Vol. 22, #34 - August 21, 2017 - Issue #1145
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This week's newsletter is all about pain vs. gain when it comes to licensing Windows 10 with a special emphasis on small businesses. We also have tips and tools for you to peruse, and I offer a tip in our IT Pro Fitness Corner on how you might avoid getting a hernia or throwing your back out when you do weightlifting exercises. Plus we have all the usual other stuff you look for each week in Your Favorite Newsletter.
Surprisingly, when I search the Dilbert site for the word "hernia" it comes up empty. Doesn't Dilbert ever exercise? I mean, the guy clearly is a bit on the pudgy side, something that's common with that species known as The Male Engineer. Maybe he gets some special belly exercises to relax and strengthen his core muscles the way Catbert did from Tina in the following comic strip (Warning! Suggestive content):
Recently in the latest issue of Redmond Magazine there was an article by Ed Bott that caught my attention:
Windows Enterprise Subscriptions Give Small Businesses Headaches
The subtitle of the article says that "The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be packed with the kind of security features that could really help small businesses, but they'll have to become enterprise customers." The new (or improved) security features Bott is referring to are Windows Defender Exploit Guard, Windows Defender Application Guard, Windows Defender Device Guard, and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). Ed then goes on to say that if you're a business customer who is running Windows 10 Pro then you're out of luck--these new/improved security features will only be available for customers who are running the Enterprise edition of Windows 10.
Now I know a number of small business over the years who have decided to go with Pro over Enterprise versions of Microsoft Windows, the reason simply being that it's easier for them to purchase retail copies of Windows when they need them instead of signing up with Microsoft's volume licensing program which until Windows 10 had been targeted towards large enterprises. Volume licensing pretty much seems like overkill for small businesses who only need a dozen or so copies of Windows. Small businesses also generally don't really need those enterprise-level extra bells and whistles like the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for Software Assurance which is available as a free download from the Microsoft Volume Licensing website (MVLS) for volume-licensed customers who may need it. And finally, I think smaller businesses in general tend to be leery about signing anything with a company the size of Microsoft as it usually requires pricking their finger to draw forth some blood.
What's really interesting though is how Ed digs a bit deeper into Windows 10 licensing in his article and points out that unlike previous versions of Windows, getting the Enterprise edition of Windows 10 no longer requires entering into a volume licensing agreement with Microsoft. Instead you can now purchase Windows 10 Enterprise on an as-needed basis one license at a time--but not from Microsoft.
What?? I can buy an Office 365 subscription directly from Microsoft. I can also buy a Microsoft Azure subscription directly from Microsoft. But I can't buy a copy of Windows 10 Enterprise from Microsoft??
Yes that's right. If you want to buy one or more licenses for Windows 10 Enterprise for your small business, you need to purchase these from a Microsoft Certified Partner--you can't purchase them from Microsoft itself. Now from the point of view of keeping your Partner Network happy, I can understand this decision from Microsoft's point of view. But as Ed describes from his own experience trying to buy a single license for Windows 10 Enterprise from a well-known Microsoft Certified Partner, it can often be painful and frustrating from the small business customer's point of view. So while small businesses can provision new Microsoft cloud services "at the speed of the cloud" this unfortunately doesn't seem to be true as far as provisioning new installations of Windows 10 Enterprise are concerned.
Unless of course you slice off the end of your finger and smear it on that piece of parchment you downloaded from the Microsoft Volume Licensing website. This approach may cost more for your small business but at least it won't leave you waiting for your Partner to give you what you paid them for.
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Just when you start debating about whether to replace your Windows 10 Pro installations with Windows 10 Enterprise in order to take advance of the new security features coming in Enterprise edition, Microsoft jumps in to muddy the waters even further by announcing a new edition of Windows 10 that will soon be delivered as part of their Fall Creators Update. The new edition is called Windows 10 Pro for Workstations and it will be a high-end version of Windows 10 Pro that's designed for high-performance hardware. Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will also include faster file sharing, persistent memory, and the Resilient File System (ReFS). You can read more about it here:
But will it include those extra security features that Enterprise edition will have? Not that I am aware of--maybe Microsoft will release a Windows 10 Enterprise for Workstations edition soon as well. Who knows?
