How to make your existing Bitlocker encrypted environment FIPS complaint

Hello, my name is Mayank Sharma and I am a Technical Advisor here at Microsoft. In this blog, I will discuss FIPS compliance with Bitlocker. Microsoft's solution for completely encrypting data inside laptops, desktops and removable drives. So let’s get started… FIPS stands for Federal Information Processing Standard and is United States Government standards that…

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Troubleshooting Windows activation failures on Azure VMs

If you are experiencing Windows activation failures on an Azure VM, please try the following steps to resolve the issue. An example of an error message you may see is: Error(s):  Activating Windows(R), ServerDatacenter editionError: 0xC004F074 The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be…

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Disk Performance Internals

Abstract: Storage is the slowest component of most computer systems. As such, storage is often a performance bottleneck. This article discusses the disk performance kernel provider, partition manager.  By understanding how the disk performance provider works we can understand how disk performance is tracked internally in Windows and how disk related counters are calculated, which…

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Driver Object Corruption Triggers Bugcheck 109

My name is Victor Mei, I am an Escalation Engineer in Platforms Global Escalation Services in GCR.  Some customers I worked with have strong interests in debugging; but usually they got frustrated when I told them “To find the cause from this dump, you have to get the code and understand the design behind it”….

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Recovering Azure VM by attaching OS disk to another Azure VM

If you are unable to administer an Azure VM because of RDP or SSH failures, in many cases rebooting or resizing the VM may resolve the issue. You can troubleshoot the VM by attaching the OS disk as a data disk to a different Azure VM using the steps below. First make sure you have…

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Surface Pro 3 Hibernation Doesn’t Occur on Enterprise Install

Hi my name is Scott McArthur and I want to call out a recently published KB article: Surface Pro 3 doesn't hibernate after four hours in connected standbyhttp://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2998588 If you are deploying an image to Surface Pro 3, you are missing out on the feature where after 4 hours in Connected Standby the device will…

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Cross Post: Using Bing for technical instant answers and automated solutions

This is a cross post from William Keener’s Support Diagnostics and Automated Solutions blog that we wanted to add to our site.  It relates to Bing and instant answers about Microsoft Products/Technologies/Support issues and here on the AskCore site, we are all about getting this type of information out there.  Any comments made should be…

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Your technical answers and automated solutions via Bing.com

Hello folks, One of our Engineering PMs that supports our Diagnostics and Automated solutions published a blog regarding Bing and how you can use it to answer your technical questions and provide automated solutions.  Here is a brief overview: Bing Technical Instant Answers provide concise answers to technical questions directly within search results and hopefully…

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Understanding ATQ performance counters, yet another twist in the world of TLAs

Hello again, this is guest author Herbert from Germany. If you worked an Active Directory performance issue, you might have noticed a number of AD Performance counters for NTDS and “Directory Services” objects including some ATQ related counters. In this post, I provide a brief overview of ATQ performance counters, how to use them and…

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Unable to restart server due to registry bloat over 2GB

Hello AskPerf!  Pushing up a blog today to discuss the registry bloat issue that has been recently addressed in the following KB: Computer cannot be restarted if the registry hives are larger than 2 GB Symptom You have a computer that is running the x64-based version of Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8,…

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