Vol. 22, #32 - August 07, 2017 - Issue #1143

Long term data storage

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Editor's Corner


This week's newsletter is all about long term data storage for your business or organization. We also have a book review of a recent CRC Press title on the topic of cybersecurity. And we have all the other usual stuff like tips (including our IT Pro Fitness Corner tips) and tools and bobbles and bangles.

As we'll see in this week's Editor's Corner there are some among you (Confess! You're one of them!) who believe that tape storage is a zombie technology. Of course those of us who are in management know all about the Zombie Effect as Dogbert explains here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/sz7fhh8a/


Ask Our Readers - Sharing files between Hyper-V host and Windows client (reopening the question)

Way back in Issue #1134 Bad day for BA we put forth the following question from a reader named Geoff:

Thanks for your article:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/vy0s08x6/

Followed it and it worked -- have a Windows 10 Host and a Windows XP client. But after applying ransomware patch, the shared folders in the Windows 10 Host cannot be seen anymore by the virtual Windows XP, any advice you can give me to make this work again? tried recreating the shared folders but didn't work, Virtual WinXP can ping Windows 10 host, but when opening \\hostname of host\ or \\ip address of host\ , nothing. Would appreciate your advice.

In the following week's Issue #1135 Privacy briefs we included a response to this question sent in by Chuck Timon, a Senior Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft. This last week another reader named Hal who is a Managing Partner for a cloud services company based in Pennsylvania, USA who would like to reopen this question as follows:

Hello... I don't think its a Hyper-V issue. In addition to Windows 10 and XP issues I also have found another possible related issue between with Windows 7 and Server 2016. As we know both Windows 10 and Server 2016 share a lot of the same "core" code. Windows 7 no longer is able to create File Locks when using Office 2010 to access Server 2016 File Shares. File locks using PowerShell seem to work just fine. When I set this up in my lab I was able to perform a SMB packet capture on the Windows 7 side and Server 2016 returned a file lock creation failure. It appears that Office is using a older API to implement file locking.

I guess Microsoft is no longer back testing against Windows XP nor Windows 7 so it appears that maybe we should not assume File Sharing compatibility with these older OS is guaranteed any more. Maybe if you had one of those special extended support contracts with MSFT then you might have access to patches that would correct these issues. I've searched the web several times looking for any blog or other posting on this issue and can't find any articles on this -- all the articles seems to be focused on locks that do get removed upon file close. Would appreciate any help.

Can anyone offer any new insights on this issue? Email us at wsn@mtit.com

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From the Mailbag

Last week in Issue #1142 R.I.P mspaint.exe we talked about items being deprecated or removed in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. While the main point of my editorial was to discuss the matter of deprecating features that some users rely upon or enjoy, some of the reader feedback we received had to do with good old Microsoft Paint. For example Kevin from Colorado, USA comments as follows concerning this venerable utility:

I won't miss MS PAINT because there's been a better free alternative for years. See getpaint.net for details:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/uox7d7dd/

A reader named Mike from Australia expressed some more general thoughts concerning deprecating existing utilities in Windows:

MS stated that deprecation means they won't be developing it into the future and that at some point it will be moved from being a bundled app to an installable store app. Clearly, this is something that MS should be doing with all of the legacy non-essential W32 apps still bundled with the O/S. Put them into a Centennial wrapper and move them to the store. If you want/need them, you can get them, if you don't, they are not cluttering up the O/S, tying it to the past, and slowing down its development.

I also asked last week whether Microsoft has ever removed a utility or app from Windows or Windows Server that you have been relying on to get your work done or simply pass some time in diversion. A reader named Ken could think of several:

1. The Calculator app used to keep a history of recent calculations that you could edit and correct. E.g., if you added up a column of numbers and made a mistake half-way through, you could fix it without having to re-enter the whole thing. Fortunately, you can find the old calculator app and install it as a replacement for the new one.

