Cluster Network Name Resources fail to come Online with Error 2114

Hello, my name is Chuck Timon and this is my first blog post as a Premier Field Engineer. Previous to my current position, I posted to the Core Team blog and the System Center: Virtual Machine Manager Engineering Blog. In this post, I examine a customer issue where two cluster network name resources in a… Read more

Replication Hurricanes: Why Restricted Groups are a No-Go for Domain Based Groups

Hi everyone! My name is Tim Medina, Premier Field Engineer, and today we are going to take a brief look at GPOs with a focus on restricted groups. More importantly, we will discuss how, if used in an unsupported manner, you can cause your very own replication hurricane. But, before we get into that let’s… Read more

Assigning Office 365 Licenses Automatically

Hello World, Daniel Lucas and Eroilton Borges is here, with a special thanks to Rodrigo Fonseca to helping about Hybrid Identity and review and contribute for this one, to talk about how to automatically assign Office 365 licenses in Azure AD, without need to run Powershell commands. Nowadays, when a new user needs to have… Read more

Windows Backups Failing with Associated VSS 8193 Errors

  Hi, this is Michael Koeppl again. I’m with the Premier Mission Critical (PMC) Team and assisting customers when they hit OS issues in their critical infrastructure, and today I wanted to talk with you about an interesting Windows Backup issue I encountered. My customer realized that his System State Backups (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938537.aspx) on one of… Read more

Securing RDP with IPSec

Hi Everyone, this is Jerry Devore back with a follow-up topic from my previous post on Privileged Administrative Workstations (PAW) which is a hardened device configuration used to protect privileged credentials. In that post, I mentioned that it is possible to use IPsec to ensure an admin can only make a RDP connection to Tier… Read more

Viewing Memory in PowerShell

Hello there, this is Benjamin Morgan, and I’m a Premier Field Engineer covering Active Directory and Platforms related topics.  This is my first blog post, and I hope you are all as excited about this as I am! Today I want to talk with you about a couple of quick ways for querying system memory (and provide… Read more

DSCEA 1.2.0.0 has been released – Introducing exciting new updates to Start-DSCEAscan

***This post was written by Ralph Kyttle, PFE, and back linked to the original post. The original post can be found at: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/04/05/dscea-1-2-0-0-has-been-released-introducing-exciting-new-updates-to-start-dsceascan/ For more information on DSCEA, please review the original post on the topic located at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/03/21/introducing-dscea/ or https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2017/04/04/introducing-dscea/ DSCEA 1.2.0.0 has been released!!! Just as a recap on DSCEA: DSC Environment Analyzer… Read more

Extending OMS with SCCM Information

Brad Watts here to talk with you today about extending OMS with SCCM information. Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a very powerful cloud based tool. There are bunch of out of the box solutions like Alert Management, Active Directory Assessment, SQL Assessment, Update Compliance, etc.. We’re not going into details of what OMS is… Read more

Using Computer Name Aliases in place of DNS CNAME Records

Hi everyone. Graeme Bray here with an article around using Computer Name Aliases instead of DNS CName records.  In the past, we used to set the registry key DisableStrictNameChecking to be able to add a DNS alias to connect via a name (such as fileserver.contoso.com).  Starting with Windows Server 2008, we added functionality to be… Read more