The Adventure Begins: Plan and Establish Hybrid Identity with Azure AD Connect (Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security)

Greetings and salutations fellow Internet travelers! Michael Hildebrand here…as some of you might recall, I used to pen quite a few posts here, but a while back, I changed roles within Microsoft and ‘Hilde – PFE’ was no longer. Since leaving the ranks of PFE, I’ve spent the last couple of years focused on enterprise… Read more

Microsoft InTune for the Old-School GPO Admin

Happy New Year, people!  Let me welcome you to the first post of 2016 for the Ask PFE Platforms blog. I have a history of posting on our blog around the holidays/New Year's and 2016 is no different. Last year, I did a "New Year's" post about Azure AD for the old-school AD admin: In keeping with… Read more

Mailbag – Holiday 2015 Edition

Season’s Greetings from the AskPFEPlat PFEs! A solid Mailbag today with items from Paul Bergson, Rick Bergman, Matthew Walker, Mike Kline and Mike Hildebrand. Also an AskPFEPlat alum – Mark Morowczynski – has started making Permanent Waves over in Azure AD land (did you catch the Rush reference I snuck in there? J) Let’s roll…… Read more

Windows 10 Start Menu Flexibility

Greetings and Happy Halloween from the Platforms PFE ghosts and ghouls. Believe it or not, some people eagerly welcomed the return of the Start menu in Windows 10. I'd bet that a lot of you folks are Windows Insiders and you contributed detailed feedback about the various iterations of the Start menu during the development… Read more

Making a Little More Sense out of Windows as a Service and Windows 10 Branches

Greetings and salutations! Hilde here to chat a bit about Windows as a Service (WaaS) and the “Branch” concept in Windows 10 … and vent windows. However, before we get into today’s discussion, I have to ask if you are as crazy-excited as I am to be in IT these days? I realize the rapid… Read more

How to Troubleshoot Office 365 Service Slowness?

Hi Folks, Lakshman Hariharan here with a post to share with you one reason why Office 365 services might be perceived as “slow.”  In my role as a Premier Field Engineer, I perform many “Office 365 Network Performance Assessments” for our Premier customers. If you haven’t heard of the assessment and are planning to use… Read more

Disaster Recovery – A Reminder

Happy Monday, folks! A short post to remind us all about one of my favorite topic “families” (and one of my customer’s most over-looked). We all know that disaster recovery and business continuity efforts are so critically important. We also know the work of DR prep and testing are often so very quiet – they… 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

We Must Fundamentally Transform Our Approach to Security

This week, we have a different style of article.  In this post, folks step back and look at “big picture” strategy rather than the technical/tactical details of IT operations.  This broadly collaborative effort about Identity and Security was developed over a long period of time with input from many people across MCS, PFE and the Cybersecurity groups… Read more

Duplicate SPN Errors, Active Directory Migration Tools, and KB 3070083

Hello, Chad Munkelt here with my very first post for the Ask PFE Platforms blog. I wanted to discuss a new hotfix that Microsoft released recently: This hotfix was created to address an issue with Active Directory migration tools that receive a duplicate Service Principle Name (SPN) error when trying to migrate users or… Read more