New Guided Walkthrough for troubleshooting problems relating to Event ID 1135 in a Failover Clustering environment

I wanted to post about a new walkthrough that we have to help in troubleshooting an Event 1135 on a Failover Cluster.  As a bit of a background, Failover Clustering sends a heartbeat from and to each node of a Cluster to determine its health and if it responding.  If it does not respond in… Read more

Failover Cluster Node Startup Order in Windows Server 2012 R2

In this blog, my Colleague, JP, and I would like to talk about how to start a Cluster without the need of the ForceQuorum (FQ) switch.  We have identified 3 different scenarios and how the Cluster behaves when you turn on the nodes in a certain order for Windows Server 2012 R2.  I first want… Read more

Using the Windows 10 Compatibility Reports to understand upgrade issues

This blog discusses on how to obtain and review the Compatibility Reports to troubleshoot Windows 10 Upgrades.On a PC that is eligible for the free upgrade offer, you can use the "Get Windows 10" app and choosing the "Check your upgrade status". The report will be displayed within the app showing issues in separate categories… Read more

Users can't access the desktop and other resources through Quick Access in Windows 10

If you use copyprofile when customizing your Windows 10 profiles, you may encounter a scenario where pinned icons, such as Desktop under Quick Access for Windows 10 will not be accessible and users may encounter an issue similar to the following when attempting to access or save an item to that location. “Location is not… Read more

Display Scaling in Windows 10

Hope everyone is having a good day.  Today, we have a guest among us.  Steve Wright is a Senior Program Manager in the Developer Platform Group.  He is authoring this blog regarding scaling in Windows 10 with how it works and how users will benefit from the work we have done with scaling. Overview/Introduction Windows… Read more

Troubleshooting Activation Issues

Today, Henry Chen and I are going to talk about troubleshooting some activation issues that we often run into. To begin, here is an article which talks about what Microsoft Product Activation is and why it is important. Also, thisarticle explains KMS Activation. Now, let’s jump into some common activation scenarios. Scenario 1 – Security… Read more

Errors Retrieving File Shares on Windows Failover Cluster

Hi AskCore, Chinmoy here again. In today’s blog, I would like to share one more scenario in continuation to my previous blog on Unable to add file shares in Windows 2012 R2 Failover Cluster. This is about WinRm a setting that could lead to failure on adding file shares using Windows 2012/2012R2 Failover Cluster Manager…. Read more

How to convert Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise using ICD

Windows 10 makes life easier and brings a lot of benefits in the enterprise world. Converting Windows 10 without an ISO image or DVD is one such benefit. In this blog, we’ll take an example of upgrading Windows 10 Professional edition to Windows 10 Enterprise edition. Let’s consider a scenario wherein you purchase a few… Read more

Setting up Data Recovery Agent for Bitlocker

You might have already read on TechNet and one of the other AskCore Blogson how to setup Data Recovery Agent (DRA) for BitLocker. However, how do you request a certificate from internal Certificate Authority (AD CS) to enable Data Recovery Agent (DRA). Naziya Shaik and I have written detailed instructions here and hope it is… Read more

How big should my OS drive be?

My name is Michael Champion and I’ve been working in support for more than 12 years here at Microsoft.  I have been asked by many customers “What is the recommended size for the OS partition for Windows Server?”.  There are minimum recommendations in the technical documentation (and release notes), but those recommendations are more on… Read more