MSPFE Deploying Windows 10 Free eBook

Microsoft Premier Engineers Andre Della Monica, Russ Rimmerman, Alessandro Cesarini, and Victor Silveira have been hard at work producing a new MSPress e-book for your reading pleasure.  Hot off the virtual printing press is Deploying Windows 10: Automating deployment by using System Center Configuration Manager (ISBN 9781509301867).          The world, Microsoft, and…


Why you should avoid manual ‘server hardening’

Sachin Kumar, a Premier Field Engineer from the India team, discusses a very important topic in this post. Many support incidents are actually triggered by non-standard (and sometimes unsupported) settings which are picked from outdated hardening guides. Read on for more details and for information on what NOT to tweak! I was recently helping a…


Windows Performance Jump Start

Do you want to improve performance for computers that are starting slowly? Do you need to diagnose and fix problems caused by resource-hogging apps? Would you like to learn about the tools used by Microsoft Global Business Support Premier Field Engineers when they need to make a CEO's computer run faster? Join us for a…


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:…


Security Updates (and Why You Should Love Them)

Mark Dudok, a PFE colleague of mine in sunny Canberra, writes about security patches, and why it’s important to keep them front of mind and not get complacent: Now let’s get into your responsibilities as an administrator. If you were a mechanic, you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog. You would likely be busy ensuring…


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…


How To Make the Most of RAP as a Service Support

Summary:  Bryan Zink, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineers based in the US, dives concisely into the details of what you need to do to make the most of RAP as a Service Support.  Enjoy! Bryan here again to discuss making the most of the support model available for the RAP as a Service offerings….


AskPFEPlat: How Domain Controllers are found across forest trusts

Tom Moser answers a reasonably frequently asked question about cross-organization domain controller location, and shows his work! One key point: This post is about the a scenario where the subnets in the two forests do not overlap (i.e., client’s IP address from forest A is not covered by any subnet in forest B). This would…


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…