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

New Guided Walkthrough for troubleshooting problems relating to Event ID 1135 in a Failover Clustering environment

I wanted to post about a new walkthrough that we have to help in troubleshooting an Event 1135 on a Failover Cluster.  As a bit of a background, Failover Clustering sends a heartbeat from and to each node of a Cluster to determine its health and if it responding.  If it does not respond in… Read more

Failover Cluster Node Startup Order in Windows Server 2012 R2

In this blog, my Colleague, JP, and I would like to talk about how to start a Cluster without the need of the ForceQuorum (FQ) switch.  We have identified 3 different scenarios and how the Cluster behaves when you turn on the nodes in a certain order for Windows Server 2012 R2.  I first want… Read more

Using the Windows 10 Compatibility Reports to understand upgrade issues

This blog discusses on how to obtain and review the Compatibility Reports to troubleshoot Windows 10 Upgrades.On a PC that is eligible for the free upgrade offer, you can use the "Get Windows 10" app and choosing the "Check your upgrade status". The report will be displayed within the app showing issues in separate categories… Read more

Users can't access the desktop and other resources through Quick Access in Windows 10

If you use copyprofile when customizing your Windows 10 profiles, you may encounter a scenario where pinned icons, such as Desktop under Quick Access for Windows 10 will not be accessible and users may encounter an issue similar to the following when attempting to access or save an item to that location. “Location is not… Read more

Display Scaling in Windows 10

Hope everyone is having a good day.  Today, we have a guest among us.  Steve Wright is a Senior Program Manager in the Developer Platform Group.  He is authoring this blog regarding scaling in Windows 10 with how it works and how users will benefit from the work we have done with scaling. Overview/Introduction Windows… Read more

Troubleshooting Activation Issues

Today, Henry Chen and I are going to talk about troubleshooting some activation issues that we often run into. To begin, here is an article which talks about what Microsoft Product Activation is and why it is important. Also, thisarticle explains KMS Activation. Now, let’s jump into some common activation scenarios. Scenario 1 – Security… Read more