Sweet Sixteen: A Milestone for Windows Clustering!

As of September 2013, sixteen years prior, Microsoft released the Enterprise Edition of Windows NT Server 4.0 which included Microsoft Cluster Server (also known as MSCS).  My how server clustering has changed over the years!  In one of my last posts to Ask PFE Platforms as I plan to retire from Microsoft in October, this seemed like… Read more

Creating the Ultimate Recovery Image using the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT)

As a field engineer, I am always eager to learn about cool tools and diagnostics. Part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2013(MDOP), includes the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit 8.0 SP1, codenamed DaRT. MDOP is a suite of technologies available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers. MDOP is also available for test and evaluation… Read more

Storage Spaces: Understanding Storage Pool Expansion

If you’ve read my prior post about Storage Spaces, or about how to import a storage pool, then the discussion here will be a good addition.  One of the clear advantages of using a storage pool is the ability to expand the pool by adding additional storage.  That is great if you’re doing any thin… Read more

Using PowerShell To Gather Performance Data

Those that have read some of my prior posts on Windows Server 2012 would note that I like to write about new features and capabilities.  Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 both provide PowerShell cmdlets allowing you the ability to gather and output performance data.  The geek in me is all over this with ideas,… Read more

Getting Started with Windows Deployment for Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)

For Part II, please see the following: Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1: Part II, starting with Selection Profiles (and some random Windows Server 2003 End of Service ramblings) ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Mark recently wrote a birthday post for Windows NT . It was even picked up by Mary… Read more

Want a Free Hands-on Expert Training on Windows Azure?

Check out this great one-day free TechNet training event opportunity at a city near you.     What: Join local Microsoft cloud experts for a free one day IT Camp on Windows Azure. You’ll hear the latest on the Microsoft cloud platform, dive deep into Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, and participate in hands-on labs that… Read more

Clarifications on KB 2853952, Server 2012 and Active Directory error c00002e2 or c00002e3

Hey y’all, Mark and Tom here to clear up some confusion on MSKB 2853952, that describes the corruption of Active Directory databases in virtualized domain controllers running on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host computers.  The article was released in July 2013 with title “Active Directory database becomes corrupted when a Windows Server 2012-based Hyper-V host… Read more

Why you want to be using VHDX in Hyper-V whenever possible and why it’s important to know your baselines

Hello, Jeff “The Dude” Stokes here for another post. The other day I was implementing in my lab a pure Microsoft VDI solution (blog coming soon) leveraging the latest and greatest Hyper-V on Server 2012 R2. While doing so, I noticed I was getting abysmal performance coming from a four disk enclosure of RAID class… Read more

Office 365 & Single Sign-On: How to Handle Different UserPrincipalName (UPN) Values

Hey folks, Keith Brewer here to discuss an issue I encountered while working with a Microsoft Premier Customer. As a PFE we are often asked to assist our Premier customers with a specific technology. In this instance I was asked to assist with Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). Fellow PFE Jasmin Amirali recently blogged an… Read more

Common Mistakes When Troubleshooting Critical System Issues

Hey y’all Mark here again. A lot of the content we provide here on this blog is to keep you guys ahead of potential issues that can arise and also explain how things work in the field. Doing education like this gives you the ability to investigate "possible hiccups" before they become "giant eruptions of… Read more