Vol. 21, #35 - August 29, 2016 - Issue #1095

Interviews from the trenches

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Ask Our Readers - Disappearing scroll bar
    • Interviews with IT pros
    • Windows 10 Anniversary Update ALERT!
    • Rent a Windows client by the hour
    • Turning the tables on tech support scammers
    • 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
    • Windows 10 - System Restore disabled after applying Anniversary Update
    • Hyper-V - Adding your account to the Hyper-V admins group
    • System Center - ConfigMgr tips
  4. Events Calendar
    • North America
    • Add Your Event
  5. New on TechGenix.com 
    • Recommended articles from TechGenix.com
  6. Tech Briefing 
    • Certification
    • Cloud computing
    • Enterprise IT
    • Storage
    • System Center
  7. Other Articles of Interest
    • Price isn't everything: Google bets big on machine learning
    • Docker orchestration integration could ruffle partners' feathers
    • Weigh hyper-converged vs. converged infrastructure systems
    • An open letter to entry-level IT employees
  8. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • Can A Russian Truck Compete With A German Rally Car?
    • Backyard Inventor Adds A Propeller To His Giant 360 degree Swing
    • Magician Paul Gertner Fools Penn And Teller With Unbelievable Card Trick
    • Can 2016 Medalist Beat Jesse Owens 1936 Time Under The Same Conditions?
  9. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Deep Packet Inspection for Quality of Experience Monitoring

Editor's Corner

There's a long weekend coming up soon and your Editor be taking in some down time to enjoy the last few days of summer before things start hopping again in the Fall. So instead of including an editorial, this week's issue of WServerNews will point you to a bunch interviews I conducted recently with some IT colleagues working in the trenches of the real world (as opposed to the world that most software vendors and solution providers live in). We also have some other interesting tech tidbits for you along with our usual plateful of tools, tips and links to useful and fun stuff. So enjoy!

Here's how Dilbert and Dogbert enjoy those quiet times off from work:


Ask Our Readers - Disappearing scroll bar

Mark who is a Lead Analyst for a major global media and entertainment company sent us the following question:

I’d like to know how to stop the scroll bar in Windows 10 from disappearing

As far as I can find out the disappearing scroll bar in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 is a feature that was introduced because on tablet computers you don't scroll down a page, you drag down it. And as far as I can determine there is no way to disable this behavior on PCs. But perhaps some of our readers have found a way of disabling this? Email us at [email protected] if you have a solution to Mark's problem. Thanks!

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]

Interviews with IT pros

Below are some of the interviews I've done recently with IT pros for our site WindowsNetworking.com. If you're an IT pro and think you might be a good candidate for an interview on some topic, be sure to email us at [email protected] with a short bio of yourself (or your LinkedIn URL) and a brief description of the IT topic you'd like us to interview you on. Tip: the more real-world the topic, the better--our readers love to hear personal stories, tips and gotchas from those of you who are down there working in the trenches to design, implement, administer, troubleshoot or support the IT infrastructures of organizations, businesses and customers.

Interview: Hybrid identity

An interview with Sander Berkouwer, a well-known expert about why and how Microsoft-based hybrid identity solutions can provide benefit to today's increasingly cloud-based businesses:


Interview: Directions in IT Training

An interview with Mike Pfeiffer, a respected IT trainer, speaker, author and consultant and provides some perspective on current practices and future trends in technical training for IT professionals:


Interview: Evolution of Win Mgmt

An interview with Mike Long, a System Center expert concerning the past, present and future direction of managing enterprise Windows-based networks:


Interview: MS architectures

An interview with Raymond Comvalius, an independent IT architect and trainer from the Netherlands on the topic of best practices for implementing Microsoft-centric architectures:


Interview: Maintaining Legacy Software

A two-part interview with Michael Hallsted, a longtime IT pro on the topic of how to maintain legacy software:


Interview: Windows 10 deployment insights

A two-part interview with Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nyström, two well-known deployment experts on the topic of deploying Windows 10:


Windows 10 Anniversary Update ALERT!

One of our alert MVP readers sent us a link to the following post by Sharath Srinivasa on the Microsoft Answers community forum:

Partitions may be missing after installing the Anniversary Update


If you've experienced this issue and you upgraded to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (v1607) more than 10 days ago, then unfortunately you're SOOL!
Excuse me for swearing, but I think this issue highlights the fact that Microsoft should have tested the Anniversary Update before rolling it out and they should also have given users 30 days to roll back to v1511 instead of giving them only 10 days--yikes!!

Rent a Windows client by the hour

For businesses looking to reduce costs you can now rent Windows virtual desktops from Amazon by the hour. Amazon WorkSpaces, the AWS cloud service introduced a couple of years ago that can provide businesses with Windows virtual desktops hosted in the Amazon EC2 cloud has now begun letting companies to rent them by the hour instead of paying a flat monthly fee. These virtual desktops currently are Windows Server 2008 instances with the Windows 7 desktop experience feature installed, so this basically means you can now rent a Windows 7 machine by the hour. More info can be found in this story on The Register:


I wonder how many businesses and of what sizes and industry sectors might decide to buy into this new offering to save some money. Or is it just Amazon trying to squeeze a few more pennies of revenue from their cloud services? Email us with your thoughts: [email protected]

Turning the tables on tech support scammers

Alain Jacquet and several other of our newsletter readers pointed us to news on various tech outlets concerning French blogger Ivan Kwiatkowski who got so annoyed with a tech support scammer who called him that he tricked the scammer into installing malware on his own computer! You should read Ivan's original blog post here for details:


We can't condone such actions of course since they may be considered illegal in some jurisdictions.
On the other hand, isn't Batman a vigilante? Or is he a superhero? Read this article from The Artifice:


What do you think? Is Ivan a tech hero or a vigilante? Email us at [email protected]

Send us your feedback

Got anything more to add on this subject? Email us at [email protected]

Recommended for Learning

While Windows Server 2016 has almost arrived, not everyone is going to deploy or upgrade to it. Some organizations running Windows Server 2008 R2 may favor upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2 if they don't see a business need for the new Windows Server 2016 features in their environment. If you've just upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2 or are planning on doing so, you may want to check out my book Training Guide Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 from Microsoft Press which is designed to help enterprise administrators develop real-world, job-role-specific skills. This Training Guide focuses on deploying and managing core infrastructure services in Windows Server 2012 R2. Build hands-on expertise through a series of lessons, exercises, and suggested practices - and help maximize your performance on the job.

