Vol. 18, #3 - January 21, 2013 - Issue #913
- Editor's Corner
- GPO Exporter 2.0 Released!
- P2V Revisited
- Tip of the Week
- Recommended for Learning
- Quote of the Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Events Calendar
- Webcast Calendar
- Featured Webinar: The TCO of Windows-to-Go Secure Workplace: Enabling Contractors and Teleworkers
- Register for Webcasts
- P2V and V2V Resources
- Deloitte debunks 'post PC era' as myth - 'Tablet computers replace paper, not PCs'
- New free Windows 8 courses on MVA
- Using Windows To Go
- Hyper-V Replica Saves the Day
- Determine Windows Server 2012 readiness with MAP 8.0
- How to Prepare Your Company for E-Discovery
- Five ways the cool stuff at CES will ruin your life
- How cloud computing, tablets will reshape the desktop
- Want VDI success? Stop putting it on a pedestal!
- Focus on hypervisor security to keep your virtual data center safe
- Top 10 Windows tips of 2012
- Microsoft Office 2013 crackable, so look to Office password recovery
- This Week's Links We Like. Fun Stuff.
- Meet the new product that’s making Email Archiving easy.
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Apologies to those of you who have received this newsletter twice. Unfortunately more than two-thirds of WServerNews.com subscribers did not receive the newsletter yesterday. We have decided to re-send the newsletter so that everyone can get their weekly fix.
This week we return to a topic we've talked about previously (P2V conversion) with a guest editorial by Quentin Gurney. But why do we need to repeat ourselves like this? Because sometimes people are HARD OF HEARING:
Newsflash! GPO Exporter 2.0 Released!
Before we get to this issue's main topic, we have a news item from Darren Mar-Elia ("The GPO Guy") about the release of version 2.0 of GPO Exporter, a popular tool you can use to document, analyze and consolidate Group Policy Objects in Active Directory environments. Darren has blogged about the new release here:
We'll also be hearing from Darren in the near future in a guest editorial right here in WServerNews!
And now on to our guest editorial by Quentin Gurney...
Back in the "good old days" when a server had hardware that was EOL, you would replace it usually every 3-5 years if you were on a lease. When you replaced it, you would asks if there were any app updates, maybe a new version of the O/S, you would do some cleanup of the "trash", and not only would you have a nice new server in the rack, everything that ran on it would be up-to-date and working fine too.
So that was the early 2000's. Now, a lot of people do things differently. All those machines? Forget replacing them, just P2V them - you get rid of your hardware problem and toss them into a farm. When the hardware in the farm goes EOL, stand up a new farm and V2V them over into the new farm. Easy peasy. That works for a while. A lot of those old O/Ss were W2K or W2K3. W2K went out of support so now you have a risk of them becoming virus spewing zombies if someone discovers an exploit. And what about W2k3? Well it goes out of support July 14, 2015, so you have about 31 months to dig yourself out of the hole and start replacing O/S even if your virtualized hardware is just fine. So if you are in a small mom and pop shop, that might not be too bad, but what if you are in something quite a bit larger - you might find yourself having to deal with maybe a dozen or two machines a month moved over to either W2K8R2 or Server 2012. If you are in a fortune 100 shop you might find you have a hundred a month or more to deal with. You might have a hard time paying the piper, but you better start now.
Taking the easy way out and doing a P2V had some real advantages when it was done, but introduced a new dynamic into the strategy. Now you need to think about moving the fleet to a new O/S platform in time to make sure you are supported when your current O/S platform is obsolete. The O/S support and replacement timeline is now completely independent of the hardware lifecycle. This applies to any virtualized platform, not just windows.
About Quentin Gurney
Quentin Gurney, MBA, BSEE, is currently an enterprise architect working for a fortune 100 company. His past job history has included time spent in IT, Finance, Engineering Program management, and a stint as a beekeeper. Lately he has been involved in virtualization strategy, active directory domain restructuring, and crafting corporate governance policies. He spends his spare time riding his bike through the counties of central Indiana.
You can find out more about him on LinkedIn at
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Tip of the Week
In Windows Server 2003 the file Setup security.inf was a security template that represented the default security settings during operating system installation, including the file permissions for the root of the system drive. You could apply portions of this template for disaster recovery purposes, for example to return your file system permissions to their default settings should they accidentally or intentionally have been modified.
In Windows Server 2008 and later however you need to follow a different approach to restore the default security settings of a system. The various options on how you can do this are described in detail in KB 313222:
Contact me at [email protected] if you have a tip you'd like to share with our readers.
Recommended for Learning
Here's a business book you may want to check out from McGraw-Hill:
Stand Out Social Marketing: 6 Keys to Rise Above the Noise, Differentiate Your Brand, and Build and Outstanding Online Presence (McGraw-Hill, 2013) explains how to...well, the subtitle says it all. Author Mike Lewis shares from his own experience helping companies establish their presence in today's crowded social networking marketplace. Starting with clearly articulating your brand, he leads you through the process of gathering key information, interacting with your potential customer base, generating interest, and establishing a distinctive presence that can help drive sales of your products or services. The book also outlines a framework for auditing your current social media strategy so you can identify improvements you can implement.