2. Sticky Notes used to have nice formatting features (bold, italic, bullet points, different fonts, etc.), some built-in and some more that you could get by pasting from Word. That's all gone now, replaced by useless features (for me anyway) like pen support (which doesn't integrate with typed text), Cortana integration, and reminders. I don't mind new features, but why take away the old ones?

That's what I've heard many users (especially older ones) say, namely that it's fine to add new features but not at the expense of removing older ones.

Kevin who was mentioned earlier also had this gripe concerning Creators Update:

Windows 10 Creator's Update removes the ability to right-click the Windows start button to get to the control panel. I sent them a nastygram about that.

See the This Week's Tips section later in this issue for a tip on how you can undo this change in Creators Update.

Howie from Thailand takes a different view of the changes happening with each new version of Windows 10:

Has Microsoft has ever removed a utility or app from Windows or Windows Server that you have been relying on? Yes, but I don't care since it gives me an incentive to learn. Be flexible - there are alternatives for almost everything. Change is always happening, like it or not. And if the change is not "free", so be it; someone has to pay the tab.

We'll publish more reader comments about deprecated or removed Windows features in a future issue. If you'd still like to express your opinion on this matter you can email us at wsn@mtit.com

Now let's move on to the main topic of this week's newsletter…


Long term data storage

Many companies I talk to say that they're uncertain about which long-term data archiving solution would be best for them in the future. A recent article by Sead Fadilpašić that I read on BetaNews.com highlights this matter:

Businesses worry about long-term data storage

http://www.wservernews.com/go/tk8qv2b1/

Some of the businesses and organizations I've talked to have been looking into and test-driving solutions from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other cloud service providers. Others have concluded from their research that the immanent death of tape as a data archiving medium has been greatly exaggerated.

Probably the best source of news and information about storage technology trends is Greg Schulz who runs the technology advisory and consulting firm StorageIO:

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

Greg has been sending out a free monthly email newsletter called Server StorageIO Update Newsletter for the last 17 years which is just a few years short of how long our own WServerNews newsletter has been coming out. Greg's is one of the few industry newsletters I read religiously when I receive it as it discusses in detail industry news and trends and provides commentary, links to whitepapers, tips and articles, events happening, and summaries of recent posts on Greg's blog. You can sign up for Greg's newsletter here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/ivbcmtk4/


So when I hear from a company that they're pondering what data storage or archiving solution they should adopt I usually point them to some of Greg's blog posts. For example, just last month Greg revisited AWS S3 Storage Gateway by giving it another test drive. S3 Storage Gateway is designed for high-capacity bulk storage of unstructured data objects and is intended as a "warm" (active) online storage service that complement's Amazon's "deep cold" (inactive) Glacier data archiving service. Greg's two posts describing S3 Storage Gateway and his recent experience with it can be found here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/niyv6aph/

http://www.wservernews.com/go/xw1e7exp/

 

Cost is always a major consideration (usually the top one) when businesses are looking for a long-term data storage or archiving solution. Cloud storage providers keep changing their offerings and pricing tiers of course, but here Greg once again comes to the rescue by pointing us to a helpful article by Drew Robb titled "Eight Ways to Avoid Cloud Storage Pricing Surprises" which you can read on EnterpriseStorageForum.com here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/leab76gg/

And for those of us who believe that tape has now become a zombie technology, Greg recently offered some reflections that suggest IBM won't let that happen:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/nv4qnedl/

But let me know redirect this to you our readers. Is your business worried about long-term data storage? What solution are you currently using for this? Do you see the need for implementing a different technology in the near future? Which cloud-based solutions have you tried and liked? Or tried and been disappointed with? Does the cost savings of archiving your business data in the cloud outweigh the risks and governance issues you'll have to accept and wrestle with? I'd love to hear what some of our readers have to say on this topic, just email me at wsn@mtit.com

 

Book Review: Cybersecurity: Geopolitics, Law, and Policy (CRC Press)

This short (150 pages) book by Amos Guiora who is a Professor of Law at the University of Utah is intended to draw attention to some of the legal and political issues around cybersecurity and generate discussion at the management level of the corporate world. It's not a textbook for academics to argue over or a how-to guide for those tasked with implementing cybersecurity in their organizations. Instead it's a multidisciplinary look at the growing complexity of the entire field of cybersecurity.

