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

Nano Server 2018 Update

Hello again! Allen Sudbring here, PFE in the central region, bringing you some news on Nano server and an update to the blog post I did back in the Windows Server Technical Preview time frame on configuring and deploying Nano Server, located here (link: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2016/04/26/deploying-and-configuring-windows-nano-server-2016-tp4/). This massive blog post covered everything from management to deployment… Read more

Windows Subsystem for Linux and BASH Shell (2018 Update)

Hello Everyone! Allen Sudbring here again, PFE in the Central Region, with an update to a blog post that I did on the Windows Subsystem for Linux and Bash On Ubuntu, found here,(link: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2016/05/02/installing-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windows-10-insider-preview/). It’s been awhile since I posted on this topic and I wanted to update everyone with the exciting new options with… 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

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (February, 2018)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov is back 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 Protect machines using… 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

Single Host Shielded VMs Lab/PoC

Hi, Matthew Walker again. Virtualization and High Availability PFE. Recently I worked with a few of my co-workers to present a lab on building out Shielded VMs and I thought this would be useful for those of you out there wanting to test this out in a lab environment. First a little backstory on Shielded… 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