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

Why Are We Deprecating Network Performance Features (KB4014193)?

Hello, Michael C. Bazarewsky here again, with another short clarification post. In February, we published Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Creators Update (KB 4014193). Someone I follow on Twitter noticed this part: The X’s here indicate those features are deprecated. This occasionally comes up still on Twitter, with at least one… Read more

What in the World Happened to my DNAME Resolution!!??

Hello world; Brandon Wilson here, with a special thanks to Tony Gaston in our support wing, here to talk to you briefly about changes in DNAME resolution for Windows Server 2012 R2 that were introduced in KB3133954. More specifically, if you look at the “Known issue” section of KB3133954, you will find that it states:… Read more

Windows 10 Memory Protection Features

Hello, Paul Bergson back again with a discussion on the newly built-in memory protection features provided in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. I refer to Win10 throughout the document, but this is just for brevity sake. For a complete discussion on how to “Migrate threats by using Windows 10 security features” please see the… Read more

Hey Dude, Where’s My Winlogon.log?

Hi this is Michael from the PMC PFE Team, I recently helped a customer during the implementation of their Windows Server 2016 systems. When checking the Event viewer, we spotted a well-known Event ID: Log Name:      Application Source:        SceCli Date:          08.03.2017 17:49:21 Event ID:      1202 Task Category: None Level:         Warning Keywords:      Classic User:          N/A Computer:     … Read more

Network Capture Best Practices

Hi Diddly Doodly readers. Michael Rendino here again with a follow up to my “Basic Network Capture Methods” blog, this time to give some best practices on network capture collection when troubleshooting. As you may have guessed, one of my favorite tools, due to my years in networking support, is the network capture. It can… Read more

Introducing DSCEA

***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/2017/03/21/introducing-dscea/ Hello, World! I am incredibly excited to announce the open source release of DSC Environment Analyzer (DSCEA), a PowerShell module that uses the declarative nature of Desired State Configuration to scan systems… Read more

How to Secure an ARM-based Windows Virtual Machine RDP access in Azure

  Hi, Mark Rowe here, and I am the creator of Augmented Living, a Developer/Architect for Microsoft’s Modern Applications Solution Center as a senior consultant, and a long-time Microsoft fanboy and blogger. One of the most hit aspects of security is RDP on the default ports with poor password governance. People are busy, we all… Read more

Troubleshooting Office 365 ProPlus patching through System Center Configuration Manager

  Hello, Dave Guenthner back again with a discussion about Office 365 ProPlus. In February of 2016 I wrote a blog entry about how enterprise customers can service\patch Office 365 ProPlus with System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) I’ve spoken to many customers about this feature but only recently have customers upgraded from ConfigMgr 2007 and… Read more