Guiora's book is easy to read for anyone with a business or management background who has a smattering of knowledge of cybercrime and information security. The book utilizes scenarios and stories to illustrate various issues associated with cybersecurity such as how it connects with geopolitics and international law; how cybersecurity policy is developed and implemented within an organization; how cybercrime incidents can be prevented and mitigated both individually and by law enforcement; how organizations should respond to cybercrime incidents; and more.

The book only took me an afternoon to read through and can be an idea vehicle for senior management to give as assigned reading for their team which can be followed up with group discussion of the issues Guiora raises. Having such discussions in your company or organization on a semi-regular basis is bound to have a positive effect in raising the general awareness of employees regarding the breadth and growing threat of cybercrime affecting them both at a personal and corporate level. The book can be ordered here from Amazon:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/eajkfku6/

 

Send us your feedback

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Recommended for Learning

Learning resources from Microsoft

Microsoft offers a variety of learning resources including:

Read more about these different learning resources here on Microsoft TechNet:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/a9bpe0e6/

 

Microsoft Virtual Academy

SharePoint Automation with DSC

As a SharePoint Admin, are you looking for more information to improve your productivity? The power of Desired State Configuration (DSC) can give you just that! Join the experts as they examine real-life examples of DSC usage, and see how you can achieve more complex scenarios with Desired State Configuration. Learn what PowerShell DSC is and how you can use it to build SharePoint farms and to reverse engineer existing SharePoint farms. See DSC in action, review best practices and guidance, and get an overview of Azure Automation with DSC to support implementation of SharePoint solutions for your organization.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/20xiuvj9/


IT Pro Fitness Corner

TIP: Doing HIIT on an exercise bike (Your Editor)

In the IT Pro Fitness Corner of Issue #1139 Retro IT a reader named Andre offered the following suggestion on how I might lessen the hip pain I sometimes feel after a heavy cardio session on my reclining stationary exercise bike:

Hi Mitch, I had the same issue until many years ago a triathlete I used to work with suggested that I raise the saddle so that my leg was absolute straight on the down stroke. Since then I have never had the problem again, and I am 66 and cycle at least 30 km per week in the gym at level 6. So if it works for an old-timer like me, it should work for you.

I reported in that newsletter that I had tried Andre's suggestion and it definitely helped. But a week later I discovered something interesting: if I lengthen the saddle/pedal distance on my exercise this works well for steady-state cardio sessions, but it doesn't work as well if I want to do some high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on my bike. What I discovered (for me anyways) is that a shorter saddle/pedal distance provides me with more stability for my HIIT workout. On the other hand, if my saddle/pedal distance is longer (suitable for a long steady-state cardio session) my bike feels unstable when I try to do HIIT on it. In other words:

Long saddle/pedal distance = feet slip out of pedal straps = possible leg injury

Anyways, this is what I've experienced myself and maybe it might help some of you.

TIP: Be active whenever you can! (Patti Dignan)

Pattie is the Information Services Manager for a town in Ohio, USA. She offers us the following fitness tip which every office worker can benefit from:

Gone are the days where you had to get up from your desk to service a support ticket.  That helped to keep me in check for the beginning years.  Now, with so much being done remotely, I rarely get up from my chair.  That said, everyone has to use the bathroom from time to time.  So, the only thing I have been able to incorporate into my work day is …every time I need to use the facilities, I do 12 squats and a few wall push-ups!  I already eat more than sensibly, so for me it is all about exercise.  It is just so very hard to commit to a workout schedule with my busy life as an IT Manager, Mom and Grandma. Keep up the great effort of sharing tips with us….very inspirational!

