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  • Blog Post: It’s The End of FRS as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

    Hey y’all, Mark here with a quick post you should check out. Friend of the blog Ned “wears the black hat” Pyle has put up a post everyone needs to read, and subscribe to their blog while you’re there it’s quite good, on FileCab http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2014/06/24/the-end-is-nigh-for...
  • Blog Post: How to Clean up the WinSxS Directory and Free Up Disk Space on Windows Server 2008 R2 with New Update

    It’s finally here! After pages and pages of comments from you requesting the ability to clean up the WinSxS directory and component store on Windows Server 2008 R2, an update is available. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2852386 As a refresher, the Windows Server 2008 R2 update is directly...
  • Blog Post: Windows Unplugged Event Dates, Don’t Miss Out

    Hey y’all, Mark back with a quick thing to make you aware of. Friend of the blog and former Springboard Series editor Stephen Rose is going back on the road like a famous rock band to talk Windows and he might be coming to a city near you. All the info can be found here . Some things to note, seats...
  • Blog Post: Alternative Microsoft Training Options, Many Free!

    Written by Dan Cuomo & Scott Simkins | Microsoft Platforms Premier Field Engineers and 1 st Time AskPFEPlat Bloggers Hi Fellow IT Pros, All too often we hear a common phrase from our customers, “I need to get spun up on…” IT professionals often struggle to keep up with, or try to stay ahead of, the...
  • Blog Post: The Most Popular Posts of 2013 and Belated Birthday

    Hey y’all, Mark back again for another year end recap. It has been an eventful year. We’ve added more bloggers to our team which is great, really increased our readership(it seems like you guys like us!) and have made it a full 2 years in existence on the interwebs (beating the odds every day). Not bad...
  • Blog Post: Scale Out File Servers on Windows Server 2012

    Hey y’all Mark here with a quick post. We wanted to call attention to some fabulous work another Microsoft blogger has done. You may have heard of him. Ned ‘I’m famous on the internet’ Pyle. Old Ned use to be the editor in chief of AskDS until he left for the mother ship to help decide the future of...
  • Blog Post: Announcement……MDOP 2013 R2 Released!

    In a previous post , we mentioned how to create recovery images using DaRT 8.0 SP1. However, that version didn’t support creating recovery images for Windows 8.1. This week we released MDOP 2013 R2 which includes DaRT 8.1 that adds this functionality and more! MSDN and TechNet subscribers can download...
  • Blog Post: AskPFEPlat Goes International with AskPFE Latam Platforms Edition

    Hey y’all Mark here with some great news. We know our readership spans the globe which both blows my mind and humbles me daily. We absolutely love our community. We here are also not afraid to try out new things with our community. If it works we’ll keep doing it if it doesn’t we learned something and...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News! Reduce the size of the WinSxS Directory and Free up Disk Space with a New Update for Windows 7 SP1 Clients

    ** If you're looking to free up disk space and reduce the size of the WinSxS directory on Windows Server 2008 R2, make sure to check out the following blog post on this topic** How to clean up the WinSxS Directory and Free up Disk Space on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Update ---------...
  • Blog Post: Sweet Sixteen: A Milestone for Windows Clustering!

    As of September 2013, sixteen years prior, Microsoft released the Enterprise Edition of Windows NT Server 4.0 which included Microsoft Cluster Server (also known as MSCS). My how server clustering has changed over the years! In one of my last posts to Ask PFE Platforms as I plan to retire from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Want a Free Hands-on Expert Training on Windows Azure?

    Check out this great one-day free TechNet training event opportunity at a city near you.     What: Join local Microsoft cloud experts for a free one day IT Camp on Windows Azure. You’ll hear the latest on the Microsoft cloud platform, dive deep into Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, and...
  • Blog Post: Finding User Groups, Finding Speakers and Project Aware

    Hey y’all, Mark here again with some info I think our readers will like to get involved with and one that is near and dear to my heart. That is IT User Groups and community as a whole. I know I’m a sap like that. Back before I was a “blue badge” (aka an MS Employee) I used to...
  • Blog Post: Important Announcement: AD FS 2.0 and MS13-066

    Hey y’all, Mark here with a quick announcement. There have been reports of customers running into some ADFS issues after applying this past Tuesday patches, specifically MS13-066. Our partners in crime over at AskDS have some more info about it and are knee deep in the weeds working to get this...
  • Blog Post: Happy 20th Birthday Windows NT!

