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

Is Group Policy Slowing Me Down?

Hello all, Nathan Penn back again to cover one of the more frequently brought up topics: System bootup and user logon performance – Specifically “Is group policy slowing me down in my environment?” Luckily, if we know where to look we can get right to that answer quickly. To start, let clarify a couple of… Read more

Cryptojacking – Leeches of the Internet

Hello, this is Paul Bergson again with another topic on security. The threat of malware continues to impact business with no relief in sight. The latest topic brought back childhood memories of how the “Leeches” of the internet prey upon unsuspecting victims. It has been a beautiful summer in the Minneapolis, MN area this year… Read more

Windows PowerShell Profiles Processing Illustrated

Hello everyone! My name is Preston K. Parsard (Platforms PFE) here again this time for a procedural review of PowerShell profiles. Now I realize that this topic is already well documented and in fact, have included some great references at the end of this post, where you can find more information. What I can offer… Read more

Windows Server 2016 Reverse DNS Registration Behavior

Greetings everyone! Tim Beasley (Platforms PFE) coming back at ya from the infamous Nixa, Missouri! It’s infamous since it’s the home of Jason Bourne (Bourne Identity movies). Anyways, I wanted to reach out to you all and quickly discuss the behavior changes of Windows Server 2016 when it comes to reverse DNS records. Don’t worry,… Read more

How Healthy is your LAPS Environment?

Hi all. I’m Michael Rendino, Senior Premier Field Engineer, based out of the Charlotte, NC campus of Microsoft! Previously, I’ve helped you with some network capture guidance (here and here), but today, I want to talk about something different. Over the last couple of years, one of the hottest tech topics has been security (as… Read more

Are My RDP Connections Really Secured by a Certificate?

Hello everyone! Tim Beasley – Platforms PFE coming at you live from the funky fresh jam known as LAS VEGAS! That’s right people! I’m having a blast by the pool at the MGM Grand and loving life!! …writing a blog post for Microsoft. At Vegas. In the sun poolside…writing…a…technical blog post…what’s wrong with me?! Okay… Read more

Simple PowerShell Network Capture Tool – Update

Hello all. Jacob Lavender here once again for the Ask PFE Platforms team to give you an update on the little sample tool that I put together at the end of last year. The original post is located here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2017/12/04/simple-powershell-network-capture-tool/ But before you fly off to read that post – as good as it was,… 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

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