Vol. 21, #6 - February 8, 2016 - Issue #1066


Book Review: Deployment Fundamentals Volume 6

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Ask Our Readers - Best way to upgrade domain PCs to Windows 10?
    • Ask Our Readers - Servers and workstations missing from Explorer
    • From the Mailbag
    • Windows 10 really falls down on fat images
    • Windows 10 is killing my bandwidth!
    • Windows 10 v.1511 breaking the Essentials connector
    • More on the need to keep legacy Windows alive
    • Is it time to move on and welcome our new Windows 10 overlords?
    • Send us your feedback
    • Recommended for Learning
    • Microsoft Virtual Academy
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. This Week's Tips
    • VDI - Troubleshooting Slow Logons via PowerShell
    • Deployment - Have ConfigMgr send an email after deployment (including log parsing)
    • ConfigMgr - Remove Administrative Users
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    • Hyper-V
    • Security
    • Windows Server
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Editor's Corner

Quote of the Week This week's newsletter includes a review of the latest book by Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nystrom, two of the top Windows deployment experts in the world. Johan is a consultant specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions and is a popular speaker at conferences like TechEd. Mikael is a Principal Technical Architect at TrueSec and is also much in demand for conferences and partner training events.  Both of them are also long-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) awardees.

Also in this issue are a couple of Ask Our Readers requests from readers who are seeking advice from the community. Please make sure you read these and send us an email if you have any suggestions. And we have some more feedback from our readers along with our usual bunch of tips, links and tools that we hope you'll find useful in your profession.

By the way, Mikael and Johan have now written six books about Windows deployment. That's quite an achievement--most wannabe authors find it difficult to even finish their first book. The big question of course that you might ask yourself when you are writing a book is this: will anyone actually read it? Dogbert for one didn't think it would matter much if anyone read his book when he finished it. Read this Dilbert comic to find out why:


Ask Our Readers - Best way to upgrade domain PCs to Windows 10?

Mark, a Network Administrator for a charitable organization based in the UK, asked us to direct the following question to our newsletter readers:

Thanks for the discussions and contributions about the Windows 10 upgrade. I would like to know if there is a recommended procedure for upgrading machines that are in a domain environment. I've spent some time searching and can see many forum posts and articles about this but they can be contradictory. Some say you need to remove the client from the domain before upgrading, others say an in-place upgrade while the PC is a part of the domain is fine, some recommend using the update notification while others recommend using the ISO.

This begs two questions - is the procedure for domain vs workgroup clients different? And, is there a definitive upgrade procedure from Microsoft for clients that are connected to a domain? Or, is it simply a case of 'one size fits all'? We use WSUS here (35 clients, 4 servers), and to be honest I would rather use a tried and tested procedure delivered via WSUS that I can approve when ready (i.e. machines are updated, drivers are compatible etc.), and that can be deployed overnight as opposed to manually upgrading the clients one by one and the associated downtime that will involve.

Do you or any of your subscribers have experience with this? The newsletters are great! Keep 'em coming.

Email us at wsn@mtit.com if you have any experience from your own Windows 10 deployments that might help this reader and share your expertise with our community of almost 100,000 IT pros worldwide.

Ask Our Readers - Servers and workstations missing from Explorer

Kevin an IT Manager from Australia has been experiencing an annoyance associated with how certain servers and workstations are not being displayed under Network in Windows Explorer on Windows 10:

Like many small business users, our company has delayed migrating to Windows 10.  Our strategy for migrating to a new operating system is to allow other businesses with greater resources to uncover the potential issues, thus avoiding unnecessary headaches.  However, all of the new workstations / laptops are now shipping with Win 10, so with the most recent purchase, now was the time to see if Win 10 would meet our needs.

Happily, all of our applications and peripherals work well with Win 10, HOWEVER ………  We have one annoyance, which from a bit of web searching, seems to be affecting many users.

In Windows Explorer, under Network, I am seeing most network attached computers, except for our servers and a few random PC's.

On the Win 10 laptop, I can successfully create mappings directly to shares on these servers (I can also do the same on the ancillary PC's if they have shares available), and I can also add a network location direct to any of the shares.

