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Build an infrastructure monitoring solution with Service Map

Have you ever been responsible for a flaky application, and wanted to set up an automatic notification when a server, process, or connection isn't there when it should be? Me too! And by using OMS Azure Log Analytics and Service ... continue reading
Securing RDP with IPSec

Securing RDP with IPSec

Hi Everyone, this is Jerry Devore back with a follow-up topic from my previous post on Privileged Administrative Workstations (PAW) which is a hardened device configuration used to protect privileged credentials. In that post, I mentioned that it is possible ... continue reading

ConfigMgr 1702+: Adding a new node (Secondary Replica) to an existing SQL AO AG

Scenario: We already have a working Primary and secondary replica and we know that ConfigMgr 1702 does support an extra replica i.e. 2nd Secondary replica. So we are adding a freshly built node as a secondary replica. The documentation we ... continue reading

ConfigMgr 1702: Adding a new node (Secondary Replica) to an existing SQL AO AG

Scenario We already have a working Primary and secondary replica and we know that ConfigMgr 1702 does support an extra replica i.e. 2nd Secondary replica. So we are adding a freshly built node as a secondary replica. The documentation we have ... continue reading
Built-In Administrator Account Lockout

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
Monitoring Large DPM Deployments with SCOM

Monitoring Large DPM Deployments with SCOM

DPM can backup a variety of workloads as SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, Hyper-V VMs, File Servers, among others. One way to monitor the DPM servers centrally is using SCOM. In this blog, our guest, John Joyner, talks about leveraging Central Console ... continue reading

Microsoft JDBC Driver 6.2 for SQL Server released

This post was authored by Andrea Lam, Program Manager, SQL Server We are happy to announce the full release of the Microsoft JDBC Driver 6.2 for SQL Server. The JDBC Driver provides Java database connectivity from any Java application, application ... continue reading

Troubleshooting Service Manager work item (Incident, Change Request, Service Request) status stuck on “New”

Any time we see newly created work items stuck with a “New” status, it generally means that the Service Manager workflows are not processing or are processing slowly. Monitoring the “Minutes behind” of each workflow can be a useful method ... continue reading
Using Computer Name Aliases in place of DNS CNAME Records

Using Computer Name Aliases in place of DNS CNAME Records

Hi everyone. Graeme Bray here with an article around using Computer Name Aliases instead of DNS CName records. Introduction In the past, we used to set the registry key DisableStrictNameChecking to be able to add a DNS alias to connect ... continue reading
Migrating Datacenter to Azure - Part 2

Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 2

This post provides an overview of key technical considerations, actionable recommendations and common pitfalls related to migration of workloads from an on-premises datacenter to Microsoft Azure. The business related considerations were addressed within the Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part ... continue reading