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Azure Automation: Shutting Down Custom Tagged Virtual Machines

Hello everyone! Christopher Scott, Premier Field Engineer. I have recently transitioned into an automation role and like most people my first thought was to setup a scheduled task to shutdown and startup Virtual Machines (VMs) to drive down consumption costs ... continue reading

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

Simple PowerShell Network Capture Tool

Hello all. Jacob Lavender here again for the Ask PFE Platforms team to share with you a little sample tool that I’ve put together to help with performing network captures. This all started when I was attempting to develop an ... 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

Implementing Multiple AGPM Servers

Hi Everyone, Paulo here, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE), recently I have had several customers querying about how to deploy multiple AGPM Servers per Forest/Domain. As you know AGPM was designed to centralize change control over Group Policies so ... continue reading

Windows Server 2016 Essentials – Office 365 Integration Demo

Watch this second of two videos on Windows Server 2016 Essentials and Office 365 integration. In this first video we covered the basic concepts and benefits of integrating Windows Server 2016 Essentials and Office 365. In this second video we provide ... continue reading

Windows Server 2016 Essentials – Office 365 Integration Overview

Watch this first of two videos on Windows Server 2016 Essentials and Office 365 integration. In this first video we will cover the basic concepts and benefits of integrating Windows Server 2016 Essentials and Office 365. In the second video ... continue reading

Cluster Network Name Resources fail to come Online with Error 2114

Hello, my name is Chuck Timon and this is my first blog post as a Premier Field Engineer. Previous to my current position, I posted to the Core Team blog and the System Center: Virtual Machine Manager Engineering Blog. In ... 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
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