Even after creating  such mappings / links, the servers ( and a few of the PC's) still do not appear under the Network heading in Windows Explorer.  In Win 7 / 8 / 8.1 all of them appear under Network.

Does anyone have any idea why servers would not appear under Network on the Win 10 machine, but are visible on any of the earlier operating systems?

This annoyance is not a deal breaker, but it does mean that additional steps are required in order to identify the shares if you're not sure of their names.

Off the top of my head I would check whether Network Discovery is enabled on the computers that aren't visible in Explorer:


Also check the firewall settings on those machines to see whether it might be blocking the ports needed for Network Discovery:


If any other readers have experienced this issue and have found a resolution, let us know by emailing us at wsn@mtit.com

Ask Our Readers - How to index file shares

Tom sent us the following request for help:

I've got one that I thought would be easy, but seems to be tricky. My organization is interested in having the ability to index file shares on our Windows 2012 file server. Aside from implementing a document management system I wondered if the community had any suggestions on achieving this?

Any readers got suggestions? Email us at wsn@mtit.com

Ask Our Readers: WServerNews has almost 100,000 subscribers worldwide. That's a lot of expertise to tap into. Do you need help with some issue or need advice on something IT-related? Got a question you'd like us to toss out to our readers to try and answer? Email us at wsn@mtit.com

From the Mailbag

Lots of feedback from last week's Issue #1065 Small business alert concerning Windows 10. Our mailbag contains a short sampling for your enjoyment, plus there's more reader feedback in the sections that follow the book review in this issue.

Rich emailed us with an idea about what else could be done with all those old Windows XP PCs out there that are currently destined for the recycle depot:

Perhaps what's needed is a central distribution site for all those perfectly good XP machines that have been phased out because they won't run 7 or higher well (usually due to max ram on mbd, 1-2G) that folks who need XP, like the gov't, and that dentist, can purchase. I have several really nice Dell's that there's absolutely nothing wrong with and have or take 2G of ram, plenty for a nice, fast, stable XP system that I'd love to get somewhere they'll be put to use vs. just recycled.

Hey, sounds like an great idea for a new business venture. Any intrepid entrepreneurs out there? :-)

Greg who works at an American university expresses what may be a legitimate concern about Windows 10:

In this issue a reader named Bill, said: "...They are pushing windows 10 so hard, one MUST believe they are going to start charging a subscription fee for it." With no future versions (i.e., no Windows 11), how else does MS plan to make money off of Windows other than to start charging for a subscription?

This is the main reason that I and several others have avoided upgrading to Win10 (and the new Adobe Photoshop and other software that we wouldn't own but lease [?] because the product is loaded off the cloud). Has MS (or anyone else, for that matter) said they will not suddenly blackmail us?  I'm not particularly interested in "purchasing" a product that could suddenly become ransomware.

I worry too about the latest generation of software products basically being "bait and switch" offers, but vendor lock-in is probably as old a racket as the pyramids...

James who works for a sports equipment company in Kansas City USA reported an interesting networking issue that affected his Windows 7 to 8/10 upgrades:

My issue with a Windows 8/10 upgrade was on the networking side. I had been using a Linksys RV082 dual wan router for about 5 years. Connected machines were a mix of XP and Windows 7. After setting up a Windows 8 machine, I just could not get it to connect reliably, and even when it did, not at anything near the full connection speed. In kind of a desperate measure, I replaced the Linksys with a Cisco RV320, a current version of the RV082. Boom. Everything on the network connects faster. Windows 8 ( and then 10) connected fine. I am even getting download speed tests hitting 70 Mbps from my 30 Mbps synchronous Internet connection.

I wonder what changed with networking in Windows 8 that caused this issue? If any readers have any ideas or have experienced something similar, email us at wsn@mtit.com

And now let's move on to the main topic of this issue...

Book Review: Deployment Fundamentals Volume 6

Mikael and Johan have now written six books about Windows deployment and this new one focuses on deploying Windows 10 using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) Update 2 (version 6.3.8330). This newest version of MDT supports deployment of both the current and long-term servicing branches of windows 10, and it also supports integration with version 1511 of the current branch of System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) for performing ZTI and UDI deployments. While ConfigMgr is the recommended approach for large and medium enterprise deployments, smaller organizations can utilize MDT alone for deploying Windows 10 and such organizations are likely to benefit most from reading this book although MDT is also the go-to tool for building Windows images for ConfigMgr deployments.

