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

PowerShell FAQ: Top 5 Questions about PowerShell from the Field

Hi folks, my name is Thiago Cardoso and I deliver workshops and custom support for our customers related to PowerShell, and I wanted to talk to you today about the top 5 questions I receive in the field: 1. Is it possible to update Windows 7 with PowerShell version 5? Yes, you can do this… Read more

DSC for the PFE: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Solution with Configuration Data

Hi Folks, Platforms PFE Dan Cuomo here to chat about Desired State Configuration, AKA “the hotness.” DSC has a few value propositions and is different than general PowerShell scripting in that it’s declarative, idempotent, and remediable in nature. If you’re not too familiar, checkout last week’s post (A Training Montage) which describes DSC and includes… Read more

DSC for the PFE: A Training Montage

Hi Folks, Platforms PFE Dan Cuomo here to have a heart-to-heart about Desired State Configuration; a platform so valuable (how valuable is it, you ask?) if DSC had a utility belt, I’d label it a “borderline superhero.” Then again, if DSC is already part of your IT arsenal, perhaps you are the superhero. Either way,… Read more