SOE PORTAL Release Notes

impeltec SOE Portal releases - updates and bug fixes

SOE Portal - build design & configure your Windows SOE image in the cloud
 August 23, 2017

Windows 10 1703

Version 1703 (Creators Update) editions have now been made available to Windows 10 editions in the SOE Portal. The list below shows the newly added editions. Also added is the ability to remove the Paint 3D, Messaging, Sticky Notes and View 3D built-in Windows apps.

  • Windows 10 Enterprise Version 1703
  • Windows 10 Professional Version 1703
  • Windows 10 Education Version 1703

The Version 1607 editions are still available, but we recommend migrating to 1703 when you next rebuild your Windows 10 image. Remember the handy Copy Image Config feature, which allows you to copy an entire image configuration from one version of Windows to another (ensure you do double-check your Hardware and App associations after copying).

C: Drive Volume Name

Prior to this release, the C: disk volume would be automatically set to the image version if deploying the image from the ISO (e.g. USB media). We have introduced a new field on the Image Details pane in the image configuration wizard called Disk Volume Label. A value entered here will be applied as the C: disk volume label. If this field is left blank, then the image version will be automatically used (this applies to all Image File Types, not just ISO).

Capture Ghost Images

On the Image Details pane in the image configuration wizard, a new Image File Type of GHO has been added. This enables the image to be captured in Symantec Ghost format (.gho). This format can be easily integrated and deployed using Symantec Ghost tools, such as Ghost Solution Suite (GSS).

Read the below notes relating to the GHO image file type.

  • Images will be captured in Symantec Ghost format (.GHO) instead of Microsoft WIM format.
  • The image will be split across ~2GB files: a .GHO file and several .GHS files.
  • All files will be compressed into a .ZIP file. This .ZIP file can be downloaded from the SOE Portal using the SOE Portal File Manager (SPFM), which launches when using the image Download option.

Uncertified Hardware Behaviour

During image deployment, the hardware model is detected and correlated to the hardware models selected in the image configuration wizard. This is called a certified hardware model. If the detected model does not have the drivers provisioned within the image, it is called an uncertified hardware model. There are now two options available which govern the behaviour of what occurs when an uncertified hardware model is detected. This field is located on the Hardware pane of the image configuration wizard and is titled Uncertified Hardware Action.

  • Use drivers from all selected models – When an uncertified model is detected, the deployment engine try all drivers from other models selected for inclusion the SOE image. This is the action which has been occurring to date.
  • Use generic hardware certification – SOE Portal engineers maintain a “generic” set of drivers for each Windows version, which includes drivers for the most commonly used hardware components. If an uncertified hardware model is detected, this generic driver set will be applied. This is the default option for new images.

Core Application Installation Timeout

When core applications are installed during image build or deployment, the application install will timeout after a specified time. This is to ensure an incorrect command line or faulty application package does not halt the build or deployment process indefinitely. The timeout default is 15 minutes and can now be configured using the new Timeout field on Options pane of the application configuration wizard. An example of when this field may be used is in an Office core application. As Office typically takes longer than 15 minutes to install, changing this setting to 25 minutes will allow enough time.

Other Updates

As part of ongoing bug fixes and enhancements, the following items have been changed:

  • When a Home Page is specified in the image configuration wizard, this will now apply to the following browsers:
    • Internet Explorer
    • Microsoft Edge (Only applied once the device joins a domain)
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Google Chrome
  • Adjustments to the domain join and activate Windows jobs have been made to cater for network cards (e.g. USB dongles) which can take a longer time to initialise.
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