Best Practice Analyzer for Hyper-V

This blog post brought to you by eighteen year veteran Microsoft Premier Field Engineer David Morgan. Goal of this Post Today I’d like to impart to you how you can collect a few of what Microsoft thinks are important best practices around Hyper-V. (Note: You can use these same methods for all the other Best… Read more

The Hierarchy of Cyber Needs

Hi, The Captain here from Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group's Global Incident Response and Recovery team.  The kind curators of the Platforms PFE blog invited me to share some thoughts about building a strong security foundation in your enterprise. It takes a lot of time, effort, expertise and money to protect an enterprise network against today’s… Read more

Disaster Recovery – A Reminder

Happy Monday, folks! A short post to remind us all about one of my favorite topic “families” (and one of my customer’s most over-looked). We all know that disaster recovery and business continuity efforts are so critically important. We also know the work of DR prep and testing are often so very quiet – they… Read more

Active Directory Risk Assessments – Lessons and Tips from the Field – Volume #1?

Greetings – Hilde here to pass along some wisdom for AD shops everywhere. Recently, I was part of a conversation with a handful of true Active Directory rock-stars here in Premier Field Engineering who have done a lot of AD Risk Assessment Program (RAP) deliveries. As a reminder, the “RAP as a Service” delivery includes a very… Read more

How to Customize Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 – Get Creative!

Greetings and happy Monday!!  Hilde here – coming to you from the Seattle area, where I'm fortunate enough to be attending our premier internal technical training event.  In this post, I'll cover a less-known but VERY cool customization ability to get you thinking about how you might make your Server Admin lives easier and more efficient. If you've… Read more

The Most Popular Posts of 2013 and Belated Birthday

Hey y’all, Mark back again for another year end recap. It has been an eventful year. We’ve added more bloggers to our team which is great, really increased our readership(it seems like you guys like us!) and have made it a full 2 years in existence on the interwebs (beating the odds every day). Not… Read more

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Best Practices (In Easy Checklist Form)

Hello, everyone! Roger Osborne here with an update on my Hyper-V Best Practices blog for Server 2012. It has been around 7-months since the initial posting, and might I say the response has been (and continues to be) A-MAZ-ING! In my humble opinion, the interest surrounding my blog points directly to the volume of small,… Read more

Who Moved the DNS Cheese? Auditing for AD-Integrated DNS Zone and Record Deletions

Something just happened. Something big. The wheels are falling off the enterprise. People can’t log in. “The XYZ domain is not available. Please try again later.” Outlook is endlessly prompting folks for credentials. No one can print. Many can’t even get an IP address. Mission-critical apps are erroring out left and right. The Helpdesk phone… Read more

Friday Mailbag: Best practices for DFS-R on Domain Controllers

Greg Jaworski here again…After a lengthy conversation with one of our readers around migrating SYSVOL to DFS-R and some confusion around the various KBs I decided it was worth blogging some best practices and Frequently Asked Questions around SYSVOL and DFS-R. 1. If you have not yet migrated to DFS-R make sure you have the… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices (In Easy Checklist Form)

  ** Newly updated to include 2012 R2 Best Practices. See 11/03/2013 blog regarding R2 updates by clicking here ** Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 provided major improvements to the Hyper-V role, including increased consolidation of server workloads, Hyper-V Replica, Cluster Aware Updating (CAU), network virtualization and the Hyper-V extensible switch, just… Read more