Becoming a Premier Field Engineer 2.0 Cloud/Azure Edition

Greg Jaworski here again after a long blogging hiatus. Several years back I wrote a popular blog post about becoming a Premier Field Engineer (http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2012/01/16/how-to-become-a-premier-field-engineer-pfe.aspx). To do this day I still get comments and meet people who have been hired by Microsoft who have read that post. I felt it was due for a follow-up…. Read more

PSA: Incorrect MTU size causes connectivity issues with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Greg Jaworski here to make readers aware of a support issue where network interface drivers may set an overly large MTU value of 1514 bytes.Problems arise when such large packets cannot be passed by the underlying network infrastructure. As this blog post will illustrate, connectivity failures caused by this condition can cause an array of… Read more

Mailbag: Return of the Mailbag Returns

Hey y’all, Mark and Tom back here with the return of the mailbag returns. Give yourself 5 internet points if you get that Simpsons reference. Before today our mailbag posts were very random and we are trying to get on a more regular mailbag posting schedule. The key word in that sentence would be trying… Read more

It’s The End of FRS as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Hey y’all, Mark here with a quick post you should check out. Friend of the blog Ned “wears the black hat” Pyle has put up a post everyone needs to read, and subscribe to their blog while you’re there it’s quite good, on FileCab http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2014/06/24/the-end-is-nigh-for-frs.aspx Read the full post above but a good snippet to… 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

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

Mailbag: Problem of the week: DNS Aging and Scavenging (getting the DNS record timestamp) with new Windows Server 2012 DNS cmdlets

Greg here with a quick post where the new DNS PowerShell cmdlets in AD made a task much easier.   Many of our customers use Microsoft DNS and a feature of Microsoft DNS is the ability to remove stale records. By default this feature is disabled and some people never enable it, and others disable… Read more

Introducing the first Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller (Part 2 of 2)

Welcome to part two of this blog where we discuss promoting a Domain Controller with Windows PowerShell. We also discuss how you can do the prerequisites checks before introducing the first Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller. Promoting a Domain Controller with PowerShell Just like in the GUI you will want to install the Active Directory… Read more

Introducing the first Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller (Part 1 of 2)

**Update – Before you introduce that first 2012 DC view our new series on AD upgrades** Upgrading or Migrating Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Build Your Roadmap Now Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 – Phase 1: Assessment   Greg Jaworski here again to discuss introducing the first Windows Server 2012 Domain… Read more