Windows 10 Volume Activation Tips

Hi, Today’s blog is going to cover some tips around preparing your organization for activating Windows 10 computers using volume activation Updating Existing KMS Hosts The first thing to do is to update your KMS host to support Windows 10 computers using the following hotfix 3058168: Update that enables Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 KMS… Read more

Unable to add file shares in a Windows 2012 R2 Failover Cluster

My name is Chinmoy Joshi and I am a Support Escalation Engineer with the Windows Core team. I’m writing today to share information regarding an issue which I came across with multiple customers recently. Consider a two node 2012 R2 Failover Cluster using shared disks to host a File Server role. To add shares to… Read more

The New and Improved CheckSUR

One of the most used and arguably most efficient tools that we utilize when troubleshooting Servicing issues, prior to Windows 8/Windows 2012, is the System Update Readiness tool(also known as CheckSUR). However, as we continue to improve our operating systems, we must continue to improve our troubleshooting tools as well. Thus, I want to introduce… Read more

Building Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure IAAS VM – Part 2 (Network and Creation)

Hello, cluster fans. In my previous blog, Part 1, I talked about how to work around the storage blocker in order to implement Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure IAAS VM. Now let’s discuss another important part – Networking in Cluster on Azure. Before that, you should know some basic concepts of Azure networking. Here… Read more

Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure IAAS VM – Part 1 (Storage)

Hello, cluster fans. This is Mario Liu and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Windows High Availability team in Microsoft CSS Americas. I have a good news for you that starting in April 2015, Microsoft will support Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) on Azure IAAS Virtual Machines. Here is the supportability announcement for… Read more

Invitation to provide feedback through UserVoice

I am not sure if everyone is aware of UserVoice but I am here to tell you about it.  UserVoice is where you can provide feedback to the Microsoft Product Groups who are now monitoring these forums.  Do you have idea or suggestion on how to make Windows Server 2016 better or a feature you… Read more

Microsoft Ignite sessions dealing with what we do in AskCore

Early in the month of May, Microsoft held it’s Ignite Conference (formally known as TechEd) in Chicago, Illinois.  This conference was a huge success with over 23,000 attendees.  There are a lot of new things coming out with Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 over the next year.  I wanted to provide you some of… Read more

KB 3046555: End-to-end guide for Deploying MBAM 2.5 in a stand-alone configuration

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for installing Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) 2.5 in a stand-alone configuration. In this guide we will use a two-server configuration. One of the two servers will be a database server that is running Microsoft SQL Server 2012. This server will host the MBAM databases and reports. The additional… Read more

Tips & Tricks with MBAM 2.5 – Part 1: Domain Controller and Group Policy Management

We have periodically received requests on some of the Tips and Tricks regarding Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM).  So we will be posting a series of blogs and have them listed below. Part 1: Domain Controller and Group Policy Management This blog will be focused on Domain Controller and Group Policy Management. Tip 1:… Read more

Manually modifying IIS bindings to use SSL for MBAM services

Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) needs web services no matter what topology you are using. These MBAM web services can be installed with or without SSL Certificates. To install MBAM web features using SSL, it is required to have a certificate ready to use and issued to the web server or whatever the hostname… Read more