Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) Implementation Hints and Security Nerd Commentary (including mini threat model)

Hi, Jessica Payne from Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group’s Global Incident Response and Recovery team guest starring on the Platforms PFE blog today. Credential theft is a major problem in the security landscape today. Matching local administrator passwords in an environment often contribute to that problem and are a popular target for bad guys. Far more… Read more

Recovering from Failed Disks in Tiered Storage Spaces on Windows 10 via PowerShell

I have a Windows 10 workstation at home which has a tiered storage space with 2 SSD and 6 HDD.  I have a mirrored virtual disk using both tiers and I use this for regular storage, file sharing, and running my virtual machines. A tiered storage space is one that mixes a "fast" set of… Read more

Mailbag – Holiday 2015 Edition

Season’s Greetings from the AskPFEPlat PFEs! A solid Mailbag today with items from Paul Bergson, Rick Bergman, Matthew Walker, Mike Kline and Mike Hildebrand. Also an AskPFEPlat alum – Mark Morowczynski – has started making Permanent Waves over in Azure AD land (did you catch the Rush reference I snuck in there? J) Let’s roll…… Read more

Becoming a Premier Field Engineer 2.0 Cloud/Azure Edition

Greg Jaworski here again after a long blogging hiatus. Several years back I wrote a popular blog post about becoming a Premier Field Engineer (http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2012/01/16/how-to-become-a-premier-field-engineer-pfe.aspx). To do this day I still get comments and meet people who have been hired by Microsoft who have read that post. I felt it was due for a follow-up…. Read more

I Have a Great Idea – but how do I tell Microsoft?

At Microsoft, we value input from the people that use our products every day. We work hard to make sure that our products are user friendly and will accomplish the tasks that make your job as an IT Professional easier and better. However, there are times when people slogging through the IT trenches day in… Read more

An alternative way to connect PowerShell to Azure using an Azure AD account

Hello folks, its Rick here. A while back I had shared with you a way to connect PowerShell to your Azure Subscription via the certificate method using Get-AzurePublishSettingsFile cmdlet. This method works as long as the subscription and certificates are valid, and it has limitations when more than one person is expected to be able… Read more

After Migrating Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster, Virtual Machines Fail to Come Online in Failover Cluster Manager

Lots of my customers are upgrading their Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster nodes to Windows Server 2012 R2. The increased stability and reliability that Windows Server 2012 R2 combined with the news that Windows Server 2016 will support rolling upgrades from Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster nodes makes this a no brainer. The migration… Read more

KMS Migration from 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2 and KMS Activation Known Issues

I’m receiving a lot of requests for assistance here lately around KMS. In short, the request goes something like this: I use KMS for volume activation of Microsoft products. How do I migrate my KMS host from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2? Let’s get a few things straight. THERE IS NO… Read more

From Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2: A Tale of a Successful Failover Cluster Hyper-V Migration

  I seemed to be running into more and more Hyper-V Failover Cluster migrations with my customers as of late. Some of these are migrating from VMWare to Hyper-V, but some of these are simply migrating from Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster. It’s actually a fairly simple… Read more

Windows 10 Start Menu Flexibility

Greetings and Happy Halloween from the Platforms PFE ghosts and ghouls. Believe it or not, some people eagerly welcomed the return of the Start menu in Windows 10. I'd bet that a lot of you folks are Windows Insiders and you contributed detailed feedback about the various iterations of the Start menu during the development… Read more