Deploying and Configuring Windows Nano Server 2016 TP4

Introduction Hello Everyone! Allen Sudbring here, Platforms PFE in the central region. Today I wanted to share some information I have been working on with my customers concerning Microsoft’s newest version of Window Server, Nano Server. Nano Server is a lightweight, stripped down version of Windows Server optimized for private clouds and datacenters. Nano server… Read more

Building out labs

Hi Matthew Walker here again. So in the course of learning the new features of Windows Server 2016 it is very useful to be to be able to have an environment built out quickly. There are multiple ways to address this. My co-worker Jaromir has his way which is built upon I’m going to… Read more

Resetting the Local Admin Name and Password for Azure ARM Virtual Machines with PowerShell

Hi there, this is JJ Streicher-Bremer, saying hello from Azureland.   When one creates a virtual machine in the Azure portal a username and password are required. This username and password are used by the Azure fabric to configure the local administrator account on that virtual machine.   I don’t know about you, but sometimes… Read more

Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1: Part II, starting with Selection Profiles (and some random Windows Server 2003 End of Service ramblings)

A while back (and longer than I’d like to admit), I wrote a post on getting started with Windows Deployment for Windows Server or Windows client using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. I’ve helped many customers since then setup and use MDT in their environment. Many of these engagements are a result of Windows Server 2003… Read more

Surface Pro 3 Hibernation Update You’ll Want To Apply

Hey folks Joao Botto with a quick link to some very important Surface Pro 3 information that Scott McArthur published on the AskCore blog: If have used a Surface Pro 3 you may have noticed that after 4h of sleep it just goes into hibernation by default. That is because (1) It wakes up… Read more

How to Update the Surface Pro 3 Firmware Offline using a USB Drive

Today’s blog post is a collaboration between our PFE group and premier support. Joao Botto (PFE), Kyle Blagg (PFE), and Scott McArthur (Support) are writing about their favorite device. You will see this post in the askpfeplat and askcore blogs. Some of you may know that we launched Surface Pro 3 before its gigabit network… Read more

MDT 2013 – Part II: Create a Deployment Task Sequence and Deploy a Custom Windows Server 2012 R2 Base OS Image

Hey there Mike Hildebrand here with Part Two of this MDT series. To catch up, go here and read Part One and then come back … Picking up where we left off, we had MDT setup and running and we'd captured an image of a reference server system. In Part Two, we'll create a… Read more

MDT 2013 – Part I: MDT Configuration; Capture a Windows Server 2012 R2 Base OS Image

Greetings and salutations! As many of you know, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, or "MDT," is a mature, powerful and flexible toolset for client and server OS deployments. My PFE sister-in-arms, Charity Shelbourne has a great starter post about installing MDT and setting things up: Work through that first, then come back here…. Now, just… Read more

How to Use The Same External Ethernet Adapter For Multiple SCCM OSD

UPDATE (11/12/2015): We have heard some reports of this script not working for some Windows 10 deployments, and we are currently investigating that situation. In the meantime, our SCCM gurus Wilhelm Kocher and Frank Rojas have found another solution for this scenario, that we think you may find easier than the one described in this… Read more

Migrate from Windows XP to the future with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

Hello, Jeff Stokes here, the dude as it were…so, if you hadn't noticed, XP end of life is quite soon. If you are still trying to find the random XP machine in your environment, Ashley McGlone, Mr. PowerShell, GoateePFE, wrote this awesome post on how to find it quick and dirty like: We looked… Read more