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…


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…


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…


A 5 Second Boot Optimization If You’ve Disabled IPv6 on Windows Client and Server by setting DisabledComponents to 0xFFFFFFFF

Hey, y’all, Mark back with some new info on two of my favorite topics, IPv6 and Slow Boot Slow Logon (SBSL). If you’ve disabled IPv6 long ago this post is one you’ll want to pay attention to. Let’s dig in and get you up to speed. What’s Microsoft Recommend Setting for IPv6? The long standing…


Go the modern (app) way

Hello everyone, This is Ashfana from the Windows Performance team. I’m here to talk about the basic philosophy behind Windows Store Apps which were introduced in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Windows Store apps were originally called Metro or modern…(read more)


Deciphering Storport Traces 101

Welcome back to the CORE Team Blog — Paul Reynolds here. In previous blogs, I wrote about how to capture Storport traces in Windows 8 and Windows 2012. Please see: Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 with KB2819476 hotfix …(read more)