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

Building a KMS host on Windows 7

Windows 7 with SP1 Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?C2=14019 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… Read more

New Office Update to address some of the scaling issues with Skype for Business 2016 and PowerPoint 2016

Hi Everyone, This is Kim Johnson from the Windows 10 client supportability team.  I wanted to share some exciting news around some new updates for display scaling issues in Skype for Business 2016 and PowerPoint 2016.  In previous blogs we discussed some of the issues encountered with display scaling on high dpi devices: · Display… Read more

Surface Ethernet Drivers

Hi, My name is Scott McArthur and I am a Supportability Program Manager for Surface. Today I have a quick blog on some important deployment information regarding the Surface Ethernet Drivers. When doing a deployment, it is necessary to add the Surface Ethernet drivers to boot images (ConfigMgr, MDT, WDS). This blog will discuss where… Read more