Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10

Hello everyone, my name is David Loder, long-time reader, first-time PFE blogger, based out of Detroit, Michigan. And I have a confession to make. I hate servers. Or more precisely I hate logging in to servers. If you’ve been administering Windows Server for any length of time, you’re hopefully aware of the Remote Server Administration… Read more

Convert a Federated Domain in Azure AD to Managed and Use Password Sync – Step by Step

Hi all! I am Bill Kral, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, here to give you the steps to convert your on-premise Federated domain to a Managed domain in your Azure AD tenant. In this case, we will also be using your on-premise passwords that will be sync’d with Azure AD Connect. There are many ways… Read more

The Riverbed Field Guide for the AD Admin

Unexpected TCP resets, intermittent “Network Path Not Found”, and SMB dialects being downgraded. These errors point to something very odd and potentially very bad, happening on the network. If you are like many AD administrators, at the first sign of network impropriety, you likely engage the network team and request the network issues be addressed…. Read more

Two Unusual Azure AD Connect Configuration Issues

Hello, my name is Michael C. Bazarewsky, and I’m a Public Sector Secure Infrastructure PFE, spending most of my time working on Azure-related engagements. Today, I wanted to present two quick notes about some issues I saw while helping a customer perform a parallel installation of Azure AD Connect, to upgrade from an older DirSync… Read more

AskPFEPlat Ask Me Anything-September 2016

UPDATE (9/26/2016 @ 10:45a ET): Thank you all for your participation in this AskPFEPlat Ask Me Anything Q&A blog session! We are ending active questioning at this time. Rest assured, if you have asked us questions and have not yet gotten a response, we are still working on it. Additionally, we would like to request feedback on… Read more

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