Most Common Mistakes in Active Directory and Domain Services – Part 1

As a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft, I encounter new challenges on a daily basis. Every customer has its own uniqueness, and each environment is different from the other. And yet, there are several things I repeatedly encounter over and over again. Common mistakes that IT administrators make because lack of knowledge or changes…


Step by step MIM PAM setup and evaluation Guide – Part 2

This is second part of the series. In the previous post we have prepared test environment for PAM deployment. Now we have two forests – prod.contoso.com and priv.contoso.com. In PROD we have set up Certificate services, Exchange server, ADFS services and configured two test applications – one is using Windows Integrated Authentication and the second…

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Step by step MIM PAM setup and evaluation Guide – Part 1

Background: Privileged Access Management (PAM) is relatively new feature of Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 and is becoming more and more popular. Intention of this Blog series is to provide step by step instructions how to deploy PAM right way and how to evaluate its features. In this series I will use Azure VMs to simulate…

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Publish Your Home Internet Connection IP Address Using Azure Blobs- Part 2

This is part 2 of a hack to publish your Home Internet Connection IP Address to Azure. Please check part 1 of the article here https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/meamcs/2018/12/23/publish-your-home-internet-connection-ip-address-using-azure-blobs-part-1/ Scenario Ever wanted to be able to access your home server while your on the go, but you don’t know its IP Address ? Or maybe it changed ?…

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Field Notes: The case of accidentally misconfigured Failover Cluster CSV cache

Introduction In this post, I take you through a process of troubleshooting high pool usage using free tools available in the Windows Sysinternals suite and the Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT).  I also show you how to resolve the issue by properly configuring the Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) cache using PowerShell command-lets available in the Failover…

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Step by Step: Safely disabling SMB v1 from your production environment.

Introduction: In this blog I will not cover why we have to remove SMB v1 from production network, this have been already covered, probably one of the best articles covering this is https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/filecab/2016/09/16/stop-using-smb1/ I will cover how you can audit the usage of SMB v1 in your network, so you can disable it safely without…

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OMS Assessment : “No Data Found” Or Server Not Showing

Problem Description and Symptoms: How many of us activated an OMS solution and is getting “No Data Found” as an assessment result. How many added a server to an already assessed solution ( e.g. Active directory Assessment , Active Directory Replication or SQL Assessment) without being able to to see the newly added server in…

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Analyzing Azure EA Cost Using Power BI – Part 3 Advanced Calculations

Analyzing the usage and tuning resources is a key responsibility in Cloud Management. We need to understand where we spent , what are the trends and where we can tune our spending. When it comes to analyzing Azure Cost Microsoft offers different tool set with different capabilities; Cloudyn New Azure Cost Management Azure Consumption API…

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Intune Device Management – Removing Local Admins in Windows 10 Devices

Following up to the post on renaming windows 10 devices that are managed by Intune, another frequent requirement is remove the local user accounts from Administrators group. The AAD user account will be provisioned as Standard User and hence removing the local user accounts from Admin group is critical to secure the device from unauthorized…