Azure Automation: Shutting Down Custom Tagged Virtual Machines

UPDATE (1/10/2018): The script attached to the article has been updated to correct minor inconsistencies.   Hello everyone! Christopher Scott, Premier Field Engineer. I have recently transitioned into an automation role and like most people my first thought was to setup a scheduled task to shutdown and startup Virtual Machines (VMs) to drive down consumption… Read more

Simple PowerShell Network Capture Tool

Hello all. Jacob Lavender here again for the Ask PFE Platforms team to share with you a little sample tool that I’ve put together to help with performing network captures. This all started when I was attempting to develop an effective method to perform network traces within an air gapped network. My solution had to… Read more

Using WMI to Verify Group Policy

Scenario: My name is Benjamin Morgan and I’m a Platforms PFE. Recently I was working with a customer on a Windows 10 upgrade project and they posed an interesting requirement. They needed to be able to verify that their required group policies were being applied and they needed to be able to run a report… Read more

Using Group Policy Preferences to Manage the Local Administrator Group

Hello Everyone! Graeme Bray back with you today to talk about how you can reduce the audit and risk surface within your environment. If you can’t tell, Microsoft has taken a strong stance towards security. In a previous life, I was responsible for providing results for audit requests from multiple sources. One risk (and management… Read more

Configuring a Hyper-V Host with PowerShell DSC (Part 1)

Hello, my name is Michael Godfrey and I am a Platform’s Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft. I have been a Fabric Administrator for the past few years and have made it a habit of building quite a few Hyper-V Hosts. I was always looking for a way to ensure my team and I knew… Read more

Windows PowerShell and DSC on Linux in Microsoft Azure

Hello everyone! I’m Preston K. Parsard, Platforms PFE and I’d like to talk about running PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC) on Linux in Microsoft Azure. Just in case you haven’t heard yet, PowerShell has been open sourced and released for Linux since 18 August, 2016. More details and other resources for the announcement can… Read more

Failover Cluster File Share Storage Access Status is “Questionable”

Welcome everyone. This is Chuck Timon back this time to discuss a minor ‘annoyance’ in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2. Those of you that have worked with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 for a while and have configured Failover Clusters to be managed by Virtual Machine manager, may have seen this… Read more

Automating the Collection of Configuration Manager Client Logs

Hello everyone! Seth Price here to talk with you today about automating the collection of Configuration Manager client logs. Configuration Manager client logs are useful in troubleshooting many types of client issues including client installation, client health, software update installation, hardware inventory, and client policy. In many cases the administrator assisting with troubleshooting client issues… Read more

Viewing Memory in PowerShell

Hello there, this is Benjamin Morgan, and I’m a Premier Field Engineer covering Active Directory and Platforms related topics.  This is my first blog post, and I hope you are all as excited about this as I am! Today I want to talk with you about a couple of quick ways for querying system memory (and provide… Read more

DSCEA 1.2.0.0 has been released – Introducing exciting new updates to Start-DSCEAscan

***This post was written by Ralph Kyttle, PFE, and back linked to the original post. The original post can be found at: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/04/05/dscea-1-2-0-0-has-been-released-introducing-exciting-new-updates-to-start-dsceascan/ For more information on DSCEA, please review the original post on the topic located at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/03/21/introducing-dscea/ or https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2017/04/04/introducing-dscea/ DSCEA 1.2.0.0 has been released!!! Just as a recap on DSCEA: DSC Environment Analyzer… Read more