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Microsoft Tech Community: Windows 10 Security
Got questions or concerns you want to discuss with your peers about Windows 10 security features? Start a new thread in the Windows 10 Security forum of the Microsoft Tech Community:
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Plyometrics and core strength (Your Editor)
I like doing explosive (plyometric) exercises from time to time in my workouts. For example I might grab a pair of 30 lb dumbbells, bend over, and do lateral raises really fast repeatedly until my arms feel like they're ready to fly out of my shoulder sockets. I also like picking up 40 lb dumbbells and doing close upright rows with them explosively until my traps and rhomboids feel like they're ready to rip my spine apart.
Fortunately I've found an answer that works for me at least, and that's to take preventative action by strengthening my core muscles and keeping my core as tight as possible while performing these exercises. Keeping a tight core when I do anything plyometric seems to offer me greater reassurance of stability which translates into greater control despite the relatively uncontrolled nature of performing plyometric exercises.
And as for exercises for general strengthening of your core muscles, by far the best program I've found for developing strong core muscles is the one Paul Collins outlines in his terrific book called Core Strength which is available in Kindle edition from Amazon here:
What do you do to keep your core musculature strong and stable? Email me at email@example.com with your tips.
Disclaimer: I'm not a certified fitness professional or nutritionist so take any suggestions made here "as is" with a grain of salt and a heaping supply of your own judgment. Help other readers of this newsletter lose weight and get fit by sending your own weightloss and/or fitness tips to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week's factoid and question was this:
LED light bulbs may cause headaches in some individuals. What are your own feelings about LED lighting? Have you experienced anything negative when using LED light bulbs instead of incandescent ones? Do you have any health concerns about using them in your home or workplace?
Unfortunately that question seems to have left everyone in the dark, so let's move on to this week's factoid:
Question: Do you think it's a good idea for cities to spend money on modifying their transportation infrastructures to make them more bike-friendly? Personally I feel somewhat ambivalent about this issue which is something that's happening right now on a main road near where we live here in Winnipeg, Canada. On the one hand I think it's great that people who want to cycle to work or school will be able to do so with less worries about getting sideswiped by a careless automobile driver. On the other hand however, the amount of money it takes our city to rip up roads so they can widen them to add a bike lane is enormous if you measure it by the number of people who will actually be using these bike lines. So instead of my property taxes going to filling potholes and killing mosquitos, a good chunk of it is going to building something that only a miniscule percentage of our citizens will be using. Is that fair? I don't know--as I said I feel ambivalent about this--but I'd be interested in hearing what other WServerNews readers think about this matter.
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Until next week,
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Azure Managed Applications now available in Marketplace, Service Catalog
Azure Managed Applications allows vendors to sell infrastructure and software through the Marketplace and also provide support to Azure customers.
Google-Nutanix partnership adds benefits to hybrid cloud deployments
A new linkup between Google and Nutanix offers great benefits for enterprises with hybrid cloud deployments. Here's more on the Google-Nutanix partnership.
Tightening up Windows 10 security settings
Windows 10 security settings are strong out of the box. But there are a few things that might poke a hole in that veil. Here's how to boost your security.
Taking Microsoft Planner for a spin in an Agile environment
More and more businesses are adopting Agile planning for small and medium-size projects. That is where Microsoft Planner comes in.
New possibilities for hybrid cloud environments: Microsoft Azure Stack is ready to order
Finally out of technical preview, Microsoft Azure Stack is ready to order. The tool can unlock new possibilities for hybrid cloud environments.
Moving from Exchange 2010 to Office 365 Part II
Choosing the right sign-in option to connect to Azure AD & Office 365
From the blog of Samuel Devasahayam
How to create an profile that uses MAPI/HTTP in Outlook 2013
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Assigning Office 365 Licenses Automatically
From the Ask PFE Platforms blog
Apple WWDC 2017: Here are the enterprise management updates for iOS 11
iOS 11 has some great new mobile device management features. Inside you'll find a list of some of those features as well as the news from Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference this year.
How to approach and resolve Windows 10 update problems
Windows 10 update problems are relatively common. When users run into these problems, admins must identify the causes, which can include connectivity disruptions and mishaps with the System Reserved partition. Find out how to resolve these problems here!
IT copes with changing identity management market
Identity and access management tools are critical today, as companies seek ways to handle users' distributed resources. IT shops have tough choices in an evolving market and must consider the pros and cons of choosing small, stand-alone providers versus larger vendors.
Innovation lowers converged and hyper-converged infrastructure costs
Thanks to the ever-shrinking cost of all-flash storage and hardware-accelerated graphics, converged and hyper-converged infrastructures are a mainstay in the VDI conversation.
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WServerNews - Editors
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 7www.mtit.com.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
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.