Basically, if there's any one resource you should have for planning, testing and implementing Windows 10 deployment in your organization, this new book is it. The book not only includes a detailed overview of deployment tools and concepts, it also provides step-by-step walkthroughs for preparing Windows 10 deployment infrastructures for test and production environments, building and customizing reference images, and implementing different deployment scenarios including new computer, in-place upgrade, computer refresh, and computer replace scenarios. The book also shows you step by step how to enable BitLocker, prestage computer accounts, and ensure computer objects get placed in the appropriate organizational units (OUs) during deployment. There's a chapter on how to write PowerShell scripts for customizing deployments, and even a short chapter on deploying Office 2016 to customize and manage Click-to-Run deployments. The book finishes off with several appendices including one that walks you through using the Hydration Kit for building a proof-of-concept (PoC) deployment that lets you do a fully automated build of an entire lab environment for testing and learning how to deploy Windows 10 using MDT.

In short, the book is packed full of step-by-step walkthroughs and procedures you can follow, use and customize to learn, use and master the A to Z of deploying Windows 10 using MDT. Everything is easy to read and follow, and all you will need is a single Hyper-V or VMware host sever with 16 GB of RAM in order to build a replica of the book's deployment infrastructure using virtual machines.

I highly recommend this book as something that every IT pro should have on his or her bookshelf. You can purchase it on Amazon in either paperback or kindle format:


I'll also be interviewing Mikael and Johan in an article on WindowsNetworking.com to pick their brains on several deployment questions that came to mind as I was reading their book. In a future issue of this newsletter I'll announce when the interview goes live, or you can simply keep watch on my section on WindowsNetworking.com which can be found here:


About Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark is a consultant, author, speaker and all-around geek specializing in Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions. Johan speaks at several conferences each year, including MMS and TechEd around the world. He is also actively involved in deployment communities like deploymentresearch.com and myitforum.com, and he has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Setup & Deployment. Johan's MVP profile can be found here:


and his LinkedIn profile is here:


Be sure also to check out his blog Deployment Research and the free tutorials on his YouTube channel which are both listed in the Summary on his LinkedIn page.

About Mikael Nystrom

Mikael has been working in the IT industry before it even became an industry. His focus is OS Deployment, System Center, Datacenter, Virtualization and management. Mikael has been involved in several TAP's, latley it has been  Windows Server 2012 R2,  Windows 8,1 and System Center 2012 R2. Mikael works as a Consultant,Speaker and Trainer with the world as his backyard. Michael's MVP profile can be found here:


and his LinkedIn profile is here:


Windows 10 really falls down on fat images

A reader named Rob from Canada observed that building and maintaining fat images for deploying Windows 10 using MDT may be a lot harder than with previous versions of Windows:

After reading a number of back and forth comments on Windows 10 and its deployment I thought I would bring up two points.  First of all there is a big difference between a stand-alone Windows 10 machine being used in a home or small business environment and one being used in a domain joined,  GPO enabled,  several thousand computer environment with over 100 applications pre-installed and numerous specialized applications deployed in other random areas.   The second point is the usage of MDT/Powershell

I run Windows 10 on my home PC and think it's great and have had no issues with it.  However at work it is a different story.  In our environment we have multiple images than need to be multicast onto several thousand computers with over a hundred applications installed into the image.  Half of these applications are old legacy applications have ancient installers that cannot be automated with MDT/SCCM/Powershell etc and must be built into a fat image.  The applications and versions used are dictated by the customer and are not negotiable.   This is the scenario where Windows 10 really falls down due to the way it handles the LTSB and SysPrep process (which requires from scratch rebuilds) and other home user friendly functionality they built in.

Aside from the forced windows updates they really hit the mark for home users finally giving a progression path from Windows 7.  However for large scale,  multi app environments they have a lot of work left to do.

Do any other readers have comments or suggestions concerning this? It's definitely something we need to investigate either in this newsletter or for an article on WindowsNetworking.com. I'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, send us your feedback on this issue to wsn@mtit.com

Windows 10 is killing my bandwidth!

