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CROSSPOST: New Server Management Tool: Project Name “Honolulu”

This is a cross post from my blog to help increase visibility of a new tool that is coming. I wanted...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 09/14/2017

High CPU/High Memory in WSUS following Update Tuesdays

Updated 8/24/2017 - Hotfix information added. Recently, we’ve seen an increase in the number of high...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 08/18/2017

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...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 08/18/2017

Deploy Windows from USB drive to Surface Studio

Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am Supportability Program Manager in Surface.  Today I am going...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 06/14/2017

Deploy Surface Studio using MDT

Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am Supportability Program Manager in Surface.  Today I am going...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 06/14/2017

Hyper-V authentication in Windows Server 2016 for managing remote Hyper-V servers through RSAT

Hello, my name is Ayushie Bhat and I’m a Support Engineer with the Windows Core team. Today, I’m...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 05/17/2017

Known Lock Screen issues with Creator’s Update (1703)

One of our regular contributors, Kim Johnson, has written a blog titled "Known Lock Screen issues...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 05/05/2017

Uninstalling and reinstalling the Windows 2012R2 Failover Clustering feature

In some cases, it may be necessary to uninstall and reinstall the Windows Failover Clustering...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 04/04/2017

Building a KMS Host on Windows 8

Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?C2=16796 This blog post is part of...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 03/23/2017

Building a KMS Host on Windows Server 2008 R2

Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=14134 This blog post is part of...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 03/22/2017

Error Adding Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 2016 LTSB Product Keys to VAMT 3.1

My name is Shannon Gowen and I am a Serviceability Support Escalation Engineer for Windows Client...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 03/22/2017

If you are still running Windows Server 2016 TP5…

John Marlin here again. I know it's been a while, but it's time to resurface. In my dealings with a...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 03/20/2017

Cluster Networks in Windows Failover Clustering

Welcome to the Ask the Core Team blog. My name is Eriq Stern and today we are going to discuss...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 02/03/2017

Why Bitlocker takes longer to complete the encryption in Windows 10 as compared to Windows 7

Hello, my name is Ritesh Sinha and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Windows team.  Today’s...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 01/03/2017

Options for Installing and Maintaining Windows Applications

Starting with the Windows 1607 release, MSN News and MSN Finance are no longer included with the...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 11/11/2016

Adobe Flash support on Windows Server 2016

With the changes that have occurred to further align the Windows Server and Client desktop...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 11/08/2016

Windows Server 2016 Volume Activation Tips

Hi, This is Scott McArthur, a Supportability Program Manager for Windows and Surface. With the...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 10/19/2016

Building a KMS host on Windows 7

Windows 7 with SP1 Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?C2=14019 This...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 10/14/2016

New Office Update to address some of the scaling issues with Skype for Business 2016 and PowerPoint 2016

Hi Everyone, This is Kim Johnson from the Windows 10 client supportability team.  I wanted to share...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 10/14/2016

Surface Ethernet Drivers

Hi, My name is Scott McArthur and I am a Supportability Program Manager for Surface. Today I have a...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 08/18/2016

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...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 08/16/2016

Establishing Network Connectivity to a Share in the Windows Recovery Environment

Hi there! My name is Neil Dsouza and I’m a Support Escalation Engineer with the Windows Core team....

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 06/10/2016

Updates taking a long time to install in Windows Server 2008 R2

Today I would like to discuss one of the issues that you face while installing updates in Windows...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 05/06/2016

FREE EBOOK: Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

The Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview book from Microsoft Press is now available....

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 04/27/2016

Customizing the recovery partition after upgrading the OS from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10

Hi Everyone, my name is Suganya and I am from the Windows Devices and Deployment Team. I would like...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 04/26/2016

Behavior of Dynamic Witness on Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering

With Failover Clustering on Windows Server 2012 R2, we introduced the concept of Dynamic Witness and...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 03/21/2016

Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am the Supportability Program Manager for Commercial Surface and...

Author: James Burrage - MSFT Date: 03/08/2016

New Guided Walkthrough for troubleshooting problems relating to Event ID 1135 in a Failover Clustering environment

I wanted to post about a new walkthrough that we have to help in troubleshooting an Event 1135 on a...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 01/21/2016

Failover Cluster Node Startup Order in Windows Server 2012 R2

In this blog, my Colleague, JP, and I would like to talk about how to start a Cluster without the...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 01/21/2016

Using the Windows 10 Compatibility Reports to understand upgrade issues

This blog discusses on how to obtain and review the Compatibility Reports to troubleshoot Windows 10...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 01/21/2016

Users can't access the desktop and other resources through Quick Access in Windows 10

If you use copyprofile when customizing your Windows 10 profiles, you may encounter a scenario where...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 12/21/2015

Display Scaling in Windows 10

Hope everyone is having a good day. Today, we have a guest among us. Steve Wright is a Senior...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 12/08/2015

Troubleshooting Activation Issues

Today, Henry Chen and I are going to talk about troubleshooting some activation issues that we often...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 11/23/2015

Errors Retrieving File Shares on Windows Failover Cluster

Hi AskCore, Chinmoy here again. In today’s blog, I would like to share one more scenario in...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 11/23/2015

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...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 11/23/2015

Setting up Data Recovery Agent for Bitlocker

You might have already read on TechNet and one of the other AskCore Blogson how to setup Data...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 10/16/2015

How big should my OS drive be?

My name is Michael Champion and I've been working in support for more than 12 years here at...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 10/05/2015

So what exactly is the CLIUSR account?

From time to time, people stumble across the local user account called CLIUSR and wonder what it is,...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 10/02/2015

CROSS POST: How Shared VHDX Works on Server 2012 R2

In the not far back point in time, there was a blog done by Matthew Walker that we felt needed to...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 09/28/2015

CROSS POST: Windows 10, WindowsUpdate.log and how to view it with PowerShell or Tracefmt.exe

In the not far back point in time, there was a blog done by Charles Allen that we felt needed to...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 09/28/2015

Windows 10 Volume Activation Tips

Hi, Today’s blog is going to cover some tips around preparing your organization for activating...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 09/15/2015

Unable to add file shares in a Windows 2012 R2 Failover Cluster

My name is Chinmoy Joshi and I am a Support Escalation Engineer with the Windows Core team....

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 09/14/2015

The New and Improved CheckSUR

One of the most used and arguably most efficient tools that we utilize when troubleshooting...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 07/23/2015

Building Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure IAAS VM – Part 2 (Network and Creation)

Hello, cluster fans. In my previous blog, Part 1, I talked about how to work around the storage...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 06/24/2015

Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure IAAS VM – Part 1 (Storage)

Hello, cluster fans. This is Mario Liu and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Windows High...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 06/24/2015

Invitation to provide feedback through UserVoice

I am not sure if everyone is aware of UserVoice but I am here to tell you about it. UserVoice is...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 05/20/2015

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...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 05/20/2015

KB 3046555: End-to-end guide for Deploying MBAM 2.5 in a stand-alone configuration

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for installing Microsoft BitLocker Administration and...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 03/31/2015

Tips & Tricks with MBAM 2.5 - Part 1: Domain Controller and Group Policy Management

We have periodically received requests on some of the Tips and Tricks regarding Microsoft BitLocker...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 03/31/2015

Manually modifying IIS bindings to use SSL for MBAM services

Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) needs web services no matter what topology...

Author: John Marlin [MSFT] Date: 03/29/2015

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