Does your win 8.1 /2012 R2/win10 logon hang after a password change?

Hi, Linda Taylor here, Senior Escalation Engineer from the Directory Services team in the UK. I have been working on this issue which seems to be affecting many of you globally on windows 8.1, 2012 R2 and windows 10, so I thought it would be a good idea to explain the issue and workarounds while…


Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) Implementation Hints and Security Nerd Commentary (including mini threat model)

Hi, Jessica Paynefrom Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group's Global Incident Response and Recovery team guest starring on the Platforms PFE blog today. Credential theft is a major problem in the security landscape today. Matching local administrator passwords in an environment often contribute to that problem and are a popular target for bad guys. Far more than…


How big should my OS drive be?

My name is Michael Champion and I've been working in support for more than 12 years here at Microsoft. I have been asked by many customers "What is the recommended size for the OS partition for Windows Server?". There are minimum recommendations…(read more)


Using PowerShell for Message Analyzer Text Log Parsers

Using PowerShell for Message Analyzer Text Log Parsers Hi Everyone, Brandon Wilson here with you again to discuss how to use PowerShell to generate parsed data output for log files for Message Analyzer (otherwise known as .matp files). Today we will focus on the text log parsers available as of Message Analyzer 1.3.1, so depending…


Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1: Part II, starting with Selection Profiles (and some random Windows Server 2003 End of Service ramblings)

A while back (and longer than I’d like to admit), I wrote a post on getting started with Windows Deployment for Windows Server or Windows client using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. I’ve helped many customers since then setup and use MDT in their environment. Many of these engagements are a result of Windows Server 2003…


Windows To Go at Microsoft Ignite 2015

Hey y’all, Mark and Yong Rhee here. We hope everyone enjoyed our session. We’ll post the recording when it becomes available. As promised we have a slew of bonus content for you. You can take a look at it here. Thanks for watching. Mark ‘full of stage fright’ Morowczynski and Yong “demo demon” Rhee


The Startup Script is Dead

Get ready to have an opinion! Matthew Reynolds (https://twitter.com/MatthewMWR) here with my personal advice (not announcing any product changes) about which configuration vectors are working well and which are not—for today and tomorrow’s enterprises. Any of these sound familiar? · “I need to run <insert IT task> on every PC in the organization.” · “Our…


Mailbag: Opening Day (Issue #10)

  Hey y’all Mark and Tom here. Bet you thought we’d miss this week too.  We’ve been a bit busy over here so that would mostly explain it. That and I’m in two fantasy baseball leagues this year. My nerdiness extends into sports as well thank you very much. Tom was doing something nerdy as…


How to Force a Diagnostic Memory Dump When a Computer Hangs

Matthew Reynolds here. My job is to make Windows sing (figuratively) in large enterprises. If you have a machine which freezes you may need to generate a memory dump in order to find the cause. If you can generate the memory dump before calling Microsoft support you might speed up your diagnosis. Use this technique…


Guidance on Deployment of MS15-011 and MS15-014

Hi, my name is Keith Brewer and many of you will know of me from my other Active Directory related posts. A few folks have recently approached me about the recent security updates (The other week we released MS15-011 & MS15-014). Most of the questions were general in nature but a few were specifically in…