Windows Server 2016 Evaluation Edition Available for Download

Happy Monday folks and what a great Monday it is. Microsoft Ignite is taking place this week. I’m super excited for all the announcements that will take place this week and the great things ahead. For those of you that are unable to attend in person, check out the live streaming online at https://ignite.microsoft.com/ I’m… Read more

AskPFEPlat Ask Me Anything-September 2016

UPDATE (9/26/2016 @ 10:45a ET): Thank you all for your participation in this AskPFEPlat Ask Me Anything Q&A blog session! We are ending active questioning at this time. Rest assured, if you have asked us questions and have not yet gotten a response,¬†we are still working on it.¬†Additionally, we would like to request feedback on… Read more

A Bit About the Windows Servicing Model

Hello, Paul Bergson back again with a discussion on the upcoming changes to our monthly patch releases to align down-level supported operating systems, updating practices to coincide with the Windows 10 Service Model. This includes Windows 7/8/8.1 and Windows Server 2008 R2/2012/2012R2. “From October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Monthly Rollup that addresses… Read more

Using PowerShell Runspaces to Generate GPO Reports

Stephen Mathews here to talk to you about generating Group Policy Object reports quickly and efficiently. I had a customer ask me if there was an easy way to find all the RunOnce GUIDs in their GPOs. The customer was concerned that they would generate duplicate GUIDs in their deployment of Group Policy Preferences. Yes,… Read more

WPT: Peeking at Logon Delays

Hi everyone, Randolph Reyes (Randy) here with another blog contribution. In this particular engagement, I was working doing an Active Directory Offline Security Assessment (awesome delivery), and one employee with knowledge of using Windows Performance Toolkit stopped me on my way to lunch. Customer: Can we see how long takes an employee to type their… Read more

Windows Failover Cluster Troubleshooter Data Grab

This blog post brought to you by eighteen year veteran Microsoft Premier Field Engineer David Morgan. Goal of this Post Over the years my customers have asked about what they should do first when they get a trouble ticket for a misbehaving Windows failover cluster. There are some fairly simple steps one can take first… Read more

ADFS: Excluding a Specific User Group from MFA

Hi there, JJ Streicher-Bremer back again, this time talking about ADFS and multi-factor authentication. I had a need to configure an environment where everyone was required to use multi-factor authentication _except_ for folks in a specific AD group. When looking at the ADFS 3.0 MFA configuration GUI there is a simple way to add users… Read more

Endpoint Protection Updates for Configuration Manager

Hi everyone, my name is Nicholas Jones, Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft, specializing in System Center Configuration Manager. For my first blog, I want to introduce you to updating System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) definition updates. Huge thanks to my colleague Jeramy Skidmore, Sr. Escalation Engineer, for helping me with this blog. If your company… Read more

Determining the Dominant User and Setting the ManagedBy Computer Attribute

Hi again, this is Stephen Mathews and I’m here to talk about how to determine the dominant or primary user of a Windows operating system. This insight can help administrators facilitate direct communication with the affected user when a system needs management, and can even help non-enterprise users, such as a parent questioning which child… Read more

Who broke my user GPOs?

Hi folks. From Orlando, Florida, Sean Greenbaum here with some news about a recent set of security patches released on June 14, 2016. If you’re reading this, chances are you are having group policy issues, or you heard this patch will cause you to have issues and you want to get ahead of it. So,… Read more