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

Exploring Windows 8.1 Update – Start Screen, Desktop and Other Enhancements

Welcome to Ask PFE Plat's coverage of the next chapter in Microsoft's on-going refinement of Windows. As with 8.1, we continue to evolve and improve the OS and last week, at the Build 2014 conference, we released "Windows 8.1 Update" to MSDN. On Tuesday, April 8th, the Update will be released to the Windows Update… Read more

Windows RT Tablets, x86 applications and Windows Server Remote Desktop Services. A better together Microsoft Experience.

Hello, Jeff ‘the dude’ Stokes back with a post to help you fully utilize that BYOD experience. That of course would be the Windows Surface RT and Windows Surface 2 tablets. They have a place and that place is Modern Apps. But what about legacy x86 apps you say? You can run those too via… Read more

Migrate from Windows XP to the future with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

Hello, Jeff Stokes here, the dude as it were…so, if you hadn't noticed, XP end of life is quite soon. If you are still trying to find the random XP machine in your environment, Ashley McGlone, Mr. PowerShell, GoateePFE, wrote this awesome post on how to find it quick and dirty like: http://blogs.technet.com/b/ashleymcglone/archive/2014/01/30/use-powershell-to-find-windows-xp-computers-still-alive-in-your-active-directory-domain.aspx We looked… Read more

Performance Tuning For Windows Server 2012 R2, AV Exclusions and Windows 7 VDI Image Hot Fixes

Hey y’all, Mark here again with a quick post for you. There are three new articles that just came out that we wanted to make sure you folks didn’t miss. Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012 R2– This one is something I get asked about all the time and it’s awesome. It’s broken down… Read more

Why you want to be using VHDX in Hyper-V whenever possible and why it’s important to know your baselines

Hello, Jeff “The Dude” Stokes here for another post. The other day I was implementing in my lab a pure Microsoft VDI solution (blog coming soon) leveraging the latest and greatest Hyper-V on Server 2012 R2. While doing so, I noticed I was getting abysmal performance coming from a four disk enclosure of RAID class… Read more

Why You Shouldn’t Disable The Task Scheduler Service in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Hello, Jeff “The Dude” Stokes here for an installment on a very important topic.  Why should I not disable the task scheduler in Windows? Long, long ago in the annals of IT history, the Task Scheduler was a poorly understood component of Windows.  “What does it do?” We’d wonder… Fast forward to today and now,… Read more