Windows 8.1: Common Myths Around Windows Modern Applications, Microsoft Accounts and Sideloading

The Windows Guy (PFE Milad Aslaner) is back with a new blog post around the biggest myths I see at the moment when talking with Microsoft Premier Customers around Windows Modern Apps in Windows 8.1. For those who remember I wrote something similar when we shipped Windows 8. Myth #1: I need a Microsoft Account…


Tips and Tricks from the Field on the new Distributed Cache Service in SharePoint 2013

Want the “real world” scoop on the new Distributed Cache Service in SharePoint 2013?  In this article, SharePoint PFE Vladimir Medina from Mexico City shares some tips from the field to help you keep your SharePoint 2013 Farm healthy. If you, like me, are playing with SharePoint 2013 or if you have plans to migrate/deploy…


The Windows XP journey ends soon. Are you ready for April 8, 2014?

It’s only 4 months until Windows XP becomes an ex parrot. PFE superstar Milad Aslaner walks us through some of the implications. April 8th 2014 will be a very important day for most enterprises. After that day Microsoft is ending the support for Windows XP Service Pack 3, the last supported version of Windows XP….


Distribution Group Management Across Exchange Server Versions

How to manage distribution groups across different versions of Exchange?  It’s a great question!  Our resident Exchange expert Frank Plawetzki bei Deutschland takes us through this issue.  Read on ! Issue: Imagine an Outlook user who tries to edit the membership attribute of a distribution list he owns. Actually the distribution list is a universal…


Dude! What’s flowing in my Exchange environment?

Akshay, Rafey and Lalita (a.k.a. ‘Exchange Ninjas’ ) are Premier Field Engineers from the Global Business Support – India team, who specialize in Exchange Server and allied technologies. In this collaborative work, they provide a practical and simple way of analyzing your Exchange logs. While interacting with our customers in field, we often find that…


ADFS Configuration Wizard Fails with Error “The certificates with the CNG private key are not supported”

Want to allow ADFS to be installed correctly?  Our trusty Canadian PFE Gregg O’Brien shows us a recent issue he  resolved at a customer’s site and how he quickly brought balance back to the force…. Upon installing a new ADFS infrastructure or upon renewal/replacement of the certificate on an existing ADFS infrastructure, you may receive…


Sleepy Network Cards? In a server!? Yawn!

Mike O’Neill covers a common odd-outage-related scenario over at the Exchange Team blog -  a case of narcoleptic NICs: In a Database Availability Group (DAG), if your databases are randomly mounting or flipping from one server to another, for no apparent reason (including across datacenters) you may be suffering from your network interface card (NIC)…


How to create a url alias using IIS URL Rewrite

Want to allow someone to shortcut their way to a particular part of a website? Jonathan Yong, one of our Premier Field Engineers from Malaysia, shows you how! Problem: I have a url or domain that is very long! How can I create a shorter url that acts as an alias, which maps to a…


Disabling DPI Scaling on Windows 8.1 – The Enterprise Way

A common observation post upgrade to Windows 8.1 is that certain applications look a bit ‘blurry’ compared to the way they looked in Windows 8.  In a post on the PFE Developer blog, Malaysia PFE Jonathan Yong talked about how to disable DPI scaling on the client side.  In this follow-up post, Jonathan discusses a…


System Center Configuration Manager 2012 – SCEP Policy behavior

Michael Michailidis, our PFE from Greece, shares a recent System Center Endpoint Protection scenario he worked on. Recently I worked on a case regarding the policy behavior of System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) through Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. A customer of mine realized that all the custom policies, deployed in different collections, had the same…