Hyper-V Integration Services – Where Are We Today?

Hyper-V Integration Services provide critical functionality to Guests (virtual machines) running on Microsoft’s virtualization platform (Hyper-V). For the most part, virtual machines run in an isolated environment on the Hyper-V host. However, there is a high-speed communications channel between the Guest and the Host that allows the Guest to take advantage of Host-side services. If… 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

CredSSP, RDP and Raven

Welcome to another edition of AskPFEPlat, this is Paul Bergson and Graeme Bray bringing up the topic of CredSSP when in use with the Remote Desktop Protocol. This topic became an internal discussion around Premier Field Engineering and customers like you as to how this would impact accessing systems via RDP starting in May. This… Read more

Delegate WMI Access to Domain Controllers

Hi everyone! Graeme Bray back with you today with a post around delegating WMI access to Domain Controllers. Continuing the tradition of security themed posts that we’ve had recently on AskPFEPlat, I thought I’d throw this one together for you. This post originally came about after several customers asked how to remove users accounts from… Read more

Making Sense of Replication Schedules in PowerShell

Hi all! Jan-Hendrik Peters, PFE, here to talk to you today about using PowerShell to view replication schedules. Automation with PowerShell is a part of our daily life. However, there are certain things that are for some reason not achievable with PowerShell out of the box. One of them is getting useful output for replication… 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

PKI Basics: How to Manage the Certificate Store

Hello all! Nathan Penn and Jason McClure here to cover some PKI basics, techniques to effectively manage certificate stores, and also provide a script we developed to deal with common certificate store issue we have encountered in several enterprise environments (certificate truncation due to too many installed certificate authorities). PKI Basics To get started we… Read more

The Case of Multiple DCs Logging Event 1168 Internal Error: An Active Directory Domain Services Error Has Occurred

Hello Everyone, my name is Zoheb Shaikh and I’m a Premier Field Engineer out of Malaysia. Today for my first post on AskPFEPlat, I wanted to share something interesting with you that I came across recently caused by a KRBTGT_RODC account deletion. Before I talk more about the issue, I would like to share a… 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