Using the Fully Qualified Domain Name for Remote Control in System Center Configuration Manager

Hello everyone, Jonathan Warnken here. I am a Premiere Field Engineer (PFE) for Microsoft. I primarily support Configuration Manager and today I want to talk about creating a custom console extension to allow the use of a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) when starting a remote-control session. If you work in a multi domain environment… Read more

Phishing with the Sharks Using the Attack Simulator

Hello, Paul Bergson back again. It is late fall and once again playoff time for High School and Collegiate volleyball. Women’s volleyball in Minnesota is a big deal and I have played and coached for over 30 years and I have a lot of great memories with my friends and family in this sport. One… Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (November, 2018)

Hi there! This is Stanislav Belov here, and you are reading 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 A window… Read more

Configuration Manager Peer Cache – Custom Reporting Examples

Hello all, my name is Seth Price and I am a Configuration Manager PFE. I recently had a customer with a large network environment and they wanted to enable Configuration Manager Peer Cache to help with network bandwidth optimization. They were looking for some reporting options to help determine where peer cache could benefit network… Read more

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

SSH on Windows Server 2019

Hello all from PFE Land! I’m Allen Sudbring, PFE in the Central Region. Today I’m going to talk about the built in SSH server that can be added to Windows Server 2019. With previous versions of server, there was some detailed configuration and installs you needed to do, to get SSH working on a Windows… Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (October, 2018)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov here, bringing 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 Announcing New Module ‘Az’ In August… Read more

Does Disabling User/Computer GPO Settings Make Processing Quicker?

Hi everyone! Graeme Bray with you again today to talk about an age old discussion point. Does Group Policy process quicker if you disable the User/Computer sections of a specific policy? We’re going to walk through my lab setup, grabbing the policies, comparing them, and then confirming that I actually did disable the policy section…. 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

Breaking into Windows Server 2019: SDN Load Balancers

Happy Friday folks! Brandon Wilson here once again to give you a pointer to some more information covering a topic touched on by the Windows Core Networking PG, and that is Software Defined Networking (SDN) load balancing in Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019. “Notes from the Field: Microsoft SDN Software Load Balancers https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/networking/2018/10/10/notesfromthefield-slb/… Read more