Yes that's correct. The requirements for Agent deployment are outlined here:
Since it's just one system and the admin$ is only required for Agent deployment and never again I would just grab the framepkg.exe Agent installer from your EPO server and install it manually on that one system. Once it's managed in EPO you shouldn't have any problems.
Thanks for the link!
Actually it is not possible to create the Admin$ hidden folder in Windows 8.1 - I have tried. If someone knows how I would love to know - the registry hacks posted all over the web do not work on this 64-bit machine (DWORD or QWORD it doesn't matter)
I will try the framepkg.exe installer and give that a try to. The problem is that Windows is migrating away from these hidden shares and EPO needs to change the way it reaches out to these machines as a result. Do you foresee that happening?
I haven't had any particular issues with deploying Agents to Windows 8/2012 machines. Strange.
I'm getting ready to upgrade from ePO 5.1.0 to 5.3 next week. Is this issue limited to ePO 5.3? I currently have no problems deploying to Windows 8.x.
This is my first experience with EPO and mmcgary states that he has no issues with deployment. It should be stated that I have three workstations with Windows 8.1 and two of the three are managed. However, these were originally XP Pro boxes that were upgraded when Windows offered the W8.1 Pro upgrade for $34.99. It is my belief that the hidden Admin$ share was created under XP. The workstation purchased with native W8 does not have the admin$ share. I have tried to create the share without success. In fact, when I attempted to create a share admin$ I was told that "admin$" and "c$" were reserved. This would lead you to believe that activating the hidden administrator account or adding the QWORD under the Windows security policy registry would allow access from the server, but it does not.