Category Archives: windows-noob

How can I reinstall BitLockered UEFI computers using network boot and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager ?

Introduction In previous posts I showed you how you can reinstall computers while retaining users data that were encrypted using BitLocker (full disc encryption), and achieving this via Network boot (PXE) while still encrypted using BitLocker, in other words, the … Continue reading

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5 video series on deploying the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – available now !

  I recently recorded 5 videos in Seattle with Simon May at the Microsoft recording studios on the subject of deploying the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 using Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and MDT 2013 and going into details about UEFI … Continue reading

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How can I deploy Windows 8.1 x64 to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager ?

Introduction   Now that the awesome Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is readily available and getting plenty of good press, customers are buying it and re-imaging the default Windows 8.1 Professional installation with their own corporate install.     In this … Continue reading

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How can I display video correctly in WinPE during UEFI Network boot on a Lenovo Thinkpad 10 using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Introduction More and more touch enabled Windows 8 hardware is becoming available, which is great news for us but it also poses some technical challenges. I recently had to image some Lenovo ThinkPad 10’s with Windows 8.1 using UEFI network … Continue reading

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How can I increase the SMSTS.Log file size for PXE based OS Deployments using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager ?

Introduction I’ve seen a lot of questions about how you can increase the log file size for PXE based Operating System Deployments using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager so hopefully the 2 different methods below will clear things up. … Continue reading

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