Buy it here from Amazon:


Microsoft Virtual Academy 

Check out these Windows Server Training Courses from the Microsoft Virtual Academy:


 Quote of the Week

Trying is the first step towards failure. - Homer Simpson

Until next week,
Mitch Tulloch

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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

With a multitude of sensors and a vendor agnostic platform, PRTG Network monitor enables you to use ONE solution to monitor your entire infrastructure including applications, software, hardware, cloud & virtual environments.


This Pssdiag/Sqldiag manager is commonly used by Microsoft CSS SQL support to troubleshoot various SQL issues particular SQL Server performance issues:


Cisco Packet Tracer was created by Cisco to be used by Cisco Network Academy students but it has now been released to the general public:


CaptureIt Plus is an easy to use screen capture utility for Windows Platform:


This Week's Tips

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

Windows 10 - System Restore disabled after applying Anniversary Update

When you apply the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (v1607) to your Windows 10 (v1511) computer you may discover that System Restore has been enabled. This thread from the Microsoft Answers community forum explains why:


If you have found that this has occurred, you should re-enable System Restore on your computer. Interestingly, on all of our own Windows 10 systems this didn't happen.

Hyper-V - Adding your account to the Hyper-V admins group

Ben Armstrong has a helpful post on his Virtualization Blog on how you can use Windows PowerShell to add your own user account to the local Hyper-V administrators group on a host system:


System Center - ConfigMgr tips

This post titled My Silly ConfigMgr Habits from the Skatterbrainz Blog has some good tips on how you can get the most out of managing sites with System Center Configuration Manager:


Events Calendar

North America

Microsoft Ignite Australia on February 14-17, 2017 at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach, QLD


Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) on July 9-13. 2017 in Washington, D.C.


Add Your Event

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New on TechGenix.com

Governmental ignorance: FTC courts hackers attending Black Hat


Top things you need to know about Nano Server


What Docker’s rise means for enterprise IT


Microsoft DirectAccess Overview


Top InfoSec researcher: Share code, ideas



Tech Briefing


5 Insider Tips for AWS Recertification (CloudAcademy Blog)


Top Paying IT Certifications (ITCareerFinder)


Cloud computing 

Scaling to exabytes and beyond (DropBox Tech Blog)


Still Wondering, Why to Opt for Docker? (CloudThat)


Enterprise IT

3 Steps To Create A Data Lifecycle Management Strategy (Iron Mountain)


Windows Apps for Database and Server Administrators (WindowsNetworking.com)



NAND, DRAM, SAS/SCSI and SATA/AHCI: Not Dead, Yet (EnterpriseStorageForum.com)


Selecting Storage: Start With Requirements (InformationWeek)


System Center

Add your Azure Subscription v1 only to System Center Virtual Machine manager 2016 (Robert Smit)


How to remove the Open File Security Warning Prompt during Driver Deployment or User Login when using MDT or SCCM (A Windows System Admin's Blog)


Other Articles of Interest

Price isn't everything: Google bets big on machine learning

Google is betting big on machine learning and analytics as it tries to differentiate itself in the market, regardless of price: But will it work? Find out more about Google’s new strategy in this complimentary article from our editors.


Docker orchestration integration could ruffle partners' feathers

Adding container orchestration to the latest version of Docker Engine fuels debate about what enterprise IT shops want from the still-nascent technology -- and from whom. Our Senior News Writer, Beth Pariseau, dives deep into why Docker and its cloud partners may be on a collision course in container orchestration.


Weigh hyper-converged vs. converged infrastructure systems

While it’s been well documented that both converged and hyper-converged infrastructures can both surely help IT streamline performance and management of its VDI deployment, the decision on which one to use surely depends on the company.  For example, HCI is better for managing and scaling out smaller deployments. So which is right for your organization? Weigh the two in this complimentary tip from our editors.


An open letter to entry-level IT employees

Entry-level IT workers looking to make their mark on the industry must learn that success isn't guaranteed; it is earned through hard work, patience and humility. After all, as we all know, the world of IT can be unforgiving. Our editors write an open letter to entry-level IT employees in this complimentary tip from our editors.


WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

GOT FUN VIDEOS or other fun links to suggest you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected]

Can A Russian Truck Compete With A German Rally Car?

Which is faster - a German rally car or a Russian truck?


Backyard Inventor Adds A Propeller To His Giant 360 degree Swing

Professional backyard engineer Colin Furze adds a propeller and motor from a powered paraglider to his 31 foot spinning 360 swing:


Magician Paul Gertner Fools Penn And Teller With Unbelievable Card Trick

Paul Gertner is a magician who specializes in fooling the world's most analytic audiences from scientists to engineers ... and even Penn and Teller:


Can 2016 Medalist Beat Jesse Owens 1936 Time Under The Same Conditions?  

Canadian sprinting sensation Andre De Grasse runs a hundred metres in Jesse Owens's shoes:


WServerNews - Product of the Week


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 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.