Convert a Managed Domain in Azure AD to a Federated Domain using ADFS for On-Premises Authentication – Step by Step

Hi all! I am Bill Kral, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, here again to give you the steps to convert your on-premises Managed domain to a Federated domain in your Azure AD tenant this time. Here is the link to my previous blog on how to convert from a Federated to Managed domain: Convert a… Read more

Removing Self-Signed RDP Certificates

Hello all. Jacob Lavender here for the Ask PFE Platforms team to talk a little about a common scenario that I’m often presented with – How to rid Windows machines of the self-signed remote desktop client certificate that is created on Windows clients and servers? Prior to diving in, let me just state that we… Read more

Turn on that Scary DC

Stephen Mathews here; now tell me, do you have a domain controller you’re afraid to turn on? Maybe it lost power and nobody noticed for a couple months or you don’t trust your AD restore procedures; perhaps a troubled DC keeps deleting your DNS records – whatever happened, I’m going to show you how to… Read more

Basic Network Capture Methods

Hi everyone. This is Michael Rendino, a Premier Field Engineer from Charlotte, NC and former member of the CTS networking support team. With my networking background, I have spent years reviewing network captures. One thing I always run into with my customers is that they often don’t know the best or easiest solution to get… Read more

Two Ways To Accept Pipeline Input In PowerShell

Hello everyone, my name is Preston K. Parsard, and I’m a Premier Field Engineer. I’ve been focusing on Azure and PowerShell engagements recently and would like to present an illustrated article about how Windows PowerShell parameter binding works. REQUIREMENTS Windows PowerShell version 4.0 is used in the screenshots for this article however, Get-Service, Stop-Service, and… Read more

Best Practice Analyzer for Hyper-V

This blog post brought to you by eighteen year veteran Microsoft Premier Field Engineer David Morgan. Goal of this Post Today I’d like to impart to you how you can collect a few of what Microsoft thinks are important best practices around Hyper-V. (Note: You can use these same methods for all the other Best… Read more

AskPFEPlat Ask Me Anything-September 2016

UPDATE (9/26/2016 @ 10:45a ET): Thank you all for your participation in this AskPFEPlat Ask Me Anything Q&A blog session! We are ending active questioning at this time. Rest assured, if you have asked us questions and have not yet gotten a response, we are still working on it. Additionally, we would like to request feedback on… Read more

Using PowerShell Runspaces to Generate GPO Reports

Stephen Mathews here to talk to you about generating Group Policy Object reports quickly and efficiently. I had a customer ask me if there was an easy way to find all the RunOnce GUIDs in their GPOs. The customer was concerned that they would generate duplicate GUIDs in their deployment of Group Policy Preferences. Yes,… Read more

Determining the Dominant User and Setting the ManagedBy Computer Attribute

Hi again, this is Stephen Mathews and I’m here to talk about how to determine the dominant or primary user of a Windows operating system. This insight can help administrators facilitate direct communication with the affected user when a system needs management, and can even help non-enterprise users, such as a parent questioning which child… 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