Vol. 20, #7 - February 16, 2015 - Issue #1017

No more Windows 7 ISO and more

  1. Editor's Corner
    • No more Windows 7 ISO
    • Windows Server "10" delayed
    • Amazon still the big player in cloud
    • New TechGenix site on AWS
    • 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
    • Microsoft Software Recovery Center now online
    • Hiding BitLocker from Control Panel
    • Rotating an Excel spreadsheet
  4. Events Calendar
    • Americas
  5. Webcast Calendar
    • MSExchange.org Webinar: Advanced Microsoft Exchange Backup and Recovery Strategies for SMBs
    • Register for Webcasts
  6. Tech Briefing
    • Cloud Computing
    • Security and Privacy
    • SharePoint, Exchange and Office
    • Storage
    • Windows client
  7. Recommended TechGenix Articles
    • Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
  8. Windows Server News
    • How to allot your shrinking cloud dollars in the future
    • How to use and when not to use VMware snapshots
    • DRaaS or DaaS? You can have both
    • Learning problem-solving techniques from kids at play
  9. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • Spider Man
    • Mind-Blowing Origins Of Everyday Symbols
    • Train Dashes Through The Snow In Canada
    • Dog Performs Amazing Magic Trick
  10. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Deep Packet Inspection for Quality of Experience Monitoring

 

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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about several news items and rumors that have grabbed the attention of your editors during the last couple of weeks. We're sure many of our readers will find them interesting as well.

We're also pleased to announce a small change in the structure of our newsletter. Back in 2012 when we sent out a survey to WServerNews subscribers, one of the questions we asked you was which sections of the newsletter you read most or found most helpful. The number one response of over two-thirds of you was our Tip of the Week. So beginning with this issue, instead of including a single tip in the Editor's Corner of each issue, we're now going to have a whole new section called This Week's Tips where we'll have not one but several IT pro tips each week!

OK that's enough applause, thanks. By the way, have you ever tried to clap only one hand? Here's what happened to Ratbert:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424181603375

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Now let's take a look at the news items and rumors that grabbed our attention recently...

No more Windows 7 ISO

Until now users who purchased OEM PCs with loads of crapware preinstalled on them could use the following tutorial on SevenForums.com to replace their bloated Windows image by installing a clean Windows 7 ISO which they could download for free from Digital River:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424181964578

As you can see from the 49 pages of comments on this article, this tutorial is popular! Or perhaps we should say that OEM crapware is *not* very popular with those who buy OEM PCs that have Windows preinstalled...

Well, we've just heard a rumor that Microsoft is taking down the servers at Digital River that have been hosting the Windows 7 ISOs you needed if you wanted to follow the above tutorial. For example, until a few days ago this link let you download the ISO for Windows 7 Ultimate x64 edition:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424181967359

But now you get an HTTP Error 404 File Or Directory Not Found when you try that link.

My guess is that this has happened because mainstream support of Windows 7 SP1 ended on January 13 of this year:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424181971421

In other words, Microsoft is implicitly urging owners of OEM PCs running Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 8.1.

Any thoughts? Send feedback to [email protected]

And check out our tip called Microsoft Software Recovery Center now online in this issue.

Windows Server "10" delayed

Well, maybe not. I think many of us expected some sort of announcement about the timing of GA of Windows Server "Threshold" aka "10" aka "vNext" when they recently announced that Windows 10 would ship "later in the year" but there wasn't any such accompanying announcement concerning the server version.

Well, if you haven't read it yet, here is the latest "Windows Server and System Center roadmap update" from Microsoft's Server & Cloud Blog:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424182169984

So final release of the next version of Windows Server is going to be "in 2016" whatever that means. But maybe that was the plan all along...

Amazon still the big player in cloud

Business Insider summarizes some market research done by Synergy Research Group that suggests Amazon still dominates the $16 billion cloud market over competitors like Google and IBM:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424182323906

Of course numbers can be spun in different ways. For example, while Amazon might be biggest in the cloud game by some metrics, Microsoft is an industry leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrants in four separate cloud categories:

Here's a post on the Server & Cloud Blog from a few months back detailing this:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424182327203

New TechGenix site on AWS

Speaking of Amazon, you may not be aware of this yetbut our parent company TechGenix recently launched a new site called InsideAWS.com that has articles and news about Amazon Web Services. You can find the site here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424182528265

Your Editor is also contributing articles to this new site--check out my latest series of articles called "Getting Started with AWS" which you can find on my InsideAWS.com section page here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424182530515

