Moving from command line tools to PowerShell for Active Directory

Mr. Ashley McGlone, our famous PFE (‘GoateePFE’ on Twitter!) from the US Central Region team, delivered a session at PowerShell Saturday last weekend. Here’s the session abstract: “Do you get warm fuzzies when you think about DSQUERY, REPADMIN, NSLOOKUP, DNSCMD, and DCPROMO? If so, there is help for you. Come learn how PowerShell has improved…


Mentors in the Community

At Microsoft Services, we are not just about work. We take great pride in our efforts to reach out and help the general community. In this post, two of our PFEs – Mike Rosado and Randolph Reyes – give you some vital tips to safeguard your kids when they are online! At the end of…


Field tip: Troubleshooting Outlook stuck on “connecting to Directory”

This tip comes to you from Frank Plawetzki, who is a Senior PFE based in Germany.  He focuses on Exchange and besides other issues deals with performance and monitoring issues. Symptoms Recently I was troubleshooting an issue where the thread that connects to the global catalog (GC) in the Outlook connections status windows was staying…


Understanding and Managing the Certificate Stores Used for Smart Card Logon

Don Baker, a Senior PFE with our US Public Sector team, jotted down a cheat sheet that’ll be useful when configuring and troubleshooting Smart Card logons. Okay, so the “cheat sheet” turned out to be more of a “cheat blanket” (or “cheat roll-of-blankets”), and the information is extensive! One of the things I find challenging…


System Center Configuration Manager 2012 – OS Deployment Fails with Error 0x80004005

Some administrators may experience an error when trying to deploy an OS image using System Center Configuration Manager. Upon attempting to deploy the OS, a generic error is returned that does not indicate a specific cause, simply “Failed to Run Task Sequence – An error occurred while starting the task sequence. 0x80004005”. Similar to this:…


Upgrading to on-premises Exchange Server 2013

In this post, Mohammed Abdul Rafey, Senior Premier Field Engineer from Microsoft India, continues with the second part of his Exchange migration series. Just in case you missed it, you can catch up reading the earlier post. In this post, he wraps up the first roadmap with discussing the pre-requisites and then discuss the other…


SQLSaturday 258, Istanbul Event Recap

This write-up of SQL Saturday in Istanbul was provided by Turgay Sahtiyan, a Senior PFE specializing in SQL Server. Along with the team of PFEs presenting, Turgay was an active participant in planning and organizing this event, and is one of its founders. After SQLSaturday 258, Istanbul event, I would like share an update and…


Exchange 2007 On-Premises to Hybrid Deployment with Office365

“I am on Exchange 2007 On-Premise – Where do I go from here?” If that sounds familiar, you may be one of many Exchange 2007 administrators who are looking for options to move into a pure Cloud, or Hybrid or maybe an on-premise deployment of the current Exchange 2013 software. Mohammed Abdul Rafey, Senior Premier…


How To Use the Microsoft Authenticator App for Windows Phone to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Facebook

Our old favourite PFE Gregg O’Brien runs through using the Microsoft Authenticator app for Windows Phone to make his social networking experience more secure. If you are like me, social media is a heavily-used feature of technology in your daily life. I use social media to keep in touch with friends and family, and also…


TechNet Conference: Zoom in on Technology (Nov 12-13)

IT Pros working with Microsoft technologies can expect plenty of new releases this autumn: On October 18th not only Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 but also Windows 8.1 and a new version of Windows Intune will be available! The German TechNet Team therefore will host a special event in Berlin regarding…