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Setup Raspberry Pi with Windows 10 IoT Core

Windows 10 IoT Core is Microsoft’s version of the Windows 10 operating system being built to run Internet of Things (IoT) devices. There are a few hardware IoT devices that Windows 10 IoT Core supports and can run on. One of these devices is the Raspberry Pi; specifically the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3. This article lists out the steps necessary to load Windows 10 IoT Core onto a MicroSD Card that can be inserted into a Raspberry Pi to run Windows 10 IoT Core as the operating system.

Flash Windows 10 IoT Core to MicroSD Card

In order to boot Windows 10 IoT Core from a Raspberry Pi, you must first flash the Windows 10 IoT Core operating system to an SD Card that can be used to boot the Raspberry Pi from. To do this you need to use a Windows PC and the IoT Dashboard utility.

Step 1: Using a Windows PC, download and install the Windows 10 IoT Core Dashboard.

Step 2: Insert your Micro SD Card into your PC.

Note: Before you start, you’ll want to make sure you have an MicroSD Card that is supported by Windows 10 IoT Core. It’s important to be aware that NOT all MicroSD Cards are supported, with the primary restriction that they are at minimum a Class 10 SD Card.

Step 3: Run the IoT Dashboard app, and click on the “Set up a new device” button.

Step 4: Select the “Raspberry Pi 2 & 3” device type, and fill in the necessary configuration values, then accept the software license terms and click the “Download and install” button.

Something to note on the Wi-Fi Network Connection setting is that it will pull from the Wifi Profiles on your local PC. This means that you will be able to easily configure your device to connect to the same Wifi network your Windows PC is connected to once it boots up from the SD Card. You won’t need to plugin a display, keyboard, or mouse in order to configure anything, so long as you select the correct Wifi network.

Step 5: When prompted to erase the SD Card, you need to click Continue. Just make sure you are aware that this will essentially format the SD Card before copying the Windows 10 IoT Core image, so you will lose any data that’s existing on the SD Card.

Step 6: The tool will continue by downloading the latest release of Windows 10 IoT Core. This ensures that you always have the latest version that you’re flashing.

Step 7: After the download completes, the dism.exe command-line tool will then automatically kick off to flash the downloaded Windows 10 IoT Core image to the SD Card.

Step 8: Once the flashing is completed, the IoT Dashboard will show a message stating that “Your SD card is ready.”

Step 9: You can now safely remove the SD Card from your PC and plug it into the Raspberry Pi and power it on.

Connect to the Windows 10 Device Portal

One of the features of Windows 10 IoT Core that makes it easier to manage, especially with headless devices, is the Windows Device Portal. This is a web interface that is hosted on the Windows 10 IoT Core device by default. This interface allows you to perform some remote monitoring, configuration, and deployment options for Windows 10 IoT Core.

Step 1: Once you’ve booted up a device with Windows 10 IoT Core you can then use the “My devices” option of the IoT Dashboard to easily discover what Windows 10 IoT Core devices are connected to the network that your PC is connected to. To view some details about the specific device, you can double-click on the device in the list.

Step 10: On the info for the specific Windows 10 IoT Core device, you can click on the “Open Windows Device Portal in browser” link to open up a new browser window navigating to the Windows Device Portal for that device.

Step 11: When the browser opens up and connects to the Windows Device Portal, it’ll prompt you to login. The Username you need to use will be Administrator, and the Password will be the password you configured when you flashed Windows 10 IoT Core to the SD Card.

Step 12: Once authenticated, you will be logged in and able to access the Windows Device Portal.

Overall the tools from Microsoft, including the IoT Dashboard, are extremely easy to use. You don’t need to use any command-line tools or open any configuration files to install Windows 10 IoT Core to an SD Card. You can then simply insert the SD Card into your device and boot it up to get it running.

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9 IoT Sessions from Ignite 2016 – Watch On-Demand

All the sessions from the Microsoft Ignite 2016 conference were recorded and are being put up online for free, on-demand streaming. There are hundreds of sessions overall on every technology in the Microsoft stack. It’s a very large amount of content to sift through, so I thought I would put together a showcase of just the Internet of Things (IoT) sessions from Ignite.

Here’s the list of Internet of Things (IoT) related sessions from Microsoft Ignite 2016. These are all links directly to the videos from Microsoft hosted on YouTub that you can watch anytime, anywhere, from any device, all on-demand!

1.  Learn about Microsoft IoT Vision

Level: 200 – Overview

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here today in the devices, sensors, cloud services, and data your business uses. Microsoft delivers a flexible cloud-based approach that enables enterprises to capitalize on IoT by gathering, storing, and processing data centrally. When centrally connecting distributed LoB assets, the edge of an enterprise’s infrastructure can be redefined, and the breadth of the Microsoft data platform can be harnessed. Learn about Microsoft’s position on IoT, and the technology and services being delivered from Microsoft to help you create the Internet of Your Things.

