Retire Those Old Legacy Protocols

Hello Paul Bergson back again, and I wanted to bring up another security topic. There has been a lot of work by enterprises to protect their infrastructure with patching and server hardening, but one area that is often overlooked when it comes to credential theft and that is legacy protocol retirement. These legacy protocols were… Read more

Quick Reference: Recovery Options for Post-Mortem Debugging for Windows and Virtual Machines

Hi everyone, Robert Smith here to talk to you today a bit about crash dump configurations and options. With the wide-spread adoption of virtualization, large database servers, and other systems that may have a large amount or RAM, pre-configuring the systems for the optimal capturing of debugging information can be vital in debugging and other… Read more

ADFS: Monitoring a Relying Party for Certificate Changes

Howdy folks! Michele Ferrari here from the Premier Field Engineer-Identity Team in San Francisco, here today to talk about ADFS Monitoring settings for Claims Provider Trust and Relying Party Trust. This is the question we’re going to answer today as part of the Mix and Match series: How can we Monitor when our partners’ Identity… Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (January, 2018)

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 Start/Stop VMs during off-hours… Read more

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