Windows System State Recovery: What’s up with that Authoritative Restore checkbox?

Written by Liju Varghese, Premier Field Engineer. On a domain controller running Windows Server 2008 R2, when performing a system state restore in Directory Services Restore Mode using Windows Server Backup, at the Select Location for System State Recovery step you have to decide whether or not to select the following option: Perform an authoritative…


Maximize Exchange Administrator Productivity With PowerShell (Part 2)

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In part one of this series we looked at some of the basic aspects of the PowerShell environment.  Let’s now look at the underlying mechanics on Exchange 2007 and 2010 servers.  We will need to address some aspects separately due to the different mechanisms that are used …


Creating Custom Performance Counters in Microsoft OpsMgr (Part 2)

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In my previous post I started down the path of wanting to create some custom counters in Operations Manager 2007, but I could not get started until I had downloaded and installed the authoring console for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) 2007. Now that that…


Creating Custom Performance Counters in OpsMgr (Part 1)

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. I recently switched disciplines in the Microsoft Premier Field Engineering (PFE) organization, changing from a Platforms-focused position to a System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) focused role. I discovered during my ramp up that I had questions on how to do some easy tasks, and that the…


What To Do When System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection RC Installation Fails

Written by Frank Pawetzki, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer The Issue: This happened to me today on my Windows 7 machine: the installation of Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (Release Candidate) failed with error code 0x80070643. The event log showed this error: Log Name:      Application Source:        Microsoft Security Client Setup Date:          02.12.2011 16:24:13 Event ID:     …


How To Effectively Capture Windows Memory Dumps (Pt 1: Using DebugDiag)

Written by Richard Case, Premier Field Engineer. This is the first article in a series of blog posts on collecting Microsoft Windows memory dumps for specific scenarios. Each part will detail some of the tools and techniques that can be used to capture a memory dump for that scenario. These scenarios are based on real…


What You Need To Know About Exchange 2010 DAG Failover Behavior

Article written by Jaroslav Zikmund, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In this article, I’ll provide some insight into changes in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Database Availability Group (DAG) failover behavior. The Exchange 2010 mailbox server which is part of the DAG uses windows clustering in a different way than previous versions and many administrators who are…


Setting Up Security Event Log Subscriptions with Windows Server 2003/2008

Written by Liju Varghese, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. This article aims at making it easier to set up a Source-Initiated Subscription with Windows Server 2003/2008 so that events of interest from the Security event log of several domain controllers can be forwarded to an administrative workstation. For the purpose of this article, we’ve selected…


Why Does My SAN Keep Failing Microsoft Exchange 2010 Jetstress?

Written by Benny Lakunishok, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. As many know by now, in Exchange 2010, Microsoft managed to get disk I/O numbers so low that it’s able to run perfectly well on DAS (direct-attached storage) and even JBODs (i.e. DAS with no RAID configured).  So how come we should still run Jetstress, the…