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….


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…


Why You Should Stop Using Login Scripts

Summary:  Milad Aslaner, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Germany, gives Login scripts a lashing and encourages us to move on to using Group Policy Preferences.  Enjoy! When I’m delivering Microsoft Premier Support Workshops like XPERF View on Windows Client Performance or Supporting Windows Client Effectively I usually ask my customers if there is…


A Quick Overview of Microsoft SkyDrive [VIDEO]

Ryan Doon, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Canada, provides us with a consumer-oriented video overview of Microsoft SkyDrive.  Catch his excitement as he shows off the various features and functionality that can be leveraged.  The video has great nuggets for everyone, including people who already use SkyDrive extensively to those that haven’t seen…


Computer Crash: How To Use manage-bde To Recover A Partially Decrypted Hard Drive

Summary:  Milad Aslaner, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Germany, walks us through a real-life scenario and lessons learned on how he managed to recover a hard drive that was partially decrypted.  Enjoy!   Recently a good friend of mine was decrypting the secondary hard drive of his laptop.  While decrypting, his computer crashed…


How to add a driver to the DriverStore

Written by Milad Aslaner, Premier Field Engineer. From Germany. How do I actually add a driver to the DriverStore? Hey everyone, this is Milad from Germany. Today I wanted to quickly write about how you can add additional drivers to the DriverStore. All drivers are stored in the so called DriverStore, which is located under…


AskPFEPlat: New Slow-Boot-Slow-Logon Hotfix available for Windows 7/2008 R2

SBSL Hotfix Rollup Mark at AskPFEPlat announced the release of a new slow-boot-slow-login (SBSL) hotfix rollup particularly useful for corporate Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 customers: Hey y’all, Mark here with some great news. A massive Slow Boot Slow Login (SBSL) hotfix rollup for enterprises that includes 90 post Windows 7/2008 R2  hotfixes…


Some Windows Store / Modern App Deployment FAQs

Summary:  Milad Aslaner, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (still) based in Germany, shares some customer questions around Windows Store app deployment. Recently I was onsite at one of our customers, to discuss Windows Modern Apps. The customer asked for guidance about situations like: how do we deploy LOB Windows Modern Apps; and how can we…


VDI: Want to jam more virtual hosts in?

What can be said about Jeff Stokes (Dude, where’s my PFE!?) that hasn’t been said before? My money’s on “he’s a beautiful baby sea cucumber.” Actually, I can’t prove that’s never been said, I just suspect not. Strongly. Anyway, Jeff wants you to be able to squeeze even more virtual desktops into your Virtual Desktop…