Vol. 20, #39 - September 28, 2015 - Issue #1049

3am tech support

  1. Editor's Corner
    • 3am tech support
    • Ask Our Readers - Opening Office 2010 documents after upgrading to Windows 10
    • Ask Our Readers - Roaming profiles in Windows 10
    • From the Mailbag
    • Windows 10 support policy
    • MDT 2013 Update 1 re-released
    • What’s New In Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3
    • Tech Support Through The Ages
    • 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
    • PowerShell - Auditing Group Policy links
    • Windows - Monitoring a folder for files
    • Office - Best keyboard shortcuts
  4. Events Calendar
    • North America
  5. Tech Briefing
    • Enterprise IT
    • Exchange & Office
    • Hyper-V
    • PowerShell
    • Windows Server
  6. Recommended TechGenix Articles
    • Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
  7. Windows Server News
    • Cloud lock-in continues to creep into enterprise IT
    • Does your server vendor matter anymore?
    • Safeguard your VDI environment against malware
    • Using VMware Converter to preserve Windows 2003
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Editor's Corner

Last week I experienced a laptop catastrophe (cracked screen) which necessitated buying a new laptop pronto. I had originally planned on waiting until around Christmas when juicier deals might be offered and a lot more laptops with Windows 10 preinstalled would be available--and hopefully some of the bugs in the initial release of Windows 10 would have been shaken out. Unfortunately however necessity demanded that I replace my dead laptop right away, so after some quick research I decided to buy a 17 inch HP Envy Notebook with Windows 8.1 preinstalled:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/jos5v6kv/

Nice machine! But since I'm not a big fan (to say the least) of Windows 8.1, I decided to take the plunge and try upgrading the machine to Windows 10 even though I personally feel Windows 10 isn't quite ready for prime time yet and even though the laptop would also be one of my main work machines (which meant it needed to work).

My biggest mistake was underestimating the amount of time it would take to upgrade the system. I started off by researching the HP Customer Support website for some guidance on upgrading the machine and found this:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/5g3o1va3/

Based on the information found here I decided upon the following strategy for performing my upgrade:

  1. Run Windows Update to fully patch Windows 8.1.
  2. Update the laptop's BIOS if needed.
  3. Uninstall preinstalled crapware.
  4. Update the device drivers if needed.
  5. Use the HP System Recovery utility to create a USB Recovery Drive.
  6. Perform the operating system upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
  7. Check whether Windows 10 activation has been successful.
  8. Run Windows Update to fully patch Windows 10.
  9. Update the laptop's BIOS again if needed.
  10. Update the device drivers again if needed.
  11. Test everything to make sure it works.

Here's how it went...

Friday

Right off the bat the first step in this process threw me for a curve--Windows Update showed that there were over 150 updates (totaling more than 2 GB!) that had to be downloaded and installed on the machine--yikes! Needless to say updating Windows 8.1 took several hours and involved multiple reboots, and when dinnertime arrived I still had a couple of final updates that were waiting to be installed. The moral here is clearly not to begin a system upgrade on a Friday afternoon.

Anyways, after dinner followed by a late movie I had trouble sleeping so I spent a few hours catching up on some work. At around 3 am I still felt I had some gas left in the tank so I decided to see if I could finish off steps 2-4 which would leave me ready to upgrade the OS in the morning. So I read through this page on how to flash the BIOS on the machine:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/n0newkg4/

I checked to see whether there was a newer BIOS version available for my machine but the information provided by the HP Support Assistant utility wasn't clear (or maybe I was just tired and couldn't think straight) so I decided to open a chat window with HP Customer Support and ask a simple question: "Can you please check your support database and let me know what the latest BIOS version is for my laptop?" This led to an interesting chat session which reconstructed from memory went something like this:

Support technician: Hello, how can I help you?

Me: Can you please check your support database and let me know what the latest BIOS version is for my laptop?

Support technician: Certainly, I can help you with that. What is your product number?

Me: It's <string>.

Support technician: That's not correct.

