Hyper-V Integration Services – Where Are We Today?

Hyper-V Integration Services provide critical functionality to Guests (virtual machines) running on Microsoft’s virtualization platform (Hyper-V). For the most part, virtual machines run in an isolated environment on the Hyper-V host. However, there is a high-speed communications channel between the Guest and the Host that allows the Guest to take advantage of Host-side services. If… Read more

Simple PowerShell Network Capture Tool – Update

Hello all. Jacob Lavender here once again for the Ask PFE Platforms team to give you an update on the little sample tool that I put together at the end of last year. The original post is located here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2017/12/04/simple-powershell-network-capture-tool/ But before you fly off to read that post – as good as it was,… Read more

Delegate WMI Access to Domain Controllers

Hi everyone! Graeme Bray back with you today with a post around delegating WMI access to Domain Controllers. Continuing the tradition of security themed posts that we’ve had recently on AskPFEPlat, I thought I’d throw this one together for you. This post originally came about after several customers asked how to remove users accounts from… Read more

Making Sense of Replication Schedules in PowerShell

Hi all! Jan-Hendrik Peters, PFE, here to talk to you today about using PowerShell to view replication schedules. Automation with PowerShell is a part of our daily life. However, there are certain things that are for some reason not achievable with PowerShell out of the box. One of them is getting useful output for replication… Read more

10 Tips and Tricks from the Field

Hello All. The AskPFEPlat team is here today with you in force. Recently we put together 10 Tips and Tricks from the Field – a collection of tips and tricks in our tool belt that we use on occasion. We wanted share these with all our readers in-an-effort to make your day a little easier…. Read more

ADFS: Monitoring a Relying Party for Certificate Changes

Howdy folks! Michele Ferrari here from the Premier Field Engineer-Identity Team in San Francisco, here today to talk about ADFS Monitoring settings for Claims Provider Trust and Relying Party Trust. This is the question we’re going to answer today as part of the Mix and Match series: How can we Monitor when our partners’ Identity… Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (January, 2018)

Hello there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series!   As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Enjoy!  Microsoft Azure Start/Stop VMs during off-hours… Read more

Azure Automation: Shutting Down Custom Tagged Virtual Machines

UPDATE (1/10/2018): The script attached to the article has been updated to correct minor inconsistencies.   Hello everyone! Christopher Scott, Premier Field Engineer. I have recently transitioned into an automation role and like most people my first thought was to setup a scheduled task to shutdown and startup Virtual Machines (VMs) to drive down consumption… Read more

Simple PowerShell Network Capture Tool

Hello all. Jacob Lavender here again for the Ask PFE Platforms team to share with you a little sample tool that I’ve put together to help with performing network captures. This all started when I was attempting to develop an effective method to perform network traces within an air gapped network. My solution had to… Read more

Using WMI to Verify Group Policy

Scenario: My name is Benjamin Morgan and I’m a Platforms PFE. Recently I was working with a customer on a Windows 10 upgrade project and they posed an interesting requirement. They needed to be able to verify that their required group policies were being applied and they needed to be able to run a report… Read more