Vol. 21, #30 - July 25, 2016 - Issue #1090

Is hybrid cloud dead?

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Ask Our Readers - Hard drive failures and VMWare ESXi (two more questions)
    • Ask Our Readers - Managing large email attachments (some responses)
    • From the Mailbag
    • Is hybrid cloud dead?
    • 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 - Prevent automatic updating (and an Ask Our Readers question)
    • Windows 10 - Windows Insider builds on low-capacity tablets
    • Windows - Testing websites in different Microsoft browsers
  4. Events Calendar
    • North America
    • Add Your Event
  5. Tech Briefing
    • Citrix
    • Enterprise IT
    • Exchange Server
    • Security
    • Windows Server
  6. Recommended TechGenix Articles
    • Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
  7. Other Articles of Interest
    • Helion Cloud Suite redefines HPE hybrid cloud strategy
    • Kubernetes: The next big thing in IT shops?
    • Users give thumbs-up to lower-end versions of VMware's NSX
    • An inside look Liquidware Labs FlexApp
  8. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • Marco Andretti Spins And Crosses Finish Line Backwards
    • Pilot Lands Bush Plane Like A Helicopter
    • Magician Steven Brundage Wows With Another Amazing Rubik's Cube Trick
    • The Smartest Cat
  9. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Deep Packet Inspection for Quality of Experience Monitoring

Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about whether the hybrid cloud model is still going to be a viable approach for large enterprises who want to be able increase the flexibility of their IT infrastructure to be able to manage resources more effectively and scale on demand when business needs demand this. We also have the usual tips, tools and links to useful, interesting and fun content for busy IT pros like our almost 100,000 readers worldwide :-)
Hybrid solutions seem to be increasingly popular nowadays. There's the hybrid automobile of course. And then there are those hybrid financial products which are designed to...well, let's let Dogbert explain the value of these things:


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Ask Our Readers - Hard drive failures and VMWare ESXi (two more questions)

A few weeks ago in Issue #1084 Catching up on Windows 10 we received a request from Alain, the Director of a company in South Africa that provides procurement and training support to the construction industry, who asked us to reach out to our readership concerning the following issue:

Hi Mitch, thanks again (as usual) for a very informative newsletter. I have just experienced a series of unfortunate hard drive failures, that have left a large dent in my confidence with various platforms. One issue that I have experienced relates to VMWare ESXi Server (barebones install) and a hard drive failure that left two virtual machines that ran off that hard drive not only dead, but completely irretrievable.
Disk Drive programmes abound for monitoring HDD status especially regarding SMART  parameters. These all run on a desktop or server environment, but when running within a VM, there is no real hardware for them to monitor since these machines only have virtual hard drives without SMART monitoring.
Do you have any tips on how to monitor drives for potential failure when running VMWare ESXi?

We included some reader responses to this question in Issue #1088 and Issue #1089, but Alain has come back to us with some further requests from our readers:

Hi Mitch, the answers are very interesting! I never expected such a resounding support for Windows servers….! I have Windows 2008R2 server, which has one Virtual License, so would like to know now how to convert the VM's from ESXi format to Hyper-V…. If this is feasible, then I would gladly make the efforts to move over.

[EDITOR'S NOTE] I know of several ways of converting VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V virtual machines and they all involve using tools from Microsoft. But I don't consider myself an expert on this subject as I've rarely worked with VMware platforms, so maybe some of our readers out there who have done this sort of thing can advise Alain? Email us at [email protected]

The setup proposed by John in New Zealand is very detailed, and allows for easy monitoring of the Hard Drives as well, since there is a platform for conventional tools such as CrystalDisk Info for monitoring and reporting on imminent hardware (HDD) failures. If possible, could you perhaps aim me at some tutorials on how to setup this platform on an almost step-by-step basis? Some of the jargon used by Techies (myself included) is beyond other mere mortals, and can become very daunting.

[EDITOR'S NOTE] Can any readers point Alain to some step-by-step tutorials that might help in with the above? Email us at [email protected]

Ask Our Readers - Managing large email attachments (some responses)

Last week in Issue #1089 Tech Support Scams we fielded a request from Jim, the President of an IT consulting business in Florida, USA who sent us the following question which we redirected to our readers:

I have an engineering client with 120 users that are spread across 12 remote offices plus corporate. Servers are located in the corporate office. The attachments are movie files, large dpi pictures and PDF files embedded with pictures. My client receives these from internal users as well as external users. Management is not helping IT with any email polices or training for users. I'm looking for ideas from folks on how to better manage these large attachments. BTW: they grew their Exchange store by 80GB in 4 months.

