Vol. 20, #24 - June 15, 2015 - Issue #1034
More Windows 10 resources
- Editor's Corner
- Ask Our Readers - Migrating a small business to the cloud
- From the Mailbag
- More Windows 10 resources you should know about
- Send us your feedback
- Recommended for Learning
- Microsoft Virtual Academy
- Quote of the Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- This Week's Tips
- Flagging messages in Outlook
- FAQ: Configuring a Mailbox to Allow Only POP3 Access
- Sharepoint Pilot Migration - Quickly create large lists
- Find MAC Addresses of member NICs in a Native Windows Team
- Events Calendar
- North America
- Webcast Calendar
- VirtualizationAdmin.com Webinar: First Look at VMware vSphere 6
- Register for Webcasts
- Tech Briefing
- Amazon AWS
- Security and Privacy
- System Center
- Windows PowerShell
- Recommended TechGenix Articles
- Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
- Windows Server News
- Choosing between Amazon Glacier and Google Nearline
- Virtualization security planning starts at the top
- How to license Windows-based DaaS desktops
- Benefits of Windows Apportals
- WServerNews FAVE Links
- World Champion Of Card Magic On Ellen: Shawn Farquhar
- Porsche 911 Turbo S vs Helicopter
- 'Russian Dolls' - The World's Greatest Cabaret
- Parallel Parking Solved In 1927
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- Deep Packet Inspection for Quality of Experience Monitoring
- SAVE THIS NEWSLETTER so you can refer back to it later for helpful tips, tools and resources!
- SEND YOUR FEEDBACK to [email protected] if you have any comments or suggestions!
With the release of Windows 10 fast approaching, we've drawn together a list of some resources that IT departments can use to help them plan for deployment and prepare for end-user training on the platform. After all, the last thing you want is for your boss to look over your shoulder and ask how your preparations for Windows 10 are coming along. Of course you might be able to deflect your boss's attention if you answer just right as Wally did in this classic Dilbert comic:
Having a degree in Physics I find that comic quite funny. Don't you?
Ask Our Readers - Migrating a small business to the cloud
A reader named Matt is asking for help from our readers concerning the following:
Thanks for the newsletter. I read your remark about tapping into the experience of your subscribers and that got me thinking. I'm starting to look into cloud servers and what I can do with them with regards to removing the hardware expense from my client's budgets. I deal with small companies, up to about 10 staff. Hardware & software upgrades really kill businesses of this size as it's normally something they don't consider as they are usually flat out each day running their businesses.
So I'd like to ask your readers, what real world experiences are out there that some people have gone through migrating a small business from in house hardware to cloud based hardware and software. For example, has anyone moved from an in-house exchange server to a hosted exchange solution and so on. Are there hosted solutions for things that you may not even think about that small businesses may find useful? Would you do it again, was the business happy with the end result etc.
If you'd like to respond to Matt please send your comments to us at [email protected]
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From the Mailbag
In last Issue #1033 Upgrading to Windows 10, we asked the following question about the notification many Win 7/8 users are seeing prompting them to reserve their free upgrade to Windows 10:
What if you're a small business that has Windows 7/8 Professional installed on your PCs and you don't want your users to be prompted to reserve a free upgrade of Windows 10? I suspect that there will soon be a way to block the free upgrade offer using Group Policy or by configuring local policy using Gpedit.msc or even by editing the registry, but I'm still waiting for confirmation from Microsoft concerning this. If anyone has heard anything more on this you can email me...
A reader named Walter responded as follows:
Option 1: One way to get rid of this nag ware is to remove the update that installed it. You must uninstall KB3035583.