Don from Central Queensland, Australia wrote to us to say that Microsoft seems to have overlooked one important thing with their new Windows-as-a-Service model for Windows 10:

I'm a long time reader of your newsletters from Central Queensland, Australia (Wserver News and its' predecessors - earliest I can find is NT Tools Vol. 4, #20 - September 12, 1999 ;-)  I am also one of those so-called "oldies" and have just retired from the position of IT manager for a reasonably large Medical Practice -14 doctors, 10 or so other medical professionals and their associated support staff (3 servers running Server 2012 R2 and 40 odd workstations running Win7 Pro).

However this letter does not concern that, but rather my home network -- One server ( Server 2012 R2), two desktops (now Win10 Pro) an 8" notebook (Win 10 Pro x86) a 10" Tablet (also Win10 x86) and a NAS box (Server 2012 R2) to handle archiving and backups for the whole caboodle.  And, being an "early adopter", a few VM's that I used for trialling various pre-release versions of Win10.  As you can see, there has been plenty of upgrading/updating happening since the first release of the new OS, and particularly since July last year.

One of the things MS seems to have missed in all this excitement, is that their antics of providing live updates/upgrades is killing the bandwidth of those folks who are forced to use metered connections.  I know that I can tell a Win10 device that it is using a metered connection -- but only if it's WiFi.  And that's fine if I have a USB dongle plugged directly into my system.  Where I live, I have no alternate connection option apart  from what our telco's call " Wireless Broadband" here in Australia, other that via satellite, as I am too far from the phone exchange for ADSL, and cable/fibre is decades away at best.

My network uses a router that is capable of interfacing with a USB 4G dongle, connecting and then sharing its data with my whole network via ethernet -- still a metered connection, but as far as my devices are concerned, they are on a non-metered connection, and I can't tell them otherwise.  But wow -- my data usage since July last year (when control over updating other than deferment was removed) has been horrendous -- even with restricting my upgrades to my local network, it seems MS thinks nothing of poking a 3-4 Gb download to my desktop overnight, and then doing the same for another desktop and then to my tablet and then to …  and then casually repeating the process with the Threshold 2 upgrade.  Was the  massive re-download of the whole OS really necessary then?  Can anybody actually prove that local upgrade sharing really works?

Seems to me that it would have been cheaper for me to wait, and then go buy a new copy of the OS when finalized, as I calculate that it has already cost me more than that in extra data charges.

Other than that gripe, I have really had no issues with migration from Win7 to Win 10, on my machines, and on a few friends/neighbours and relatives, with the exception of a single notebook machine -- and it turned out to be a faulty hard drive anyway -- hardly the fault of Win10 -- but at least was detected during the process thereby avoiding a potential later disaster.

Thanks for the great work with the newsletter -- I continue to look forward to it each week.

That's a very interesting issue! I wonder how many other readers are facing a similar problem with Windows 10 on metered wireless broadband networks? Email us at wsn@mtit.com

Windows 10 v.1511 breaking the Essentials connector

Mark the principal of a company that provides IT services, support and training in San Diego, California USA, emailed us about an issue with the Windows 10 November Update that may affect future updates of Windows 10:

I'm catching up on back issues of WServerNews.  You've been dealing with Windows 10 a lot, but one thing I don't recall seeing is a warning about the 1511 upgrade breaking (uninstalling) the Essentials connector.  I blogged about this back in November:


Microsoft has recently published additional info on the issue:


Until this is fixed, every time there is a Windows 10 upgrade (quarterly now?), the connector will need to be re-installed.

If any other readers have any comments or suggestions concerning this issue you can email us at wsn@mtit.com

More on the need to keep legacy Windows alive

Several readers in the last few issues have mentioned the particular problems they face that are blocking them from upgrading to Windows 10 mostly in industrial environments. This week a few more of our readers readers added their own thoughts on this topic. To begin, Charlie from Alberta, Canada said:

You can add me to the list of people who need to keep an old system going. I do engraving and my machine is over twenty years old. It has an ISA card as its computer interface -- this bad boy must be a foot long and has over fifty chips on it! So, I'm restricted to a computer that can accommodate that monster of an interface. It's installed in a Compaq Deskpro that ran Windows 98SE until about five years ago when the engraving software updates no longer supported Win98 and I was forced to upgrade to Windows 2000 (yeah, I can hear everyone laughing at the idea of 'upgrading' to Win2K in 2011).

