Deploy Windows from USB drive to Surface Studio

Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am Supportability Program Manager in Surface.  Today I am going discuss two scenarios involving deploying Windows 10 to Surface Studio. Today if you don’t follow the steps outlined below you will see the following symptoms: Windows Setup runs and does not report errors but on 1st reboot… Read more

Deploy Surface Studio using MDT

Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am Supportability Program Manager in Surface.  Today I am going to walk through deploying Windows 10 Enterprise Version 1703(Creators Update) to a Surface Studio using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443.  Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the preferred tool to use when building reference images or just deploying Windows to… Read more

Hyper-V authentication in Windows Server 2016 for managing remote Hyper-V servers through RSAT

Hello, my name is Ayushie Bhat and I’m a Support Engineer with the Windows Core team. Today, I’m going to talk about the authentication in Windows Server 2016 and discuss the case of creating a VM on a CORE server from a different graphical user interface (GUI) server through Hyper-V Manager in Windows Server 2016.  In… Read more

Uninstalling and reinstalling the Windows 2012R2 Failover Clustering feature

In some cases, it may be necessary to uninstall and reinstall the Windows Failover Clustering feature on a server that is currently a member of a Failover Cluster.  This can be done via either Server Manager, or PowerShell.  Below are the steps to complete the process using each method.  These instructions document the process for… Read more

Building a KMS Host on Windows 8

Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?C2=16796 This blog post is part of a series of posts, detailing the build process and activating capabilities of a KMS host on a particular host operating system. The operating system dictates which KMS host key (CSVLK) can be installed on that particular host, and that CSVLK determines what KMS-capable clients can be activated. When implementing KMS… Read more

Building a KMS Host on Windows Server 2008 R2

Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=14134 This blog post is part of a series of posts, detailing the build process and activating capabilities of a KMS host on a particular host operating system. The operating system dictates which KMS host key (CSVLK) can be installed on that particular host, and that CSVLK determines what KMS-capable clients can be activated. When implementing… Read more

Error Adding Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 2016 LTSB Product Keys to VAMT 3.1

My name is Shannon Gowen and I am a Serviceability Support Escalation Engineer for Windows Client and Server Beta. This is a short blog describing an issue that you might see utilizing the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) with Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 2016 LTSB product keys and how to resolve it. This… Read more

Cluster Networks in Windows Failover Clustering

Welcome to the Ask the Core Team blog. My name is Eriq Stern and today we are going to discuss Failover Cluster networks.  This information applies to Windows 2008 thru Windows 2012 R2 Failover Clusters. What does a Windows Failover Cluster consider a “Cluster Network”? In a Windows Failover Cluster, Cluster Networks are created automatically… Read more