How to make your existing Bitlocker encrypted environment FIPS complaint

Hello, my name is Mayank Sharma and I am a Technical Advisor here at Microsoft. In this blog, I will discuss FIPS compliance with Bitlocker. Microsoft's solution for completely encrypting data inside laptops, desktops and removable drives. So let’s get started… FIPS stands for Federal Information Processing Standard and is United States Government standards that… Read more

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 standbyhttp://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2998588 If you are deploying an image to Surface Pro 3, you are missing out on the feature where after 4 hours in Connected Standby the device will… Read more

Cross Post: Using Bing for technical instant answers and automated solutions

This is a cross post from William Keener’s Support Diagnostics and Automated Solutions blog that we wanted to add to our site.  It relates to Bing and instant answers about Microsoft Products/Technologies/Support issues and here on the AskCore site, we are all about getting this type of information out there.  Any comments made should be… Read more

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 Drivehttp://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014/10/20/how-to-update-the-surface-pro-3-firmware-offline-using-a-usb-drive.aspx This blog shows you how you can update firmware from a… Read more

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 the following: Surface Pro 3(other Surface devices not supported) UEFI firmware… Read more

Virtual Machine Checkpoint fails with Access Denied when running on a Clustered Shared Volume

When you attempt to create a CheckPoint of a virtual machine that is running on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) , you may receive a General access denied error as shown below. You will receive this error if the virtual machine’s VHD is placed on the root of the drive. The reason for the access denied… Read more

Announcing public availability of MBAM Compliance Data Cleanup Tool 2.5

We are happy to announce public availability of MBAM Compliance Data Cleanup Tool 2.5 (clean-mbam.exe), aka MBAMCDCT 2.5.   MBAM Compliance Data Cleanup Tool 2.5 (clean-mbam.exe) is a command line tool which enables you to delete machine records from the ‘Compliance Status’ database of the MBAM 1.0 and MBAM 2.0, MBAM 2.0 SP1 and MBAM… Read more

Go the modern (app) way

Hello everyone, This is Ashfana from the Windows Performance team. I’m here to talk about the basic philosophy behind Windows Store Apps which were introduced in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Windows Store apps were originally called Metro or modern apps before the RTM of the product. These are apps developed using a variety of… Read more

Deciphering Storport Traces 101

Welcome back to the CORE Team Blog — Paul Reynolds here. In previous blogs, I wrote about how to capture Storport traces in Windows 8 and Windows 2012. Please see: Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 with KB2819476 hotfix And Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 without KB2819476 hotfix… Read more

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 Deployment Toolkit 2013… Read more