Quick Reference: Recovery Options for Post-Mortem Debugging for Windows and Virtual Machines

Hi everyone, Robert Smith here to talk to you today a bit about crash dump configurations and options. With the wide-spread adoption of virtualization, large database servers, and other systems that may have a large amount or RAM, pre-configuring the systems for the optimal capturing of debugging information can be vital in debugging and other… 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

Deploying and Configuring Windows Nano Server 2016 TP4

Introduction Hello Everyone! Allen Sudbring here, Platforms PFE in the central region. Today I wanted to share some information I have been working on with my customers concerning Microsoft’s newest version of Window Server, Nano Server. Nano Server is a lightweight, stripped down version of Windows Server optimized for private clouds and datacenters. Nano server… Read more

Down and Dirty WinPE USB for Surface

Hi everybody! My name is Stephen Mathews and you may know me from my 3-part PowerShell Basics video series on Taste of Premier. Today I’m here to show how to create a bootable Windows PreInstallation Environment USB drive to use on our Microsoft Surface devices. I was onsite with one of my customers, as a… Read more

Reading the fine print on the Protected Users Group

Hi all – This is Jerry Devore back again with a quick post on the “Protected Users” group.  As a PFE, I work with several enterprise customers who have a global presence, and have become very focused on protecting highly privileged accounts.  The major concern that’s at the top of their list is “How do… 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