Mailbag: Hi Mom! (Issue #12)

Greetings all – Mike Hildebrand, Mike Kline and a few others here with some musings for an out of sorts “Monday Mailbag.”    It’s the end of an era… Last week, Windows Server 2003 reached its “End of Extended Support” date (July 14, 2015). Hopefully, you have mostly fond memories of it; I know I… Read more

Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Phase 2: Build Your Plan

Be sure to read the entire series on the AD Upgrade Upgrading or Migrating Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Build Your Roadmap Now Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Phase 1: Assessment Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Phase 2: Build Your Plan —————————————————————————————————————- Here’s the next step in… Read more

Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Phase 1: Assessment

Be sure to read the entire series on the AD Upgrade Upgrading or Migrating Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Build Your Roadmap Now Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Phase 1: Assessment Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Phase 2: Build Your Plan —————————————————————————————————————- Doug Symalla and Greg Jaworski… Read more

Premier Technology Day Hosted by AskPFEPlat- Live Events in St. Louis and Minneapolis on June 21, 2013

Hey everyone, I’d like to make you aware of an opportunity to connect with some AskPFEPlat celebrities (relatively speaking, of course). We’re hosting two, one-day workshops, live and in-person. This is a unique opportunity for you to participate in detailed, interactive discussions around some very specific Windows Server 2012 topics. These topics include some of… Read more

Upgrading or Migrating Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Build Your Roadmap Now

**Be sure to read the entire series on the AD Upgrade** Upgrading or Migrating Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Build Your Roadmap Now Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Phase 1: Assessment Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Phase 2: Build Your Plan —————————————————————————————————————- If you’ve been managing an… Read more

Audit Membership in Privileged Active Directory Groups. A Second Look.

Some months ago, I shared a PowerShell script to enumerate the membership of privileged groups (including membership in nested groups) and report membership as well as password ages. Like most scripts, it works well in most environments, but has some limitations. One glaring limitation that I’ve found, for example, is that it searches for privileged… Read more

What is RAP as a Service? Is That a Real Acronym?

I hope you enjoy the blogs we provide at AskPFEPlat.  We love sharing our passion for Microsoft Technologies.  But, believe it or not, we do have day jobs.  As Premier Field Engineers we spend most of our time with Microsoft Premier Support customers, helping them learn, test, deploy and troubleshoot the technology.  It’s this hands-on… Read more

Windows Server 2012: Group Managed Service Accounts

Remember when Windows Server 2008 R2 was released, and one of the exciting new features was Managed Service Accounts?  Managed Service Accounts (MSAs) held so much promise – automatic password management and automatic SPN registration.  Remember all of those service you have in the domain, that are over-privileged, and whose passwords haven’t changed in the… Read more

PFE Live Chat – One Down, More to Follow

First, let me thank everyone who participated in our PFE Live Chat on Monday 26 November.  It was a great opportunity to talk about technology and its impact in real-world cases, for real-world customers.  For those of you who missed the opportunity, let me re-cap some of the topics:   Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces… Read more

Looking for Trouble? Jump into the IP Info Weeds with PowerShell

Fellow PFE and blogger Michael “Hilde” Hildebrand makes a great case for being able to inventory the IP configuration of your hosts – especially those that have static IP configurations (like most of your servers). For example, audit the DNS server search order (primary and secondary DNS servers) across dozens of your servers. Based on… Read more