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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Monthly Mail Sack: Yes, I Finally Admit It Edition

    Heya folks, Ned here again. Rather than continue the lie that this series comes out every Friday like it once did, I am taking the corporate approach and rebranding the mail sack. Maybe we’ll have the occasional Collector’s Edition versions. This week ...read more
  • 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: 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: 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 may...
  • 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: 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 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: Creating bootable USB drive for UEFI computers

    In today’s blog I am going to discuss how to create a multi-partition bootable USB drive for use UEFI based computers. 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 PE (WINPE...
  • 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: 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: 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...