Me: But when I press the FN + ESC keys the HP System Info window opens and that's what it shows there.

Support technician: That's not correct. Please do <complex series of steps> and let me know the result.

Me: OK I now see <string with fewer characters>

Support technician: Thanks. OK how can I help you?

Me: Can you please check your support database and let me know what the latest BIOS version is for my laptop?

Support technician: Yes I can do that, it will take me a few minutes...

Me: <waits>

Support technician: Can I please have your permission to take control of your system?

Me: Why?

Support technician: So I can perform the BIOS upgrade for you.

Me: Uhhh, no. If something goes wrong my system will be bricked. I'd prefer to flash the BIOS myself by following the instructions on your website.

Support technician: OK how can I help you?

Me: I need to know whether my system has the latest BIOS or whether there is a newer version available.

Support technician: I can help you with that. Can I have your permission to take control of your system?

Me: No, could you please just tell me how to determine this?

Support technician: OK. Open the following web page and <perform a series of steps to find the info which is hidden somewhere on the page>

Me: OK it looks like <string> is the latest BIOS that is available for this machine, is that correct?

Support technician: Yes.

Me: Thanks, I can handle it from here onwards.

Support technician: I can install the new BIOS version on your system if you like.

Me: No thank you, I can handle things from here.

Support technician: I'd be happy to upgrade the BIOS for you.

Me: No thank you!

Support technician: OK...can we consider this support session completed?

Me: Yes. Thank you. Goodbye. <disconnect>

By this time I was feeling somewhat stressed over the support technician's constant insistence on trying to help, so I decided to head off to bed and finish the upgrade on Saturday.

Saturday

Upgraded machine to latest BIOS version--success!

Upgraded one device driver using HP Support Assistant utility--no problem.

Uninstall MacAfee and other preinstalled software that I didn't want or need on my machine--done. 

Need next to create an HP USB Recovery Drive in case things go south upgrading to Windows 10. Rats, no spare 32 GB flash drive in my drawer. Ran down to Circuit City and bought one from an overly-helpful sales associate who pointed out to me that the one I had chosen was three times the price of the el cheapo ones in the fishbowl beside the cash register. Thank you!

OK now it's time to upgrade the operating system from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Opened Windows Update and found Upgrade To Windows 10 displayed so clicked Get Started to start downloading the update for Windows 10. I knew this would take awhile so I attended a scheduled meeting. When I came back from the meeting I checked Windows Update and it said the update was installing, so I went out for a coffee.

When I came back I saw that my laptop was showing a logon screen that looked suspiciously like Windows 8.1, hmm. Logged on and checked the installed updates on Windows Update and found that the update to Windows 10 had failed. Looked up the error code (sorry, forgot to write it down) on several tech sites and found a few instances of users experiencing similar failures but no info on how to resolve, so I went back to the HP Customer Support page and read it again and found this which I had overlooked before:

Update your antivirus software and the antivirus definitions before upgrading to Windows 10. Set the antivirus application to update automatically. Go to the antivirus software manufacturer website for more information.

I wondered if perhaps I should have disabled the antivirus program on my machine before attempting the upgrade? So I turned off Windows Defender and then opened Windows Update, selected Upgrade To Windows 10 and clicked Get Started once again. This caused my machine to begin downloading Windows 10 all over again (sigh) so this time I put the laptop on my desk so I could keep an eye on it while I did some work on my desktop machine.

After a long time the download completed and the update for Windows 10 began to install. This time when the machine rebooted it displayed the message asking whether I wanted to get the upgrade started, so I clicked Accept and the operating system upgrade went smoothly from that point forward--except that it took over an hour. When the upgrade finished I logged on, clicked the Start button and gazed in awestruck wonder at the new Windows 10 start menu.

By this time I had had more than enough for one day so I decided to postpone the final steps until Sunday.

Sunday

On Sunday afternoon I opened my laptop, logged on and verified that Windows 10 had successfully activated. I then ran Windows Update and installed several pending software updates for the new operating system.

