Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (October, 2018)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov here, bringing 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. Microsoft Azure Announcing New Module ‘Az’ In August… Read more

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 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

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

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

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