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Can a Microsoft Surface, be attached to a Microsoft network running SBS2011 and function properly?

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I need to know if it will allow itself to be connected to the network while still being able to send and receive email, and have access to things like word and excell files as well as mapped drives?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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No RT device can be domain joined.  Including Surface.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You need to clarify since Microsoft wouldn't - do you mean the Surface/Surface 2 or the Surface Pro/Surface 2 Pro/Surface 3 Pro.

If the latter, yes.  If the former, then as Cliff states, NO.
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by:creativenetworks
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But the Surface Pro 3 runs Windows 8.1, right?
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by:creativenetworks
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Yes, this is a surface pro 3 they are inquiring about.

Thx.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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No, the Surface Pro 3 runs Windows 8.1 Pro; Windows 8.1 is the home edition.  It's also the Windows version that runs on the RT based Surface and Surface 2.  Again, Microsoft was very vague and did their best at confusing people with the Surface and Windows 8 - you need to be SPECIFIC when discussing these devices.
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by:creativenetworks
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If that's the case and it is running W8, my next question would be, can it handle AV like Kaspersky?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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As far as software goes, the Surface Pro 3 is a standard PC running Windows 8.1 Pro and can run and has all the features any desktop running 8.1 pro could. That means yes to domain-join. Yes to Kaspersky. Yes to AutoCAD if you were so inclined.
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by:Philip Elder
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If the unit is a "Pro" version then the OS is a "Pro" version of the desktop OS. You can join it to the domain.

Note that the latest Update Rollup needs to be installed on SBS 2011 and you right click IE and "Run as Admin" to get the wizard to run.

Personally, I just elevate PowerShell:
Add-Computer -Credential DOMAIN\GeneralVanier -Domain DOMAIN.LOCAL -OUPath "OU=SBSComputers,OU=Computers,OU=MyBusiness,DC=DOMAIN,DC=LOCAL" -Restart

Change the above to the obvious. Drop the -Restart switch for 8 RTM (8.1 will work fine). A credential prompt will happen, then a reboot, and finally the unit will be on the domain with all of the applicable settings.
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by:creativenetworks
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So I'm assuming that it's running W8.1 Pro and not Home?  I've run into this before where the user purchases the right system with the wrong OS version.  Do they all come with Pro?
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All surface pro units come with the professional edition of  windows, yes. As has been stated before.
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The Surface Pro with W8.1 was able to connect successfully AND we were able to install Kaspersky Business to it without issue.  Apologies for taking so long to respond but this process got pushed back.
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