    Hey y’all, Mark here with a quick history post. Tomorrow July 27 th 2013 will be the 20 th birthday of Windows NT which is quite the birthday. It can almost drink legally! Just the thought of 20 years makes greybeards like Doug “Bad Cop” Symalla spit out his morning coffee. If you happen...
  • Blog Post: How to Fix Windows Server 2012 Shared Folder Inaccessible on a VM

    Hey y’all, Mark here with a post about an issue we’re seeing with many of our customers lately. Hopefully, we’ll save you a couple hours of head-scratching and Bing searches. The Problem: You deploy a shiny new Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machine on Hyper-V or VMWare, and then you notice that no file...
  • Blog Post: PFE Sessions at Tech Ed Europe 2013

    Hey y’all, Mark here with a quick post. For all our readers that are attending Tech Ed Europe 2013 make sure you stop by these 2 sessions. Field Experience: Troubleshooting Long Boot and High Resource Consumptions June 28th at 2:45 PM Milad Aslaner who is doing double duty from this time in Tech Ed in...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone + Our Blog = New App

    Is there an app for that? Not sure if you asked, but we do have an app for our blog that allows you to enjoy and read the content on your Windows Phone (WP7 or WP8). It's a basic blog reader app that allows you to read our blogs, tag them as favorite, comment, share, and read the relevant tweets all...
  • Blog Post: PFE Sessions At Tech Ed 2013 and The Krewe

    Hey y’all, Mark here with a real quick post. For our readers that are at Tech Ed 2013 in New Orleans (home of everyone’s favorite X-Men Gambit ). We got several PFEs delivering sessions that you should check out if you get the chance. Make sure you go up to them after the session and tell...
  • Blog Post: Premier Technology Day Hosted by AskPFEPlat- Live Events in St. Louis and Minneapolis on June 21, 2013

    Hey everyone, I’d like to make you aware of an opportunity to connect with some AskPFEPlat celebrities (relatively speaking, of course). We’re hosting two, one-day workshops, live and in-person. This is a unique opportunity for you to participate in detailed, interactive discussions around some very...
  • Blog Post: Some Other PFE Blogs You’ll Want To Be Reading

    Hey y’all, Mark here with some quick links for you. We have two other PFE team blogs that have been getting some steam as of late we thought we’d pass along so our fine readership can check them out and spread the word. A bunch of SQL folks have started to bring an old blog back from the...
  • Blog Post: Slow Boot Slow Login (SBSL) Hotfix Rollup for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Available Today!

    Hey y’all, Mark here with some great news. A massive Slow Boot Slow Login (SBSL) hotfix rollup for enterprises that includes 90 post Windows 7/2008 R2 hotfixes is available for download. The hotfixes focus on performance (Hooray!) and stability (Hooray again!). There are improvements to the DFSN...
  • Blog Post: Nerd Achievement Unlocked: We’re On Hey Scripting Guy!

    Hey y’all, Mark here with a quick post. A while back Tom Moser and I wrote a powershell script to help backup and remove ADM files. http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2011/12/12/how-to-implement-the-central-store-for-group-policy-admin-templates-completely-hint-remove-those-adm-files...
  • Blog Post: What is RaaS? Is That a Real Acronym?

    I hope you enjoy the blogs we provide at AskPFEPlat. We love sharing our passion for Microsoft Technologies. But, believe it or not, we do have day jobs. As Premier Field Engineers we spend most of our time with Microsoft Premier Support customers, helping them learn, test, deploy and troubleshoot the...
  • Blog Post: How To Use Common Active Directory Commands In PowerShell

    Hey y’all, Mark here with a quick post that all you PowerShell slackers should check out. Ashley McGlone aka GoateePFE (I've seen his goatee in real life and it is magnificent) has written up a nice little doc to help you finally let go of all your old commands for Active Directory and how to do...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday to AskPFE Platforms Blog, We Are 1 Today !

    Time really does fly when you are having fun. Today marks the day when we went up live last year. We set off with a modest goal to share our field and real world experience with you, to perhaps one day talk about an issue that’s relevant to your job, to spark some light of interest for an existing...