TIP: Find a buddy at work (Ryan Johnson)

Ryan Johnson is a Strategic Analyst based in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. You can find him on LinkedIn here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/n9mmsbdl/


Ryan sent us the following weightloss tip:

I have a buddy in the office that also used to be a fat IT pro, and we keep each other in-check and hold one another accountable. When I am on the fence about going for a run at lunch, there's nothing like a good guilt trip from a friend to push me over.

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 wsn@mtit.com
  

Factoid of the Week

Last week's factoid and questionwas this:

Fears have recently been raised that Britain's largest ever warship could be vulnerable to cyberattack after it emerged it appears to be running the outdated Microsoft Windows XP operating system. Where else have you seen Windows XP being used lately?

We received a few responses from observant readers on this one:


Don -- A coal burning power plant in our area. He says they have XP implementations in PLCs, RTUs, and concentrators. "It might be true of XP that the vendor has stripped it down so it's smaller and easier to manage. That's not the same as desktop XP," he says. "But it's still XP and still under the same vulnerabilities."

Howie -- How about on ATM machines in some foreign countries? There was an incident the other day where crackers drilled a hole in an ATM and used a USB cable  and the implication is that the OS is XP:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1maj7wlk/

Now let's move on to this week's factoid:

Fact
: A scientist from the University of Southern Denmark has developed a method of turning humble jellyfish into a potato chip-like food.

Source: http://www.wservernews.com/go/baln4n33/

Question: What was the most "interesting" seafood *you* have ever eaten? For myself it was sea urchin sushi (*choke!*) which I tried once and will probably never eat again despite its being glorified at the beginning of the movie "The 100 Foot Journey".

Email your answer to us at: wsn@mtit.com

Until next week, 

Mitch Tulloch

 

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 wsn@mtit.com

Prepare for your VMware VCP6-DCV exam. Josh Coen and Jason Langer have prepared the latest edition of VCP study guide. It covers all ten of the exam blueprint sections.

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

This sample script demonstrates how to find out which process is locking a file or folder in Windows:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/z6qwjxu4/

Here's a silent installer for Adobe Reader 11.0.20 you can use if you need to push out the latest version of Adobe Reader to users:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/daq99zmz/

This script is designed to automate the management of log files for applications including IIS, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, firewall management software, IRC chat client and Minecraft:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/plrp2046/

 

This Week's Tips

Windows 10 - Restore Control Panel to Win+X menu in Creators Update

Ghacks.net has a helpful tip by Martin Brinkmann that explains how you can bring back the link for opening Control Panel when you right-click on the Start button or press Windows Key + X in Windows 10 Creators Update:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/svjqa93x/

SharePoint - Set up a blog

Need to set up a blog on your SharePoint farm? Greg Zelfondhas a step-by-step explanation of how you can do this on his SharePoint Maven blog:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/b4jiaj6y/


Outlook 2007 - Resolving iCloud problems

If you're still using Outlook 2007 and have recently been experiencing problems getting iCloud to work in Outlook, it's because of a problem with the June 2017 security update for Outlook. There's a fix you can do using the registry which Outlook-Tips.net explains here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/2nx6ko9i/


Events Calendar


Do you know of any other IT conferences or events that you think readers of this newsletter might be interested in knowing about? Email us at wsn@mtit.com with the name, date, and location of the event along with the event URL.

Experts Live Europe on August 23-25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany

http://www.wservernews.com/go/tf49as0b/

Microsoft Ignite on September 25-29, 2017 in Orlando, Florida

http://www.wservernews.com/go/e055shs3/

IT/Dev Connections on October 23-26, 2017 in San Francisco, California

http://www.wservernews.com/go/x6bwr38a/

SharePoint Unite on October 24-26, 2017 in Haarlem, Netherlands

http://www.wservernews.com/go/9y19lpow/

DEVintersection on October 31 - November 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada

http://www.wservernews.com/go/37n16qm7/

European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference on November 13-16, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland

http://www.wservernews.com/go/vadl74v5/

SharePoint Fest on December 609, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois

http://www.wservernews.com/go/ryz088re/

Add Your Event

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New on TechGenix.com

Your short guide to understanding Azure Functions features

Here's a quick but comprehensive look at some Azure Functions features and how they can fit into your severless architecture.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/pfez7wjy/

Taking a fresh look at the Address Resolution Protocol

The Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) command isn’t one you will use often. But it is especially useful to help you clean up after an IP address conflict.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/y2uyt5r1/


Is flash storage the future of the cloud?

