Requirements to save Bitlocker Recovery Key to AD using MDT

My name is Naziya Shaik and I am a Support Escalation Engineer with Windows Core team @ Microsoft. I would like to share information about enabling BitLocker while deploying operating system via MDT and the group policies that are required to be configured in AD DS. If you use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to deploy Windows… Read more

Windows 8 and .Net Framework 3.5

  With each new release of Windows, it’s a challenge to balance keeping the OS footprint small with maintaining forward compatibility for applications and devices. The .Net Framework is at the heart of this challenge. In Windows 8, Microsoft decided to take a new approach to the way that such features are installed. In this… Read more

MDT 2010 & 2012 – My deployment failed. What and where are logs I should review?

One of the most common questions I get is “What logs should I look at if my deployment fails?” So here is a little summary of the logs you will be most concerned with when troubleshooting a failed Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 install that are being deployed via Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010… Read more

How to: VSS Tracing

How VSS Tracing Works! Where to start? Well this depends on your current level of knowledge on the topic. So let’s start with a basic understanding of what VSS is. If you are just starting to work with VSS I suggest reading the articles below. The key points to focus on in this article are:… Read more

Troubleshooting Boot Issues due to missing Driver signature (x64)

Today, I am going to discuss how to troubleshoot a scenario where the system does not boot in normal mode; however, boots up fine upon selecting F8 -> Disable Driver Signature Enforcement. In 64-bit operating systems starting with Windows Vista, Windows will load a kernel-mode driver only if the driver is signed. You might get… Read more

Why is the CNO in a Failed State?

Hello, my name is Steven Graves and I am a Support Escalation Engineer (SEE) in the Platforms Support group here at Microsoft. One of the technologies I support is Windows Server Failover Clustering. I’d like to take a couple of minutes to share some information on an issue I previously worked on. The customer wanted… Read more

FIXED: Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) in redirected access mode after installing McAfee VSE 8.7 Patch 5 or 8.8 Patch 1

A fix for the above titled problem has been released.  If you are running into this problem, please downlaod and install the following fix on all Clusters running McAfee and wanting the updates they provide. 2674551 Redirected mode is enabled unexpectedly in a Cluster Shared Volume when you are running a third-party application in a… Read more

Windows Performance Monitor Disk Counters Explained

My name is Flavio Muratore and I am a Sr. Support Escalation Engineer with the Windows Core team at Microsoft. If you ever find yourself analyzing storage performance with Performance Monitor, this post is for you. We will go beyond very brief descriptions provided in Perfmon and describe how we calculate the data for the… Read more

Understanding the DiskRunChkdsk parameter in Windows 2008 and above Failover Clusters

My name is Sean Dwyer and I am a Support Escalation Engineer with the Microsoft CORE team.   I’d like to share a quick tip for handling Windows Server Cluster administrators.   There may come a time, for whatever reason, that a Cluster managed volume is flagged as dirty and you will see an event… Read more