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  • Blog Post: Mailbag: All ADFS All The Time (Issue #11)

    Hey y’all Mark and Tom here. Thinks are starting to return to normal so hopefully we should be back to a regular posting schedule. Tom should have some more time since HIS hockey team is already out of the playoffs while mine continues to march on. This mailbag is chalked full of ADFS goodness...
  • 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: 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: KRBTGT Reset Script Now Available at the Script Gallery

    Tom here with a quick Friday update... Here's something that we hope you'll never need, but has become an unfortunate necessity. Jared Poeppelman, one of our colleagues over in Microsoft Consulting Services has built and tested a great PowerShell script for resetting your KRBTGT password....
  • 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: 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: How DCs are Located Across Forest-Trusts: Part Two

    Tom Moser here again. Sometime last year, I wrote a post around cross-forest DCLocator and how it works. I promised a sequel and then I got busy learning 2012 R2 stuff, VMM, ADFS, Hyper-V Network Virtualization, Forza 5, Ryse, Dead Rising, etc. After some emails and comments in the last few weeks demanding...
  • 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: 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: 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: How to Build Your ADFS Lab on Server 2012 Part 1

    Hey y’all Mark and Tom here with a series we think you guys will dig. I feel like half of our blog posts are building a lab of some kind. We love our labs in PFE. That’s how most of us learn. Set up a lab, play around with the technology, and get it configured. It’s fun for everyone! Right?! We are starting...
  • Blog Post: Clarifications on KB 2853952, Server 2012 and Active Directory error c00002e2 or c00002e3

    Hey y’all, Mark and Tom here to clear up some confusion on MSKB 2853952 , that describes the corruption of Active Directory databases in virtualized domain controllers running on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host computers. The article was released in July 2013 with title “Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: How Domain Controllers are Located Across Trusts

    Hi AskPFEPlat readers. Tom Moser here. A question I get on a pretty frequent basis from my larger, multi-forest enterprise customers is: “Do I need to add subnets from Forest A to Forest B so that clients find the correct DC across the trust?” And here’s how I try to answer...
  • 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: Fixing When Your Domain Traveled Back In Time, the Great System Time Rollback to the Year 2000

    Hey y’all, Mark back again with some more detail around what to when the system time rollback to November 19 th 2000, caused Active Directory replication and other time-sensitive operations to fail in your environment. This post contains guidance by a small army of Microsoft PFEs, support professionals...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Domain Controller Cloning in Windows Server 2012

    Tom Moser here with a post on one of the new ADDS features in Windows Server 2012; Virtual Domain Controller Cloning. Until now, cloning, snapshotting, copying, or pretty much doing anything but rebuilding from scratch to a virtual domain controller wasn't just unsupported; it had the potential to...
  • Blog Post: The Case of the Missing SRV Records

    I was recently on site with a customer performing an ADRAP when we found that several domain controllers were missing certain generic SRV records from DNS. The environment had around one-hundred DCs and thirty of them were missing records. Unsure why this was inconsistent, we started to investigate,...
  • Blog Post: Central Store and ADM Removal Q&A (with an updated script!)

    We’ve recently received some great feedback from several customers and other PFEs on the ADM template post that Mark and I wrote a month or two back. I thought I’d take some time to respond to some of those questions and to post an updated version of the script. Going forward, we plan to...