Then I opened the HP Support Assistant utility and checked for HP software updates. I discovered there were eight HP software updates needed which included a newer BIOS version, five updated device drivers, and two updated versions of HP software programs. Sigh.

I decided I had better install these one by one in case any of them caused more problems than they fixed for my particular make and model of laptop. So I started with the BIOS update and used the HP Support Assistant to flash the BIOS. When I had booted up to Windows 10 again, I thought maybe I ought to run the HP Support Assistant one more time in case the new BIOS required additional HP software updates. Strangely, this time the HP Support Assistant showed that there were NO more software updates available from HP. So I guess the older BIOS was triggering "false positives" about there being newer device drivers available for Windows 10.

Anyways, that was a relief, so I spent about 15 minutes testing various functionality including sound, display, sleep, etc and everything seemed OK.

So finally I was done. It only took me 3 days to upgrade my new laptop to Windows 10. I'm sure the technicians at the store where I bought it could probably have done it faster, but then I would have missed out on all the fun.

Conclusion

While the bulk of the above story is about upgrading to Windows 10, I do want to give a small word of advice to any support technicians out there who may be reading this issue of WServerNews. My advice is this: don't try too hard to help. The laptop, PC or server you've been asked to provide assistance with is the customer's, not yours. Let the customer determine the pace of the support session, not you. And if any of our readers have any advice of their own that they'd like to offer to support technicians, feel free to email me at [email protected] and we'll share it in the Mailbag of a future issue of this newsletter.

Ask Our Readers - Opening Office 2010 documents after upgrading to Windows 10

In last week's issue a reader named Sam alerted us to the following problem that one of his customers is experiencing after upgrading their computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10:

Customer at a catering company (small business, 15 employees, 1 office computer, 1 laptop) wanted to upgrade to w10 pro. Verified that everything was working OK before the upgrade, performed backup. Upgrade went well but…..

Office 2010 now not opening documents saved and therefore new documents are having to be re-created. All the documents are written and saved in Office and opened fine before the upgrade. With over 100 customers, recreating documents is not easy and there is no previous visible document to use as a reference because office 2010 won't open them. Not all documents are affected just about 30%. Copied the documents from the backup and all the documents open on W7 with office 2010 (used another computer) but not in W10 with office 2010.  Tried repairing Office, look up this issue on the internet, seems to be fairly common with no solution. It really bites.

One reader named Greg has experienced a somewhat similar problem which may or may not be related to what Sam has been experiencing:

I noticed that you have to open the Office application and navigate to the document so that it can be opened from within the application. In my case I had both Office 2007 and 2010 installed in tandem on the system.  I had assumed that the issues were the result of the document extension not being registered.  Since this is a "test" system… I hadn't thought much about it - until I read [Sam's] article.

I asked Greg for further clarification and he replied:

My installation of W10 was an upgrade of a W7 Pro system.  The old system had two versions of Office installed. After the upgrade, I could click on a document and it would launch a version of Office... but the document was blank - just as if I were creating a fresh document.  However, I discovered that I could browse for a document from within (say Word) and could open the document without any issues.  I could use either File -> Open or click into "Recent Documents" within Word and it would successfully open the desired document. Keep in mind that this was an Microsoft Action Pack set-up... which has a slightly different licensing scheme.

If any of you readers have any further insight concerning any of this, feel free to email us at [email protected]

Ask Our Readers - Roaming profiles in Windows 10

Also in the last issue reader Jeffrey Harris asked concerning the following issue he has observed with roaming profiles in Windows 10:

I wanted to solicit feedback from readers whether they have seen any issues with migrating Windows 7 profiles to Windows 10.  I believe that after logging into a Windows 10 system for the first time with a user who has a roaming Windows 7 profile with a .v2 extension, Windows 10 should create a new profile with a .v5 extension, and all of the user's profile settings (application settings, favorites, wallpaper, etc.) except for Start Menu customizations should carry over.  But that is not happening.  In one case, a new roaming profile was created, but no settings were migrated, and in another, the profile folder with a .v5 extension was created, but the user's settings were neither loaded onto the Windows 10 machine (it stated there was an error and loaded a temporary profile), nor written back into the roaming profile folder.

