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…


Ruling out SCOM as the cause of SCHANNEL events

  Ruling out SCOM notifications as the cause of SCHANNEL events     Still getting SCHANNEL error events and want to rule out SCOM Management pack SQL events https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinjustin/2017/11/08/sql-native-client-for-tls1-2/ SCHANNEL ciphers debugged https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinjustin/2017/11/08/schannel-event-logging/   What command Channels are setup for notifications?     Validate Subscriptions aren’t the cause for email/text Exchange 2013 and above typically use…


SCHANNEL event logging

First, my thanks to Bhuvnesh Kumar for his help!   Time to figure out what’s going on behind the curtain!     Are you seeing System Event Log, Event ID 36871 events?   Why does this matter?   Depending on OS versions and patches, the TLS Cipher Suites may not match on the various SCOM…


I have Azure VM performance issues, what do I do?

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Partners! I recently came across this guidance from the Azure Support team on how to address Azure VM performance issues.  This is one of the most common issues that Support deals with so wanted to share the guidance with you. Step 1: Start with the fundamentals Make sure you are…


Why is my Address Rewriting not working as expected?

Address Rewriting is a feature of the Transport Agent that runs on the Edge Server role. It enables the modification of addresses for both senders and recipients on messages that enter and leave your Exchange organization. First introduced in Exchange 2007, customers are using Address rewriting to present a consistent appearance of E-mail Address for…


SfB Server – Prerequisite installation failed: SqlInstanceRtcLocal

Recently while adding a new Front End Server to the existing Skype for Business Enterprise Pool we got the following message on SfB Deployment Wizard Step 1: Prerequisite installation failed: Prerequisite installation failed: SqlInstanceRtcLocal For more information, check your SQL Server log files. Log files are in the folder C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSSQL*.RtcLocalMSSQLLog, where the *…


Microsoft Teams: Desktop and Web Client Log Location

Update 2017/11/16 – New keyboard shortcuts for Web Client. Microsoft Teams preview was recently released and to help troubleshooting we need to verify the log and media trace files. The Microsoft Teams Desktop Client logs are located in: Windows %AppData%MicrosoftTeamslogs.txt Mac ~LibraryApplication SupportMicrosoftTeamslogs.txt And the Media ETL traces are located in: Windows %AppData%MicrosoftTeamsmedia-stack Mac ~LibraryApplication SupportMicrosoftTeams If we…

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ADFS refuses to start, error 1297

Here is the scenario, your ADFS farm is happy, up and running. Because of update management sometimes you server has to restart. And when the server is restarting all hosted services will also restart with it. Then, maybe you’ll be running into this error message when you start your ADFS Server service: It is weird especially that you…


A better way to collect logs from your Exchange servers

Do you dislike having to collect diagnostics logs manually from each server in order to troubleshoot an issue or establish a server performance baseline? Did it ever happen to you that you collected the logs, but then found out that you needed more logs from the time the issue was happening, but when you went…