Top Ten Issues with Active Directory Trusts and Corporate Mergers

Hey Everyone. Randy, Premier Field Engineer, here to discuss some lessons learned from working with a recent merger between two corporations. I don’t have enough time or space to go into the details of this major endeavor, so I am going to talk about this experience with a “Top Ten Countdown” style BLOG POST. I’m… Read more

Build an Inexpensive Learning Machine

This blog post brought to you by eighteen year veteran Microsoft Premier Field Engineer David Morgan. Goal of this Post In this post, I’ll be showing you one method you can build out an entire environment that you can use to deploy servers, clients, Microsoft and third party applications; i.e. anything that can be deployed… Read more

Turn on that Scary DC

Stephen Mathews here; now tell me, do you have a domain controller you’re afraid to turn on? Maybe it lost power and nobody noticed for a couple months or you don’t trust your AD restore procedures; perhaps a troubled DC keeps deleting your DNS records – whatever happened, I’m going to show you how to… Read more

The Case of the Vanishing Static Reverse DNS Records

Hey everyone! PFE Tim Beasley here coming to you live from the warm, cozy sands of Bora Bora…Pfft yeah. I wish! … No I’m in Missouri…where it’s miserably winter outside. But I digress, I am writing this post to hopefully shed some light on a bizarre issue I recently faced at one of my dedicated… Read more

Basic Network Capture Methods

Hi everyone. This is Michael Rendino, a Premier Field Engineer from Charlotte, NC and former member of the CTS networking support team. With my networking background, I have spent years reviewing network captures. One thing I always run into with my customers is that they often don’t know the best or easiest solution to get… Read more

Windows Failover Cluster Storage Quick Test

This blog post brought to you by eighteen year veteran Microsoft Premier Field Engineer David Morgan. Goal of this Post One of the best troubleshooting tools around for Windows Failover Cluster since Windows Server 2008 is the Cluster Validation Wizard. The Validation Wizard can make certain your new failover cluster deployment goes right the first… Read more

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