Here's a smattering of the responses we've received so far concerning this issue. Bruce, the Director of IT for an aerospace support services company said:

We were an Exchange shop, but switched a couple of years ago and now use an open source mail server (Cyrus/Postfix).  We use Mozilla Thunderbird as our desktop client, and when a user attempts to attach photos, an add-on pops up a dialog box and offers to reduce the size of the pictures.  For other large files a different add-on pops up a dialog that offers the user a link to the file and then uploads the file to the user's private owncloud directory.  The user can send the link to the recipient instead of the file itself.  I would think that an Exchange / SharePoint installation can do the same thing.

As far as management supporting email policies, I feel your pain.  We sent out an email and told our users look, if you send something over 10 Megs, it's not going.  If you want these huge files to deliver, this is what you have to do.  After a period of time taking calls about bounce emails (bounced by our server back to our user), they seem to have finally accepted the constraints.

Kelvin from Durban, South Africa offered this suggestion:

Get Mimecast.  They have a feature called Large File Send which supports files of up to 2GB. Mimecast is a leader in the Gartner magic quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving and they specialize in email solutions.  Been using them for years now and I personally consider them the world's best.  I've built a number of hosted Exchange solutions since I was first certified on Exchange 5.0 back in 1998 and now I always put Mimecast in front of it for sanitizing and archiving the email.  They are truly world class when it comes to email solutions.

Next we hear from Quentin from the UK who asks several questions:

I read Jim's problem with interest but ultimately confusion. What is the actual business-side problem? Server-side, it cannot but be trivial to add an extra two 4 TB drives in RAID 1 to cover the next decade's storage requirements. Is there a disaster recovery / business continuity issue here? Is it that these large attachments overload the links to the remote offices causing users to complain of slowness and thus reducing their productivity? Or something else? I suggest Jim needs to have a rethink and see the problem from a business angle and then explain the technical issues behind that.

Finally, Howard from Brazil uses this approach:

My case is rather simple.  Gmail will not accept larger attachments than 20 megabytes or so.  I send family movies and without using a third party.  I open the web service, upload my files up to 2 gigabytes and they create a link I can send my relatives.  The third party holds my files for a week and then they are deleted.
1.  Go to https://www.wetransfer.com/
2.  Select Free.
3.  Agree to their cookie policy.
4.  Add any combination of files up to 2GB.
5.  Select the share icon, choose Link.
6.  Files are uploaded and a link is created.
7.  Copy the link in your emails, test it if you like.

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From the Mailbag

Back in Issue #1087 Reader Feedback: Ad blocking for businesses we examined some products, solutions and hacks suggested by our readers for blocking online ads in corporate environments. More recommendations from our readers are still trickling in on this subject. Here's one from a reader named Tom:

Please excuse, I'm not the most technically savvy.  However the Vol. 21, #25 - June 20, 2016 - Issue #1085 asked for recommendations for an Ad Blocker compatible with IE. I currently use Del AD, formerly AdBlockIE:


I like the application, because it seems to function quite well with IE, including IE on Win10. It's not free, but IMHO worth the cost. It has the ability to import or delete block lists in addition to, or in place of its own default block lists. Furthermore, it can keep the block lists updated at a chosen frequency. I prefer this method over the HOSTS file method, because since the HOSTS file serves as a local mini DNS, it can become poisoned like any public DNS. I look at it from the view point that, a block list can only block addresses, where as a HOSTS file can redirect. IMHO redirecting from someone else's list is a dangerous proposition. At least that is my understanding. If I'm totally off-base, and out to lunch, please let me know.

I hadn't considered the redirection issue. Is that issue significant? Readers who want to weigh in concerning this matter can email me at [email protected]
Also, in a later issue one reader recommended Privoxy as an excellent way to achieve what managing host files does:


A reader named David who is a Senior Technician MCP in Australia wrote to us concerning this and said:

The privoxy suggestion an IT guy sent in from Thailand in last week's newsletter has not been upgraded since 2011 for Windows!

That may or may not be an issue of course since Open Source software can sometimes work well even if it's years old. But readers may want to beware regardless.
Issue #1088 Getting decent tech support dealt with the topic of what steps you could take in order to get good quality tech support for your hardware, software or services. Several readers sent us comments on this matter. First let's hear from Howard in Brazil:

Sounds like my issue with an airline recently.  No one wants to take responsibility and it's not on their printed scripts.
LAN and TAM airlines recently combined into LATAM airlines.  They cancelled my October flights, round trip to the USA.  One phone person says call TAM, one says my reservations did not exist on their computer, another says I am rebooked for multiple flights from a city midway from my starting point and destination - and the tickets are not paid for! The American internet service site told me it is a Brazilian service responsibility, refused to help.  The Brazilian phone number did not work.  The USA service phone number went to a perpetual "you are our 52nd lucky caller" advertising site!
I finally got satisfaction calling the Australian site (finally someone who speaks and understands English , too!).  I found I had an entirely new confirmation code that was not appearing correctly in all their systems, but did appear on a third party internet site!  Anyway, I have lots of names and print outs so I should not have more trouble later when we check in!  I can only imagine the mix-ups for those coming for the Olympics.