Gene, an Information Systems Manager for a company in Portland, Oregon USA, sent us the following concerning this issue:

Had similar issues with the .V2 folder name not renaming to .V5.  Figured out the it actually does a rename due to a few admin user that had addition rights and the roaming profile folder renamed properly without intervention from .V2 to .V5, other normal domain users failed to get roaming profile and got a TEMP profile.  Simple solution was to manually rename the .V2 profile folder to .V5 and all is well for the normal domain users.  Guessing you could also tweek the profile folder creds to allow the domain user to rename.

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 [email protected]

From the Mailbag

More Windows 10 upgrade stories and questions keep coming into our Mailbag. To start things off, a reader named William sent us the following email in response to Issue #1047 Windows 10 upgrade compatibility:

Your list of how various Windows machines will respond to the W10 upgrade is certainly helpful. Do you have any information/comments on installing W10 on a MacBook Pro running Dual Boot, now running under Windows 7?

If any readers have info concerning please send let us know at [email protected]

Along a similar vein a reader named Richard said:

Nice article! Should point out for those of us using the Mac platform to run Windows 7 - as to upgrading - Apple has released their compatibility list:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/gw8qd6pd/

Unfortunately for me - unless I choose to use something like Parallels or similar, my Mac Pro (the big silver monster) will not run Bootcamp w/Windows 10.

A reader named Gary says he's had a positive experiencing upgrading several machines to Windows 10:

Hi, over the past few weeks done installation of Windows 10 on three home computers. (Not business computer). Operating systems on two laptops were running Windows 8 Pro and the third one, a desktop had Windows 7 Ultimate. Two with Win 8 Pro I updated over a Wireless connection, Took about an hour and fifty minutes,. The other was connect to my wireless router with an Ethernet cable. Win 7 Ultimate took about 1 hour 40. I only have ADSL2 over a Telstra Gateway Wireless Router. Shorty getting fixed Wireless Broadband. (NBN)

Before I did the upgrades to Window 10 I cleaned up all computers with Glary Utilities, Cleanup, and Malawarebytes programs. Then I did backup to an external HD. Things such as, contacts, messages, pictures, video's, Documents, etc.

Had no real trouble with all the Win 10 updates, went quite seamlessly. Only snag I have encountered so far that I am aware of is the following. On the Win 7 Ultimate SATA HD I had a separate partition with around 23GB of the data above which I had saved to the external HD. Win10 seemed to have wiped that off the partition, but was able to put back on the now main HD, from the external HD.

All I can say from my experience of Windows 10 Upgrade is by far the best yet. As with any new System it takes a little of figuring out were some things are, i.e. new set up with the control panel, a few things renamed. But, that's progress one just has to go with the flow. No hesitation at this stage to recommend to other.

On the other hand, a reader named Daphne had a horrendous experience:

I uploaded Windows 10 and lost 20 years of Outlook Express contacts and files. I now cannot use my Deskjet printer. It has not been a good two weeks.

I asked her if she created a recovery disk and perform a full system image backup before upgrading. Her answer may sound naive but it's actually right on the money and the kind of thing Microsoft should have anticipated before offering a free upgrade to Windows 10:

I did not know that I had to do this. I was invited to upgrade and I think the pitfalls and problems should have been mentioned as this has caused such awful problems.

At the very least Microsoft probably should have included a dialog box at the start of the upgrade process that asked "Have you created a system image backup and recovery disk?" and optionally led the user through doing this so they could have a proper backup in case things went really bad during the upgrade. I did point out to her however that if it has been less than 30 days since she upgraded to Windows 10 she might be able to roll back her computer to its previous version of Windows as described in these articles:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/19yqdkgi/

http://www.wservernews.com/go/aznr35x0/

http://www.wservernews.com/go/gm736sxp/

I told her that I didn't know whether this would also restore the contacts and files she had lost but at least she would probably be able to print again.

