Security Patching and You

In a lot of my customer engagements at Microsoft I get to see how a lot of customers do their monthly patching and which of these customers view it as a priority. I have seen customers who patch immediately on release of the monthly bulletins, and I have also seen customers who are 3+ years…

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XPERF Boot Traces

Very quick post simply to give me a copy/paste location for a quick XPERF boot trace on the run. If im lucky, it will also be useful to you 🙂 Basic Trace: xbootmgr.exe -trace boot -traceFlags Base+CSWITCH+COMPACT_CSWITCH+FILE_IO+FILE_IO_INIT -postBootDelay 90 -noTraceFlagsInFileName -resultpath <Path> Detailed Trace: xbootmgr -trace boot -traceFlags Latency+DISPATCHER+PRIORITY+PERF_COUNTER+DISK_IO_INIT+REGISTRY+NETWORKTRACE+MEMINFO+FILE_IO+FILE_IO_INIT -postBootDelay 180 -stackWalk Profile+ProcessCreate+CSwitch+ReadyThread+SyscallEnter+ThreadCreate –noTraceFlagsInFileName –resultpath…

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Setting up a Office Web App Farm for Lync Server 2013

Hi All I have been recently playing around with an Office Web App Server deployment to support a Lync Server 2013 environment. I thought I’d share my learning’s regarding the web farm deployment I did in my lab to test my production build process. On the whole the experience was very good and it was reasonably…


Routing Traffic between Subnets in your Hyper-V Lab

Sometimes I need to replicate customer issues in a Hyper-V lab to fully understand and fix the problem. My labs are typically pretty small and disposable – I set them up for a specific purpose and then trash them.  For this reason I  use Windows 8 Hyper-V running locally on my laptop.  This was working great for me until recently when…

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Identify Accounts with Kerberos Pre-Authentication Disabled (In the UI)

If you need a repeatable way to identify accounts with Kerberos pre-authentication disabled you can do so in the AD Users and Computers UI. (Or PowerShell, or LDP or… ). I personally use this UI a bit because you can configure it and leave it as a neat value add for the customers ADUC console…

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The Direct Access connection process… according to Netmon.

The direct access connection process is reasonably straight forward at a high level. When the DA client changes networks it will attempt to contact the Network Location Server (NLS) that you defined while implementing the solution. If the NLS is not available, the DA client assumes it is outside the public network and establishes the…

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