Since the engraving I do doesn't generate a ton of revenue, we've just left it at that since we can't justify spending tens of thousands of dollars to buy new engraving equipment that would work with a modern computer system. Like so many others, I haven't much choice but to keep this old workhorse trotting along.

Next up is Brian, an IT Manager in Arkansas USA who has a different problem that requires keeping legacy systems up and running:

Just saw the request for stories about non-industrial companies that need to keep XP running. We have to keep a couple of virtual XP machines running in our Hyper-V cluster, not because of on-site system requirements, but because of a business partner's extranet system which only supports IE 8. Since all of our Win 7 systems came with IE 9 or later installed, when we updated desktops to 7 about 4 years ago we discovered the incompatibility. The most ironic thing is, this customer is a major US retailer who sells computers in the electronics section of their stores. And the very computers they sell would not work properly with their extranet site, because they don't support newer browsers (even in compatibility mode)!

John who is a Microsoft Partner and assists small businesses with their automation requirements offered the following observation:

In your newsletter you mentioned Last week in Issue #1064 More reader feedback on Windows 10 deployment we included some comments from a reader named Tony from Australia on the topic "Working with Windows in industrial environments". A reader named Nat who works as a Computer Systems Consultant in North Carolina, USA.

As a former Microsoft Windows Embedded MVP (2000-2003) I suspect what many of these users are encountering is actually Windows XP Embedded:


not more widely distributed OEM and consumer versions of Windows XP.  Microsoft Windows XP Embedded is the successor to Windows NT Embedded 4.0. Based on the same binary files as Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Embedded enabled you to rapidly develop reliable and full-featured connected devices. These embedded operating system was widely used by manufactures in the networking, manufacturing, financial, communications, and defense industries during the early 2000's to develop and deploy embedded systems.  Unlike normal consumer devices these embedded devices were configured using a Target Designer (or Platform Builder depending on the version) to select the operating system and application components that the final deployed devices would require to operate.  Once the target device configuration was finished and tested it was sealed (locked) to prevent further change to the deployed operating system/application image.  These sealed images were installed on the devices that were then manufactured and distributed by the OEMs.  The only way to upgrade the majority of the installed XP Embedded images in distributed devices was to generate a new image using the Target Design tool, test it, seal it, then physically take it to each of the devices that were to be upgraded, and copy it on to the device.

When Microsoft announced End of Life for Windows XP Professional in April 2013 there were a lot of questions about the impact on Windows XP Embedded.  Probably the best remain article on that topic is Dave Massy's 17 Feb 2014 MSDN Blogs "What does the end of support of Windows XP mean for Windows Embedded?":


John also kindly offered us the following words of praise concerning WServerNews:

After over a decade and a half WServerNews continues to be one of the publication I recommend to network administrators as well as system administrator who have any Microsoft products in their enterprise.

PLEASE TELL OTHERS about WServerNews like John has been doing, and tell them they can subscribe to our newsletter here:


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Is it time to move on and welcome our new Windows 10 overlords?

Finally, several readers emailed us to suggest that it's time for readers to bite the bullet and consider upgrading their Windows 7 machines to Windows 10. For example John, a Senior Analyst and Programmer working in London UK commented:

I've been reading your Windows 10 posts with some amusement: there seem to be an awful lot of people out there who quite strongly don't want Windows 10!

First off, with regard to the comment about domain joined PCs: this is exactly my situation. I was running Windows 8.1 Pro on a domain joined PC and I didn't get the Windows 10 icon. In the end I had to run the upgrade tool. The same happened when release 1511 came out and I eventually ran a manual upgrade again. Although this is a domain joined computer I and my fellow programmers in the IT team have very few settings locked down. I've had a good poke around the registry and policy editor and can see nothing that would prevent me getting those updates so I've had to conclude that it's because it's a domain joined PC -- unless you know different?

