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  • Blog Post: Surface Pro 3 Hibernation Doesn’t Occur on Enterprise Install

    Hi my name is Scott McArthur and I want to call out a recently published KB article: Surface Pro 3 doesn't hibernate after four hours in connected standby http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2998588 If you are deploying an image to Surface Pro 3, you are missing out on the feature where...
  • 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: Windows 8.1 preview build reboots every 2 hours

    Today’s blog is regarding the expiration of the Windows 8.1 preview build which occurred yesterday January 15 th , 2014. If you installed the Windows 8.1 preview build and have not upgraded to 8.1 RTM you may notice that your machine is rebooting itself every 2 hours and you should also be getting...
  • 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: Installing Volume Activation Services Role in Windows Server 2012 to setup a KMS Host

    Hi, Today’s blog will walk you through installing the Volume Activation services role on Windows Server 2012 so you can setup a new Windows Server 2012 KMS host. Initial Configuration of a new Windows Server 2012 KMS host 1. After installing Windows Server 2012 open Server Manager and choose “Add roles...
  • 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: Surface Pro Firmware and Driver Pack for Enterprise deployments

    Today I am going to discuss the Surface Pro Firmware and Driver Pack. The Surface Pro Firmware and Driver Pack is a collection of drivers and firmware updates that Enterprise will need if they want to deploy their own custom image to the Surface Pro using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, System Center Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Unattended Setup of Windows 8 to Surface Pro

    In today’s blog I am going to explain how you can do an unattended setup of the default Windows 8 Enterprise X64 install.wim to a Surface Pro from a USB drive.   Unattended setups are not new but when you are deploying to the Surface Pro (or any other UEFI system) there are some special considerations...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Recommendations for Activation

    Hi, Today’s blog will cover the options available if you are deploying Windows 8 and/or Windows Server 2012 to an existing KMS activation configuration. It references two other blogs Installing the Volume Activation Services Role in Windows Server 2012 to setup a KMS host Installing the Volume Activation...
  • Blog Post: Installing Volume Activation Services Role in Windows Server 2012 to Configure ADBA

    Hello, Today’s blog will walk you through installing the Volume Activation services role on Windows Server 2012 so you can configure Active Directory Based Activation (ADBA). Initial Configuration of Active Directory Based Activation 1. After installing Windows Server 2012 open Server Manager and choose...
  • Blog Post: Setup cannot continue because one or more prerequisites required to install KB2686509 failed (0x8007F0F4)

    Today’s blog is going to cover some issues regarding the installation of MS12-034 (2686509).  When installing this update you may encounter the following error message: Setup cannot continue because one or more prerequisites required to install KB2686509 failed (0x8007F0F4) The existence of %windir...