Have you tried AWS? Do you use it in your organization? Share your stories with us at [email protected]'

P.S. I also have a section on VirtualizationAdmin.com here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424182533812

and have written literally tons of articles on WindowsNetworking.com here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424182536921

Enough of tooting my horn ;-)

Send us feedback

Got feedback concerning anything in this newsletter? Let us know at [email protected]

Recommended for Learning

Know It/Prove It is a month-long learning binge from the Microsoft Virtual Academy to accelerate your skills on the tech topic of your choice. Take the challenge here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424182678109

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Check out these on-demand courses from the Microsoft Virtual Academy:

Using PowerShell for Active Directory

IT Pros, want to automate redundant tasks and do it right the first time? Learn how to turn your real-time management and automation scripts into useful reusable tools and cmdlets. Use PowerShell to better create, query, update, delete, and manage your Active Directory"

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424182737937

Surface Pro 3 Deployment

If you're looking into Surface Pro 3 deployment and you'd like to learn why automation is important (plus how to automate using PowerShell), check out this course. Determine the correct version of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for you, and learn which tools you need.:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424182741453

Deploying Office 2013 with App-V

If you'd like to learn about strategies for testing, deploying, and updating Office 2013 using App-V 5.0, including rollback options, explore the modules in this course. In addition, get a look at pitfalls and problems that can occur when deploying Office 2013 using App-V 5.0 to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 clients:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424182744750

Quote of the Week

"Those who forget to script are doomed to repeat their work." --Jeffery Hicks, Microsoft MVP in Windows PowerShell

Check out Jeffery's blog called "The Lonely Administrator" here for some nifty PowerShell tips and stuff:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424183013953

Until next week,

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint gives you the vital information you need to be sure the file you’re about to restore is the right one. Download now!
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424181342265

Read this free eBook and find out how to calculate the true return on investment (ROI) involved in maintaining traditional storage solutions for email archiving and Exchange management.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424181371515

Gow (Gnu On Windows) is the lightweight alternative to Cygwin
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424181405843

IronKey Basic D250 8GB Secure Flash Drive uses 256-bit AES encryption and is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certified
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424181439015

ZoomIt is a screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424181481984


This Week's Tips

This week we have tips on recovering a PC that has Windows 7 retail media installed, hiding the BitLocker Control Panel icon from standard users, and rotating an Excel spreadsheet to read CSV files better. 

Microsoft Software Recovery Center now online

Did you buy Windows 7 retail media for your PC and now your OS is toast? You can download an ISO of the Windows 7 retail media you need for your PC from the new Microsoft Software Recovery Center and use it to reinstall Windows on your PC. Here's the link to this new online resource:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424183300468

Note that this only works with retail media. If you bought an OEM PC with Windows 7 preinstalled, your machine has an OEM product key and that won't work with the retail media you can download from the Microsoft Software Recovery Center.

Hiding BitLocker from Control Panel

A colleague says he has found a way to hide the BitLocker Control Panel icon from standard (non-admin) users on a Windows computer. One would think that the way to do this would be to configure the following policy setting in Group Policy:

User Configuration \ Policies \ Administrative Templates \ Control Panel \ Hide specified Control Panel items

But he says it that policy setting doesn't hide the BitLocker Control Panel icon. After asking around for a while someone suggested that he add the following two registry keys:

Path: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Name: DisallowCpl ... Type: REG_DWORD ... Value: 1

Path: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowCpl

Name: 1 ... Type: REG_SZ ... Value: Microosft.BitlockerDriveEncryption

I haven't had a chance to try this yet so maybe one of our readers can try it. Be sure to back up the registry before you modify it--see here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424183307375

Rotating an Excel spreadsheet

Have you ever had a CSV file with a couple of lines of output that you wanted to read more easily than in Notepad? So you try opening it in Excel and it looks something like this:

 

Figure 1

So you scroll sideways to read it and keep scrolling and scrolling...

Here's a trick I found online: you can easily rotate a selection of cells by 90 degrees in Excel. For example, start by selecting the populated cells in the above spreadsheet, then right-click on the selected area press CTRL+C to copy the cells to the clipboard.

