Manage Surface Pro 3 UEFI Through PowerShell

After the v3.11.760.0 UEFI update is installed on a Surface device, an additional UEFI menu becomes available named Advanced Device Security. Clicking this option brings up a menu with new options. Some of this options is to enable/disable features like the Front and/or Rear Camera, Wireless, Bluetooth, Network Boot as well as some other cool features.

But what if your are to deploy hundreds or even more devices? Going manually through all this devices is not a good way to go. So in this post I am gonna give an introduction to how you can do this in PowerShell instead. Continue reading

A quick look at Connected Standby reporting and troubleshooting on Surface Pro 3

With Surface Pro 3 we finaly have as you all may already know an intel based device with support for Connected Standby or Instant Go.

Connected standby was introduced way back in 2011 at the Microsoft Build Conference. The idea is that when your Surface Pro 3 has its display powered off things should still be able to update and play. Skype Calls will make it through and music played from Modern Apps will still be playing. Just like your smartphone does today.

The user experience is that you “never” really power down your Surface Pro 3, you just turn it off. I am not going into details about how this work and dont work. There is a lot of articles out there on this. This post is about how you can find out what is draining your power when your device enters Connected Standby State. Continue reading