Vol. 17, #51 - December 17, 2012 - Issue #910

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Looking Back on 2012

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Looking Back on 2012
    • Tip of the Week
    • Recommended for Learning
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Events Calendar
    • Americas
  4. Webcast Calendar
    • Register for Webcasts
  5. Tech Briefing
    • Tech Predictions for 2013
  6. Windows Server News
    • Configuring Hyper-V 3.0 virtual switches using PowerShell cmdlets
    • Windows Azure Mobile Services creates backends for Windows 8, iPhone
    • Cloud-hosted virtual desktop pros and cons
    • Best practices for Windows XP to Windows 7 migration stragglers
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • NetWrix Change Reporter Suite

 

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Editor's Corner

The end of the year is a time for reflection, so this issue of WServerNews looks back at 2012 and also looks ahead at what's coming in 2013. But don't just take my word for it because reflections are SOMETIMES HORRIBLY WRONG:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320797211

Looking Back on 2012

We'll be taking a break from WServerNews over the holiday season, so this will be the last issue you'll receive for the current year. The next issue should arrive in your inbox on Monday January 7, 2013 assuming the Mayans were wrong...

Anyways, since your mind is probably already focused on what you'll be doing over the holiday break, we'll try and keep this issue short.

One year ago we took over as editors of WServerNews from the very capable hands of our predecessor Stu Sjouwerman who founded the newsletter way back in 1997. Stu's newsletter was originally called W2Knews but was renamed in 2005 more appropriately as WServerNews. Under Stu's leadership, the number of subscribers grew to over 100,000 and we've been able to maintain this reach over the last year with hopes to grow it further in the future. Which reminds me, if you know a friend or colleague that could benefit from reading this newsletter, please let them know that they can subscribe by going here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320137211

Anyways, in late 2012 WServerNews was acquired by TechGenix Ltd which manages a highly successful collection of sites for IT pros. The TechGenix family of sites has been growing lately and now includes:

And of course also this newsletter:

WServerNews.com

One thing we've been really excited about since we took over as editors of this newsletter is the amount of feedback we've received over the last year from you, our readers. Much of your feedback has been helpful, and most of it has been polite :-)

Though we have been called to the woodshed occasionally for errors we've made, but we're always happy to admit when we're wrong...oww...

But we really feel that such feedback from you, our readers, is helping us make WServerNews more useful than ever, so please continue sending your comments, criticisms and suggestions to [email protected] and we'll include as much of it as we are able in our newsletter.

Looking ahead to 2013

Although year-end can be a time for looking back, it should also be a time of looking ahead. So what's in store for 2013? Well, for one thing, you might want to check out some tech predictions for 2013 in the Tech Briefing section of this issue. But let's get back to what we have in store for WServerNews in the coming year.

One thing we'll be sure to continue doing is to keep bringing you lots of coverage of the topics our readers want to hear more about as indicated by yourselves in the survey we ran earlier this year. This means we'll continue to cover topics like cloud computing, server management, automation and scripting, server hardware, troubleshooting, and other stuff important to IT pros who work in small, mid-sized and large organizations. And if there are any other topics you'd like us to cover, please let us know at [email protected].

We've also received requests from you, our readers, for more frequent guest editorials, so we're going to try and do just that by starting the new year with guest editorials every couple of issues. Whether we can keep doing this however will depend on us finding enough willing experts who can write these editorials for us, and so in that regard we look again to you, our readers, to send us your suggestions about which experts you think we should approach concerning this. Some of you might even be willing to contribute an editorial of your own on some topic, and if this is the case then please get in touch with us at [email protected] and we'll see what we can arrange.

Thanks to all involved

Finally, we want to end this year with a few words of thanks and best wishes for the holiday season.

First, our thanks to everyone at TechGenix Ltd for their behind-the-scenes work in making this newsletter possible.

Thanks also to Hubert Heller who provides the fun stuff for the FAVE Links section and to Sarah Hurd of TechTarget that provides the news items for the Windows Server News section of this newsletter.

And once more big THANK YOU to you, our readers, for helping us continue to make WServerNews the oldest and still the best Windows Server newsletter in the world!

Until next year,
Mitch Tulloch, Senior Editor
Ingrid Tulloch, Associate Editor

*****HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!*****

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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 from Microsoft Press and has published hundreds of articles for IT pros. Mitch is also a seven-time for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada.

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Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also Head of Research for their content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.

Tip of the Week

Here's a tip on how you can keep up with the latest on Windows Server technologies: subscribe to WServerNews! Forward this newsletter to some colleagues today and suggest they too can subscribe to this newsletter!

