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

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

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

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

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

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

Microsoft Ignite sessions dealing with what we do in AskCore

Early in the month of May, Microsoft held it’s Ignite Conference (formally known as TechEd) in Chicago, Illinois.  This conference was a huge success with over 23,000 attendees.  There are a lot of new things coming out with Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 over the next year.  I wanted to provide you some of… Read more

Troubleshooting Common Surface Pro 3 Issues Post Deployment

With the launch of Surface Pro 3, enterprises have been testing/deploying them. Almost all deploy a customized image to Surface Pro 3 and sometimes they hit a roadblock. Today, I will talk about some of the basic things to check that can help narrow down the issues. Before we get to that, I would like… Read more