Steve, another reader, expressed his thoughts on this matter as follows:

I read your article regarding the challenge of getting the appropriate tech support technician and can certainly relate.  I've experienced some of the same issues you've described.  Let's face it.  If you're a competent technician, you're issue probably requires the expertise and tools a 2nd or 3rd level technician provides.  I've used several techniques over the years to get past the level 1 road block.
First, I simply ask for the next level, especially if it's an issue I've had before.  I'd politely explain to the person who answered the phone that I needed a person with specific expertise in the area.  Usually, they accommodated my request.  Also, if I'd received help from a higher level technician in the past, I would drop their name.  I'd explain that "Bob" on the "Complex Systems" team helped with this issue before.
Also, when I receive assistance, I record the technician's name and contact info.  In the past, I had technicians give me their direct contact info.  When I had an issue that needed that expertise, I would contact the tech directly.  Sometimes, he would open a case and work my issue.  Other times, he would ask me to call in, get a case opened and then send him the case number.  Either way, I would get to the help I needed more quickly.
At times, usually in extraordinary circumstances, I would contact my sales rep.  The sales rep usually has the ability to contact managers and other leaders in the tech support organization that I might never be able to contact directly.  Years ago, I was implementing newly purchased software.  I had several issues and had opened tech support cases.  While tech support was following their normal process and working on my issues, it reached a point where the unresolved issues were impacting my implementation schedule.  I contacted my sales rep and explained the situation.  He contacted the tech support manager directly.  A day or two later, a technician was assigned directly to me and worked with me to get all of my technical issues resolved.
Lastly, I try to be genuinely nice and grateful.  Let's face it.  We want our customers to treat us respectfully.  We should treat those who we call for support like we want to be treated.  (Yes, I realize that's the Golden Rule!)  Say please and thank you when the first level person forwards your call.  Compliment the technician who resolved the issue by name on surveys.  Send a complimentary e-mail to his or her manager if you can.  If not, send it to the sales rep who can probably forward it to his/her boss.  It's been my experience that top level tech support personnel are a relatively small group, even in large organizations.  If you've called for help a few times, chances are you've received help from the same person more than once.  If you're a jerk, he'll remember.  If you've gone out of your way to compliment him, he'll remember that too.  You want the tech to want to help you.  It all results in more complete and prompt service.

That's good advice Steve and yes, I agree it's important to follow the Golden Rule. But I still find that whining and trickery works best sometimes ;-)

And now on to the main topic of this week's newsletter.

Is hybrid cloud dead?

Microsoft and other large software vendors have been pushing hybrid cloud solutions for several years now. First came Windows Azure Pack (WAP) which if I recall correctly was released in 2013 shortly after Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 were released. Microsoft described WAP as "a collection of Microsoft Azure technologies available to Microsoft customers at no additional cost. It integrates with Windows Server, System Center, and SQL Server to offer a self-service portal and cloud services such as virtual machine hosting (IaaS), database as a services (DBaaS), scalable web app hosting (PaaS), and more" as explained here:


Further down on that page under Benefits it explains that WAP allows enterprises to "deliver IT services through a rich self-service portal to help enable hybrid cloud scenarios across private, public, and hosted clouds."
Note the phrase "hybrid cloud" in the above sentence. The key idea behind the hybrid cloud model is for enterprises to be able to seamlessly manage both their on-premises and cloud-based resources using a single set of tools. In other words, with hybrid cloud you have a private cloud located on-premises and you have a public cloud service you've purchased a subscription for, and you can manage both clouds the same way and even move resources (like virtual machines) easily between your two clouds.
A lot of people got excited about this idea. After all, why have two separate IT infrastructures (on-premises and in the cloud) that you have to manage separately using separate sets of tools? Of course to make this work in a Microsoft-centric environment, you basically needed to use System Center together with WAP where System Center provided the management tools and WAP let you deploy Microsoft Azure cloud technologies on-premises. You also needed to use Microsoft Azure as your public cloud. Then once you had everything set up you could  use tools like System Center App Controller to manage resources in your hybrid cloud computing environment as described in the free ebook from Microsoft Press titled "Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller" which you can download from this page on the Microsoft Virtual Academy:


Also see the ebook titled "Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2" which you can download from that same page. That particular title is helpful if you're relatively new to System Center technologies, and it was co-authored by myself and Symon Perriman who was formerly a Technical Evangelist with Microsoft and is now with 5nine Software.
Anyways, back to the evolution of the hybrid cloud (at least from Microsoft's perspective). It soon became clear after WAP was released that (1) it's difficult to implement and (2) it doesn't provide the full set of Microsoft Azure cloud technologies in an on-premises form. For the second point see this Redmond Magazine article from January of this year where it said "Windows Azure Pack bears the 'Azure' brand name, but Microsoft has admitted that it just doesn't provide organizations or service providers with the full Azure 'stack.'" The article also indicated that Microsoft was currently developing "a different bundle of solutions, literally called 'Azure Stack'" that was currently in preview stage and would be released in more complete form towards the end of this year. So in other words, Azure Stack is supposed to be a more complete successor to WAP that will enable enterprises to deploy full Microsoft Azure technologies on-premises so they can implement true hybrid cloud solutions. Here's some info about Azure Stack:


Anyways, that was the promise--until last week when it got qualified at Microsoft's World Partner Conference 2016. What brought this to my attention is the following article on Business Insider:


Now just so you're aware, I usually read BI for entertainment, not for news. A lot of the articles on BI seem like clickbait to me, so I take whatever I read there with a big dash of salt. But the above article reports that "Azure Stack won't work with a company's existing hardware, at least at first. Instead, Microsoft is "prioritizing" a model where, at launch, customers will have to buy special Azure Stack "integrated systems" from Dell, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and Lenovo" and the article refers us to this post on the Microsoft Azure blog for confirmation:


What's implied in this post however (in my opinion) is that deploying Azure Stack in your organization is basically too difficult a job for most IT departments. Unless of course you simply buy the whole package--new servers with all the necessary software preinstalled--from a Microsoft partner vendor like Dell or
HP. And probably this means paying to have their consultants configure the software for you. And probably sign a contract with them to maintain it for you as well.
Of course if a large enterprise wants to implement hybrid cloud using System Center and Azure Stack, they're probably want to do it right. So getting a vendor to come and implement and maintain it for them is probably the right way for them to go. But the implication that Azure Stack is simply too complex and difficult to set up on your own means potential customers have less choice than they did with WAP. At least with WAP they could try to deploy everything themselves on their own hardware if they wanted to go that way. With Azure Stack however, it looks like that option is no longer available.
Will this announced change in the availability of Azure Stack help drive adoption of this platform? Or will the reduced choice being offered deter customers from deploying the platform? I personally think the latter (which is why I think the Holy Grail of hybrid cloud is probably dead) but I'd be interested in hearing what some of our large enterprise readers think. Email me at [email protected]
And apologies if the title of this week's newsletter itself seems like clickbait.
Well, maybe it is.
Hey, at least we admit it!

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Recommended for Learning

From the Microsoft Press Blog:
Free ebook: Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials Support Secrets

We're pleased to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials Support Secrets (ISBN 9781509302802), by Ed Bott.


Microsoft Virtual Academy

Enterprise Mobility Suite: Beyond "Bring Your Own Device"

Take what you know about Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to the next level!  Watch this course and learn the basics of Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA), including what it does and how it works. Explore ATA architecture, see how to enhance your mobility infrastructure, and discover ways to configure, deploy, and implement ATA. Plus, examine ATA threat detection and get troubleshooting tips, in this demo-filled course.


 Quote of the Week

There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it, and when he can. --Mark Twain, from Following the Equator

Until next week,
Mitch Tulloch

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CloudKit 365 is a cloud service that digs deep into the Office 365 environment to review Office 365, report on Exchange Online and explore SharePoint Online:


Microsoft Power Query for Excel is an Excel add-in that simplifies data discovery, access and collaboration:


This Week's Tips

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

Windows 10 - Prevent automatic updating (and an Ask Our Readers question)

Windows 10 users who do NOT want their computers to automatically download and install software updates from Windows 10 can follow the advice in this article on the How-To Geek blog to prevent such behavior:


Unfortunately none of the approaches mentioned in this article3 work if you have Windows 10 Home edition installed on your computer as I do on an HP Envy laptop I bought at Staples last autumn and upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 as described here:


