DSC for the PFE: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Solution with Configuration Data

Hi Folks, Platforms PFE Dan Cuomo here to chat about Desired State Configuration, AKA “the hotness.” DSC has a few value propositions and is different than general PowerShell scripting in that it’s declarative, idempotent, and remediable in nature. If you’re not too familiar, checkout last week’s post (A Training Montage) which describes DSC and includes… Read more

DSC for the PFE: A Training Montage

Hi Folks, Platforms PFE Dan Cuomo here to have a heart-to-heart about Desired State Configuration; a platform so valuable (how valuable is it, you ask?) if DSC had a utility belt, I’d label it a “borderline superhero.” Then again, if DSC is already part of your IT arsenal, perhaps you are the superhero. Either way,… Read more

Natively updating Office 365 ProPlus using the new version of System Center Configuration Manager

** Note: While SCCM 1511 can continue to be used to preview feature, official support for native patching of Office 365 ProPlus begins with SCCM 1602 and later.  New Updated posting   The goal of this blog is to discuss how Enterprise customers can use current investments in System Center Configuration Manager (Config Mgr.) to… Read more

Resetting the Local Admin Name and Password for Azure ARM Virtual Machines with PowerShell

Hi there, this is JJ Streicher-Bremer, saying hello from Azureland.   When one creates a virtual machine in the Azure portal a username and password are required. This username and password are used by the Azure fabric to configure the local administrator account on that virtual machine.   I don’t know about you, but sometimes… Read more

Pre-seeding Hyper-V Backups in DPM

Hi folks, it's me, Heyko and I'm a Premier Field Engineer for Virtualization in Germany. A few days ago a customer asked me if it is possible to pre-seed a Hyper-V VM Backup in Data Protection Manager 2012 R2. First of all a few words about Data Protection Manager. System Center Data Protection Manager or… Read more

Creating a Site to Site VPN Connection in ARM through the new Azure Portal

In the ever changing and improving world of Microsoft Azure, there has officially been a shift to the new Azure portal as the primary tool for interacting with Azure. On December 2, 2015 an official announcement was made that the portal located at portal.azure.comwas officially taken out of “preview” and made generally available (or “GA”)…. Read more

Becoming a Premier Field Engineer 2.0 Cloud/Azure Edition

Greg Jaworski here again after a long blogging hiatus. Several years back I wrote a popular blog post about becoming a Premier Field Engineer (http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2012/01/16/how-to-become-a-premier-field-engineer-pfe.aspx). To do this day I still get comments and meet people who have been hired by Microsoft who have read that post. I felt it was due for a follow-up…. Read more

I Have a Great Idea – but how do I tell Microsoft?

At Microsoft, we value input from the people that use our products every day. We work hard to make sure that our products are user friendly and will accomplish the tasks that make your job as an IT Professional easier and better. However, there are times when people slogging through the IT trenches day in… Read more

An alternative way to connect PowerShell to Azure using an Azure AD account

Hello folks, its Rick here. A while back I had shared with you a way to connect PowerShell to your Azure Subscription via the certificate method using Get-AzurePublishSettingsFile cmdlet. This method works as long as the subscription and certificates are valid, and it has limitations when more than one person is expected to be able… Read more

Scheduling Start and Stop Times for Azure VMs

Here in PFE, we LOVE our labs. That should be apparent by all the posts we have on the subject. Labs are the best way to dig in and discover how things really work before going into production, or if you are just curious about how something looks or functions. We’ve had several posts on… Read more