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:…


Why Exchange Databases Might Remain Dirty After ESEUTIL /R Recovery

You’re trying to recover your Exchange database from the “dirty shutdown” state to “clean shutdown.”  You use ESEUTIL /R and after several ill-fated attempts the databases remain dirty.  What’s happening?  Danijel Klaric. a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Germany, sheds some light on why the Exchange 2007/2010 databases might remain dirty after a seemingly…


How to Configure DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 to Work with an External Hardware Load Balancer

Summary:  Gregg O’Brien, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer from Canada, provides insight and walks us through how to configure DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 to work with an External Hardware Load Balancer. DirectAccess is quickly becoming a popular solution for providing remote access to users, especially since the release of Windows Server 2012.   DirectAccess can…


A Microsoft Word Document Template For Disaster Recovery Planning

Written by Alexander Windel, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Let’s say you want to create a disaster recovery (DR) plan for a common, shared enterprise IT service such as e-mail or document collaboration in your organization. One of the results of the plan will surely be a document outlining the DR strategy for that service….


How To Configure SharePoint 2013 On-Premises Deployments for Apps

Summary:  Chris Whitehead, Microsoft Certified Master (SharePoint 2010) and Premier Field Engineer based in the UK provides us with pointers to the best content and additional information that IT Pros need which is not well documented in one place.  It serves as an end-to-end guide and reference point to all the information you need in…


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…


Auditing File Access on File Servers

This article was contributed by Liju Varghese, a Senior Premier Field Engineer from Canada, based on a recent engagement. Recently, I helped a customer achieve two objectives: Audit access to sensitive content on the file servers and ensure the information is captured Generate reports on a regular basis that would show WHO did WHAT to…


How To Create Video Games Using PowerShell

Just in case you thought PowerShell was just for automating administrative tasks, Jeff Adkin, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, shows us how to have some fun with PowerShell by providing us with a detailed walkthrough of creating a video game.  Here’s a short video showing the game in action: Enjoy Jeff’s article! Part 1: Designing…


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…