Windows Server 2012: How to Import a Storage Pool on Another Server

Thanks for great feedback and for reading my prior AskPFEPlat post regarding Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012.  Based on feedback and questions following that post, it seemed like a great time to show how to import a storage pool on another server.   Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 writes the configuration about the storage… Read more

Windows Server 2012: Group Managed Service Accounts

Remember when Windows Server 2008 R2 was released, and one of the exciting new features was Managed Service Accounts?  Managed Service Accounts (MSAs) held so much promise – automatic password management and automatic SPN registration.  Remember all of those service you have in the domain, that are over-privileged, and whose passwords haven’t changed in the… Read more

Why adding Hyper-V Replica Connection Broker Fails (in Failover Cluster Manager)

By Roger Osborne Like many of you, when I test out new Windows features, I often turn to TechNet documentation, to be certain I’m following Microsoft guidelines and recommendations along the way. A lot of work and effort goes into making this information available, and, more often than not, the details provide all the necessary… Read more

Becoming An Xperf Xpert: Part 5 Gaps of Time For Explorer.exe

Hey y’all, Mark here with another quick real world WDRAP (Windows Desktop Risk Assessment Program) post. This one also involves a time issue which seems to be a theme around here as of late. Also I’ve already had some customers contact their TAM to get a PFE on site based on these posts which is great that… Read more

PFE Live Chat – One Down, More to Follow

First, let me thank everyone who participated in our PFE Live Chat on Monday 26 November.  It was a great opportunity to talk about technology and its impact in real-world cases, for real-world customers.  For those of you who missed the opportunity, let me re-cap some of the topics:   Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces… Read more

Fixing When Your Domain Traveled Back In Time, the Great System Time Rollback to the Year 2000

  Hey y’all, Mark back again with some more detail around what to when the system time rollback to November 19th 2000, caused Active Directory replication and other time-sensitive operations to fail in your environment. This post contains guidance by a small army of Microsoft PFEs, support professionals and developers. If you have any questions about… Read more

Did Your Active Directory Domain Time Just Jump To The Year 2000?

Hey y’all, Mark here providing an AskPFEPlat late night PSA. We are seeing some reports that some Active Directory Domains times reverting to November 2000. So what just happened? I thought the Mayans said this type of stuff didn’t happen until December. UPDATE: We’ve provided more guidance around this topic, read at UPDATE: If you… Read more

HYPER-V 2008 R2 SP1 Best Practices (In Easy Checklist Form)

(dsymalla Posting on Behalf of Roger Osborne) Update: A Server 2012 version has been posted here.  Have you ever had someone – either a customer or colleague – build a mission critical server without taking time, up-front, to ensure they are following best practices? Or what about the build document you spent untold hours creating,… Read more

PFE Live Chat with Us!

Hey y’all, Mark here again. We thought we’d try something new with our readers. We write this blog for you guys, the community. We love hearing from you! We read all the comments, seriously we do. Not enough of you utilize the contact function on the right hand side of the blog. I took a… Read more