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…


Troubleshooting Activation Issues

Today, Henry Chen and I are going to talk about troubleshooting some activation issues that we often run into. To begin, here is an article which talks about what Microsoft Product Activation is and why it is important. Also, this article explains…(read more)


Errors Retrieving File Shares on Windows Failover Cluster

Hi AskCore, Chinmoy here again. In today’s blog, I would like to share one more scenario in continuation to my previous blog on Unable to add file shares in Windows 2012 R2 Failover Cluster . This is about WinRm a setting that could lead to failure…(read more)


After Migrating Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster, Virtual Machines Fail to Come Online in Failover Cluster Manager

Lots of my customers are upgrading their Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster nodes to Windows Server 2012 R2. The increased stability and reliability that Windows Server 2012 R2 combined with the news that Windows Server 2016 will support rolling upgrades from Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster nodes makes this a no brainer. The migration…


From Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2: A Tale of a Successful Failover Cluster Hyper-V Migration

  I seemed to be running into more and more Hyper-V Failover Cluster migrations with my customers as of late. Some of these are migrating from VMWare to Hyper-V, but some of these are simply migrating from Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster. It’s actually a fairly simple…


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)