Jeremy, a VMware Technical Specialist, send us the following upgrade story:

I have a couple of machines on Windows 10 Insider Program and one updates with no issue, the other is having a problem with the latest TH2 release. This won't install and fails during the file copy process, this in itself is not a particular issue, what is though is that every time it fails to install it deletes the downloaded 3.5GB files and then downloads them again to retry the install, only to fail and continuously repeat the cycle. I have an unlimited internet connection so no biggie other than the time taken, but those on a metered connection may find themselves with a big bill if this process is repeated on numerous occasions.

My other issue is that after doing an upgrade there is no easy way to remove the old version of the OS, this functionality is hidden in the disk clean up tool, start it, wait for the scan to complete then select "Clean up system files", wait for the new scan and then go in to the list and select old versions of Windows. A simpler way would be helpful for those less IT literate, especially those on capacity challenged devices like tablets (don't get me started on rip off prices of HDs in tablets, £100 for a 32GB increase?)

A reader named Greg explained why he's holding off deploying Windows 10:

The wide reaching (zero) privacy statement and inability to easily manage privacy settings presents a barrier for me to deploy an otherwise good release. I am basically waiting for a fix that makes it easy for me to proceed… but I wonder what this portends for the next server releases.  I am very concerned about data privacy when data systems used to drive business intelligence are housed externally and privacy statements are just linked documents which can be changed on the fly without any substantive notification.

I happen to be one of those who actually read (on occasion) license agreements and it is astounding what is incorporated.  I have one vendor who stipulates that by installing their product that we provide unspecified power of attorney, full access to our company personnel as well as unrestricted access to our data.  Of course… they better bring a subpoena to make good on most of that still… this same company wants me to route our data through their cloud. I thought Microsoft had more sense.

Personally I think the whole world has gone crazy and has their head in the cloud.

In Issue #1047 Windows 10 upgrade compatibility, we listed some links to where you can find out whether a system can be upgraded to Windows 10 if it was manufactured by Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung or Toshiba. A reader named Ed points out that these manufacturer's lists don't always seem to be accurate:

I think Toshiba left out many systems that might be compatible. For example my T135D-S1324 is not on the list and yet the upgrade seems to have worked completely. No systems of this form are listed at all.  Perhaps they did not want to test this system or other consumer oriented systems.

My guess is that these pages keep getting updated as the manufacturer expands their test matrix.

Finally, a reader named Alain expressed his frustration that he keeps getting nagged to upgrade his Windows 7 PC to Windows 10:

My media center is an eEbox PC from Asus. It runs an Atom processor, and whilst it runs Windows 7 fine (not the fastest machine, but it does nicely for media), it has managed to get the windows 10 update notification. Here is the problem: every time it is turned on, it pops up the nag screen to upgrade to Windows 10. I have tried it a couple of times, with the same result -- "Your machine will not run Windows 10, sorry!"

How do I now get rid of that nagging Windows 10 upgrade screen? I am happy to leave it to run Windows 7, but I am really surprised that Windows 10 will not run on the machine -- it complies with the minimum requirements on Microsoft's page!

I experienced the same annoying notification on several of my Windows 7 PCs and found that enabling the following Group Policy setting has turned off the nagging upgrade message on these machines:

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This policy setting can be found under Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Windows Update and you can enable it by opening your Local Computer Policy by running gpedit.msc on your machine.

Windows 10 support policy

This is probably old news by now but for businesses planning on deploying Windows 10 they should be aware of Microsoft's support policy for the new platform. While Microsoft has committed to the usual 10 year support policy for their latest version of Windows (which means mainstream support ends in 2020 while extended support ends in 2025) there's a condition attached to Microsoft's support for Windows 10:

Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of the updates that preceded it. A device needs to install the latest update to remain supported. Updates may include new features, fixes (security and/or non-security), or a combination of both. Not all features in an update will work on all devices. A device may not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period. Update availability may vary, for example by country, region, network connectivity, mobile operator (e.g., for cellular-capable devices), or hardware capabilities (including, e.g., free disk space).