Now switch to a new spreadsheet, right-click on a blank cell, and select Paste Special from the menu that appears:

 

Figure 2

In the Paste Special dialog that appears, select the checkbox labeled Transpose just above the OK button:

 

Figure 3

Now press OK and after resizing the columns the contents of your CSV file are nice and readable:

 

Figure 4

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

Events Calendar

Americas

Convergence 2014 on March 16-19 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424185635359

Microsoft Ignite on May 4-8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424185640281

Add your event

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Webcast Calendar

MSExchange.org Webinar: Advanced Microsoft Exchange Backup and Recovery Strategies for SMBs

Join experts Lee Benjamin, Microsoft MVP and President of ExchangeGuy Consulting, and Len Srinivasan, Vice President of Vembu Technologies on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11am EST / 8am PST / 4pm GMT for an interactive discussion on the best practices for creating a solid back-up and restore strategy and putting in the proper processes and technologies to ensure fast, accurate backup and recovery of Exchange Servers.

This live, interactive webinar will demystify the backup and recovery process by addressing a variety of topics including: 

The webinar will include a Q &A session with our expert presenters to answer your top questions!

Sign up for this informative live event!

Register for Webcasts

Add your Webcast

PLANNING A WEBCAST you'd like to tell our subscribers about? Contact [email protected]

 

Tech Briefing

Cloud Computing

Evolution at Work: The Internet of Things Meets the Cloud (CloudComputingAdmin.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424185759515

Identity Crisis in the Cloud (CloudComputingAdmin.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424185761921

Security Privacy

Considerations for Running Security Software in the Cloud (CloudComputingAdmin.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424185852203

Securing a Hybrid Cloud (CloudComputingAdmin.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424185856859

SharePoint, Exchange and Office

Office 365 Message Encryption (Part 1) (MSExchange.org)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424185944343

Exchange Server 2013 Backup and Restore 101 - Disabled mailboxes (Part 3) (MSExchange.org)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424185946562

Storage

Case Studies on Storage Spaces, Scale-Out File Servers with SMB3 or both (Jose Barreto's Blog)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424185998125

The State of Cloud Storage (CloudComputingAdmin.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186000093

Winows client

Customizing Windows 8.1 Start Screen Layout with Group Policy (Group Policy Central)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186077296

Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure – Follow Up! (CanITPro)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186079296

Recommended TechGenix Articles

Key IaaS Fundamentals for Enterprises
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186325984

Microsoft + AWS: A Winning Combo (Part 2)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186327953

Exchange Online Protection Quarantine (Part 1)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186329921

Using Network Security Groups to secure an Application in Microsoft Azure
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186331921

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials: A Better Solution than you Thought (Part 3)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186333890

Windows Server News

How to allot your shrinking cloud dollars in the future

There are a lot of cloud services available today, which makes choosing between them extremely difficult.  Planning ahead and knowing what to budget for in the coming year can make this selection process a little bit easier. Fortunately, this exclusive guide dives into two projects in particular that you should start budgeting for now so your IT cloud dollars will go far in 2015.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186938593

How to use and when not to use VMware snapshots

Simply put, a VMware snapshot is definitely not a backup. Learn what a VMware snapshot is, and – more importantly – what is isn’t, so you can sort through the confusion and ensure you avoid trouble by only using virtual machine snapshots as they're intended.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186940375

DRaaS or DaaS? You can have both

If you are thinking about embracing the cloud as part of your disaster recovery strategy, consider DaaS – many DaaS providers offer options where DRaaS is built in already. Learn more about how to leverage both DRaaS and DaaS together for optimal DR in the cloud.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186943203

Learning problem-solving techniques from kids at play

When new vulnerabilities arise in your data center, it’s best to think outside the box and adapt.  So, how can you apply this methodology to your vSphere environment? Learn how inside and review the key considerations you need to keep in mind to creatively solve your virtualization security problems when they arise.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424186955125

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]

Spider Man

How does he do it?  It's just awesome!
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424187099078

Mind-Blowing Origins Of Everyday Symbols

A look at the symbols we have come to accept as a part of our lives. The origins of the Bluetooth, USB, On-Off, Command and Peace symbols may surprise you:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424187103062

Train Dashes Through The Snow In Canada

A Canadian National Railway locomotive plows through huge snow drifts and gives the cameraman a massive show shower:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424187106531

Dog Performs Amazing Magic Trick

Chances are you will want to watch this video twice to see how the Golden Retriever magician dog does it.  It is guaranteed to make you smile!
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1424187110968

WServerNews - Product of the Week

Deep Packet Inspection for Quality of Experience Monitoring

Read this whitepaper to get a detailed description of packet analysis techniques to measure high network response times, network delay, server processing times, client processing time, traffic distribution, and overall quality of experience.

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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.