /MountDir:C:\ThinMnt /commit
  5. Either make an bootable ISO of the C:\ThinPC folder or copy the contents of the folder C:\ThinPC to a USB bootable Flash Drive and install from it.
  6. Finished.

After the reboot you will be able to install the ZCM agents.

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Categories: Technical, ZENworks, ZENworks Configuration Management

Disclaimer: This content is not supported by Novell. It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test it thoroughly before using it in a production environment.

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