Using PowerShell Runspaces to Generate GPO Reports

Stephen Mathews here to talk to you about generating Group Policy Object reports quickly and efficiently. I had a customer ask me if there was an easy way to find all the RunOnce GUIDs in their GPOs. The customer was concerned that they would generate duplicate GUIDs in their deployment of Group Policy Preferences. Yes,… Read more

WPT: Peeking at Logon Delays

Hi everyone, Randolph Reyes (Randy) here with another blog contribution. In this particular engagement, I was working doing an Active Directory Offline Security Assessment (awesome delivery), and one employee with knowledge of using Windows Performance Toolkit stopped me on my way to lunch. Customer: Can we see how long takes an employee to type their… Read more

Windows Failover Cluster Troubleshooter Data Grab

This blog post brought to you by eighteen year veteran Microsoft Premier Field Engineer David Morgan. Goal of this Post Over the years my customers have asked about what they should do first when they get a trouble ticket for a misbehaving Windows failover cluster. There are some fairly simple steps one can take first… Read more

The Importance of KB2871997 and KB2928120 for Credential Protection

Hello, my name is Paul Bergson and this is my first time writing a blog for AskPFEPlat. I am a platforms PFE in the Premier division of Microsoft. If my name looks familiar, it could be because I spent about 10 years in TechNet’s Directory Service Forum as an MVP and Moderator (pbbergs). I wanted… Read more

PFE Days: Microsoft Irvine office: Thursday, March 24th, 2016: Vital Signs Express featuring the CLUE

Hi all,  If you guys are in the Irvine, Orange County area, stop by for 2-3 hours of automating the Windows client and server performance troubleshooting using CLUE. • Have you been manually setting up Perfmon/PAL and Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT a.k.a. WPA/Xperf) to troubleshoot performance issues? • Have you been automating data analysis using… Read more

PSA: Incorrect MTU size causes connectivity issues with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Greg Jaworski here to make readers aware of a support issue where network interface drivers may set an overly large MTU value of 1514 bytes.Problems arise when such large packets cannot be passed by the underlying network infrastructure. As this blog post will illustrate, connectivity failures caused by this condition can cause an array of… Read more

When Creating a New Resource or Role in Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Cluster, the Network Name Fails to Come Online or Failed to Create Associated Computer Object in Domain

There is an issue I have seen repeatedly in the field since Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 released. It typically surfaces when attempting to add roles to Windows Failover Cluster. Since my customers are large SQL shops, this issue typically surfaces when the server team hands off the Windows Server 2012 R2… Read more