Several times since then I've had my laptop begin downloading and installing updates while I've been working on it with the result that my work was disrupted because of reduced network bandwidth availability during the update download process. I for one would therefore dearly like to be able to prevent Windows 10 Home from updating UNLESS I WANTED IT TO so last week I decided to take the plunge and open Services.msc and set the change the Startup value of the Windows Update service (wuauserv.exe) from its default setting of Manual (Trigger Start) to Disabled. My idea is that whenever I hear from a site like Ask Woody:


that new Windows 10 updates have been released, I will wait a few days to see if any problems are reported concerning the new updates. If there are no reported issues, at the end of my workday I'll change wuauserv.exe back to Manual (Trigger Start) and manually force Windows to check for new updates and then leave the machine on AC power until the new updates are downloaded and installed. Then I'll reboot the laptop, log on again, and leave it turned on for another hour or so for things to settle before hibernating it for the night so it will be all ready to use again in the morning.
Have any readers out there running Windows 10 Home edition tried this approach? I haven't tried it until now because I'm hesitant (and rightly so) about disabling any default Windows services. But I need to ensure my laptop is ready at all times for any kind of work use, so being somewhat desperate I've decided to try this desperate solution to this widely reported problem (or "feature" as Microsoft calls it) that has been angering so many Windows 10 Home users out there in the real world (as opposed to Microsoft's view of what's real).
Anyways, if you've tried this approach and have (or haven't) encountered any problems with doing it, please email me at [email protected]

Windows 10 - Windows Insider builds on low-capacity tablets

Long-time Microsoft MVP Barb Bowman has a post on her blog Barb's Connected World where she describes how she was able to install Insider Builds of Windows 10 on an ASUS Vivo tablet that had only 4 GB of free space available on it:


Barb's blog is a must follow especially for anyone who tries to embrace the digital life as personified by Alexa, Echo, Sonos, and similar cool stuff!

Windows - Testing websites in different Microsoft browsers

Did you know you can download free virtual machines from Microsoft that let you test how websites appear in Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 and 11 and also Microsoft Edge? Get them here for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10:


Note that these are fully-functional VMs i.e. they're not "crippled" in any way. But be sure to read the licensing terms of course.

Events Calendar

North America

2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference on July 10-14, 2016 in Toronto Canada


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Tech Briefing


Citrix Director - Installation and using the product (VirtualizationAdmin.com)


Installing and configuring Citrix StoreFront 3.5 (Part 1) (VirtualizationAdmin.com)


Enterprise IT

Getting Ready for Azure Stack (WindowsNetworking.com)


DevOps Dilemma (WindowsNetworking.com)


Exchange Server

Exchange Server 2016 and Microsoft Cloud (Part 5) (MSExchange.org)


Using the Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard (Part 6) (MSExchange.org)



The return of macro attacks (WindowsSecurity.com)


Announcing Azure Information Protection (Microsoft Cyber Trust Blog)


Windows Server

Getting Started With Containers (Part 4) (VirtualizationAdmin.com)


What’s Wrong with Group Policy (Helge Klein)


Recommended TechGenix Articles

Exchange Server 2016 and Microsoft Cloud (Part 7)


Deep Dive Into Office 365 Deployment (Part 3)


How SIEM Software Can Enforce an Information Security Policy


Product Review: Vembu VMBackup 3.5.0.


Other Articles of Interest

Helion Cloud Suite redefines HPE hybrid cloud strategy

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) consolidated seven offerings from its Helion platform to ease cloud migrations and make it easier to deliver, integrate and manage a mix of applications that work with a range of cloud-based infrastructure.  Find out more about the offerings and why customers are so encouraged by them.


Kubernetes: The next big thing in IT shops?

It's still early days for Google's container cluster management software, Kubernetes, but some intrepid IT pros have gone beyond just kicking its tires. Find out more about how Kubernetes has made it to prime time in some forward-thinking IT shops.


Users give thumbs-up to lower-end versions of VMware's NSX

VMware looks to finally establish a foothold in corporate accounts with two low-end versions of NSX. But will the enterprise take the bait? Click below to learn more.


An inside look Liquidware Labs FlexApp:

For all the security and management benefits of delivering applications rather than full virtual desktops, it can often cause too much app isolation. FlexApp tries to find a balance between IT's competing interests. Will it fit into your enterprise?  Click below to learn more:


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Marco Andretti Spins And Crosses Finish Line Backwards

Watch IndyCar racer Marco Andretti make the save of the decade at Iowa Speedway:


Magician Steven Brundage Wows With Another Amazing Rubik's Cube Trick

Magician Steven Brundage has pulled off another amazing trick with a Rubik's cube at America's Got Talent that left the judges and audience speechless:


The Smartest Cat

Cat plays the cup game and gets it right every time.  You can't fool this cat!


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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 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.