Option 2: After you uninstall KB3021917, KB3035583 and KB3022345, you also need to disable two tasks in Task Scheduler. There are two tasks under TaskScheduler > Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Application Experience, "Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" and "ProgramDataUpdater", that will continue to contact telemetry servers even if telemetry is disabled. These tasks run and phone home even if CEIP is opted-out of. Reproduce (on Win7 Pro)"
Option 3. Simple .bat file script. But if you are a tech and have a lot of computers you now need to remove this from, then going to each machine and removing it, rebooting, then hiding it from the updates is going to be a pain, even if you write a script for it. To avoid a reboot you can simply stop the exe that is running the tray icon, rename it the folder and be done. I have made a bat file to do this for you, just make sure to run it as administrator of course. Here is the bat file script:
taskkill.exe /F /IM "gwx.exe"
takeown /f "%windir%\System32\GWX" && icacls "%windir%\System32\GWX" /grant administrators:F
ren "%windir%\System32\GWX\" "GWX_Old"
Thanks for this. If any other readers have additional suggestions concerning this, please email me at [email protected]
More Windows 10 resources you should know about
We've been working hard trying to gather together some useful resources for organizations planning on deploying Windows 10 in their environments. Below is what we've found so far, and if you've found any others that you think might be useful please send them to us at [email protected]
Windows 10 Portal (TechNet Wiki)
Overview of Windows 10 for Enterprises (Channel 9)
Try it out: Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview (TechNet)
The New User Experience with Windows 10 (Channel 9)
Windows 10 Insider Preview IT pro forums (TechNet)
Provisioning packages (TechNet Library)
Provisioning Windows 10 Devices with New Tools (Channel 9)
Windows 10 Setup - Technical Drilldown (Deployment Research)
Deploying Windows 10 using ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 (SP2) (Deployment Research)
How to REALLY create a Windows 10 ISO, no 3rd party tools needed (Deployment Research)
MDT Updates for Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10041 (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog)
A New Era of Threat Resistance for the Windows 10 Platform (Channel 9)
Device Guard overview (TechNet Library)
Enterprise Data Protection overview (TechNet Library)
Block untrusted fonts in an enterprise (TechNet Library)
Microsoft Passport overview (TechNet Library)
Device management overview (TechNet Library)
Managing Windows 10: Back to Basics (Channel 9)
Managing Windows 10 with Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager (Channel 9)
What's New in Windows 10 Management and the Windows Store (Channel 9)
Windows 10 Mobile Device Management (MDM) in Depth (Channel 9)
Minasi's Guide to Managing Windows 10: New Windows, New Tools (Channel 9)
Send us your feedback
Once again, if you've found any other Windows 10 resources that you think might be useful to our readers, please send them to us at [email protected]
Recommended for Learning
The Microsoft Press blog has published a sample chapter from the book Virtualizing Desktops and Apps with Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out. The sample chapter covers planning and deploying session-based virtual desktops and a link to it can be found in this post:
Microsoft Virtual Academy
One announcement from the Microsoft Virtual Academy:
July 16: Preparing Your Enterprise for Windows 10 as a Service
Get ready for Windows 10 as a Service! In the fifth episode of the Enterprise Mobility Core Skills series! Simon May will show you how to take advantage of the Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) features built directly into Windows, including single sign-on, mobile device management (MDM) functionality, and improved security and identity protection. Register today!
Quote of the Week
"There is no cloud. Only other people's servers." --Found recently on Twitter
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Flagging messages in Outlook
This one I discovered by mistake because of my fat fingers. When using up down arrows to read a thread in Outlook you can press the zero key on your numpad to flag or unflag the selected message.
Are there any other keyboard shortcuts readers find useful when working with Outlook? Email us your tips at [email protected] and we'll credit you by your full name, title and website URL if you have one.
FAQ: Configuring a Mailbox to Allow Only POP3 Access
Paul Cunningham, an Exchange Server MVP from Australia, has published a helpful article on his blog ExchangeServerPro that may be of help to organizations that have a requirement of allowing certain users to only access their mailboxes using POP3:
Sharepoint Pilot Migration - Quickly create large lists
This post by Mahesh Nagaiah on Microsoft's Global Delivery (GD) Bloggers blog includes a script you can use to help you evaluate and compare the capabilities of different SharePoint migration products:
Find MAC Addresses of member NICs in a Native Windows Team
Another recent post on the GD Bloggers blog shows how you can use Windows PowerShell to display the MAC addresses of teamed network adapters in Windows Server 2012 and later:
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How to license Windows-based DaaS desktops
SA, VDA, and SPLA licensing terms make it difficult to understand how to deploy DaaS desktops and comply with Microsoft's rules. Even if you get the details totally sorted out, you could still potentially face a big licensing bill -- find out more inside.
Benefits of Windows Apportals
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This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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World Champion Of Card Magic On Ellen: Shawn Farquhar
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Porsche 911 Turbo S vs Helicopter
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'Russian Dolls' - The World's Greatest Cabaret
A beautiful and impressive 'Russian Style' magic act performed by Valeriy Bastrakov at the French television show The World's Greatest Cabaret:
Parallel Parking Solved In 1927
They solved parallel parking in 1927 - and we totally forgot about it!
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.