Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 convenience roll-up now available at a download location near you! (KB3125574)

NOTE: This blog post was reviewed and approved by peers and program management of the team responsible for production and release of this convenience rollup. Hi everyone. Robert Smith here to let you know about a new convenience rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Microsoft has released a one-time convenience roll-up… Read more

Preparing for DAC

Hello everyone. This is Randy Turner to share some insights learned with implementing Dynamic Access Control (DAC.) There are numerous posts which I will share at the end to discuss the steps to implement all the features covered by DAC, but very little on how to adopt these changes. DAC is just an outcome from… Read more

The Importance of KB2871997 and KB2928120 for Credential Protection

Hello, my name is Paul Bergson and this is my first time writing a blog for AskPFEPlat. I am a platforms PFE in the Premier division of Microsoft. If my name looks familiar, it could be because I spent about 10 years in TechNet’s Directory Service Forum as an MVP and Moderator (pbbergs). I wanted… Read more

Reading the fine print on the Protected Users Group

Hi all – This is Jerry Devore back again with a quick post on the “Protected Users” group.  As a PFE, I work with several enterprise customers who have a global presence, and have become very focused on protecting highly privileged accounts.  The major concern that’s at the top of their list is “How do… Read more

PFE Days: Microsoft Irvine office: Thursday, March 24th, 2016: Vital Signs Express featuring the CLUE

Hi all,  If you guys are in the Irvine, Orange County area, stop by for 2-3 hours of automating the Windows client and server performance troubleshooting using CLUE. • Have you been manually setting up Perfmon/PAL and Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT a.k.a. WPA/Xperf) to troubleshoot performance issues? • Have you been automating data analysis using… Read more

Secure Administrative Workstations

Hi All. This Jerry Devore a Midwest PFE back after a long hiatus from blogging. If you thumb through the owner’s manual of your car you will find a maintenance schedule section.  There you can see how often the manufacture suggests you should change your engine oil, flush your radiator fluid and replace various filters. … Read more

How to Clean up the WinSxS Directory and Free Up Disk Space on Windows Server 2008 R2 with New Update

It’s finally here! After pages and pages of comments from you requesting the ability to clean up the WinSxS directory and component store on Windows Server 2008 R2, an update is available. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2852386 As a refresher, the Windows Server 2008 R2 update is directly related to my previous blog post announcing a similar fix for… Read more