Unsticking Windows Updates That Are Stuck In Their Tracks

Hello everyone, Matt Novitsch (SCCM Premier Field Engineer) with Craig McCarty (Platforms Premier Field Engineer) here to talk to you about a method of unsticking stuck Windows Updates. We have seen this several times with customers and on our own machines where Windows Updates are stuck downloading, installing, or failing to install for a variety… Read more

Extending Hardware Inventory for System Center Configuration Manager

Hello everyone, Jonathan Warnken here, and I am a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) for Microsoft. I primarily support Configuration Manager and I have been getting a lot of questions recently on how to collect custom information and include it in the device inventory within Configuration Manager. I wanted to share one way to accomplish this that… Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (September, 2018)

Hi 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. Microsoft Azure Azure AD B2B Collaboration support… Read more

How To Find Removable AppxPackages

My name is Benjamin Morgan and today I want to discuss the AppxPackages in Windows 10. Recently I had a customer looking at upgrading to Windows 10 1803 and they sent me a list of apps that they wanted to remove and asked what other apps could be removed as well. We have a list… Read more

Configuring a PowerShell DSC Web Pull Server to use SQL Database

Introduction Hi! Thank you for visiting this blog to find out more about how you can configure a PowerShell DSC Web Pull Server to use an SQL database instead of the “Devices.edb” solution we currently use. Since you made it his far I assume that you’re already familiar with PowerShell and PowerShell Desired State Configuration… Read more

Windows PowerShell Profiles Processing Illustrated

Hello everyone! My name is Preston K. Parsard (Platforms PFE) here again this time for a procedural review of PowerShell profiles. Now I realize that this topic is already well documented and in fact, have included some great references at the end of this post, where you can find more information. What I can offer… Read more

How Healthy is your LAPS Environment?

Hi all. I’m Michael Rendino, Senior Premier Field Engineer, based out of the Charlotte, NC campus of Microsoft! Previously, I’ve helped you with some network capture guidance (here and here), but today, I want to talk about something different. Over the last couple of years, one of the hottest tech topics has been security (as… Read more

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