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  • Blog Post: Deploy Windows to Surface Pro 3 using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

    Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am Senior Support Escalation Engineer on the Deployment/Devices team. In today’s blog I am going to go over the steps to deploy Windows 8.1 Enterprise X64 Update to a Surface Pro 3. In this example I will be using the following deployment technologies Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Surface Pro 3 Pen and OneNote Tips

    Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am Senior Support Escalation Engineer on the Deployment/Devices team. In today’s blog I am going to go over some tips for deploying Surface Pro 3 related to the Pen and OneNote integration. Tip #1: Deploying custom image to Surface Pro 3 You may have noticed...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 – Part 1

    Things to consider before the upgrade Hi Again everybody, Windows Server 2012 was launched in August this year. With an innovative user interface, powerful remote management tools, a big bunch of new features, major enhancements to existing ones, and a focus towards cloud, this is perhaps the most...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Useful Links

    Common questions we get asked in the Setup/Core team is where can I find some useful links regarding Deployment (with MDT 2010 and SCCM), USMT 4.0 (User State Migration Toolkit), Activation (Changes and functionality differences in Vista and Greater O/S’es), Application Compatibility with Windows 7 and...
  • Blog Post: Open File Security Warning Prompt during Deployment

    Today’s blog is going to cover an issue we have seen a couple of times now with customers utilizing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to Deploy Windows although it can happen with any deployment tool out there. Issue: During deployment of Windows or even after Windows is deployed you see an Open File...
  • Blog Post: Customizing Default users profile using CopyProfile

    Today’s blog is going to cover some issues around customizing default user profiles when deploying Windows. There are a number of resources available on the CopyProfile topic 973289 How to customize the default local user profile for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2010 / 2012 – My deployment failed. What logs should I review and where are they located?

    One of the most common questions I get is “What logs should I look at if my deployment fails?” So here is a little summary of the logs you will be most concerned with when troubleshooting a failed Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 install that are being deployed via Microsoft Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows 7 on UEFI based computer

    Many new computers are shipping with the option to boot Unified Extensible Firmware Interface ( UEFI ) instead of standard BIOS.   In today’s blog I walkthrough how I installed Windows 7 SP1 X64 Enterprise on a Dell Latitude E6410 laptop that supports UEFI.   The screenshots are specific to...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2010: Incorrect wimgapi.dll version causing WIM mounting issues

    Today’s blog will cover an issue we have seen with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010.   You may see one or more of the following error messages when generating or updating boot images and other actions in MDT that involve the Lite Touch Images: Unable to mount the WIM, so the update process cannot...
  • Blog Post: Product Key not accepted after Integrating SP3 media

    This blog entry covers a issue that some customers have encountered with the release of SP3 for Windows XP. The service pack supports the use of the /integrate command to integrate(or also called slipstream) SP3 into a Windows XP flat. It is supported to run the command with the following media Windows...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows 8 - Part 1

    Things to consider before the upgrade Hi Everyone, Windows 8 is coming and there is a lot of buzz about it already. Many of you have already used Windows 8 while it was in its Release preview. A lot have changed in this version of Windows, it’s a whole new operating system designed to meet the needs...
  • Blog Post: Sysprep, SkipRearm, and Image Build Best Practices

    Running sysprep Today's blog will cover a common question we get with deploying Windows. The question usually starts as "How many times can I run sysprep"? While the answer is simple it requires a more detailed explanation. When sysprep executes, one of the sysprep providers is responsible for resetting...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and Server 2012 Upgrade Blog Series coming

    Welcome to our Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Launch Series! We hope you will enjoy reading this series as much as we enjoyed putting the content together. With that said, this 8-part series will talk about things to consider, walkthroughs, dual boots, etc. Below is the series of blogs that we will...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator Releases Today

    Assess Infrastructure Readiness for OS Migration and Virtualization with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator ! No IT project can be successful unless the specific network environment is well understood.  To help IT professionals and Microsoft Partners solve common migration...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2013 Presentations and Videos Ask the Core Team favorites

    Today’s blog is a listing of our favorite videos and presentations that recently occurred at TechEd 2013. I have gone through them and picked what we think are the most important to the technologies our team supports. Deployment/Client Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2 Azure...
  • Blog Post: How to run a Sysprep and Capture Task Sequence From MDT 2010

    Hello, my name is Kevin Ledman. I am a Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover how to run the new Sysprep and Capture Task Sequence included with MDT 2010. If you choose to deploy an operating system manually or need to make customizations outside of the MDT task...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows 8 – part 4

    Restoring the older OS in case the Upgrade fails Hi again everyone, You tried upgrading to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, but something bad happened midway. You didn’t take a backup when you started. Can you go back? Sure you can. Starting with Windows Vista, we actually save all files...
  • Blog Post: How To: Customize the Windows 7 Start Menu and Taskbar Using unattend.xml

    Today’s blog will cover scenario where you would like to customize the Start menu and TaskBar(also called SuperBar) as part of your deployment. In Windows 7 the start menu looks like this The top 5 icons in the start menu are not customizable. Note that over time these icons will be replaced by the users...
  • Blog Post: Invalid Product Key Error Specifying MAK key in unattend.xml

    Hello, my name is Scott McArthur.   I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover an issue involving specifying MAK Product Keys during setup of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.   When deploying a Volume License (VL) version of Windows 7 or...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows 8 – Part 5

    Known Issues Hi Again, Welcome back to the Upgrade to Windows 8 Series. In today’s post we want to cover some of the know issues you might hit when you move to Windows 8. The following are the top issues we found customers reporting on our forums. Black screen after performing an Upgrade...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 - Part 2

    Performing an in place upgrade Hi Everyone, Today, I want to walk you through the screens of performing an upgrade to Windows Server 2012, and talk about the logs you can look at in case an upgrade fails. Before performing the Upgrade, ensure that you check the pre-requisites, you can refer to...
  • Blog Post: Creating bootable USB drive for UEFI computers

    In today’s blog I am going to discuss how to handle booting from a USB drive on a UEFI system so you can deploy Windows.   It is common to create bootable USB flash drives or hard drives so you can boot from them to do various tasks such as Boot Windows PE (WINPE) for recovery purposes Boot Windows...
  • Blog Post: Automating the OOBE process during Windows Server 2008 Sysprep Mini-Setup

      One of the more common questions we have with Windows Server 2008 deployment revolves around the basic components needed in our answer file to automate the OOBE process during Sysprep mini-setup. Let’s start out with a few basic facts. ·         ...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting PXE Boot Errors with ADS Clients

    It can be very frustrating getting a client machine to boot to ADS if things don't run perfectly and you aren't familiar with any of the troubleshooting methods.  I thought it would be a good idea to go over some of the more common causes of PXE boot errors on the client machines and ideas on how...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows 8 - Part 2

    Hi again, Welcome to the second part of this series. In this blog, we will run through a clean installation of Windows 8 by booting off the installation media. The aim of this post is to walk you through the screens that are new in Windows 8 and explain the settings and differences. As with earlier...