Prioritizing OpsMgr alerts using Distributed Applications

Michel Audet, a Premier Field Engineer from Microsoft Canada, tackles the very important issue of ‘alert storms’ by prioritizing certain workloads over others. He shows how this is done by using the ‘Distributed Applications’ feature in Microsoft Operations Manager. Distributed Applications, DA, (not to be confused with Direct Access–-an awesome piece of technology in its…


VDI: Want to jam more virtual hosts in?

What can be said about Jeff Stokes (Dude, where’s my PFE!?) that hasn’t been said before? My money’s on “he’s a beautiful baby sea cucumber.” Actually, I can’t prove that’s never been said, I just suspect not. Strongly. Anyway, Jeff wants you to be able to squeeze even more virtual desktops into your Virtual Desktop…


CRM 2011 Upgrade Best Practices

If you’re looking at an upgrade to CRM 2011, you could do far worse than to check out Shawn’s post CRM Upgrade Best Practices– it’s a smorgasbord of upgrade advice and platform tuning guidance which should make your upgrade a painless and optimized experience! Also, there’s a podcast! Sean McNellis, Ryan Anderson and I recorded…


Security, Security, Security, Security!

Lots of security-related news to catch up on. (Ed note: I’m one of the developers/maintainers of the Security Health Check 4.5 offering, so I try to keep abreast of developments at home and elsewhere in the industry.) Alexandre Marins introduces the new Attack Surface Analyzer. Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state…


Beauty Contest: What’s a good-looking boot?

Well, I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. And I like it when the boots are short and punchy! Jeff continues to tell you everything we know: This time, it’s what the goal state of any boot optimization process should look like: a beautiful, fast boot. It’s what you should…


Where should you store your PST files?

This article has been contributed by Ryan Doon, a PFE working with Microsoft Canada. In this post, he talks about why storing PST files on a file server will lead to performance issues, and presents some options to proactively avoid those issues. As a Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft I am always looking to determine…


Deploy iOS and Android Apps? We do that?

That was my reaction, anyway! According to Matt from ConfigMgrDogs, yep, we do that! With all of the excitement surrounding the Beta 1 release of ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, there’s been a fairly big feature that’s been rarely spoken about… Deploying iOS/Android apps to ‘un-managed’ devices! This post wont be a deep dive into creating and…


Faking Internet Connectivity for your Lab (Tricking NCSI)

Sometimes, you’d do anything to keep your connection icons tidy! Chad (from the Canberra PFE team) and I gave a talk on the new simplified DirectAccess at TechEd 2012 Australia, and we really wanted our demos to look good. Part of that was trying to convince the audience that network connectivity was OK, despite us…


Kerberos in Load Balanced (MSCRM) Environments

A topic very near and dear to my heart, after years of writing about Kerb (Kerbie Goes Bananas), tips, troubleshooting of Kerb deployments, and general pleas for sanity. Sean over at the Dynamics CRM In The Field blog runs through a “how it should look” scenario with CRM 2011 and IIS 7/7.5 here Rather than…


Cloning, rolling back, and snapshotting Virtual DCs with Windows Server 2012

Tom at AskPfePlat has put some time in to looking at virtualized Domain Controller support in Windows Server 2012. Until now, cloning, snapshotting, copying, or pretty much doing anything but rebuilding from scratch to a virtual domain controller wasn’t just unsupported; it had the potential to be really bad for your directory. Cloning or restoring…