How to convert Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise using ICD

Windows 10 makes life easier and brings a lot of benefits in the enterprise world. Converting Windows 10 without an ISO image or DVD is one such benefit. My name is Amrik and in this blog, we’ll take an example of upgrading Windows 10 Professional edition to Windows 10 Enterprise edition. Let’s consider a scenario…


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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. This tool is available for download at the following location: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44076 The tool requires the following: Surface Pro 3(other Surface devices not supported) UEFI firmware…

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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…

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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. Tip #1: Deploying custom image to Surface Pro 3 You may have noticed that if…

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TechEd 2013 Presentations and Videos Ask the Core Team favorites

Today’s blog is a listing of our favorite videos and presentations that recently occurred at TechEd 2013.  I have gone through them and picked what we think are the most important to the technologies our team supports. Deployment/Client Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2 Azure For Fun For a full list of the presentations…


MMS 2013 Hands On Labs Available

A few months ago we held the annual 2013 Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. As in years past, the event sold out quickly and it was a very busy week. To everyone that attended, our sincere thanks.  As a recap, the below blog gives you the list of available sessions online to view that…