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…


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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Windows 8.1 preview build reboots every 2 hours

Today’s blog is regarding the expiration of the Windows 8.1 preview build which occurred yesterday January 15th, 2014.  If you installed the Windows 8.1 preview build and have not upgraded to 8.1 RTM you may notice that your machine is rebooting itself every 2 hours and you should also be getting the following notification when…


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…


Surface Pro Firmware and Driver Pack for Enterprise deployments

Today I am going to discuss the Surface Pro Firmware and Driver Pack.  The Surface Pro Firmware and Driver Pack is a collection of drivers and firmware updates that Enterprise will need if they want to deploy their own custom image to the Surface Pro using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, System Center Configuration Manager, or any…


Unattended Setup of Windows 8 to Surface Pro

In today’s blog I am going to explain how you can do an unattended setup of the default Windows 8 Enterprise X64 install.wim to a Surface Pro from a USB drive.  Unattended setups are not new but when you are deploying to the Surface Pro (or any other UEFI system) there are some special considerations…