Enabling Surface Laptop keyboard during MDT deployment

Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am Supportability PM with commercial Surface. Today’s blog will discuss how to enable the keyboard on the new Surface Laptop during a Microsoft Deployment Toolkit deployment. The information in this blog could be used for other deployment methodologies also On most devices, the keyboard should work while… 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

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

Windows 10 Volume Activation Tips

Hi, Today’s blog is going to cover some tips around preparing your organization for activating Windows 10 computers using volume activation Updating Existing KMS Hosts The first thing to do is to update your KMS host to support Windows 10 computers using the following hotfix 3058168: Update that enables Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 KMS… 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

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. Update 1/30/2018:  Note that in addition to Surface Pro 3 the Asset tag tool works with Surface 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Surface Studio,… 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

Deploying Surface Pro 3 Pen and OneNote Tips

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 some tips for deploying Surface Pro 3 related to the Pen and OneNote integration. Note:  The Surface Pro 3 Pen functionality requires OneNote 2013 or Modern OneNote.  It does… Read more