Build an Inexpensive Learning Machine

This blog post brought to you by eighteen year veteran Microsoft Premier Field Engineer David Morgan. Goal of this Post In this post, I’ll be showing you one method you can build out an entire environment that you can use to deploy servers, clients, Microsoft and third party applications; i.e. anything that can be deployed… Read more

AppLocker – Another Layer in the Defense in Depth Against Malware

Hello, Paul Bergson here with a discussion on Security in particular utilizing Microsoft’s AppLocker to help prevent the infection of Malware. Ransomware has been getting a lot of attention. There have been several high profile attacks in the press over the past few months and Understanding the Risk is important. If people don’t understand the… Read more

Comparing Windows Server 2016 Nano TP5 Provisioning Time to GUI/Core Installation Options

Foreword Hello again from Prague! Here is Jaromir and, in this post, I’ll show you how you can play with ws2016lab to measure I/O consumption of each server installation option. I decided to compare the Nano Server IO footprint to other, traditional GUI/Core installations. Why? I just wanted to demonstrate that having unnecessary components is… Read more

Building out labs

Hi Matthew Walker here again. So in the course of learning the new features of Windows Server 2016 it is very useful to be to be able to have an environment built out quickly. There are multiple ways to address this. My co-worker Jaromir has his way which is built upon https://ws2016lab.codeplex.com/ I’m going to… Read more

Pre-seeding Hyper-V Backups in DPM

Hi folks, it's me, Heyko and I'm a Premier Field Engineer for Virtualization in Germany. A few days ago a customer asked me if it is possible to pre-seed a Hyper-V VM Backup in Data Protection Manager 2012 R2. First of all a few words about Data Protection Manager. System Center Data Protection Manager or… Read more

Creating a Site to Site VPN Connection in ARM through the new Azure Portal

In the ever changing and improving world of Microsoft Azure, there has officially been a shift to the new Azure portal as the primary tool for interacting with Azure. On December 2, 2015 an official announcement was made that the portal located at portal.azure.comwas officially taken out of “preview” and made generally available (or “GA”)…. Read more

Managing Hybrid Identities Across Portals

Greetings! Hilde here once again to bend your ear about hybrid identity. Just between you and me, I can be a bit of a slow learner. Some people can process new information and ideas at the speed of light, as electricity lights up the synapses in their brain. They are able to swing those new… Read more

Connect to a Home Network from Anywhere via Azure, Point to Site and Site to Site VPNs

Hi all, this is JJ Streicher-Bremer, Platforms PFE. A long time reader, first time poster. I was recently onsite with a customer and using their guest wireless network. I wanted to connect into my lab network at home for a demo and like many of you, I have enabled port forwarding on my Internet router… Read more

Connect to a Home Network from Anywhere via Azure, Point to Site and Site to Site VPNs

Hi all, this is JJ Streicher-Bremer, Platforms PFE. A long time reader, first time poster. I was recently onsite with a customer and using their guest wireless network. I wanted to connect into my lab network at home for a demo and like many of you, I have enabled port forwarding on my Internet router… Read more

Windows Server DHCP Server Migration – Two Issues from the Field

Hey folks – Hilde here with a post about some DHCP migration snafus I've bumped into recently. Many of my large, enterprise customers have DHCP servers that were deployed over a decade ago, humming along on some flavor of the Windows Server 2003 OS (WS 2003). For the most part, those DHCP services have been pretty much… Read more