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

Why Bitlocker takes longer to complete the encryption in Windows 10 as compared to Windows 7

Hello, my name is Ritesh Sinha and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Windows team.  Today’s blog will cover “Why Bitlocker takes longer to complete the encryption in Windows 10 as compared to Windows 7”. A brief summary of Bitlocker is: Bitlocker is a disk encryption system provided by Microsoft with the Windows… Read more

Options for Installing and Maintaining Windows Applications

Starting with the Windows 1607 release, MSN News and MSN Finance are no longer included with the Windows installation, but they are still available via Windows Store. For most, this change will be seamless. If users upgrade from a previous version of Windows 10, applications that were previously installed will update automatically. If users upgrade… Read more

Adobe Flash support on Windows Server 2016

With the changes that have occurred to further align the Windows Server and Client desktop experiences, one of the most commonly asked questions is “Does Windows Server 2016 ship with Adobe Flash?” Answer: Adobe is included and does ship on the Windows Server 2016 media. It can be installed by adding the Remote Desktop Session… Read more

Windows Server 2016 Volume Activation Tips

Hi, This is Scott McArthur, a Supportability Program Manager for Windows and Surface. With the launch of Windows Server 2016 I wanted to share some information on volume activation: Updating your existing KMS hosts to support Windows Server 2016 Setting up a new Windows Server 2016 KMS host Activating Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB Updating… Read more