SQL Server recommendations for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager environment – White Paper

Introduction  As a Premier field engineer at Microsoft, we field many questions about SQL configuration for Configuration Manager environments, so we’re writing this to address some of them here. Questions are often along the lines of “How should I properly configure SQL database settings in a Configuration Manager environment for the best performance?”, “What maintenance … Continue reading SQL Server recommendations for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager environment – White Paper

Troubleshooting Invisible / Hidden Characters in your PowerShell Code…

Recently I was helping a colleague with a PowerShell script, things were going great until we ran the code and nothing was outputting. Now this wouldn't normally be a problem but we knew there should be output. So we started troubleshooting our code... For this blog I'm going to use some really basic examples but … Continue reading Troubleshooting Invisible / Hidden Characters in your PowerShell Code…

ConfigMgr\MEM 101: 5 Tips for Improving SQL Performance

In the continuation of the ConfigMgr\MEM series, our next session is going to be looking at Database Performance, how this impacts the system, and what you can do to optimize what you have. The SQL Server component is easily the busiest part of MEM, and slow database performance is something that I run into on … Continue reading ConfigMgr\MEM 101: 5 Tips for Improving SQL Performance

Field Notes: Azure AD – Configuring Self-Service Password Reset in Hybrid Deployments

This is a continuation of a series on Azure AD Connect. The second blog post of the series covered a custom installation. One of the optional features I promised to cover then was password writeback, which I discuss in this blog post as part of enabling the self-service password reset (SSPR) feature in a hybrid … Continue reading Field Notes: Azure AD – Configuring Self-Service Password Reset in Hybrid Deployments

WordPress: How To create a Custom Block with Series Links

Introduction As you write a series of blogs in WordPress you usually want to add links to the entire series to each blog. This helps the reader locate and quickly move from one part of a series to the next or skip around if desired. You can install a plugin that helps you do series … Continue reading WordPress: How To create a Custom Block with Series Links

Hyper-V On-The-Go – Reclaiming Drive Space

Continuing in our "Boldly Going" series I wanted to touch on a minor issue I've had when working with certain Hyper-V features. One of those endearing features/qualities is found when you want to delete a VM. Try this out in your environment on an expendable VM. Open your Hyper-V console, select the VM and choose … Continue reading Hyper-V On-The-Go – Reclaiming Drive Space

Active Directory Based Activation (ADBA) Fails with Error: 0x8007202B

Introduction I was working with a customer recently who could not get clients or servers at a new remote site to activate using Active Directory Based Activation (ADBA). They were getting event ID 8214 as in the image below. Notice in the above where I bold the computer name Client1.Child1.Contoso.local. This means that Client1 is … Continue reading Active Directory Based Activation (ADBA) Fails with Error: 0x8007202B

Powershell – "Search and Count All File Extensions on Multiple Machines using Powershell"

The Issue Recently I was at a customer that had a very strange and specific requirement. They wanted to query All File Type Extensions with a count on all machines in the environment. This was an environment with 30 000+ machines and they wanted it to run quickly and once off. The Investigation System Center … Continue reading Powershell – "Search and Count All File Extensions on Multiple Machines using Powershell"