How to setup Assigned Access in Windows 8.1 (Kiosk Mode!)

Hey, here’s Joao again. My inbox has been filled with Windows 8.1 related e-mails, and I decided to talk to you about a much requested feature that finally saw the light of day. Have you heard of Assigned Access? Maybe you have heard of the scenario it implements: Kiosk mode! So far your only option… Read more

AskPFEPlat Goes International with AskPFE Latam Platforms Edition

Hey y’all Mark here with some great news. We know our readership spans the globe which both blows my mind and humbles me daily. We absolutely love our community. We here are also not afraid to try out new things with our community. If it works we’ll keep doing it if it doesn’t we learned… Read more

Storage Spaces: How to configure Storage Tiers with Windows Server 2012 R2

Storage Tiers allow for use of SSD and hard drive storage within the same storage pool as a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2.  If you’ve not read Jose Barreto’s Step-by-step post on this subject already, it is a great source for links about Storage Tiers as well as a fantastic place to find… Read more

Exploring Windows 8.1 Start Screen and Start Button Options and Configurations

Hi, I’m Joao Botto and I’ve been focusing on the Windows Client OS for the last four years. I worked in Europe during the launch of Windows 7, and then moved to the US to work on Windows 8 and 8.1. So this is a very special day for me – it’s my first post… Read more

Who Moved the DNS Cheese? Auditing for AD-Integrated DNS Zone and Record Deletions

Something just happened. Something big. The wheels are falling off the enterprise. People can’t log in. “The XYZ domain is not available. Please try again later.” Outlook is endlessly prompting folks for credentials. No one can print. Many can’t even get an IP address. Mission-critical apps are erroring out left and right. The Helpdesk phone… Read more

Active Directory Password Policies – when does a password policy change affect a user?

I’m back! Dougga here again with yet ANOTHER password policy post. You would think I was done with this topic – hopefully the last on this topic for a while. MarkMoro, you may know from this blogasphere, conveyed a question to me from one of our readers that is related to password policy application and… Read more

Breaking News! Reduce the size of the WinSxS Directory and Free up Disk Space with a New Update for Windows 7 SP1 Clients

** If you're looking to free up disk space and reduce the size of the WinSxS directory on Windows Server 2008 R2, make sure to check out the following blog post on this topic** How to clean up the WinSxS Directory and Free up Disk Space on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Update  ————————————————————————————————– A few… Read more

Fine Grain Password Policy for Active Directory 2008 Domain Does not Apply

Hi, Dougga here again and I just can’t leave password policies alone. So, are you ready for another password policy issue? I saw the hand up in the back, so let’s give it a shot. Previously, I had a post on Fun and Games with Active Directory Password Policies. I would like to call this… Read more

Sweet Sixteen: A Milestone for Windows Clustering!

As of September 2013, sixteen years prior, Microsoft released the Enterprise Edition of Windows NT Server 4.0 which included Microsoft Cluster Server (also known as MSCS).  My how server clustering has changed over the years!  In one of my last posts to Ask PFE Platforms as I plan to retire from Microsoft in October, this seemed like… Read more