IaaSAntimalware Extension Status NotReady if Installed with no Configuration

The Microsoft Antimalware extension (IaaSAntimalware) requires a minimum configuration when installed, otherwise its status will be NotReady. When you add the IaaSAntimalware extension using the Azure management portal, that minimum configuration is included by default, but when you add the extension using PowerShell, you must remember to include it. For classic (a.k.a. V1) Azure VMs,…


Users can't access the desktop and other resources through Quick Access in Windows 10

If you use copyprofile when customizing your Windows 10 profiles, you may encounter a scenario where pinned icons, such as Desktop under Quick Access for Windows 10 will not be accessible and users may encounter an issue similar to the following when attempting to access or save an item to that location. “Location is not…


Display Scaling in Windows 10

Hope everyone is having a good day.  Today, we have a guest among us.  Steve Wright is a Senior Program Manager in the Developer Platform Group.  He is authoring this blog regarding scaling in Windows 10 with how it works and how users will benefit from the work we have done with scaling. Overview/Introduction Windows…


Speaking in Ciphers and other Enigmatic tongues…update!

Hi! Jim Tierney here again to talk to you about Cryptographic Algorithms, SCHANNEL and other bits of wonderment. My original post on the topic has gone through a rewrite to bring you up to date on recent changes in this space.  So, your company purchases this new super awesome vulnerability and compliance management software suite,…


Azure VM may fail to activate over ExpressRoute

Customers can advertise a default route (also known as forced tunneling) over their ExpressRoute circuit to force all traffic destined for the internet destined traffic to be routed through their on-premises infrastructure and out their on-premises edge devices. This enables you to leverage your existing on-premises investments such as security appliances or WAN accelerators to manage…


Troubleshooting Activation Issues

Today, Henry Chen and I are going to talk about troubleshooting some activation issues that we often run into. To begin, here is an article which talks about what Microsoft Product Activation is and why it is important. Also, thisarticle explains KMS Activation. Now, let’s jump into some common activation scenarios. Scenario 1 – Security…


Errors Retrieving File Shares on Windows Failover Cluster

Hi AskCore, Chinmoy here again. In today’s blog, I would like to share one more scenario in continuation to my previous blog on Unable to add file shares in Windows 2012 R2 Failover Cluster. This is about WinRm a setting that could lead to failure on adding file shares using Windows 2012/2012R2 Failover Cluster Manager….


Using Repadmin with ADLDS and Lingering objects

  Hi! Linda Taylor here from the UK Directory Services escalation team. This time on ADLDS, Repadmin, lingering objects and even PowerShell…. The other day a colleague was trying to remove a lingering object in ADLDS. He asked me about which repadmin syntax would work for ADLDS and it occurred to us both that all…


When Special Pool is not so Special

Hi Everyone.  Richard here in the UK GES team bringing you an interesting case we saw recently where Special Pool gave us some unexpected results, but ultimately still helped us track down the cause of the problem.   It started when we were looking in to some Blue Screen bugchecks on Windows 7 Client builds…


“Administrative limit for this request was exceeded" Error from Active Directory

Hello, Ryan Ries here with my first AskDS post! I recently ran into an issue with a particular environment where Active Directory and UNIX systems were being integrated.  Microsoft has several attributes in AD to facilitate this, and one of those attributes is the memberUid attribute on security group objects.  You add user IDs to…