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…


The Ghosts that Haunt Hyper-V

Summary:  If you’re trying to bind a virtual switch to a wired or wireless network within your Hyper-V environment and get some pesky error that prevents you from doing so, you may have an issue with ghosted network adapters lingering within your system.  Fortunately, our resident Hyper-V ghostbuster Gregg O’Brien, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer…


A Quick Look At System Center Advisor (SCA)

Summary:  Milad Aslaner, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Germany, gives us a quick peek at System Center Advisor (SCA), a freely available cloud-based service from Microsoft that enables you to assess your server configurations and proactively avoid problems. As you probably know by now, my passion is around reliability and performance. I just…


Windows Server 2003 Rapidly Approaches End-Of-Life, Watch Out For Performance Bottlenecks

Summary:  Still running Windows Server 2003? Besides making the well-advised recommendation of moving to Windows Server 2012, Frank Plawetzki, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Germany, runs us through how to monitor servers remotely on a large scale, what to look for from a performance standpoint, and digs into some details on how…


How To Equip Your Windows Server Environment With A Blackbox Flight Recorder

Summary:  Holger Hatzfeld, a Microsoft Senior Support Escalation Engineer, provides us with a PowerShell script that deploys customizable performance logs to any or all of you domain-connected servers, effectively mimicking flight recorders for server performance capture. Powerful stuff. Hello, my name is Holger Hatzfeld and I am a Microsoft Senior Support Escalation Engineer (SEE) in…


ADCS: Manually Created CDP Extensions Cause CRL Look-up Failures

Summary: Gregg O’Brien, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer from Canada, makes a case for not throwing sand in your face and correct zipper placement when dealing with a Certificate Revocation List Distribution Point (CDP) in Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services.  The moral of his story:  make sure your CDPs are properly formatted or you’ll see…


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…


How To Resolve HttpException (0x80004005): Failed to Execute URL

Summary:  Ambuj Nautiyal, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Canada, walks us through a solution for the circumstance where your .NET application(s) throw the error HttpException: Failed to Execute URL. I was recently working with one of my customers and when they deployed a .NET application into production one of the settings on IIS…


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…


Hyper-V: Virtual Machines Freeze at 10% When Starting Up

Summary: Gregg O’Brien, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer from Canada, faces a problem with some Hyper-V guests, and troubleshoots it. Spoiler: He fixes it. Recently I was working in my lab to test a configuration I was working on with a customer. I opened the Hyper-V Management Console and started a series of virtual machines. The…