This is an interesting one that i came across recently whilst trying to deploy an image to a brand new Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
I had two sitting on the bench ready to deploy our stock Windows 8.1 image. The first Surface PXE booted fine and jumped straight into the task sequence as normal however the second one came up with an error 0x80004005 when trying to look for the task sequences.
I knew that it wasn’t the image as surface numberone was working fine. I checked all of the usual things, replaced the ethernet cable etc and after a few reboots, I still had the same error.
After a little digging I found the solution.
The time in the UEFI BIOS was wrong.
The problem is that there is no option to change the time in the UEFI BIOS so you must change it using the PE environment instead:
Make sure that your boot image has command support enabled.
Boot into the Config Manager image.
Before proceeding any further, press the F8 key (Fn + F8).
At the command prompt type the ‘time’ command to change the current time.
Next type the ‘date’ command and enter the correct date following the format for the locale of the PE.
Verify that it has applied by typing
Close the command prompt and continue with your build.
The Microsoft OneDrive for Business team is adding additional incentives meant to attract business users to its cloud-storage offering.
In an April 28 post entitled “Thinking outside the box” (which seems to be a reference to Microsoft competitors Box and/or Dropbox), the OneDrive for Business team announced the following:
An increase in OneDrive for Business default storage from 25GB to 1TB per user
The inclusion of 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user as part of Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions
New OneDrive for Business migration assistance from Microsoft (The blog post didn’t elaborate on specifically what Microsoft is offering on this front. But a spokesperson said those interested should contact their Microsoft account managers or partner for details.)
In March 2014, Microsoft officials announced that OneDrive for Business (formerly known as SkyDrive Pro) would be available both as part of a number of existing Office 365 plans, as well as for purchase as a standalone service — something that wasn’t the case with SkyDrive Pro. The standalone version provided business users with 25 GB of storage per employee, with an option to purchase additional storage, offline sync and access from multiple devices. Now that default storage threshold is 1 TB.
Microsoft officials announced during earnings last week that Office 365 is currently on a $2.5 billion annual run rate.
“The cloud is about breaking down walls between people and information. Not building a new set of islands in the sky. Make sure you bet on a file sync and share solution that helps you embrace that,” said Corporate Vice President John Case in the conclusion of today’s blog post.
All Office 365 plans that include OneDrive for Business will see the increase to 1 TB. This includes:
All O365 E plans (E1, E3, E4)
O365 Small Business
O365 Small Business Premium
O365 Midsize Business
All SharePoint Online plans (SharePoint Online Plan 1 & Plan 2)
OneDrive for Business (standalone) with Office Online
As to when new and existing customers will see the 1TB bump, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “Customer eligibility is effective today, but as with service updates roll-out of these features will happen over the next few months.”