Microsoft announces Wake on LAN support for Surface devices

Microsoft has recently announced the support for Wake on LAN for Surface devices connected to wired local area networks with a Surface Ethernet Adapter or Surface Dock. With this support, organizations can enable their docked or connected devices to be woken from Connected Standby, allowing for updates and maintenance during windows of opportunity outside of peak hours.

To enable this support on Surface devices, a specific driver for the Surface Ethernet adapter needs to installed. This driver is not included in the standard driver and firmware pack for Surface devices. You can download the Surface WOL driver (SurfaceWOL.msi) from the Surface Tools for IT page. The following devices are supported for WOL:

  • Surface Book
  • Surface Pro 4
  • Surface Pro 3
  • Surface 3
  • Surface Ethernet adapter
  • Surface Dock
  • Surface Docking Station for Surface Pro 3

Many management solutions including System Center Configuration Manager provide built-in support for Wake on LAN.

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