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  • Blog Post: Updating Surface Pro 3 firmware (Cross Post)

    Hi this is Scott McArthur and I just wanted to call attention to a blog that I worked on with some of our PFE engineers that just posted related to Surface. How to Update the Surface Pro 3 Firmware Offline using a USB Drive http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014/10/20/how-to-update...
  • Blog Post: Asset Tag Tool for Surface Pro 3

    Hi my name is Scott McArthur and I want to call out a tool that recently came out that allows Enterprise customers to set Asset Tags on Surface Pro 3. This tool is available for download at the following location: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44076 The tool requires...
  • 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. Note: The Surface Pro 3 Pen functionality requires OneNote 2013 or...
  • 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: MMS 2013 Hands On Labs Available

    A few months ago we held the annual 2013 Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. As in years past, the event sold out quickly and it was a very busy week. To everyone that attended, our sincere thanks. As a recap, the below blog gives you the list of available sessions online to view that deal with...
  • Blog Post: Network Settings provided through unattend.txt fail to take effect on Servers if NIC resides on virtual Bus

    Hello my name is Nitin Mishra and I am working with Platforms Core Team in Product Support Group. This article discusses an issue with latest Broadcom NC Series VBD drivers coming with DL360 G5 and DL380 G5, which prevent the Network Settings, provided in Unattend/sysprep answer file, to take effect...
  • Blog Post: Error Message: Windows cannot access the required file d:\sources\install.wim when replacing install.wim with custom install.wim

    My name is Scott McArthur, a Senior Support Escalation Engineer who focuses on deployment issues. My topic for today’s blog entry involves an issue where a customer was deploying Windows Server 2008 by replacing the default install.wim on the Windows Server 2008 media with a custom install.wim.  ...
  • Blog Post: Adding New Timezones to Windows XP/Windows Server 2003 Sysprep.inf deployments

    Hello, my name is Scott McArthur. I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover specifying new and updated timezones in sysprep.inf for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. When deploying Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 with a sysprep image you must specify...
  • Blog Post: How to add KMDF/UMDF driver to a Windows Vista DVD

    Hello, my name is Kaushik Ainapure. I am a Senior Support Engineer in the Windows Platforms Core group. In this blog I am going to discuss how to extract and add the KMDF (Kernel Mode Driver Framework) to a Windows Vista Deployment.   Windows Driver Foundation (WDF) is a set of Microsoft tools...
  • Blog Post: Deployment Options for UEFI based Computers

    Today’s blog will discuss support for UEFI with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and other deployment tools.  First we should discuss why this change is occurring.  Today’s BIOS has been around for a long time.  Some of the limitations include: 16bit code 1mb address space limitation Slow...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 – Part 3

    Known Issues during an upgrade Issue 1: Compatibility Report shows errors that certain roles are installed even when they are not During the Windows upgrade, the Upgrade Compatibility wizard runs a through test of the machine and reports any known compatibility issues. Sometime, the report...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2010 & 2012 – My deployment failed. What and where are logs I should review?

    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 Toolkit 2010...
  • Blog Post: KMS 1.1 For Windows Server 2003 Installation Issues

    KMS 1.1 For Windows Server 2003 Installation Issues Hello my name is Scott McArthur and I am a support escalation engineer in the Windows Platforms group and specialize in activation issues. We have had a number of support calls around issues with KMS 1.1 for Windows Server 2003. There are two different...
  • Blog Post: How to set up Windows Deployment Services on 2003 SP2 Servers for Installs of Windows 2003 and XP

    Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003 ("W2K3" in this post) includes Windows Deployment Services ("WDS"). WDS replaces Remote Installation Services (“RIS”) on W2K3 SP1 and Windows 2000 servers. Upgrading from RIS to WDS is NOT covered here (see: Windows Deployment Services Update Step-by-Step Guide...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7/2008R2 SP1 AIK Supplement Update Installation and Information

    With the release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1(SP1) we have also released a new version of the Windows 7 AIK or WAIK.  The SP1 version is more of a supplement to the current version and not a full replacement of the AIK.  The update includes an update to Windows PE...
  • Blog Post: How to manage Out-of-Box Drivers with the use of Model Specific Driver Groups in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1

    Hello.   My name is Bill Spears and I am a Premier Field Engineer in the Windows/Platforms group at Microsoft.   In today’s blog I will discuss the approach that I use to manage Out-Of-Box drivers within the deployment process of MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1). If you are...
  • Blog Post: KMS Host Client Count not Increasing Due to Duplicate CMID'S

    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 KMS activation and deployment of images.     This issue seems to be more prevalent today due to the various tools used to clone images...
  • Blog Post: Sessions from MMS 2013 Now Available

    Greetings AskCore fans. I thought I would start creating a blog for a subset of the videos/sessions available at each of the conferences that Microsoft has throughout the year. These sessions will be available and will deal with topics that are discussed here on the AskCore Blog. There are numerous other...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 - Part 4

    Known issues during an upgrade Hi everyone, Today I want to bring up some known issues in Hyper-V, iSCSI targets, and moving between Full Server, Server Core, and Minimal Server interface. We already have KBs out there to assist you in case you run into any of these issues. I have added links...
  • Blog Post: How to manage Out-of-Box Drivers with the use of Selection Profiles in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1

    Hello. My name is Bill Spears and I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer / Premier Field Engineer in the Windows/Platforms group at Microsoft. In today’s blog I will discuss the approach that I use to manage Out-Of-Box drivers within the deployment process of MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update1 Media Deployment USB drive for UEFI computer

    In today’s blog I am going to cover an issue related to using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update1 to deploy an image to Surface Pro using media deployment point. Notes: This issue is not specific to Surface Pro and could occur with other UEFI computers. This may be addressed in later version of...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows 8 – Part 3

    Dual boot and other installation options Hello Again, Today’s post is for a different reason. I know many of you love your Window 7 PCs so much that you are not ready to upgrade it yet. Then why not test drive Windows 8 in a boot from VHD or dual boot configuration? This way you can test...