What I use – Deployment of Windows tablets

Some of the work I do involves the deployment of Windows devices. Desktops, laptops and tablets running Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. The best software tool to use is definitely the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). The most difficult form factor to deploy to is the tablet. These devices typically lack the wired Ethernet port needed for Preboot eXecution  Environment start up. Rather than keep a variety of different docking stations and network adapters I use the Startech USB Hub with Ethernet . This device allows me a fixed network connection plus enough USB ports for a bootable USB memory pen, keyboard and mouse. I’ve used these with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, its younger cousin the Microsoft Surface 3, the HP ElitePad 900 and the HP Elite X2 1012. The only slight drawback with the hub is the USB cable connecting the hub to the tablet; it’s a proprietary connector at the hub end that dislodges more often than I’d like.

 

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