Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (August, 2017)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov here to introduce you to the new Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series! Starting with this issue we are going to publish some interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Enjoy! Microsoft Azure How Azure Security Center helps protect your servers… Read more

Optimizing Linux Performance on Hyper-V

Hi all, this is Kevin Kelling and I’m a PFE with Microsoft focused on both Hyper-V and Azure.  Today I’d like to talk about the performance of Linux workloads on both Hyper-V and Azure. Every now and then we are asked how well Linux performs on Hyper-V.  We’ve done extensive testing and most of the… Read more

Building out labs

Hi Matthew Walker here again. So in the course of learning the new features of Windows Server 2016 it is very useful to be to be able to have an environment built out quickly. There are multiple ways to address this. My co-worker Jaromir has his way which is built upon https://ws2016lab.codeplex.com/ I’m going to… Read more

Resetting the Local Admin Name and Password for Azure ARM Virtual Machines with PowerShell

Hi there, this is JJ Streicher-Bremer, saying hello from Azureland.   When one creates a virtual machine in the Azure portal a username and password are required. This username and password are used by the Azure fabric to configure the local administrator account on that virtual machine.   I don’t know about you, but sometimes… Read more

Pre-seeding Hyper-V Backups in DPM

Hi folks, it's me, Heyko and I'm a Premier Field Engineer for Virtualization in Germany. A few days ago a customer asked me if it is possible to pre-seed a Hyper-V VM Backup in Data Protection Manager 2012 R2. First of all a few words about Data Protection Manager. System Center Data Protection Manager or… Read more

Microsoft InTune for the Old-School GPO Admin

Happy New Year, people!  Let me welcome you to the first post of 2016 for the Ask PFE Platforms blog. I have a history of posting on our blog around the holidays/New Year's and 2016 is no different. Last year, I did a "New Year's" post about Azure AD for the old-school AD admin: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2015/01/05/azure-active-directory-for-the-old-school-ad-admin.aspx In keeping with… Read more

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Best Practices (In Easy Checklist Form)

Hello, everyone! Roger Osborne here with an update on my Hyper-V Best Practices blog for Server 2012. It has been around 7-months since the initial posting, and might I say the response has been (and continues to be) A-MAZ-ING! In my humble opinion, the interest surrounding my blog points directly to the volume of small,… Read more

How to Fix Windows Server 2012 Shared Folder Inaccessible on a VM

Hey y’all, Mark here with a post about an issue we’re seeing with many of our customers lately. Hopefully, we’ll save you a couple hours of head-scratching and Bing searches. The Problem: You deploy a shiny new Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machine on Hyper-V or VMWare, and then you notice that no file shares are… Read more

Windows Server and Processor Cores… (Part 2): Windows Server 2012

My last installment about how Windows Server handles processor cores discussed Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  Windows Server 2012 is out and the editions available differ somewhat from prior Windows operating system releases.  With the editions available, key differences are not regarding features as one might think but actually concern virtualization rights. … Read more