Config drift for the PowerShell noob – AD Edition

Well, maybe not just for noobs 😉 One of the most common scenarios we get questions around is managing configuration drift in enterprise scale environments, especially given the high rate of change in the cloud connected world.  Generally speaking desired configuration management hasn’t been as prevalent in the identity space – most have treated DCs as special;…

MS16-072 – Wait.. you broke my GPO!

Hi all – just taking a minute to link a couple of great posts from my colleagues in the Directory Services team, and PFE related to the MS16-072 release and some great general info about GPO in general. Ask the Directory Services Team – Deploying Group Policy Security Update MS16-072 \ KB316362 Ask PFE…


RSAT for Windows 10 released!

Hi all, Been awfully quiet around here lately; I'll look to change that over the next few weeks 🙂 In case you missed it, the RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) for Win10 just released..  grab them here:


Bitlocker on the Surface Pro 3 (and other tablets..)

Hi all, I just wanted to take a quick minute and share a post from the guys over on the ASK PFE blog regarding tablet devices and pre-boot protection.  Check it out – J

Upgrade to 8.1? Looking for RSAT?

Look no further..  🙂

Another great place for AD information on TechNet..

I know most everyone already knows about the AskDS blog ( ) but for those that haven’t seen it, the AD product team and others have started an additional blog on TechNet; there’s already great content out there, so be sure to check it out –


What is this MaxConcurrentApi thing I keep hearing about?

Hi everyone – it’s obviously been a long while since I’ve published any updates out here.. its on my to-do list, I promise 🙂   In the meantime, I noticed that Tim Springston published a new article on MaxConcurrentApi that includes links to his detection scripts, some info on the new SCOM MP changes, etc.  You should…

Looking to ramp up on failover clustering in Windows 2008 R2?

As most anyone that knows me will confirm, I’m not a clustering guy..  not even close If you’re in the same boat, but want to ramp up on the changes / features in R2 failover clustering, check out the ramp up guide written by one of my PFE colleagues in the UK:

PAL 2.1 Released!

Hi all – in case you missed it last week, the latest update to PAL released – 2.1 You can grab it here

Boot speed improvements in Windows 8

Windows 8 can’t come soon enough   The HP laptop I currently use is fast, and even starts up quite fast in comparison to my previous machines.. but the changes in Windows 8 that are talked about in the latest Building 8 Blog put normal boot times (even on SSD) to shame.. Check it out…