Disaster Recovery, WinTech and WinPE
A long while ago, probably back in 2006 I wrote an article about how to add WinTech (the diagnostic and disaster recovery toolkit for the “SafeBoot”, or McAfee Endpoint Encryption for PCs) to a BartPE CD Image. At the time WinPE was only available to system integrators, and not to the likes of you and me. The steps to create custom WinPE CDs were obtuse, thanks mainly to a lack of documentation from Microsoft as to how WinPE worked, and thus many people migrated to the simple and easy BartPE system.I wanted to provide an easy way for people to make these useful bootable recovery CDs
UPDATE – 12th Sep 2012 – Don’t forget if you are using WinPE3.1, you need to take the disk offline before authenticating with WinTech/EETech . If you don’t, pesky WinPE3.1 will start writing to the private pre-boot area and will corrupt it. There are comments to this effect below, and also on https://community.mcafee.com/message/200194#200194
UPDATE – 16th June 2010 – I added my Windows 7 scripts for EETech and WinTech to CTOGoneWild – They are called “MakePECD3.01 EEPC5+W7.zip” and “MakePECD3.02EEPC6+W7.zip” – let me know how you get on with them!
UPDATE – 14th Dec 2009. I added a new version of the script which makes a EETech CD for EEPC v6 – you can find it on CTOGoneWild as usual.
Today, the latest versions of WinPE are both well documented and accessible, and now the Windows AIK toolkit is available to all, there seems less reason to persist with the BartPE plugin system than there was before.
I recently wrote a simple batch file to automate the instructions on how to add WinTech to a PE3 image – it makes things simple, and later still, I found a bunch of useful SATA ACPI and NIC drivers which too my script can add into the image for you.
All this is available from CTOGoneWild, the script is called MakePCCD2.bat. You can use it as inspiration for your own boot CDs even if you don’t need WinTech. It has a shell (no Explorer with PE remember!, and some old bat tricks to enumerate folders and use the PE builder stuff to insert drivers etc.
Please read the “readme.txt” file in the zip before starting, as you need to download Windows AIK, and also set some values in the script before starting it. Oh, and on Vista, if for some odd reason you’re using UAC, you need to run it “as administrator” on a local drive. You’ll also need either SafeBoot Administration, or McAfee Endpoint Encryption Manager installed so the script can pick up the right drivers.
As always, Enjoy!