Turn on that Scary DC

Stephen Mathews here; now tell me, do you have a domain controller you’re afraid to turn on? Maybe it lost power and nobody noticed for a couple months or you don’t trust your AD restore procedures; perhaps a troubled DC keeps deleting your DNS records – whatever happened, I’m going to show you how to… Read more

The Case of the Vanishing Static Reverse DNS Records

Hey everyone! PFE Tim Beasley here coming to you live from the warm, cozy sands of Bora Bora…Pfft yeah. I wish! … No I’m in Missouri…where it’s miserably winter outside. But I digress, I am writing this post to hopefully shed some light on a bizarre issue I recently faced at one of my dedicated… Read more

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10

Hello everyone, my name is David Loder, long-time reader, first-time PFE blogger, based out of Detroit, Michigan. And I have a confession to make. I hate servers. Or more precisely I hate logging in to servers. If you’ve been administering Windows Server for any length of time, you’re hopefully aware of the Remote Server Administration… Read more

Basic Network Capture Methods

Hi everyone. This is Michael Rendino, a Premier Field Engineer from Charlotte, NC and former member of the CTS networking support team. With my networking background, I have spent years reviewing network captures. One thing I always run into with my customers is that they often don’t know the best or easiest solution to get… Read more

Convert a Federated Domain in Azure AD to Managed and Use Password Sync – Step by Step

Hi all! I am Bill Kral, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, here to give you the steps to convert your on-premise Federated domain to a Managed domain in your Azure AD tenant. In this case, we will also be using your on-premise passwords that will be sync’d with Azure AD Connect. There are many ways… Read more

Two Ways To Accept Pipeline Input In PowerShell

Hello everyone, my name is Preston K. Parsard, and I’m a Premier Field Engineer. I’ve been focusing on Azure and PowerShell engagements recently and would like to present an illustrated article about how Windows PowerShell parameter binding works. REQUIREMENTS Windows PowerShell version 4.0 is used in the screenshots for this article however, Get-Service, Stop-Service, and… Read more

Announcing Extended Support for WSUS 3.0 SP2

Hi everyone! Brandon Wilson here just passing along a friendly note that consumers of WSUS will probably be jumping for joy to hear. Nathan Mercer and Michael Niehaus have published some useful news in this blog post (contents can also be read below). So, without further delay….here it is in Nathan and Michael’s words: —–… Read more

The Riverbed Field Guide for the AD Admin

Unexpected TCP resets, intermittent “Network Path Not Found”, and SMB dialects being downgraded. These errors point to something very odd and potentially very bad, happening on the network. If you are like many AD administrators, at the first sign of network impropriety, you likely engage the network team and request the network issues be addressed…. Read more

Two Unusual Azure AD Connect Configuration Issues

Hello, my name is Michael C. Bazarewsky, and I’m a Public Sector Secure Infrastructure PFE, spending most of my time working on Azure-related engagements. Today, I wanted to present two quick notes about some issues I saw while helping a customer perform a parallel installation of Azure AD Connect, to upgrade from an older DirSync… Read more

KMS Activation for Windows Server 2016

Hi everyone.  Graeme Bray here with a quick article around KMS and Server 2016.  KMS and Server 2016 you say?  Shouldn’t I be using Active Directory Based Activation?  Yes, you should, but in case you are not, let’s go over the pre-requisites to activate Windows Server 2016 via KMS. First, lets review the pre-requisite updates… Read more