Surface and Windows 10 in the Enterprise

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In 2018 Microsoft became the fifth largest PC vendor in North America. Of course much of this is fueled by Surface lineup that has moved rapidly from an enthusiast or secondary device to become the preferred device of many enterprises. I do a lot of work with the Canadian Federal Government and many departments have chosen the Surface Pro as the standard device for all employees.

Of course the combination of Surface and Windows 10 has some distinct advantages such as:

  1. Windows 10 is tested heavily against Surface Devices
  2. Configuration Manager has a Surface Device Dashboard built in showing device models, firmware, etc.
  3. Configuration Manager uses Surface Devices as pilot devices for prerelease testing
  4. Surface Hardware supports advanced Windows 10 features such as Hello and WiDi
  5. Inking

As the Surface continues to be more heavily deployed in enterprises, administrators have had special concerns about managing the devices. In response, Microsoft has released a series of tools and utilities to ease the management burden.

Tool Description
Cisco EAP Supplicant Installer Enable PEAP, EAP-FAST, and Cisco LEAP on Surface devices
SEMM Surface Enterprise Management Mode tools for managing UEFI firmware
SP3_Firmware_Powershell_Scripts.zip Surface Pro 3 firmware deployment scripts
Surface Diagnostics Tools Investigate, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, and firmware issues with Surface devices
Surface Data Eraser Perform a secure wipe of all data from a Surface device
Surface Deployment Accelerator Rapid reimaging environment for Surface devices
Surface Dock Updater Check and update Surface dock firmware
Surface Brightness Control App for managing screens of always on devices like POS and Kiosks
Surface UEFI Configurator and Manager Tool for managing SEMM enrolments
Surface WOL Manage Wake-On-LAN for Surface Devices

The Surface Tools for IT can be downloaded here.

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