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  • Blog Post: PXE Deployment with Surface Pro

    PXE support has been added to Surface Pro as part of the May firmware update.  This means that as long as you have the Surface Pro Ethernet Adapter and installed the firmware update you can now perform PXE based deployments to Surface Pro. For detailed guidance on updating firmware on Surface pro...
  • Blog Post: Signing Windows 8 applications using an Internal PKI

    So – your development cycles have been completed and now you are ready to deploy the much anticipated Windows 8 based application that you have developed to your clients. You will quickly realize that the deployment of your newly created Windows 8 application cannot happen until the appx assembly...
  • Blog Post: Supporting Windows 8 Mail App in the Enterprise

    In a recent project we faced an interesting problems using the Windows 8 Mail App. Windows 8 include a built-in email app named Mail (also referred to as Windows 8 Mail or the Windows 8 Mail app). We used a Standard User Account without any local Admin privileges, logged on to the Domain and tried...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Management of ActiveX Controls using ActiveX Installer Service

    The ActiveX Installer Service (AXIS) is a Windows technology that enables the installation of ActiveX controls to a standard user in the enterprise. It consists of a Windows service, a Group Policy administrative template, and a few changes in Internet Explorer behavior. Many organizations must install...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Drivers and Firmware to Surface Pro

    Important Update - December 9th 2014 - Please do not use the methods outlined in this post to update touch firmware drivers. To exclude the Touch drivers simply remove them from the package of drivers/firmware. In the last month the Surface Pro team have started releasing driver and firmware pack...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Start Screen Customization with MDT

    If you are creating a Windows 8 image then you most likely want to customize the Start Screen layout that users see when they logon for the first time. However the question is "how should I customize the Start Screen?" There are three approaches that you can use: Use the Unattend.xml file to...