The New and Improved CheckSUR

One of the most used and arguably most efficient tools that we utilize when troubleshooting Servicing issues, prior to Windows 8/Windows 2012, is the System Update Readiness tool(also known as CheckSUR). However, as we continue to improve our operating systems, we must continue to improve our troubleshooting tools as well. Thus, I want to introduce…

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Troubleshooting a Stop 0x7B in Windows

The purpose of this blog is to provide information about the common Stop 0x7B bugcheck/Reboot Loop issue, and the best methods available to resolve it. We will discuss the main components involved in this type of bugcheck/crash, what can affect them, and not only troubleshooting steps to perform, but also steps to resolve the issue….


Roaming Profile Compatibility – The Windows 7 to Windows 8 Challenge

[Editor’s note:  Everything Mark mentions for Windows 8 clients here is also true for Windows 8.1 clients.  Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 clients use the same (v3) profile version, so the 8.1 upgrade will not prevent this from happening if you have roaming profiles in your environment.  Something to be aware of if you’re planning…


Alternate Data Streams in NTFS

This blog has been a long time coming. There is a bit of confusion about the subject of alternate data streams (ADS) and no small amount of suspicion. So I want to take a few minutes to set the record straight on ADS. A couple years ago I wrote a blog on NTFS attributes. http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/08/25/ntfs-file-attributes.aspx…


Intermittent Mail Sack: Must Remember to Write 2013 Edition

Hi all, Jonathan here again with the latest edition of the Intermittent Mail Sack. We’ve had some great questions over the last few weeks so I’ve got a lot of material to cover. This sack, we answer questions on: Issues upgrading DFSR hub servers to Windows Server 2012 AD FS Sign-out behavior Dynamic Access Control…