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

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

Finding Pesky Stale DNS SRV Records

  Good day to you all – Dougga here with a simple post today using tools you know.   Stale DNS SRV records are common due to no scavenging on DNS zones and each zone has to be setup correctly to have this happen. So, I have often found the "contoso.com" setup correctly, but the… Read more

DNS Policies in Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 2

Hello – Gary Green and Mike Kline here to bring you Ask PFE Plat’s very first post regarding Windows Server 2016 (well, Technical Preview #2, to be specific)! Over the years, Microsoft Windows Server DNS has provided excellent functionality and a frequently-expanding feature-set for our customers.  Our friends in the DNS Product Group are hard at… 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

Mailbag: Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan (Issue #7)

Mark and Tom here again with Mailbag Issue #7! We’re light on overall questions, but in-depth on one of them this week. Let’s get to it! RODC DNS Records Johnny Mnemonic Site Topology From The Interwebs    Question When I run nslookup contoso.com my RODCs don’t show up in the list of DNS records! What… Read more

How to Restrict DNS Zone Scavenging When Hosting Multiple Zones on Multiple Servers

  Dougga here – PFE (or “poofy” as one of my customers likes to call us). The DNS scavenging topic never dies – bear with me and I will reveal a not so obvious configuration to control which servers can scavenge a zone. Let’s go with a simple multi-domain forest named Contoso.com that has 3… Read more

Mailbag: So Far Off To a Good Start (Issue #2)

Hey y’all, Mark and Tom back with our second Friday mailbag. So far so good on trying to keep our regularly scheduled mailbags. We even got a few other PFEs to join in for this one so let’s get right to it. This post will cover the following. Hosting DNS in something other than Active… Read more

Introducing the Netlogon Parser (v1.0.1) for Message Analyzer 1.1

Hi all! Brandon Wilson here again, and this time I will be giving you an introduction for the new Netlogon parser for Message Analyzer. Do you have authentication issues? Are you unable to contact the domain? Wondering what’s going on and tired of pulling your hair out? Then the Netlogon parser may be able to… Read more

How To Split and Migrate Child Domain DNS Records To a Dedicated DNS Zone

Hello, my name is Pierre Ricca, and I am a Premier Field Engineer focused on Active Directory and PowerShell scripting. I started working at Microsoft France as PFE in November 2010. An important part of my job consists of delivering health checks, risk assessments, and knowledge transfer around those technologies for our Premier customers in… Read more