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

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

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

Implementing Multiple AGPM Servers

Hi Everyone, Paulo here, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE), recently I have had several customers querying about how to deploy multiple AGPM Servers per Forest/Domain. As you know AGPM was designed to centralize change control over Group Policies so not exactly developed for this intended purpose. The configuration of Group Policy in a single… Read more

Windows Backups Failing with Associated VSS 8193 Errors

  Hi, this is Michael Koeppl again. I’m with the Premier Mission Critical (PMC) Team and assisting customers when they hit OS issues in their critical infrastructure, and today I wanted to talk with you about an interesting Windows Backup issue I encountered. My customer realized that his System State Backups (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938537.aspx) on one of… Read more