You can subscribe to WServerNews here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320458070

Got any tips you'd like to share with over 100,000 readers of this newsletter? Email me at [email protected]

Recommended for Learning

Cloud Enterprise Architecture is another solid title from CRC Press. The book is designed to help organizations develop enterprise architecture (EA) frameworks for implementing cloud computing solutions that can help you achieve your business strategies. Individual chapters apply EA principles to different aspects of cloud computing including architecture design, applications, supporting technologies, integration issues, management, security, and governance. The subject is covered in a standards-oriented, vendor-neutral fashion, and is good, solid reading for enterprise architects and IT decision-makers.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320464211

Quote of the Week

"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." --Abraham Lincoln

"Time is money." --Benjamin Franklin

"Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in." --Napoleon Bonaparte

"Time is what prevents everything from happening at once." --John Archibald Wheeler

"But time growing old teaches all things." --Aeschylus

"The bird of time has but a little way to flutter and the bird is on the wing." --Omar Khayyam

"Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods." --Japanese proverb

BTW feel free to follow me on Twitter and/or friend me on Facebook

 

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Top 5 free IT infrastructure auditing tools. Audit changes in Active Directory, Exchange, File Servers, VMware and SQL. Reviewed by industry gurus, these tools proved useful for thousands of IT pros.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355321477539

Hypervisor Independent VDI & Application Publishing from a Single Platform with 2X ApplicationServer XG.  30-day fully featured trial version.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355321490398


Free tool: Hyper-V Backup by Altaro. Easy to use, fast, has your back. More info & Download:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355321500320

SeaTools for Windows lets you diagnose problems with Seagate HDDs:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320473055

Use HDTune to scan HDDs for bad sectors:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320477805

 

Events Calendar

Americas

Add your event

Contact Michael Vella at [email protected] to get your conference or other event listed in our Events Calendar.

 

Webcast Calendar

Register for Webcasts

 Add your Webcast

Contact Michael Vella at [email protected] to get your webcast listed in our Webcasts Calendar.

 

Tech Briefing

Tech Predictions for 2013

Enough with looking back, it's time to get out our crystal balls and look towards the future. Here are some tech predictions for 2013 we've gathered from different sources. Which do you agree with? Which disagree? We value your feedback as always, email us at [email protected].

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320520086

Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2013 and Beyond:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320525383

Forrester's Networking predictions for 2013 from ComputerWeekly:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320530055

IDC Predictions 2013:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355761847429

Top 5 Security Predictions for 2013 from Symantec:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320540664

Top technology predictions for 2013, parts one and two, from ITWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320545945

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320550898

Cyber-security predictions for 2013 from ITBusiness.ca:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320553367

Technology Predictions for 2013 from LockerGnome:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320557945

Tech Predictions for 2013 by Chris Pirillo:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320565508

5 Technology Predictions for 2013 from Ivytalk's Blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320582867

Any dibs on who's right and who's wrong? What do YOU think next year has in store for the IT world and profession? Email us at [email protected]

 

Windows Server News

Configuring Hyper-V 3.0 virtual switches using PowerShell cmdlets

Many organizations are leveraging PowerShell cmdlets to configure Hyper-V 3.0 – and for a good reason. Check out this resource to discover how easy it can be to configure a virtual switch using PowerShell and review the benefits this approach can offer.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320588117

Windows Azure Mobile Services creates backends for Windows 8, iPhone

The complex, back-end coding skills that managing end-user mobile devices requires can be costly and burdensome on your development team. Fortunately, Windows Azure Mobile Services is specifically designed to address this challenge and streamline the process. Check out this tip to learn more.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320592070

Cloud-hosted virtual desktop pros and cons

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is becoming increasingly popular, but do cloud-hosted virtual desktops live up to the hype? Inside this exclusive resource, review the top benefits and shortcomings of this emerging trend so that you can determine whether or not DaaS is right for your business.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320595867

Best practices for Windows XP to Windows 7 migration stragglers

Transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7 is no simple task; nevertheless, it is essential. While there’s no direct migration path, there are various tips and tricks that can streamline the process as well as ensure success post-migration. Access this exclusive resource to learn more.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320600195

 

WServerNews FAVE Links

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

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Anamorphic illusions trick your mind into seeing a 3D object that is actually flat as paper.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320604398

Beautiful footage of Alaska in areas that have never been rafted before.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320608351

'Fum' the cat and 'Gebra' the owl are back one year later with a new video and - as you can see - they are still best friends:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320612570

Cheetahs are the fastest runners on the planet. National Geographic documented these amazing cats in a way that’s never been done before:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1355320616695

 

WServerNews - Product of the Week

NetWrix Change Reporter Suite

NetWrix Change Reporter Suite automates and simplifies the auditing of critical IT systems across the entire IT infrastructure. With one simple deployment you can efficiently audit critical IT systems such as Active Directory, Exchange, VMware to name just a few - while staying within a reasonable budget.Thanks to the patent-pending NetWrix AuditIntelligence™ technology that transforms raw audit data into meaningful and actionable intelligence to drive security and compliance, NetWrix Change Reporter Suite allows you to easily track and report on the "4W detail": who changed what, where and when.

Free Trial

 

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 from Microsoft Press and has published hundreds of articles for IT pros. Mitch is also a seven-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 Head of Research for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.


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