Quote of the Week
"We all have problems that we can stress out over if we allow ourselves to. The difference is in how we react to them. If things are simply out of your control, there is no point in worrying about them or letting them bother you."
--Dorian Yates, Professional Bodybuilder and 6-time Mr. Olympia as quoted from his column in Muscular Development Magazine
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Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
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Organizations now need the combined power of a scalable on-premise AND cloud based enterprise class email archive to improve productivity, lower TCO and address regulatory requirements.
A new updated version of the Windows PowerShell Command Builder is now available:
- NEW! - Microsoft Lync Conference 2013 on February 19-21, 2013 in San Diego, USA
- Microsoft Management Summit on April 8-12, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, USA
- Microsoft TechEd North America on June 3-6, 2013 in New Orleans, USA
- Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference on July 7-11, 2013 in Houston, USA
Add your event
Contact Michael Vella at [email protected] to get your conference or other event listed in our Events Calendar.
Featured Webinar: The TCO of Windows-to-Go Secure Workplace: Enabling Contractors and Teleworkers
How can your organization cost-effectively enable one or hundreds of teleworkers, remote workers, contractors and others with a solution that will protect your data assets, while enabling these individuals to work from any location on any platform?
Join Michael Osterman, Principal at Osterman Research, and Gary Gerber, Senior Product Marketing Manager at IronKey, for an informative Webinar on Wednesday, January 23rd at 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT. You will discover the features and benefits of Mobile Workspaces leveraging Windows-to-Go, and compare their TCO to traditional laptops and Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) solutions. This interactive webinar will help you understand what a Mobile Workspace employing Windows-to-Go can and cannot do for you, give you a perspective on the costs to support remote or temporary workers, and introduce you to some of the features this type of solution should have.
All registrants will have a chance to win a new Apple iPad Mini.
Register for Webcasts
Add your Webcast
Contact Michael Vella at [email protected] to get your webcast listed in our Webcasts Calendar.
For more resources concerning P2V and V2V conversions see our previous newsletter on this topic:
Deloitte debunks 'post PC era' as myth - 'Tablet computers replace paper, not PCs'
From Silicon Republic comes news that the Tablet is likely not going to replace the PC:
New free Windows 8 courses on MVA
From Microsoft's TechNet Flash newsletter comes news of a new Microsoft Virtual Academy course called Planning and Preparing for Windows 8:
Using Windows To Go
From Microsoft's Springboard Series Insider newsletter comes this info about Windows To Go, a feature in the Windows 8 Enterprise operating system that allows you to start a Windows 8 image (a Windows To Go workspace) from an external USB drive:
Hyper-V Replica Saves the Day
Read a story on the Microsoft Business Hub about how enabling Hyper-V Replica "just in case" allowed two Microsoft SMB customers to keep their IT systems running through Hurricane Sandy:
Determine Windows Server 2012 readiness with MAP 8.0
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit's new capabilities help you assess the readiness of your environment for deploying Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012:
How to Prepare Your Company for E-Discovery
From BizTech Magazine comes some advice on how to get ready to dig into the data before the litigators come knocking:
Five ways the cool stuff at CES will ruin your life
From IT World comes some skepticism about a future where smart devices of every shape and size do our thinking for us:
How cloud computing, tablets will reshape the desktop
Individually, cloud computing and mobile devices can deliver significant advantages to your organization; however, when you integrate these two trends, the benefits are maximized. Find out how to get the most from both of these technologies by using them together inside this exclusive tip.
Want VDI success? Stop putting it on a pedestal!
While VDI has various use cases and can deliver a wide variety of benefits to your organization, it's important not to spread its capabilities too thin. Learn how to maximize VDI success and get the most from your investment by leveraging it on a smaller scale.
Focus on hypervisor security to keep your virtual data center safe
When it comes to your virtual data center, maximizing hypervisor security should be a top priority. Fortunately, there are a number of tips and tricks you can utilize to ensure your virtual server environment is secure. Find out more inside this exclusive resource.
Microsoft Office 2013 crackable, so look to Office password recovery
Microsoft Office 2013 utilizes password protection to prevent your sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands; however, researchers have proven that this barrier can easily be infiltrated. Learn how Microsoft is addressing this issue and explore steps you can take to minimize security risks.
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
19 year old Formula 2 racing driver Dino Zamparelli shows his lightning reactions to an almost certain crash on the wet F1 track at Spa, Belgium.
Human flight athlete Alexander Polli enters the New Year by flying through a 6x4 foot "2013" sign just 6 feet off the ground. Happy New Year!
With most of the population living in high-rises, you'd think moving day in Korea was a big headache. Not so!
Happy New Year 2013!!! With Music by the Swedish pop group "Abba".
1.2 trillion searches. What did the world search for in 2012? A review of 2012 covering all the major events of the year which were popular on Google:
And courtesy of reader Mark Sheats comes this amazing YouTube video of real musical instruments made from trash:
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.