How to run DCDIAG and NETDIAG on Multiple Computers Using a Batch File

I was onsite with a customer this week reviewing their Active Directory configuration.  During the visit the system admin I was working with mentioned he needed to run DCDIAG and NETDIAG on every domain controller (DC) in his domain and collect the output to prepare for their upcoming migration to Office 365.  When I got…


Windows 8 Start Screen–Don’t Panic and Don’t Believe the Hype

I work as a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE).  Every week I’m at a different customer performing some type of Risk Assessment or helping them solve a problem.  As a PFE a my job is to make sure people are happy with the products they own now.  Not sell new products, not design new systems…


Windows Compatibility Center

Use the link below to visit the Windows Compatibility Center to determine which hardware devices work with Windows Operating Systems.  There is a drop list in the top-right corner of page to select Windows RT, Windows 8 or Windows 7.


Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro

For a Limited Time – download Windows 8 Pro for $39.99! To upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, you must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. Windows 8 is built on the rock solid foundation of Windows 7, but it’s been improved on all fronts. You can install Windows 8 on the…

The story behind the Windows Phone 8 Start screen

  I ran across a great article this weekend that describes the decisions that went into the Windows Phone Start screen.  You can even get a peek at Steve Ballmer’s Start Screen.

Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8

  Free PDF version of the ebook “Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Preview Edition)”

Windows Server 2008–Sync DSRM with Domain Account

I stumbled across this KB article recently and thought it looked interesting.  I need to try this.   A feature is available for Windows Server 2008 that lets you synchronize the DSRM Administrator password with a domain user account

WSUS Update to Enable Patching of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

A new update has been released that will allow existing WSUS 3.0 SP2 servers to patch our latest operating systems.   An update for Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 is available (KB2734608)

How to Determine GPO Precedence When Using GPMC/GPRESULT

A question I get from customers time to time is “which GPO has the highest precedence” when viewing linked GPOs in the GPMC.  Since I can never remember I decided to test it and document it once and for all. Notice order of GPOs being applied – The policy listed as number 1 will be…