Flash storage is not new, but improvements in the technology, lower prices, and demands from an increasingly cloud-centric world may mean its time has come.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/0ls1qe2i/


Google's Virtual Private Cloud offers global, private virtual network

Google has made changes in its Virtual Private Cloud that will give IT admins new flexibility in controlling workloads connected regionally and globally.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/0n8urjy7/


Stop using email! Now!

For every important email message, hundreds of others are spam, pure junk, or loaded with malware. Why do we still use this ancient way of communicating?

http://www.wservernews.com/go/05hpowo8/

 

Tech Briefing - SQL Server

 

Azure SQL databases in logical servers, elastic pools, and managed instances

From the SQL Server Database Engine Blog

http://www.wservernews.com/go/oeea5cd9/


Protecting deletions of Azure SQL Resources

From Azure SQL Database Support

http://www.wservernews.com/go/yzd8jypz/

How to calculate barcode check-digit using T-SQL language

From the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog 

http://www.wservernews.com/go/i1othlx2/

Graph Data Processing with SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database

From the SQL Server Blog

http://www.wservernews.com/go/2aihtcce/


SQL Server 2017 containers for DevOps scenarios

From the SQL Server Blog

http://www.wservernews.com/go/4r7s7rx4/



Other Articles of Interest

Citrix Synergy 2017: Mobile Threat Defense presentation resources and links

Catch up on the latest from Citrix Synergy’s Mobile Threat Defense presentation to find out what it is, and where it fits in your mobility strategy. In this Meet the Experts session, Jack Madden will lay out what you need to know about mobile threat defense, mobile app reputation services, and put it in the context of enterprise mobility management and Apple and Google’s efforts.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/jtsvasj1/

Artificial intelligence data privacy issues on the rise

End-user privacy is becoming more important than ever due to the extreme amounts of data machine learning technologies collect. Read on to find out how to handle artificial intelligence data privacy issues that can arise as employers are able to detect and view more personal data about their employees, on devices or apps.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/ml69d543/

How will cloud computing and analytics affect Citrix shops?

Citrix's focus on monitoring, cloud computing and analytics will let IT do its job in new ways. Inside find out how they are bringing data analytics to monitoring tools and learn more about their cloud first strategy.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/68fhet4p/


Citrix Workspace brings contextual computing to application access

The new Citrix Workspace will give users access to apps -- and let IT enforce policies -- based on their device type, network, location and other factors. Learn more inside!

http://www.wservernews.com/go/knwc90oz/

 

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 wsn@mtit.com

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Something different this week: old videos from the early days of NASA about experimental aircraft. Enjoy!

XB-70A Cockpit View of Takeoff

This 40-second video taken in 1965 shows the cockpit view and takeoff of an XB-70A Valkyrie from Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/313h5luh/


X-48B Blended-Wing Body Phase One Flight Tests

This 1-minute, 14-second video taken on April 6, 2010 shows the Phase One Flight Test of Boeing's X-48B at NASA's Dryden (now Armstrong) Flight Research Center in California's Mojave Desert

http://www.wservernews.com/go/8f93g63w/


X-24B Landing on Runway 04 at Edwards AFB

This 34-second video from 1975 shows the X-24B gliding to a safe landing on Runway 04 at Edwards Air Force Base in Califorinia's Mojave Desert.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/nh6jui8w/


X-45A / UCAV Landing on Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards AFB

This 42-second movie clip shows the X-45A Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) landing on Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/9jn34x0d/

WServerNews - Product of the Week

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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.