Using Group Policy Preferences to Manage the Local Administrator Group

Hello Everyone! Graeme Bray back with you today to talk about how you can reduce the audit and risk surface within your environment. If you can’t tell, Microsoft has taken a strong stance towards security. In a previous life, I was responsible for providing results for audit requests from multiple sources. One risk (and management… Read more

Configuring a Hyper-V Host with PowerShell DSC (Part 1)

Hello, my name is Michael Godfrey and I am a Platform’s Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft. I have been a Fabric Administrator for the past few years and have made it a habit of building quite a few Hyper-V Hosts. I was always looking for a way to ensure my team and I knew… Read more

Windows PowerShell and DSC on Linux in Microsoft Azure

Hello everyone! I’m Preston K. Parsard, Platforms PFE and I’d like to talk about running PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC) on Linux in Microsoft Azure. Just in case you haven’t heard yet, PowerShell has been open sourced and released for Linux since 18 August, 2016. More details and other resources for the announcement can… Read more

Failover Cluster File Share Storage Access Status is “Questionable”

Welcome everyone. This is Chuck Timon back this time to discuss a minor ‘annoyance’ in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2. Those of you that have worked with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 for a while and have configured Failover Clusters to be managed by Virtual Machine manager, may have seen this… Read more

Automating the Collection of Configuration Manager Client Logs

Hello everyone! Seth Price here to talk with you today about automating the collection of Configuration Manager client logs. Configuration Manager client logs are useful in troubleshooting many types of client issues including client installation, client health, software update installation, hardware inventory, and client policy. In many cases the administrator assisting with troubleshooting client issues… Read more

Viewing Memory in PowerShell

Hello there, this is Benjamin Morgan, and I’m a Premier Field Engineer covering Active Directory and Platforms related topics.  This is my first blog post, and I hope you are all as excited about this as I am! Today I want to talk with you about a couple of quick ways for querying system memory (and provide… Read more

DSCEA 1.2.0.0 has been released – Introducing exciting new updates to Start-DSCEAscan

***This post was written by Ralph Kyttle, PFE, and back linked to the original post. The original post can be found at: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/04/05/dscea-1-2-0-0-has-been-released-introducing-exciting-new-updates-to-start-dsceascan/ For more information on DSCEA, please review the original post on the topic located at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/03/21/introducing-dscea/ or https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2017/04/04/introducing-dscea/ DSCEA 1.2.0.0 has been released!!! Just as a recap on DSCEA: DSC Environment Analyzer… Read more

Extending OMS with SCCM Information

Brad Watts here to talk with you today about extending OMS with SCCM information. Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a very powerful cloud based tool. There are bunch of out of the box solutions like Alert Management, Active Directory Assessment, SQL Assessment, Update Compliance, etc.. We’re not going into details of what OMS is… Read more

Introducing DSCEA

***This post was written by Ralph Kyttle, PFE, and back linked to the original post. The original post can be found at: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ralphkyttle/2017/03/21/introducing-dscea/ Hello, World! I am incredibly excited to announce the open source release of DSC Environment Analyzer (DSCEA), a PowerShell module that uses the declarative nature of Desired State Configuration to scan systems… Read more

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