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AskPFEPlat Happy New Year Invitation!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone, and welcome to 2018! This is Brandon Wilson (Platforms and Active Directory PFE), and with the introduction of the New Year, I wanted to take some time to thank all our outstanding readers we’ve had over ... continue reading

Use Group Policy Preferences to Manage the Local Administrator Group

Hello Everyone! Graeme Bray back with you today to talk about how you can reduce the audit and risk surface within your environment. If you can’t tell, Microsoft has taken a strong stance towards security. In a previous life, I ... continue reading

Securing Privileged Access for the AD Admin – Part 2

Hello everyone, my name is still David Loder, and I’m still PFE out of Detroit, Michigan. Hopefully you’ve read Securing Privileged Access for the AD Admin – Part 1. If not, go ahead. We’ll wait for you. Now that you’ve ... continue reading

Securing Privileged Access for the AD Admin – Part 1

Hello again, my name is still David Loder, and I’m still a PFE out of Detroit, Michigan. I have a new confession to make. I like cat videos. Your end users like cat videos. You may like cat videos yourself ... continue reading

Replication Hurricanes: Why Restricted Groups are a No-Go for Domain Based Groups

Hi everyone! My name is Tim Medina, Premier Field Engineer, and today we are going to take a brief look at GPOs with a focus on restricted groups. More importantly, we will discuss how, if used in an unsupported manner, ... continue reading

Viewing Memory in PowerShell

Hello there, this is Benjamin Morgan, and I’m a Premier Field Engineer covering Active Directory and Platforms related topics. This is my first blog post I hope you are all as excited about this as I am! Today I wanted ... continue reading

Built-In Administrator Account Lockout

Hello, my name is Jason Krause and this is my first time writing a blog post for AskPFEPlat. I am a Platforms PFE here at Microsoft and work primarily in Active Directory and Group Policy. Recently a customer approached me ... continue reading

Digital Certificates 101: Understanding, Managing & Supporting Public Key Infrastructure & Active Directory Certificate Services

Digital certificates is a digital form of identification, much like a passport or driver's license. Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) provides the means for digital certificates to be used by issuing certificates and making them accessible through a directory. PKI also ... continue reading

Step-by-Step: Deploy Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster in Microsoft Azure

In this short video, we’ll walk through deploying a Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster to a Microsoft Azure subscription using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates. [video src="http://video.ch9.ms/ch9/65a6/3eb3800b-3391-4194-8aa2-0ae0feb265a6/WS16S2DAzure_mid.mp4" /] Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) on Microsoft Azure ARM templates ... continue reading
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