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

Display Scaling changes for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Today we have guest author for this blog. Peter Felts is a Senior Program Manager in the developer platform group and is going to discuss Display Scaling improvements and changes with Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) Overview Steve Wright’s previous blog post about display scaling for high dots-per-inch (DPI) displays in Windows 10 does… Read more

Establishing Network Connectivity to a Share in the Windows Recovery Environment

Hi there! My name is Neil Dsouza and I’m a Support Escalation Engineer with the Windows Core team. Today I’m going to cover a scenario where you have a server that fails to boot and all you want to do is copy the data off the machine to a network share.  In most cases connecting… Read more

Updates taking a long time to install in Windows Server 2008 R2

Today I would like to discuss one of the issues that you face while installing updates in Windows Server 2008 R2.  When you install an update, it may hang for a very long period of time without any progress showing.  If you open Event Viewer and look in the Setup Event log, you will get… Read more

FREE EBOOK: Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

  The Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview book from Microsoft Press is now available. You can download it for FREE and it’s available in both standard and mobile PDF formats. This is a great way for you and our valued customers and partners to see what’s new in Windows Server 2016. There are ways you… Read more

Customizing the recovery partition after upgrading the OS from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10

  Hi Everyone, my name is Suganya and I am from the Windows Devices and Deployment Team. I would like to discuss one of the common issues customers face today; “Customizing the recovery partition after upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10”. What is Windows RE and why is it used? The Windows Recovery Environment… Read more

Behavior of Dynamic Witness on Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering

With Failover Clustering on Windows Server 2012 R2, we introduced the concept of Dynamic Witness and enhanced how we handle a tie breaker when the nodes are in a 50% split: See: Dynamic witness Tie breaker for 50% node split Today, I would like to explain how we handle the scenario where you are left… Read more

Windows 10 Deployment Links

Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am the Supportability Program Manager for Commercial Surface and Windows products.  A common question we get from customers is “Can you direct me to information regarding what I should be thinking about when deploying Windows 10.”  All this information is available online but it helps sometimes if… Read more