Troubleshooting Adventure: A Real Life Memory Pool Leak

Hi this is Jerry Devore with my first blog contribution. I am dedicated Premier Field Engineer specializing in Active Directory for a couple enterprise customers in the mid-west. Dedicated PFEs are generally embedded with Premier customer’s architects and operational staff with the primary objective of understanding their environment so we can provide proactive guidance around… Read more

How to Build Your ADFS Lab on Server 2012, Part2: Web SSO

Mark and Tom here again, continuing our series on ADFS. In this post, we'll show you how to use some sample-code to configure a web application for Web Single Sign-On (Web SSO) with ADFS. What's Web SSO? While Federated Web Single Sign-on (henceforth, SSO) is when two organizations create a federation trust between each other… Read more

Scale Out File Servers on Windows Server 2012

Hey y’all Mark here with a quick post. We wanted to call attention to some fabulous work another Microsoft blogger has done. You may have heard of him. Ned ‘I’m famous on the internet’ Pyle. Old Ned use to be the editor in chief of AskDS until he left for the mother ship to help… Read more

Domain and DC Migrations: How To Monitor LDAP, Kerberos and NTLM Traffic To Your Domain Controllers

Hi everyone Adrian Corona here, this time I’d like to talk about a scenario that I get asked about a lot: Domain / Domain Controller Migrations. A very (if not the most) important piece of a successful migration is to know when there’s a system or application still using your domain services before decommissioning your… Read more

How to Build Your ADFS Lab on Server 2012 Part 1

Hey y’all Mark and Tom here with a series we think you guys will dig. I feel like half of our blog posts are building a lab of some kind. We love our labs in PFE. That’s how most of us learn. Set up a lab, play around with the technology, and get it configured…. Read more

Announcement……MDOP 2013 R2 Released!

In a previous post, we mentioned how to create recovery images using DaRT 8.0 SP1. However, that version didn’t support creating recovery images for Windows 8.1. This week we released MDOP 2013 R2 which includes DaRT 8.1 that adds this functionality and more! MSDN and TechNet subscribers can download MDOP 2013 R2 from MSDN or… Read more

How To Split and Migrate Child Domain DNS Records To a Dedicated DNS Zone

Hello, my name is Pierre Ricca, and I am a Premier Field Engineer focused on Active Directory and PowerShell scripting. I started working at Microsoft France as PFE in November 2010. An important part of my job consists of delivering health checks, risk assessments, and knowledge transfer around those technologies for our Premier customers in… Read more

How to Save the DNS Cheese. Protect AD-Integrated DNS Zones from Accidental Deletions

As a quick follow on to our recent post about DNS deletion auditing, here's an ounce of prevention for you – well actually about 3 tons worth – courtesy of Brent Whitlow, Bryan Zink and your blogger-de jure, Hilde. Our co-workers, peers and others 'out there' have covered this but we wanted to get our own 'variation… Read more

IPv6 for the Windows Administrator: The 2002: (6to4 Tunnel) Address and its Impact

Hello, this is Venkat Kalyanasundaram back with another IPv6 post for everyone.   We discussed in my previous post IPv6 for the Windows Administrator: How Name Resolution Works in a Dual IPv4/IPv6 Scenario and talked about the behavior when using a private IP address range. Today we will discuss a special scenario when you have public… Read more

Performance Tuning For Windows Server 2012 R2, AV Exclusions and Windows 7 VDI Image Hot Fixes

Hey y’all, Mark here again with a quick post for you. There are three new articles that just came out that we wanted to make sure you folks didn’t miss. Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012 R2– This one is something I get asked about all the time and it’s awesome. It’s broken down… Read more