Setting up a Source Initiated Subscription on an Event Collector Computer

The intent of this blog is to replace the following web pages, as these pages are set to retire in near future. The information on these web pages may be out-dated. MSDN: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb870973(v=vs.85).aspxTechNet: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb870973(v=vs.85).aspx   Source-initiated subscriptions allow you to define a subscription on an event collector computer without defining the event source computers, and…


Cross Post: Deploying Group Policy Security Update MS16-072 \ KB3163622

This post comes to us courtesy of Ajay Sarkaria. We are going to cross post it here due to the nature and the popularity of the article.   Deploying Group Policy Security Update MS16-072 \ KB3163622https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askds/2016/06/22/deploying-group-policy-security-update-ms16-072-kb3163622/ Please keep in mind that the latest changes/updates will be in the original blog post mentioned above. Thanks,| Kaushik…


FIX: Firewall service freezes and crashes if the firewall logging is enabled in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

Howdy folks, this is Ajay Sarkaria once again! We have seen a surge in support cases where the Windows firewall service crashes if the firewall logging for dropped and allowed connections is enabled on Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2. Symptoms include: The SVCHOST instance containing Windows Firewall Service (mpssvc) Crashes on Windows 8.1…


Now Available: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5

Hi everyone, Ajay here again. This post is to make everyone aware that we released the Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview (TP) 5. You can download the package from the following link: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 These .admx files can be used to create a…


Fix: Loading DNS zones takes a long time on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based DNS server

Update: After you install the fix from KB 3145126 , and if you experience issues with DNS Service crashing, see the known issues section of KB 3145126 – There’s a sample script provided in the Knowledge Base article that resolves the issue. My name is Ajay Sarkaria and I am a Supportability Program Manager at Microsoft. Recently,…


LBFO Dynamic Teaming mode may drop send packets in Windows Server 2012 R2

UPDATE: The hotfix is now available for this issue!  Get it at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3137691This hotfix applies to Windows Server 2012 R2 that use load balancing and failover (LBFO) Dynamic Teaming and should prevent the specific problem discussed below from occurring. ————— My name is Ajay Sarkaria & I am a Supportability Program Manager at Microsoft. I…


Impact of Cisco March 2016 Vulnerabilities on Azure

Microsoft evaluates the security of its infrastructure on an ongoing basis and part of this evaluation includes working with our vendors, the open source community and internal test labs to identify and mitigate critical security issues. On March 2nd, Cisco released its bi-annual security bulletin which included advisories affecting equipment used by many Cloud Service…


Azure networking – Public IP addresses in Classic vs ARM

This post was contributed by Stefano Gagliardi, Pedro Perez, Telma Oliveira, and Leonid Gagarin As you know, we recently introduced the Azure Resource Manager deployment model as an enhancement of the previous Classic deployment model. Read here for more details on them https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/resource-manager-deployment-model/ There are important differences between the two models on several aspects spanning…


Endpoint Load Balancing Heath Probe Configuration Details

Azure load balanced endpoints enable a port to be configured on multiple role instances or virtual machines in the same hosted service.  The Azure platform has the ability to add and remove role instances based upon the instance health to achieve high availability of the load balanced endpoint (VIP and port combination). Customers can configure…


Virtual Machine Managment Hangs on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Host

Hi, my name is Christian Sträßner from the Global Escalation Services team based in Munich, Germany. Today we will look at a hang scenario that involves user and kernel dump analysis.  Also, we will demonstrate how to analyze a hang from both user and kernel modes without forcing a crash dump of the machine.  …