Windows Subsystem for Linux and BASH Shell (2018 Update)

Hello Everyone! Allen Sudbring here again, PFE in the Central Region, with an update to a blog post that I did on the Windows Subsystem for Linux and Bash On Ubuntu, found here,(link: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2016/05/02/installing-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windows-10-insider-preview/). It’s been awhile since I posted on this topic and I wanted to update everyone with the exciting new options with… Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (March, 2018)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov is back 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 Just-in-Time VM Access… Read more

Troubleshooting Active Directory Based Activation (ADBA) clients that do not activate

Hello everyone! My name is Mike Kammer, and I have been a Platforms PFE with Microsoft for just over two years now. I recently helped a customer with deploying Windows Server 2016 in their environment. We took this opportunity to also migrate their activation methodology from a KMS Server to Active Directory Based Activation. As… Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (February, 2018)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov is back 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 Protect machines using… 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

AskPFEPlat Happy New Year Invitation!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone, and welcome to 2018! This is Brandon Wilson (Platforms and Active Directory PFE), and with the introduction of the New Year, I wanted to take some time to thank all our outstanding readers we’ve had over the years. And, now that the celebrations are (mostly) over, I wanted to pick all… Read more

Security Updates from the Win10 Fall Creators Update

Hello, Paul Bergson, back with some great new information regarding the recent release of Fall Creators Update (FCU) for Windows 10, Microsoft released some great new security features that can protect you from unwanted Malware. I have heard from customers on multiple occasions that their customers are doing just fine with their desktop operating system,… Read more

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (December, 2017-Part 1)

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 Transforming your VMware environment… 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