Secondly, for those who are sticking with Windows 7: I really would urge you all to seriously consider upgrading. For many there will be good reason for holding off but for many others there just seems to be an antipathy towards Windows 10 that doesn't really make sense to me. It's faster in every respect, runs practically everything that ran on Windows 7 but, more significantly, it's a lot more secure. If you really want your old start menu back there are packages out there that will give it to you, such as Start10 from Stardock. Personally I fell the old Start Menu had long since ceased to be useful due to the sheer quantity of software that gets installed on modern computers and I welcomed even the annoying Windows 8 start screen with some relief. So for those who are reluctant lose the start menu can I suggest taking a while to get familiar with the new start screen and how to organize it: I think you'll find it worthwhile.

You can find a link to Stardock's Start10 in the Admin Tools section of this issue of WServerNews.

Finally, reader Lee Ann wrote to us rather strongly as follows:

I have always enjoyed your newsletter but given the last few issues I have one comment.

Can we please stop the constant bitching about Windows 10 and produce some useful content?

An immutable fact of life is things change.  It does not matter if the topic is computers, cars, copiers, or anything else that starts with a 'c' (or any other letter) what we buy and use today will be different than what we buy and use next year.  Laptops don't come with serial ports anymore, buy a USB to COM port adapter and get over it.  Someone has equipment controlled by software running under XP.  No problem.  Leave it in service (maybe clone the drive to have a backup), take away Internet access, and buy spare parts off eBay if something breaks.  The simple fact is Windows 10 is MUCH better than any previous version of Windows (although 7 was damn good).  It is not perfect but nothing is.  The only way it will get better is through use and valuable feedback.

P.S. I have installed Windows 10 on about 20 different desktops/laptops from different vendors and had very little or no issues with the upgrade and EVERY user has loved the upgrade.

P.P.S. Have you noticed the new editor in Windows 10 for system variables like Path?  It is much better than trying to modify the one long string.

All we can say is, Thanks for the feedback!

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Quote of the Week 

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself." --Groucho Marx

Until next week,
Mitch Tulloch

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VDI - Troubleshooting Slow Logons via PowerShell

The Citrix Blogs has a post by Niron Koren that explains how to use a PowerShell script to enable Citrix and Windows admins to better troubleshoot slow logons:


Deployment - Have ConfigMgr send an email after deployment (including log parsing)

Johan Arwidmark has a helpful tip on his blog Deployment Research where he lists a script that can be used on ConfigMgr v1511 to send an email when deployment is finished and also parse the log files for warnings and errors and include them in the email:


ConfigMgr - Remove Administrative Users

Here's a tip from Matt Tinney on how to remove administrative users from SCCM:

import-module "C:\Program Files (x86)\ConfigMgr\bin\ConfigurationManager.psd1"

cd <site code>:

$users = (Get-CMAdministrativeUser | Where-Object -FilterScript {$_.logonname -like "<user/group name"}).LogonName

ForEach ($user in $users) {

Remove-CMAdministrativeUser -name $user -force

write-host "removed $user" }

Be sure to put in your site code on line 2, and give line 4 a user or group name to remove. This is set up with a “like”, so if there’s a naming scheme, you can remove batch users at one time.

Matt Tinney is CEO and founder of Windows Management Experts (WME) a leader in Microsoft System Center technologies that helps customers reduce IT operations cost through services and solutions:


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Taking Control of VM Sprawl (Part 11) (VirtualizationAdmin.com)


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Insider threats: Trust and negligence can be recipe for disaster (WindowSecurity.com)

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Windows Server

Deploying Nano Server in Windows Server 10 Technical Preview 2 (VirtualizationAdmin.com)

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One Of The Most Unusual Airplanes Of All Time - The Ekranoplan

One of the most unusual aircrafts of all time, the Sovjet-built 'Ekranoplan' can carry 50% more weight than a conventional plane and uses half the fuel to do so:


The World's Smartest Mini Horse

Nugget, The World's Smartest Mini Horse, is apparently a mathematical genius:


Elvis Presley Sings "Wooden Heart" With A Puppet In "GI Blues"

Elvis plays a specialist in the Army who is stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.  While out together with his friend Lili, they stumble across a puppet show:


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Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.