Windows CE is a modular operating system designed to be customized for different hardware and for different uses. Windows CE images are built for specific hardware and specific purposes using a tool called Platform Builder. Platform Builder is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for building customized embedded Windows CE operating system platforms. It allows you to design, create, build, test, and debug a Windows CE image for Windows CE devices.

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 management for Windows CE can be enabled in two ways. The easiest is to use the Platform Builder built-in client. To use the built-in client, simply add the version of the device management client included in Platform Builder 5.0 to your Windows CE 5.x device operating system image or, in Platform Builder 6.0, to your Windows CE 6.x device. This will incorporate all dependencies for the client software and provide mixed mode support for Windows CE 5.x or Windows CE 6.x devices. Using the built-in device management client has two limitations:

To manage Windows CE 4.2 devices with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 requires the Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Device Management Feature Pack device client for PocketPC 2003. This client can be installed at run-time. No built-in client for Windows CE 4.2 is available in Platform Builder. The Windows CE 4.2 platform has the same dependency requirements as the Windows CE 5.x and Windows CE 6.x client with regard to run-time installation. The dependencies for Windows CE support of the device client are listed below.

To enable native mode support on Windows CE 5.x devices requires the Windows CE 5.0 device management client that ships with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. To enable native mode support on Windows CE 6.x devices requires the Windows CE 6.0 device management client that is available in Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 after installing Hotfix 977384on the site server computer. For information about this issue and to download this hotfix, see Article 977384 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base ( For Windows CE 5.0 or Windows CE 6.0, install the device management client after the image is created and deployed, and then start the mobile device client at run-time on the device.

The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 mobile device client requires certain components be installed in Windows CE. In order to run the device client, Windows CE must be installed with all of the following dependencies.

Dependencies for Windows CE Support

The following is a list of Platform Builder catalog items required on the Windows CE operating system in order for it to support the Configuration Manager 2007 mobile device client.

  • Authentication Services (SSPI)

  • Asyncmac NDIS driver

  • C++ Runtime Support for Exception Handling and Runtime Type Information

  • CAB File Installer/Uninstaller

  • Certificates (CryptoAPI 2.0)

  • CoCreateGuid functionality for OLE32

  • COM

  • Command Processor

  • Common Control

  • Compression

  • Console Window

  • Core Server Support

  • Credential Manager

  • Cryptography Services (CryptoAPI 1.0) with High Encryption Provider

  • Database Support

  • Device Manager

  • Display Support

  • FormatMessage API

  • Full C Runtime

  • Gradient Fill Support

  • Internet Explorer Multiple-Language Base API

  • IP Helper API

  • Memory Mapped Files

  • Message Queue - Point-to-Point

  • Minimal GDI Configuration

  • Minimal GWES Configuration

  • Minimal Input Configuration

  • Minimal Window Manager Configuration

  • National Language Support (NLS)

  • Network Driver Architecture (NDIS)

  • Network Utilities (Ipconfig, Ping, Route)

  • PNP Notifications

  • Power Management (Minimal)

  • Schannel (SSL/TLS)

  • Serial Port Support

  • Standard I/O (STDIO)

  • Standard I/O ASCII (STDIOA)

  • Standard Shell

  • Standard String Functions - ASCII (corestra)

  • String Safe Utility Functions

  • System Password

  • Tahoma (Subset 1_07)

  • Target Control Support (Shell.exe)

  • TCP/IP

  • UI-based Notification

  • URL Moniker Services

  • Windows Internet Services

  • Winsock Support

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