Tip of the Day: Avoiding Common PIN Patterns in Windows Hello

Today’s tip… Have you ever encountered the following warning when creating a new PIN for Windows Hello? If so, have you ever wondered what logic is used to distinguish a “common PIN pattern”? Common number patterns are PINs that have the same difference between multiple digits in the PIN. For example, in 123456 the difference…


Tip of the Day: Troubleshooting Stop Errors

Today’s Tip… Check out this KB article providing details for IT Pros to resolve STOP errors themselves without needing a support incident at all. The KB goes into good details on how anyone can do basic troubleshooting and resolve common bugchecks showing videos and other content all at a single place. Reference: “Troubleshooting Stop error…


Tip of the Day: The Always ON VPN Deployment Guide is Now Live

Today’s Tip… The Always On VPN Deployment Guide is now live on the web, in the new Virtual Private Networking (VPN) section of the Windows Server 2016 Technical Library: Remote Access Always On VPN Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10


Tip of the Day: Using DNSSEC with DNS Zone Scopes

Today’s tip… QUESTION Does anyone know whether the DNS ZoneScopes used by DNS Policy can be signed and DNSSEC enabled? Looking at the DNSSEC related DnsServer PowerShell cmdlets it appears that they do not support the -ZoneScope parameter. As this is the only way to manipulate ZoneScope settings it seems to indicate that signing scopes…


Tip of the Day: Azure Reverse DNS

In the beginning of June, the Azure team published new and updated documentation for reverse DNS. There are 3 new pages: Overview, explaining what reverse DNS is, why it’s used, how it works, and the high-level scenarios supported in Azure Detailed guidance on hosting reverse DNS zones in Azure Detailed guidance on managing reverse DNS…


Tip of the Day: Windows 10 S FAQ

We interrupt late week’s rundown of top Defrag Tools episodes to bring you something I found in my inbox: You may or may not have heard buzz around Windows 10 S.  If you haven’t, Windows 10 S is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that offers a familiar, productive Windows experience that’s streamlined for…


Tip of the Day: The Best of Defrag Tools – Debugging the Network Stack

Today’s tip… C’mon, you know you’ve long dreamt of having the Ninja skills to debug the network stack!  I mean, who hasn’t?  Well now you can grasshopper.  Simply watch the following very special Defrag Tools episode: Defrag Tools #177 – Debugging the Network Stack In this episode of Defrag Tools, Chad Beeder is joined by…


Tip of the Day: The Best of Defrag Tools – Windows Internals 7th Edition Part 1

Today’s tip… This week we celebrate the best of “Defrag Tools”, a fantastic Channel 9 series packed with useful and timely information. In episode #177 Defrag Tools, Andrew Richards and Chad Beeder are joined by Alex Ionescu and Pavel Yosifovich, authors of the Windows Internals 7th Edition Part 1 book to talk about history of the Windows Internals…


Tip of the Day: SvcHost Service Refactoring in Windows 10 v1703

Today’s tip… The Service Host (svchost.exe) is system process capable of hosting multiple Windows services. Using this shared-service process, numerous Windows services can share a single process, reducing overall resource consumption.  The service-host groups are determined by combining the services with matching security requirements. For the services critical to network and internet connectivity this translates…


Tip of the Day: Azure MFA cloud based protection for on-premises VPNs is now in public preview!

Today’s Tip… Azure MFA provides a hybrid multifactor authentication solution for Windows 10 VPN. Using a first-party auth extension, an on-premises NPS server provides the primary auth, forwarding RADIUS-encrusted REST calls to an Azure MFA tenant for the secondary authentication. Read More At: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2017/02/06/azure-ad-news-azure-mfa-cloud-based-protection-for-on-premises-vpns-is-now-in-public-preview/