Achieving the best return on your investment in SharePoint, with SPRAP

Article written by Tamer Maher El-Sharkawy, a Premier Field engineer based in the US. Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies are increasingly used to store business-critical data, and are also used as a development platform for business-critical applications. A poorly functioning SharePoint environment increases the burden on your administrators and lowers the productivity of your users,…


How to Avoid Having Users Enroll for Multiple Certificates

Gregg O’Brien is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer from Canada. In this post he talks about the ‘certificate explosion’ phenomenon and suggests a way to mitigate it. Introduction We live in some very exciting times – we have so many devices to choose from: desktops, laptops, tablets, hybrids/convertibles, ultrabooks, netbooks and smartphones. Each of these…


Runbook nuances in System Center Orchestrator 2012

Our colleague from the United Kingdom, Sergio Carrilho, writes about System Center technologies. In a recent blog post, he describes some nuances of working with runbooks (sort of like workflows) when using System Center Orchestrator. I found it intriguing and it helped me understand what Orchestrator is all about. Enjoy!


Migrating Messaging Records Management (MRM)

Sachin Shah, a PFE from the eastern United States has an interesting walkthrough on migrating Exchange 2007 Managed Folders to Exchange 2010 ‘Retention Policies’. His blog post is very detailed and has numerous screenshots to explain the process. Check out his post here, and some related tips like this one on the changes in the…


The Case of the Disappearing Memory

This article has been contributed by Vasco Preto, a Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft Portugal. In this very interesting case study, he shows us how the file system cache can sometimes ‘steal’ vast amounts of physical RAM. Read on! I’ve been recently involved in troubleshooting a production problem reported by a customer, which revolved around…


Case Study: Using ProcMon to resolve a 401 error

This article has been written by Ambuj Nautiyal, a PFE with Microsoft Canada. In this post he talks about a typical scenario which can be easily diagnosed using the Process Monitor (ProcMon) tool. Scenario Recently I helped troubleshoot a HTTP server error 401 issue – which can sometimes be a nightmare to diagnose. The ASP.NET…


DirectAccess for Windows 7 works! But stops sometimes. Why?

My sometime partner in crime Chad Duffey posted a tip he came across from a couple of DirectAccess deployments where Win7 clients mysteriously stopped working: I’m seeing lots of cases were a Direct Access proof of concept has been set up and it works really well for a while with both Windows 8 and Windows…


Continuous Availability File Server in Windows Server 2012

Dave Guenthner, a Premier Field Engineer working in the United States, discusses an exciting new feature in Windows Server 2012, Continuous Availability File Server. He shows how the combination of the transparent failover in Windows 2012 for these file share resources, combined with new client features in Windows 8, allows large file transfers to continue…


Virtual Machine Network Monitoring the Easy Way, with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

Gregg O’Brien is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer from Canada, where French people are readily available. The Challenge: Capturing Traffic Across VMs There comes a point in the life of every server administrator where they must take a look at what is happening on the network. Complex multi-tiered systems and fancy network gear can often…