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How do I e-boot (or WinTech) boot a tablet without a CD drive?

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What's the approved image or technique for repairing or working on encrypted tablets without optical drives?

(Lenovo X201 in this case)

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Re: How do I e-boot (or WinTech) boot a tablet without a CD drive?

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"appoved" - do you mean supported? If so that would be to use BartPE and a CD - you'll need a USB CD Drive I guess.

Other people have done it using WinPE on a USB stick though, or over the network. Basically any way you can boot your PE image will work - that's Microsoft stuff, nothing to do with EEPC.

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"appoved" - do you mean supported? If so that would be to use BartPE and a CD - you'll need a USB CD Drive I guess.

Other people have done it using WinPE on a USB stick though, or over the network. Basically any way you can boot your PE image will work - that's Microsoft stuff, nothing to do with EEPC.

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OK, so we'll have to develop a USB-based bootable image to get to WinTech.

What about emergency-boots? Does that require the external CD drive, or can we put the SafeTech_523.iso image onto a USB stick?

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It is not USB flash memory that is needed but USB CD-ROM device.

Nowadays they are slim and USB powered, so that should be used instead of built-in CD-ROM.

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The issue is that external USB based optical drives are rare and expensive within the enterprise, and Murphy's Law states that when one is needed, it'll be in the office that does not have said drive.

So flash-drive based SafeTech boot does not work? or is not supported by McAfee?

(WinPE + WinTech seems to be squarely in our lap--I'm ok with that)

Edit: Now I see the note from Taylor. I'll have to try that.

Message was edited by: rbarstow on 7/22/10 12:57:28 PM GMT-05:00
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Re: How do I e-boot (or WinTech) boot a tablet without a CD drive?

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I have had issues doing the safetech/emergency boot process using flash drives/usb memory sticks..

So, i managed to grab a couple of USB floppy drives from some old laptops we were getting rid of, and happily use those when I need to do an emergency boot. Its a little slower, but i've found it works.

Due to size constraints, when we export the machine config from encryption manager, we don't tick either of the boxes, this (i believe) keeps the size of the sdb file down.

Re: How do I e-boot (or WinTech) boot a tablet without a CD drive?

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There are neither rare nor expensive and every technician should have one.

With more and more compact portable devices, this is a must.

CD format is supported/documented by McAfee. With USB flash, you are on your own.

The same applies to SafeTech and floppy.

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Re: How do I e-boot (or WinTech) boot a tablet without a CD drive?

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SafeTech for an emergency boot is pretty easy to get on a thumb drive. Best to keep the drive smaller, ~2 GB drives usually work, more likely to be bootable.

Open a command prompt on a machine with SB Admin console installed, "cd %ProgramFiles%\sbadmin\safetech" and execute "Bootdisk.exe SafeTech E:" where E: is the drive letter of your thumb  drive.

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