System Center Configuration Manager Client Health – Toolset to identify and remediate client issues

Introduction I get asked by a lot of customers "How can we reduce the amount of time spent on manually troubleshooting agents, correctly identify what is wrong with the systems, quickly and automatically remediate the issues on the systems"? Even though we do have a built-in check for the client that runs daily, as described … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager Client Health – Toolset to identify and remediate client issues

Step by step MIM PAM setup and evaluation Guide – Part 1

Background: Privileged Access Management (PAM) is relatively new feature of Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 and is becoming more and more popular. Intention of this Blog series is to provide step by step instructions how to deploy PAM right way and how to evaluate its features. In this series I will use Azure VMs to simulate … Continue reading Step by step MIM PAM setup and evaluation Guide – Part 1

Importance of the Microsoft Product lifecycle dashboard – Keeping your environment Supported

The following post was contributed by Meriem Jlassi, a PFE working for Microsoft Introduction As a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft, I get asked by a lot of customers about whether products are still supported, are they close to end of life or when do I need to plan upgrades. And before the release … Continue reading Importance of the Microsoft Product lifecycle dashboard – Keeping your environment Supported

Step by step MIM PAM setup and evaluation Guide – Part 2

This is second part of the series. In the previous post we have prepared test environment for PAM deployment. Now we have two forests – prod.contoso.com and priv.contoso.com. In PROD we have set up Certificate services, Exchange server, ADFS services and configured two test applications – one is using Windows Integrated Authentication and the second … Continue reading Step by step MIM PAM setup and evaluation Guide – Part 2

Moving SharePoint Databases to Another Server (Without Reconfiguring SharePoint)

Introduction Moving / Migrating Microsoft SharePoint Server Databases from one server to another might be difficult as you need to reconfigure all the related DB(s) to point at the new server. This might be acceptable if we are talking about the SharePoint Content Databases, but how about the below scenarios:   Scenario # 1: Moving … Continue reading Moving SharePoint Databases to Another Server (Without Reconfiguring SharePoint)

Field Notes: A quick tip on DFSR Automatic Recovery while you prepare for an AD domain upgrade

With Windows Server 2008 R2 reaching end of life in January 2020, many organizations have been migrating their workloads to Windows Server 2016 or newer.  Unfortunately with Active Directory (AD), an attempt to introduce a first Windows Server 2019 or version 1709 domain controller (DC) in an domain that still uses the File Replication Service … Continue reading Field Notes: A quick tip on DFSR Automatic Recovery while you prepare for an AD domain upgrade

Some users unable to create VMs in VMM 2012 SP1: “User or user role not valid” (Error ID 26726)

This post describes an error that occurred during System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 deployment, with two VMM servers in cluster configuration. When using the VMM Console, some users (but not all users) were unable to create VMs, even if the user account is a member of the Delegated Administrator role. In this case, … Continue reading Some users unable to create VMs in VMM 2012 SP1: “User or user role not valid” (Error ID 26726)