Single Host Shielded VMs Lab/PoC

Hi, Matthew Walker again. Virtualization and High Availability PFE. Recently I worked with a few of my co-workers to present a lab on building out Shielded VMs and I thought this would be useful for those of you out there wanting to test this out in a lab environment. First a little backstory on Shielded… Read more

Azure Automation: Shutting Down Custom Tagged Virtual Machines

UPDATE (1/10/2018): The script attached to the article has been updated to correct minor inconsistencies.   Hello everyone! Christopher Scott, Premier Field Engineer. I have recently transitioned into an automation role and like most people my first thought was to setup a scheduled task to shutdown and startup Virtual Machines (VMs) to drive down consumption… Read more

AskPFEPlat Happy New Year Invitation!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone, and welcome to 2018! This is Brandon Wilson (Platforms and Active Directory PFE), and with the introduction of the New Year, I wanted to take some time to thank all our outstanding readers we’ve had over the years. And, now that the celebrations are (mostly) over, I wanted to pick all… Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (December, 2017-Part 2)

Hello there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you the next “End of the Year” issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series!   As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Enjoy!  Microsoft Azure… Read more

Cipher Suite Breakdown

Hi all, my name is Jason McClure and I’m a Platforms PFE with Microsoft. If you read Demystifying Schannel from Nathan Penn, then you may be asking yourself “What do all those letters and numbers mean?” Often, we deal with confusion on the differences between a Protocol, Key Exchange, Ciphers, and Hashing Algorithms. Understanding the… Read more

Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) – Certificate Warnings

Hello everyone! Tim Beasley, Platforms PFE here again from the gorgeous state of Missouri. Here in the fall, in the Ozark Mountains area the colors of the trees are just amazing! But hey, I’m sure wherever you are it’s nice there too. Quick shout out to my buds SR PFE Don Geddes (RDGURU), and PFE… Read more

Security Updates from the Win10 Fall Creators Update

Hello, Paul Bergson, back with some great new information regarding the recent release of Fall Creators Update (FCU) for Windows 10, Microsoft released some great new security features that can protect you from unwanted Malware. I have heard from customers on multiple occasions that their customers are doing just fine with their desktop operating system,… Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (December, 2017-Part 1)

Hello there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series!   As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Enjoy!  Microsoft Azure Transforming your VMware environment… Read more

Simple PowerShell Network Capture Tool

Hello all. Jacob Lavender here again for the Ask PFE Platforms team to share with you a little sample tool that I’ve put together to help with performing network captures. This all started when I was attempting to develop an effective method to perform network traces within an air gapped network. My solution had to… Read more

Using WMI to Verify Group Policy

Scenario: My name is Benjamin Morgan and I’m a Platforms PFE. Recently I was working with a customer on a Windows 10 upgrade project and they posed an interesting requirement. They needed to be able to verify that their required group policies were being applied and they needed to be able to run a report… Read more