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AskPFEPlat is in the process of a transformation to the new Core Infrastructure and Security TechCommunity, and will be moving by the end of March 2019 to our new home at https://aka.ms/CISTechComm (hosted at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com). Please bear with us while we are still under construction!

We will continue bringing you the same great content, from the same great contributors, on our new platform. Until then, you can access our new content on either https://aka.ms/askpfeplat as you do today, or at our new site https://aka.ms/CISTechComm. Please feel free to update your bookmarks accordingly!

Why are we doing this? Simple really; we are looking to expand our team internally in order to provide you even more great content, as well as take on a more proactive role in the future with our readers (more to come on that later)! Since our team encompasses many more roles than Premier Field Engineers these days, we felt it was also time we reflected that initial expansion.

If you have never visited the TechCommunity site, it can be found at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com. On the TechCommunity site, you will find numerous technical communities across many topics, which include discussion areas, along with blog content.

NOTE: In addition to the AskPFEPlat-to-Core Infrastructure and Security transformation, Premier Field Engineers from all technology areas will be working together to expand the TechCommunity site even further, joining together in the technology agnostic Premier Field Engineering TechCommunity (along with Core Infrastructure and Security), which can be found at https://aka.ms/PFETechComm!

As always, thank you for continuing to read the Core Infrastructure and Security (AskPFEPlat) blog, and we look forward to providing you more great content well into the future!


Welcome to our unofficial blog for Microsoft Premier Field Engineers (PFEs) supporting the Microsoft Platform (server and client OS plus related components). We are a group of 11 PFEs who are dedicated to supporting Microsoft Premier support customers.  We are directly interacting with our customers daily – helping them to understand, use, administer and troubleshoot Microsoft technologies.  Collectively, our expertise spans technologies like Active Directory, Failover Clustering, Hyper-V, DNS, DHCP, ADFS, Deployment, Certificate Services, Performance and Networking.  We have the benefit of seeing these technologies every day, in real-world scenarios, across hundreds of customers.  We want to share our knowledge, experiences, tools, tips and tricks with our readers – so they can benefit from our expertise and apply this knowledge to their own environments and circumstances.  We also hope to respond to select questions that you submit directly to us.


We’re looking forward to the start of something good.


Charity Shelbourne

Doug Symalla

Greg Jaworski

Johnny Barrera

Mark Morowczynski

Michael Hildebrand

Ray Zabilla

Rick Bergman

Rick Sheikh

Sean Hamilton

Tom Moser