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  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Opening Day (Issue #10)

    Hey y’all Mark and Tom here. Bet you thought we’d miss this week too. We’ve been a bit busy over here so that would mostly explain it. That and I’m in two fantasy baseball leagues this year. My nerdiness extends into sports as well thank you very much. Tom was doing something...
  • Blog Post: You Use Storage? We Want To Hear From You

    Hey y’all, Mark here asking all our great readers for a real quick favor. Friend of the blog/the internet’s punching bag Ned Pyle on the Windows Server team has just posted a quick 12 question survey looking for feedback around storage solutions. You use storage don’t you? Of course you do! To be clear...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Starting To Get The Hang Of This (Issue #9)

    Hey y’all Mark, Tom and Hilde back for another mailbag Friday. Keep the questions coming and we’ll keep answering them. This week we are getting back into the Hyper-V pool and always some ADFS goodness. Let’s get into it. FREE Security & The Cloud Virtual Even t Domain Admin...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Hildebrand from Azure Land (Issue #8)

    Hey y'all, Mark, Tom and Hilde back for another mailbag. Astute readers and or those that have access to a calendar will notice we may have missed a week in our regular posting schedule. I'm not one to point fingers but I will say that Tom was supposed to send over his questions before he left...
  • Blog Post: Attending Microsoft Ignite? A Local’s Guide to Chicago

    Hey y’all, Mark back again this time with a completely non-technical post. As you’ve probably heard by now, Microsoft Ignite is taking place in Chicago May 4-8 th . This is great news as many of us from this blog actually live in Chicago and hope to see some of you folks there! I also know...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan (Issue #7)

    Mark and Tom here again with Mailbag Issue #7! W e’re light on overall questions, but in-depth on one of them this week. Let’s get to it! RODC DNS Records Johnny Mnemonic Site Topology From The Interwebs Question When I run nslookup contoso.com my RODCs don't show...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Superbowl Superbag (Issue #6)

    Hey y'all, Mark, Tom and Lakshman are back for another mailbag. All of our NFL teams are out of the playoffs but I promise you this mailbag meets the proper inflation requirements for a blog post. Sorry Boston I had to. Ok let’s jump into it. Web Application Proxy Cert Renewal Static...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: New Year New Questions (Issue #5)

    Hey y'all, Mark and Tom and some new members to AskPFEPlat to tackle your questions in the new year. Hope everyone was able to take some time off and re-charge. How are those new year's resolutions going? Be healthier? Read more? Learn a new technology? Get certified? More on that later. By this...
  • Blog Post: The Most Popular Posts of 2014

    Hey y’all, Mark back again to help close out another successful year of blogging. We’ve been at this for three years, which feels insanely long as well as feeling like this just started up a few weeks ago, which is weird. Trust me. We want to thank you the reader again for sticking with us...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Tech the Halls (Issue #4)

    Hey y’all, Mark, Tom and the AskPFEPlat crew back for our last mailbag of 2014. It’s getting around the holidays, lots of people start to take vacation including myself. But don’t worry we’re really starting to get into a good rhythm with these posts and it’s looking like...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Black Friday (Issue #3)

    Mark and Tom here again with Mailbag Issue #3. Keep a copy of these first issues in the walls somewhere , they’ll be worth a fortune one day. We hope all of our friends in the US had a great Thanksgiving and that all of our friends around the rest of the world had a great last Thursday in November...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: So Far Off To a Good Start (Issue #2)

    Hey y’all, Mark and Tom back with our second Friday mailbag. So far so good on trying to keep our regularly scheduled mailbags. We even got a few other PFEs to join in for this one so let’s get right to it. This post will cover the following. Hosting DNS in something other than Active...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Return of the Mailbag Returns

    Hey y’all, Mark and Tom back here with the return of the mailbag returns. Give yourself 5 internet points if you get that Simpsons reference. Before today our mailbag posts were very random and we are trying to get on a more regular mailbag posting schedule. The key word in that sentence would...
  • Blog Post: Lingering Object Liquidator for Active Directory is now live

    Hey y’all, Mark back with some news about a new tool you might want to take a look at. Up until today, there hasn’t been a really easy way to scan for and remove lingering objects. Friend of the blog and all around Active Directory expert Justin Turner breaks it all down for you on AskDS. He goes into...
  • Blog Post: A 5 Second Boot Optimization If You’ve Disabled IPv6 on Windows Client and Server by setting DisabledComponents to 0xFFFFFFFF

    Hey, y’all, Mark back with some new info on two of my favorite topics, IPv6 and Slow Boot Slow Logon (SBSL). If you’ve disabled IPv6 long ago this post is one you’ll want to pay attention to. Let’s dig in and get you up to speed. What’s Microsoft Recommend Setting for...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory: Mixing Server 2003 DCs and Server 2012 DCs May Result In Kerberos Authentication Errors

    Hey y’all, Mark here again with a quick announcement. Our brothers in arms at AskDS have just posted something that you need to be made aware of if you have a mix of 2003 DCs and 2012 R2 DCs in your environment. Head over for all the details and we’ll keep you updated with any info once we...
  • Blog Post: Becoming an WPA Xpert Part 10: WPR and the Command Line

    Hey y’all, Mark back with another update in our now long running series, Becoming an Xperf Xpert. First some housekeeping. This series is going through a name change. As we wrote in Part 6 that Xperf is dead, long live Xperf! It was time to start using Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA). All posts since...
  • 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: LSASS Crashing, CNF Objects May Be the Cause

    Hey y’all, Mark back with a rare but hard-to-troubleshoot problem where CNF or conflict mangled NTDS Settings objects cause LSASS to crash on Active Directory domain controllers. The goal of this article is to create some awareness and have you install preventative fixes in the hopes of keeping both...
  • 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: How to Build Your ADFS Lab on Server 2012, Part2: Web SSO

    Mark and Tom here again, continuing our series on ADFS. In this post, we'll show you how to use some sample-code to configure a web application for Web Single Sign-On (Web SSO) with ADFS. What's Web SSO? While Federated Web Single Sign-on (henceforth, SSO) is when two organizations create a federation...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Windows 8.1 Update – Start Screen, Desktop and Other Enhancements

    Welcome to Ask PFE Plat's coverage of the next chapter in Microsoft's on-going refinement of Windows. As with 8.1, we continue to evolve and improve the OS and last week, at the Build 2014 conference, we released "Windows 8.1 Update" to MSDN. On Tuesday, April 8th, the Update will be...
  • Blog Post: How to Build Your ADFS Lab Part4: Upgrading to Server 2012 R2

    Hey y’all Mark and Tom back again with part 4 in our most likely never ending ADFS series. It’s going to end up being as long as Game of Thrones when it’s all said and done, I can feel it. At this point you should have an ADFS server , an ADFS Proxy and a Web App all in your test environment. Now, you...
  • Blog Post: How to Build Your ADFS Lab on Server 2012 Part 3: ADFS Proxy

    Hey y’all Mark and Tom back after a small hiatus. We (well mostly Mark because this was his responsibility) got distracted by other things like “helping customers”, “the Olympics” and “I’m tired I’ll do it tomorrow, what’s on Netflix streaming?”...
  • 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...