We interpret this as meaning you'll need to keep applying the latest "versions" or "releases" of Windows 10 to your PCs if you want them to remain supported by Microsoft, but the wording seems somewhat vague so perhaps Microsoft themselves haven't quite figured out their plan yet concerning future versions/releases of Windows.

Anyways, you can find the official support statement here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/ji4of7ep/

MDT 2013 Update 1 re-released

Back at the end of July Microsoft released two Windows 10 deployment tools for businesses:

This was the announcement on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/viu7idq7/

The version of MDT 2013 Update 1 released at that time was build 8290.

Now the MDT Team Blog has announced the re-release of MDT 2013 Update 1 (build 8298) as follows:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/to6sv0d1/

However, if you read the comments for this blog post it looks like there are still some issues that may need to be resolved so you may want to wait for MDT 2013 Update 1 to be re-re-released before attempting to use it to deploy Windows 10 or build Windows 10 images in a production environment. To us this seems like just one more sign that Microsoft has been pushing out their next version of Windows 10 too fast before it's ready for use in the business world.

What’s New In Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3

Besides the introduction of Windows Server Containers, there's lots of other stuff that's new in the TP3 release of the next version of Windows Server. Microsoft MVP Charbel Nemnon has a good summary of the new functionality coming in both Windows Server and System Center in the following post on the Microsoft Gulf Technical Community blog:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/4uc5b76a/

Readers who are especially interested in any of these new features can reach out to us at [email protected] and we'll try and dig up some more info about them for future issues of this newsletter.

Tech Support Through The Ages

This humorous YouTube video from Rackspace examines how tech support has changed over the years:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/ojki5cgw/

Send us your feedback

Got feedback about anything in this issue of WServerNews? Email us at [email protected]

Recommended for Learning

One of the best ways to learn about something is to experience it hands-on. If you have an MSDN subscription you can use the Microsoft Azure benefits that are associated with your subscription to host Windows 10 in virtual machines as explained by Peter Drougge in this blog post:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/mgeieqvs/

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Enter the Know It. Prove It. Backstage Pass Sweepstakes

Between now and October 15, 2015, take the Know it. Prove it. Challenge, and you could win an all-expenses-paid trip to Seattle and a backstage pass to Microsoft! Enhance your tech skills on Windows 10 for a chance to win. Find out more, and get started today! 

http://www.wservernews.com/go/r54tv874/

Quote of the Week

Yogi Berra has passed away at the ripe old age of 90. As quoters-of-the-week we'll definitely miss him. Here are a few of the more famous sayings attributed to him:

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

"It ain't over till it's over."

"You can observe a lot by just watching."

"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

"We made too many wrong mistakes."

"It's like déjà vu all over again."

"You wouldn't have one if we'd beaten you."

"The future ain't what it used to be."

"Even Napoleon had his Watergate."

"If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be."

Rest in peace.

Until next week,
Mitch Tulloch

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is a standalone solution for backup of your physical computers. At no cost, you can protect your home or work Windows-based desktops, laptops and tablets. Download now!
http://www.wservernews.com/go/lw140s0w/

The SharePoint 2013 Search Query Tool lets you test out and debug search queries against the SharePoint 2013 Search REST API.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/tajya1bx/

FTP Probe creates a fully indexed html output of all the files available for download from an FTP server.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/wyyi4l7s/

Document.Editor is an open source multitab VB.Net/WPF Ribbon UI based word processor for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/o5d3g236/

GOT ADMIN TOOLS or other software/hardware you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected] 

This Week's Tips

GOT TIPS you'd like to share with other readers? Email us at [email protected]

PowerShell - Auditing Group Policy links

Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Ashley McGlone demonstrates how you can use PowerShell to audit Group Policy links and changes in this post on his blog Goatee PFE:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/yqcsgy8g/

Windows - Monitoring a folder for files

Adam Bertram has created a PowerShell module that includes cmdlets you can use to monitor a folder for files on your server. You can download the module from this post on his blog Adam, the Automator:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/7dg0bayt/

