Does anybody have any experience PXE booting the new Microsoft Surface Pro 2 with the Surface Ethernet Adapter?
The download of the boot image takes like 5-10 minutes or more. I'm using SCCM 2012 SP1 CU3 and Server 2008 R2.
All the other machines are PXE booting at normal speeds.
I can get it working with USB boot media + Surface Ethernet Adapter and the speeds are not that slow then.
The main problem is the specs of the "USB Ethernet Adapter". That is IF what you are using and not the docking station. I too was also VERY disappointed to find it's only using USB 2.0 and the Ethernet is not even Gigabit!
This link should give you some insight:
This becomes more complicated when you have a large company using hundreds of Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 and you need to image them (I'm assuming you need to do this also). This isn't even taking into account if you need to use the same adapter to image multiple devices and it has the MAC address hardcoded into it. I would have hoped it was more enterprise and used some sort of pass through from a chip possibly (Marvell, Intel?)
(using SCCM 2007 & migrating to SCCM 2012)
Thanks for replying, I knew that the Surface Ethernet Adapter was only 100mbit and that is uses usb 2.0.
But it shouldn't take that long to download the boot image. The download of the image when WinPE has loaded does not take that long.
Have you tried PXE booting with it? How long does the download of the boot image take?
Anyone else tried PXE booting with the Surface Ethernet adapter and can say if what I'm experience is normal?
You may be having this problem as we had:
(with the original article from Johan Arwidmark who is amazing at OSD/MDT)
I've been running imaging tests as well, and this Ethernet Adapter is definitely not up to snuff. It takes HOURS to deploy from SCCM (with the R2 hotfix, as above.)
I haven't been able to get a good PXE boot (another story entirely) but using a USB boot image and a USB 2.0 hub to connect to SCCM, the performance is agonizingly slow.
We are also having the same issue and it seems related to the surface pro + ethernet adapter. We are also on SCCM 2012 R2 + OSD (KB2905002) Hotfix and this specific issue only happens to our surface devices, not other workstations we are currently building.
Anyone gain any traction on this?
Well it seems that after we "hopefully" resolve the PXE boot issue and deal with the slow transfer (don't use the Microsoft USB 10/100 Ethernet), we have something else to possibly look forward to. UEFI seems to be another issue (at least on Surface Pro 2 within the task sequence and possibly the original models).
What is very interesting is the article mentioned if using SCCM 2012 SP1 CU1 on manually creating WinPE 5.0 by Niall Brady here: http://www.niallbrady.com/2013/10/09/how-can-i-manually-add-winpe-5-boot-images-to-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-sp1-cu3/
This might be helpful to diagnose/resolve the PXE problems if the logs match.
I'm running WDS on Server 2012 and use the Surface Pro Ethernet adapter to PXE boot. It does take about 5 minutes to load the boot image, but after that I am looking at about a 15-20 minute deployment. Multicast seems to be working as well. This is imaging the Surface Pro 2 with a capture image I created.