Monthly Archives: May 2013

Windows 8 End User Training Brochure

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Just released is the Windows 8 End User Training Brochure.  This is a 36 page PDF that helps you be more acquainted with the new Windows 8 operating system.  You can download it from the Microsoft Download Center.

As Microsoft explains:

Windows has been reimagined to be all about you and your style of working. Put what matters most right on your Start screen, and get instant access to your people, apps, sites, and more, so you can spend less time searching and more time doing.

No matter what you want to do, you can get it done quickly in Windows 8. Whether you’re collaborating on a large project, preparing for an upcoming conference, or traveling for work, you can use touch, mouse, and keyboard together–seamlessly–to do what you want, the way you want.

I’ll be adding this to my compilation of Windows 8 Tips, Tricks and More post as well.

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Flying the Friendly Skies with Windows Phone

Jet Airways is the newest member to add their application to the Windows Phone platform.  I thought I would take the time to share their app and to also put pointers to the Delta and American Airlines applications for Windows Phone.

Jet Airways

Do you fly the blue skies with Jet Airways?  If so, you are in luck.  Jet Airways has recently released their Windows Phone app.  Download the app today.

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Fly Delta

Maybe you fly Delta… there is an app for them as well.

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American Airlines

American Airlines also has an application for you.

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XBOX One Revealed

imageToday, Microsoft announced the XBOX One, the next version of the XBOX System.  If you missed it, you can watch it on-demand starting now.

I need to start preparing now to buy 2-3 of these guys.  Pricing wasn’t disclosed.  I’m looking forward to hearing more at E3.

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Surface Pro–Enterprise Deployment Quick Start Guide

The much anticipated Deployment Guide has been released for the Surface Pro.  If you click this link you will be redirected to the Microsoft Download Center for the Surface Pro firmware and driver pack.

imageThen, click Download and you will be presented with the ability to download the Firmware and Driver Pack or the 16 page PDF that gives you all the details to successfully deploy Windows 8 to the Surface Pro (or both).

In order to do PXE boot with the Surface Pro, you will need to purchase the Surface Pro Ethernet adapter.  You CANNOT use any other USB Ethernet adapter, it has to be the Surface Pro Ethernet adapter.

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Deploying Windows 8 to UEFI Devices

imageOver the last couple of weeks, I’ve received some inquiries on how to deploy a Windows 8 image to devices that are UEFI; especially if they are UEFI only like the Surface Pro.

Some of the challenges I am hearing are related to UEFI systems requiring the boot files residing on a FAT32 partition.  For some, this won’t be too big of an issue; however, others have image files that are much larger than the 4 GB FAT32 limitation.

The Microsoft technical team has posted some very useful documents and instead of recreating the wheel, I thought I would share a few links that may be of interest.

Article 1

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update1 Media Deployment USB drive for UEFI computer

This article provides information related deploying an image using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to UEFI images.

I am finding that some are still getting hung up on how to create a 2 partition USB drive.  Please read Article 3.

Article 2

Unattended Setup of Windows 8 to Surface Pro

Although titled for Surface Pro, the details provide information on how to prepare a USB drive for an unattended setup.  This works great if your deployment image and boot files are less than 4 GB.  If larger than 4 GB, refer to Article 3.

Article 3

Creating bootable USB drive for UEFI computers

As described in the article, this is the biggest issue I see people running into

UEFI based systems such as the Surface Pro or other UEFI systems require that the boot files reside on FAT32 partition. If they are not FAT32 the system may not see the device as bootable.

FAT32 has a 4GB individual file size limitation and 32GB maximum volume size. If any of the files are larger than 4GB you may have to configure the drive differently. Consider if you are booting Windows PE 4.0 and want to deploy a custom image using Dism.exe where the size of the image is 8GB. You would not be able to store the image on the FAT32 partition.

The article provides two options to get around this.

Finishing Touches

I will finish this post with two other posts that may be of value to you and a two videos from the recent Microsoft Management Summit 2013.

Posts

  1. Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart
  2. Samples: Applying Windows, System, and Recovery Partitions by using a Deployment Script

Videos

MMS 2013:  What’s New in Windows 8 Deployment

Now that Windows 8 is generally available, it is important for enterprises to begin integrating it into their plans. In this session, we will dig into the technical aspects of Windows 8 deployment projects, including: changes in the tools, technologies, and processes used for deploying.

MMS 2013:  Real World Windows 8 Deployment with MDT 2012 Update 1

In this session, learn about the new features in MDT 2012 Update 1, including deploying to EUFI enabled hardware, work with drivers, updates, applications, configuring BitLocker, all for the enterprise network.

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Updated Windows 8 Tips & Tricks

If you haven’t checked out my Windows 8 Tips & Tricks post, you might be missing a few resources to help you feel more comfortable with the new Touch Optimized Windows.

The Tips & Tricks post is a compilation of resources from various websites including videos, books, cheat sheets, etc.

Check it out:  Windows 8 Tips, Tricks, and more.

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XBOX Reveal–May 21st

imageGet ready for XBOX Reveal – the new generation XBOX will be revealed on May 21, 2013 at 10a PDT.  You can watch LIVE on XBOX Live, XBOX.com, or Spike TV.

You can also join the event via Facebook.

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