Office - Best keyboard shortcuts

CMIT Solutions has a blog post called "15 Quick Keyboard Shortcuts to Supercharge Your Use of Microsoft Office" that has a few shortcuts I didn't know before and will definitely find useful:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/fqx5qtyg/

Events Calendar

North America

AWS re:Invent on October 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA
http://www.wservernews.com/go/edbfsp5b/

Microsoft Convergence on April 4-7, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana USA
http://www.wservernews.com/go/mlko3mwy/

Add Your Event

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Tech Briefing

Enterprise IT

Video: Recover Deleted Active Directory Objects Without the Recycle Bin: FREE (WindowSecurity.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/ooxyd4iv/

Azure AD Privileged Identity Management: Security Wizard, Alerts, Reviews & more! (Active Directory Team Blog)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/my9z4uti/

Exchange & Office

Office 365 – the Internet Bandwidth Planning (Vinayak Latthe)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/7cp6am9o/

Introducing add-in commands (Outlook Dev Blog)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/tew383i6/

Hyper-V

Do you need Hyper-V to try Windows Containers? (Ben Armstrong)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/syzzwx69/

Taking Control of VM Sprawl (Part 7) (VirtualizationAdmin.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/h9fp2ol2/

PowerShell

PowerShell for Storage and File System Management (Part 3) (WindowsNetworking.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/lwibpgsx/

PowerShell reference for Windows Containers now available (Ben Armstrong)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/cp08ivrm/

Windows Server

Video: RSOP vs. GPMC vs. Secpol Comparison for GPO Reporting (WindowSecurity.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/604hf692/

Create your own crash dumps (Calvin Hsia)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/s6d7kgph/

Recommended TechGenix Articles

Big Data-As-A-Service
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1n37xbvy/

Secure services and resources with AWS Identity and Access Management (Part 1)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/khpg84ci/

Free Fault Tolerant Load Balancing using Citrix NetScaler Express (Part 2) - Citrix StoreFront/Web Interface and XML Broker
http://www.wservernews.com/go/cojcxh4m/

Microsoft Ignites a new Focus on Security (Part 4)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/czu1p0lz/

PowerShell for Storage and File System Management (Part 4)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/rnw3ftvg/

Windows Server News

Cloud lock-in continues to creep into enterprise IT

As cloud service costs drop, and features and capabilities improve, competition among cloud providers becomes fierce. Unfortunately, many IT organizations unknowingly go "all in" with a single cloud provider instead of keeping their competitive options open. Learn how to detect cloud vendor lock-in before it's too late. 

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Does your server vendor matter anymore?

Many organizations still value brand name servers, but, in today’s world of hardware abstraction, do you really need a brand name server for virtualization?  Find out why you might be missing out if you remain dedicated to the name brand servers, instead of going an alternative route.

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Safeguard your VDI environment against malware

Securing VDI against malware is not only complicated, but also just as critical as it is in traditional desktop environments.  Don't underestimate the security hazards associated with desktop virtualization – learn how to protect all aspects of your VDI environment against malware today.

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Using VMware Converter to preserve Windows 2003

The end of support for Windows 2003 spurred a lot of admins to make the move to a virtualized environment, since virtualizing your OS in vSphere offers several key advantages. Learn more about how VMware vCenter Converter can add longevity to legacy OSes. 

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Ford 'Wrist-Twist' Steering Control (1965)

In 1965, Ford Motor Company tried to re-invent the steering wheel by allowing drivers to navigate their vehicles using a pair of twist dials:

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Russian-Bar Acrobatics - Monte Carlo International Circus Festival

An amazing performance of the Acrobatic Troupe of Shanghai at the 27th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo:

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Amazing Hawk Flies Between Two People

An amazing hawk tucks in his wings to fly through a narrow gap between two volunteers in Diessen, Netherlands:

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Little Chinese Girl Puts 5 Animals To Sleep On Stage In 5 Minutes

A little Chinese girl has an unusual talent:  She puts a dog, a lizard, a frog, a chicken and a rabbit to sleep on stage on live television:

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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.