Speaker:
Arjmand Samuel – Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

2. Meetup: Educate and excite through computer science

Level: 100 – Community Meetup

Meet up with other passionate people who want to make a difference in making sure STEM, including computer science, is available for all children. Let’s make learning science fun as well as relevant for future careers. Mingle, share, and learn how Microsoft is involved in many formal and informal programs that you can be a part of, and we want to hear from you too. Get together to discuss how your voice can be heard on this important topic and how to get involved in your local communities.

Speaker:
Naomi Moneypenny – Chief Technology Officer, ManyWorlds

 

3. Secure your Internet of Things with Azure IoT

Level: 200 – Deep Dive

This session provide details for planning, developing and deploying a trustworthy Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure using Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. Trustworthy IoT infrastructure implies building security, privacy, safety and availability within the design of an IoT infrastructure. We highlight Microsoft Azure’s philosophy of building software and services, which are secure and private by design, and share best practices leading to a safe and highly available infrastructure. We also provide a high level overview of some of the features Azure IoT Suite offers in this regard, and share some of the early thinking for features being considered in the future.

Speaker:
Arjmand Samuel – Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

4. Enable IoT solutions with Windows 10 IoT platform

Level: 200 – How to

Today, there is a growing trend of new IoT devices in the IT enterprise world and it is important for IT decision makers to create their infrastructure, strategy to deploy, manage and secure their environments. In this session, we illustrate how IoT is brought to life by smart devices powered by Windows 10 IoT Platform. We also include demo and relevant scenarios for IT environment.

Speakers:
Partha Srinivasan – Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft
Doug Smith – Senior Director of Marketing, Microsoft
Suma SaganeGowda – Principal PM Manager, Microsoft

5. Create best-in-class customer experiences with digital transformation

Level: 100 – Partner Session

Success in a disruptive business environment requires digital reinvention focused on improving customer experience. Organizations transform business models, employee experiences, and ecosystems to design sophisticated customer experiences. IBM accelerates your transformation into a digital enterprise with end-to-end solutions that maximize your Microsoft investments, including cognitive, IoT, hybrid cloud and mobility capabilities. With IBM’s integration and design-thinking expertise, American Airlines Cargo migrated to a single customer service call center solution built on Microsoft Dynamics CRM that helps improve customer satisfaction. Join IBM and American Airlines leaders to hear insights about transforming your experience.

Speaker:
Murray Mitchell – Global & North America Leader, Microsoft Services, IBM Global Business Services

6. Explore IOT Scenarios from the field and their reference architectures

Level: 300 – Architecture

Explore the customer stories and reference architectures from some of the common IOT scenarios that we have seen working with customers in the field. As customers tell us about what they want to accomplish, we are seeing a set of reoccurring scenarios such as Smart Building, Connected Devices, Smart Healthcare, Connected Manufacturing and other scenarios.

Speaker:
Micheal Epprecht – Technical Specialist, Microsoft

7. Meetup: use Microsoft Azure IoT on a real business case

Level: 100 – Community Meetup

This session shows you how to ramp up a IoT Solution based on Microsoft Azure IoT and other Azure services. For example, we reflect the whole scenario on a predictive maintenance solution, showing which services are needed to get such type of solution working. We also look at the calculation of such an solution and which problems can be on devices and services.

Speaker:
Christian Waha – Platform Manager Multi IoT Service Platform, T-Systems International

8. Gain real time and predictive insights on your Internet of Things

Level: 300 – How To

Continuous streams of data are generated in every industry from sensors, business transactions, social media activity, etc. Within these streams of data lie business insights that are waiting to be unlocked. By querying these streams in real time, it becomes possible to ask key questions repeatedly, millions of times on millions of data points, thereby enabling the discovery of business opportunities and the realization of the “power of now”!

Speaker:
Samartha (Sam) Chandrashekar – Program Manager, Microsoft

9. Harness the power of the Internet of Things

Level: 100 – Partner Session

The Internet of Things (IoT) is experiencing exponential growth fueled by ubiquitous connectivity and the rise of cloud computing. In a world of disrupt or be disrupted, is your organization ready to embrace IoT? In this informative session, we explore the IoT opportunity for enterprises and the critical role of the ecosystem and platforms in IoT implementations. We bring it to life with real-world solutions and case studies spanning multiple industries. The examples we feature are all powered by Accenture’s Connected Platforms as a Service, an open and broadly deployed IoT platform architecture, integrated with and optimized for the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite.

Speaker:
Jim Bailey – Senior Managing Director, Accenture Mobility

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GrovePi+ Plug-n-Play IoT Platform

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PowerShell now Open Source AND Cross-Platform! Linux, macOS, Windows

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