Establishing Network Connectivity to a Share in the Windows Recovery Environment

Hi there! My name is Neil Dsouza and I’m a Support Escalation Engineer with the Windows Core team. Today I’m going to cover a scenario where you have a server that fails to boot and all you want to do is copy the data off the machine to a network share.  In most cases connecting… 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

Go the modern (app) way

Hello everyone, This is Ashfana from the Windows Performance team. I’m here to talk about the basic philosophy behind Windows Store Apps which were introduced in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Windows Store apps were originally called Metro or modern apps before the RTM of the product. These are apps developed using a variety of… Read more

Deciphering Storport Traces 101

Welcome back to the CORE Team Blog — Paul Reynolds here. UPDATE 01-04-17:  In previous blogs, I wrote about how to capture Storport traces in Windows 8 and Windows 2012 using the Performance Monitor GUI (see Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 with KB2819476 hotfix and Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and… Read more

Window 8 / Server 2012 computers reboot outside of maintenance window after installing updates

Currently, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM computers check for updates from Windows Update or Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) daily at a default time of 3:00 AM (configurable) as part of an automatic maintenance task which runs every day. If any of the updates applied required a reboot, clients and servers may reboot… Read more

How to Cleanup TPM information from AD for Windows 8 computers

For Windows 7 machines, TPM Owner Password is stored in msTPM-OwnerInformation which is attribute of Computer object in AD. So if you delete the computer object, TPM Owner Password is also deleted. For Windows 8, TPM Owner Information is not stored directly under Computer Object. It is stored in a separate object which is linked… Read more

Troubleshooting a Stop 0x7B in Windows

The purpose of this blog is to provide information about the common Stop 0x7B bugcheck/Reboot Loop issue, and the best methods available to resolve it. We will discuss the main components involved in this type of bugcheck/crash, what can affect them, and not only troubleshooting steps to perform, but also steps to resolve the issue…. Read more

MMS 2013 Hands On Labs Available

A few months ago we held the annual 2013 Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. As in years past, the event sold out quickly and it was a very busy week. To everyone that attended, our sincere thanks.  As a recap, the below blog gives you the list of available sessions online to view that… Read more

Sessions from MMS 2013 Now Available

Greetings AskCore fans.  I thought I would start creating a blog for a subset of the videos/sessions available at each of the conferences that Microsoft has throughout the year.  These sessions will be available and will deal with topics that are discussed here on the AskCore Blog.  There are numerous other sessions if you want… Read more

Alternate Data Streams in NTFS

This blog has been a long time coming. There is a bit of confusion about the subject of alternate data streams (ADS) and no small amount of suspicion. So I want to take a few minutes to set the record straight on ADS. A couple years ago I wrote a blog on NTFS attributes. http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/08/25/ntfs-file-attributes.aspx… Read more