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Imaging Toolkit 7.0.2 is now available to download.

Highlights of this release are:

  • Imaging Toolkit upgrade fixes
  • Driver management and analysis fixes
  • Driver image lookup fixes

For a complete list of changes view the Imaging Toolkit Release History.

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I'm pleased to annouce that Imaging Toolkit 7.0.1 is now available to download.

Highlights of Imaging Toolkit 7.0.1 are:

  • ZENworks 11 Configuration Management SP2 SU1 (11.2.1) support
  • Driver Management enhancements
  • Bug fixes since the release of Imaging Toolkit 7.0

For a complete list of changes view the Imaging Toolkit Release History.


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As ENGL's Director of Engineering, I've been involved with Driver Manager 3 from the beginning with scoping, developing, testing, documenting and packaging. It's now time to let our latest creation out to you - the techies!

ENGL Driver Manager 3.0 was released on June 7, 2012. It's been a year in the making and includes numerous features requested by customers, partners and our MVP friends. Here's a summary of the most exciting changes.


Driver Management


We've listened to your feedback and have enhanced how machines are displayed and managed in Driver Manager. Machine models can now be renamed and manufacturer models such as Lenovo are now displayed using product friendly names instead of product codes.

As well as importing hardware inventory from SCCM or our standalone inventory scanner (DMScanner), empty machines can be created in the Driver Manager Machine Library. This allows drivers to be added and packages created in advance of having the hardware. This is useful if you're evaluating hardware but drivers are yet to appear on the manufacturer web site.

We have also made major enhancements to the driver analysis process in Driver Manager. Together with dynamic Driver Analysis Rules that can be downloaded daily, Driver Manager can identify and automate even more driver installations.

You'll be pleased to hear that we're now discovering model-specific software as part of our search for drivers. This includes utilities that aren't strictly drivers but are required to make full use of the hardware, such as HP Quick Launch buttons.

SCCM 2012 and MDT 2012 Support


Driver Manager 3 now supports System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012. This means we can now add drivers and create packages in SCCM 2007 / 2012, and MDT 2010 / 2012.

For SCCM, Driver Manager can now add WinPE compatible mass-storage and network drivers to your boot images. Another big improvement is that Driver Manager no longer requires the SCCM Console (hurrah!) to perform driver and software package creation.


Documentation

The product documentation has been completely rewritten and is now available for web, CHM and PDF. We have also enhanced searching capability.


Licensing

If like most organisations you're low on budget, our new 'usage' based licensing may be the answer. Driver Manager 3 can now be purchased for a 12-month subscription with unlimited or usage based driver searches. For usage based, Driver Manager can be purchased with an allowance of driver searches in multiples of 100.

For example, if you had 10 hardware machine models (variants) and wished to deploy Windows 7 32 and 64-bit, that would require a minimum of 20 driver searches. Having 100 or more driver searches will give you the flexibility to check for later drivers and test new hardware.


More Information?

If you'd like to find out more about Driver Manager 3, request a demo or get pricing, visit the Driver Manager home page.


Well, that's all from me today. I hope you take time to download and evaluate Driver Manager 3. With SCCM 2012 and MDT 2012 now released we're seeing huge interest in Driver Manager.




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Time...

Finally I have 5 minutes to sit and regale you all with more tales of derring do from the ENGL development team.... Or at least let you know what we've been up to anyway.

It may amuse some of you to know I came back this morning thinking I might edit a post I had started previously which began "March. Hmm, well, that seems to have been and gone... Who let that happen?". It would appear the same rapscallion also managed to sneak April, May and a goodly chunk of June past me. Ah cr....

So, without further ado, before another month passes me by:

Driver Manager 3.0

I'm very pleased to say that Driver Manager 3.0 is out in the wild and enjoying itself immensely.

Some fairly hefty changes went on in the background and we had great feedback throughout the development process. In addition to the support for the latest versions of SCCM and MDT we have enhanced the machine import and analysis process particularly for those using Lenovo machines. No more will you have to suffer random model codes, we will now attempt to retrieve the model name and use this throughout. We have also included the facility to rename machines so even if we pick up a name you don't like you will be able to change it to something you do.

For those using SCCM we have also included the option to update boot media when we detect mass-storage or network drivers are being imported. Obviously this is an entirely optional process and we won't automatically publish the boot images so we aren't going to bring your servers or imaging crashing to its knees whilst it reprocesses the image.

There are numerous cosmetic changes too, for example, the use of the taskbar icon to display download and integration progress. It sounds trivial but it saves having to keep DM in the foreground whilst it's performing long operations to see what it's up to.

Imaging Toolkit 7.0.1

Never ones to rest on our heels we have also been hard at work with improvements and enhancements to Imaging Toolkit 7.0 which was released earlier this year.

This contains fixes for a number of issues which were found after the release of 7.0 and also further enhancements, notably to the documentation, machine handling and driver processing (check out the Lenovo bits!, 3rd party imaging and cloning.

Code lockdown is nearly upon us and the test team are already hard at work trying to prove that we haven't done what we say we have! So far, I think we're beating them but as there's a lot more to test I can't currently give a more precise release date than some time in Q3 but of course we'll let you know as soon as it's available.

Wireless Manager

Yes, you read that correctly. Wireless Manager.

As part of the updates to Zwlancfg he will also be getting a new name. I was going for "Brian" but got outvoted. I don't understand why....

Again due for release in Q3 Wireless Manager will also come with SCCM 2012 support.

The Coffee

Finally, the information you've really been waiting for, the latest updates on the coffee.

Sadly the one thing that hasn't changed between blogs is the coffee and if you drink the stuff I make you could be forgiven for thinking it is from the same pot from the last blog.....

It is neither ZENworks nor SCCM compatible and has reached a point where one of our staff has decided to give it up completely!

In light of this I am personally going to oversee a coffee scoping exercise and I hope to have good news for you all soon.

There's more...

Yes, there's more!

I'll try and tell you about some of it next month.

Steve

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In the beginning of March we revealed an opportunity to win a MMS 2012 conference pass. The catch? All you had to do was to schedule a demo of Driver Manager for SCCM/MDT for a chance to win. After weeks of Driver Manager demos to Admin guru's across the globe, we have picked a winner.

I have the pleasure to announce the winner for a MMS 2012 conference pass is Joe Gasper from Florida. As expected, Joe was excited to say the least and had this to say.

"The benefit to getting me to MMS this year is tremendous. The work we are looking to bring to the campus is a major savings of servers and implementation time. We are planning to consolidate about 15 independent servers across campus. Getting to MMS to get first contact with the 2012 release is going to save a lot of time and pain with our rollout. Thank you ENGL.
"

Well done Joe. We're glad to get you to MMS.

ENGL will be at MMS 2012 demonstrating Driver Manager for SCCM 2012 and MDT 2012.