Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (September, 2017)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you the September edition 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 Backup and disaster recovery… Read more

Project Honolulu – A New Windows Server Management Experience for the Software Defined Datacenter (Part 1)

Hello! My name is Kevin Kelling and I’m a Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft focused on Windows Server, virtualization, and Azure. Having worked with Windows Server since the NT 3.51 days, I’m excited to have the opportunity to share a major new feature which holds the potential to change how we interact with and experience… Read more

Securing Privileged Access for the AD Admin – Part 2

Hello everyone, my name is still David Loder, and I’m still PFE out of Detroit, Michigan. Hopefully you’ve read Securing Privileged Access for the AD Admin – Part 1. If not, go ahead. We’ll wait for you. Now that you’ve started implementing the roadmap, and you’re reading this with your normal user account (which no… Read more

Replication Hurricanes: Why Restricted Groups are a No-Go for Domain Based Groups

Hi everyone! My name is Tim Medina, Premier Field Engineer, and today we are going to take a brief look at GPOs with a focus on restricted groups. More importantly, we will discuss how, if used in an unsupported manner, you can cause your very own replication hurricane. But, before we get into that let’s… 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

Using Computer Name Aliases in place of DNS CNAME Records

Hi everyone. Graeme Bray here with an article around using Computer Name Aliases instead of DNS CName records.  In the past, we used to set the registry key DisableStrictNameChecking to be able to add a DNS alias to connect via a name (such as fileserver.contoso.com).  Starting with Windows Server 2008, we added functionality to be… Read more

Windows 10 Memory Protection Features

Hello, Paul Bergson back again with a discussion on the newly built-in memory protection features provided in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. I refer to Win10 throughout the document, but this is just for brevity sake. For a complete discussion on how to “Migrate threats by using Windows 10 security features” please see the… Read more

How to Secure an ARM-based Windows Virtual Machine RDP access in Azure

  Hi, Mark Rowe here, and I am the creator of Augmented Living, a Developer/Architect for Microsoft’s Modern Applications Solution Center as a senior consultant, and a long-time Microsoft fanboy and blogger. One of the most hit aspects of security is RDP on the default ports with poor password governance. People are busy, we all… Read more

Optimizing Linux Performance on Hyper-V

Hi all, this is Kevin Kelling and I’m a PFE with Microsoft focused on both Hyper-V and Azure.  Today I’d like to talk about the performance of Linux workloads on both Hyper-V and Azure. Every now and then we are asked how well Linux performs on Hyper-V.  We’ve done extensive testing and most of the… Read more

Identifying WaaS Systems Using Config Manager

Hey Everybody! I am Jose Blasac, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, here with my first post on the world famous ASK PFE Platforms blog! I am super excited! I spend a lot of time working with System Center Configuration Manager and Windows 10. If you have done any work with Config Manager and Windows 10… Read more