Exploring Windows 8.1 Start Screen and Start Button Options and Configurations

Hi, I’m Joao Botto and I’ve been focusing on the Windows Client OS for the last four years. I worked in Europe during the launch of Windows 7, and then moved to the US to work on Windows 8 and 8.1. So this is a very special day for me – it’s my first post… Read more

Exploring Windows 8.1 Update – Start Screen, Desktop and Other Enhancements

Welcome to Ask PFE Plat's coverage of the next chapter in Microsoft's on-going refinement of Windows. As with 8.1, we continue to evolve and improve the OS and last week, at the Build 2014 conference, we released "Windows 8.1 Update" to MSDN. On Tuesday, April 8th, the Update will be released to the Windows Update… Read more

Breaking News! Reduce the size of the WinSxS Directory and Free up Disk Space with a New Update for Windows 7 SP1 Clients

** If you're looking to free up disk space and reduce the size of the WinSxS directory on Windows Server 2008 R2, make sure to check out the following blog post on this topic** How to clean up the WinSxS Directory and Free up Disk Space on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Update  ————————————————————————————————– A few… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices (In Easy Checklist Form)

  ** Newly updated to include 2012 R2 Best Practices. See 11/03/2013 blog regarding R2 updates by clicking here ** Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 provided major improvements to the Hyper-V role, including increased consolidation of server workloads, Hyper-V Replica, Cluster Aware Updating (CAU), network virtualization and the Hyper-V extensible switch, just… Read more

How to Clean up the WinSxS Directory and Free Up Disk Space on Windows Server 2008 R2 with New Update

It’s finally here! After pages and pages of comments from you requesting the ability to clean up the WinSxS directory and component store on Windows Server 2008 R2, an update is available. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2852386 As a refresher, the Windows Server 2008 R2 update is directly related to my previous blog post announcing a similar fix for… Read more

Active Directory-Based Activation vs. Key Management Services

KMS Activation   **Quick Update** If you’re looking to add support to your KMS hosts for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, you need to install the update mentioned in the following article:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2885698 ——————————————————— I still receive TONS of questions on KMS even though it has been around for quite some time now…. Read more

How To Automate Changing The Local Administrator Password

Hello again, Tom Ausburne with another post we think you’ll enjoy. With all of the security breaches we keep reading about on the Internet these days, I keep getting asked how to make servers and workstations less vulnerable to attack. The list of things you can do are extensive and more than I could ever… Read more

Attempting to Install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 Fails with Error Code 0x800F0906 or “the source files could not be downloaded”, even when supplying source

In one of my prior posts, I mentioned a step required when installing .Net Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 or later operating systems. Specifically, I mentioned the need to supply the source for the .Net files because this is one of the few components we do not stage to the component store on Windows… Read more

ADFS Deep Dive: Certificate Planning

The last blog was about planning for ADFS and what questions you should be asking when deploying it. http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014/11/24/adfs-deep-dive-planning-and-design-considerations.aspx I said that the next blog would be about what conversations and questions you should have with the application owners. After some thought, I’ve changed my mind and decided to write about certificate planning. During almost… Read more