Introducing DSCEA

***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/2017/03/21/introducing-dscea/ Hello, World! I am incredibly excited to announce the open source release of DSC Environment Analyzer (DSCEA), a PowerShell module that uses the declarative nature of Desired State Configuration to scan systems… Read more

How to Secure an ARM-based Windows Virtual Machine RDP access in Azure

  Hi, Mark Rowe here, and I am the creator of Augmented Living, a Developer/Architect for Microsoft’s Modern Applications Solution Center as a senior consultant, and a long-time Microsoft fanboy and blogger. One of the most hit aspects of security is RDP on the default ports with poor password governance. People are busy, we all… Read more

Optimizing Linux Performance on Hyper-V

Hi all, this is Kevin Kelling and I’m a PFE with Microsoft focused on both Hyper-V and Azure.  Today I’d like to talk about the performance of Linux workloads on both Hyper-V and Azure. Every now and then we are asked how well Linux performs on Hyper-V.  We’ve done extensive testing and most of the… Read more

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

Convert a Managed Domain in Azure AD to a Federated Domain using ADFS for On-Premises Authentication – Step by Step

Hi all! I am Bill Kral, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, here again to give you the steps to convert your on-premises Managed domain to a Federated domain in your Azure AD tenant this time. Here is the link to my previous blog on how to convert from a Federated to Managed domain: Convert a… Read more

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