Vol. 20, #22 - June 1, 2015 - Issue #1032
The latest on Windows Server 2016
- Editor's Corner
- Ask Our Readers - Archiving Outlook emails for fast access
- From the Mailbag
- The latest on Windows Server 2016
- 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
- View or modify SMBIOS parameters for a virtual machine using PowerShell
- Outlook tip - Renaming attachments so you can open them
- Migrating from HDD to SSD without reinstalling Windows
- Events Calendar
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- Webcast Calendar
- VirtualizationAdmin.com Webinar: First Look at VMware vSphere 6
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- Tech Briefing
- Enterprise IT
- System Center
- Windows client
- Recommended TechGenix Articles
- Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
- Windows Server News
- Consider perks, drawbacks of the multi-cloud model
- Two tools to help prepare for a workload migration
- VMware workspace management tool brings Citrix support
- A speedier Web client arrives in vSphere 6.0
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A few weeks ago in Issue #1029 The latest on Windows 10, we looked at some of the latest news about the upcoming Windows 10 release of Microsoft's client operating system. While Microsoft's next server operating system is still about a year away from being released, we decided anyways to devote an issue of our newsletter to what we already know about Windows Server 2016 based on the information that's publically available at the current time.
Of course nothing is certain in life, especially if it has something to do with the future. But wouldn't you love to be able to explore the future? Well you can, provided you can figure out what the following xkcd webcomic is trying to say:
Maybe we'll just go back to Dilbert next week...
Ask Our Readers - Archiving Outlook emails for fast access
In the previous Issue #1029 The latest on Windows 10, we received the following request from reader in France:
What are your suggestions/recommendations for storing emails so that you can retrieve and review them? The size of my Microsoft outlook folders range between 3m and 20m KB.
I asked for further details and the reader replied:
My objective is to substantially reduce the size of Outlook so it is quicker and still have the ability to retrieve any archived emails as needed. How and where can archived emails be stored so they are still accessible but without going on cloud storage? Currently my Windows operating system is 8.2 and Microsoft Outlook 2010.
I asked whether this was one computer or many, whether Exchange Server was involved or just a mail server at an Internet Service Provider, whether PST files are being used, and so on. The reader replied:
One computer. Using mail server at Internet Service Provider. PST files.
I then threw this out to our readers and received a number of different responses. Several readers recommended Mailstore:
A reader named Bill who has a Masters degree in Business IT Systems said:
I recommend checking out mailstore.com. The product is reasonably priced and works very well. This way, mail can be stored LOCALLY in an indexed database optimized for quickly searching.
Another reader named Dave who lives in Australia shared his own approach as follows:
Just as a quick reply to this, since hard drive space is very cheap these days, for various clients whom now have gigabytes and gigabytes of email collected over the years, I like to simply create a .PST for every year, and simply teach the user to archive emails into their corresponding yearly PST file folder by their year. Though it may not be the best solution for everyone, it is rather a simple and effective archival means for most.
A reader named John from South Dakota, USA said:
I use Outlook 2010 and I have a 2008 domain in my home office... On my file server, a Dell PowerEdge T105 still running 2008 Server 32-bit, I stash the PST files there by year. Every year, I make a new PST just for that reason, keep the PSTs small and fast-loading. I have to copy over Calendar stuff and reattach Contacts in the correct order, but not a huge deal. Otherwise, I would need to keep last year's PST attached, which I do for a month or so into the new year until I believe I don't need to go back to it. If I need to for some reason, I just reattach the PST I want to view on whatever machine I'm using at that moment. This way, without having to use Exchange, I can have a central location for my PSTs, attach them to any machine in my office and living area, keep them loading fast, and use any machine I want at any time. I can swap out machines or whatever and it doesn't affect the server.
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From the Mailbag
Last week in Issue #1031 Safety of exposure to WiFi networks, we briefly discussed reports of possible health issues associated with WiFi networks and asked if our readers had any thoughts or additional information on the subject. We received a range of responses to our editorial and wanted to share a couple of them here. Many of our readers feel that WiFi radiation isn't something we should be concerned about. For example, a reader named Rob who is the Technical Lead for a Security Team of a large enterprise said:
The fear of radio frequency (RF) radiation is rather pointless. We've all been bombarded constantly from birth by RF radiation. Unless people intend to wear faraday cages, there is no protection. Of course no one need be subject to continuous close range exposure, if sources of RF are properly placed.
On the other side of the issue is the following email we received from Jim who is a Technology Coordinator for a large private high school:
Regarding wireless, you are wise to be concerned. I am a 25 year Investigative researcher into electromagnetic effects on human, animal, and plant health. Over 2,000 studies have been conducted which demonstrate a myriad of symptoms, illnesses, and fatal outcomes from electromagnetic fields. This includes exposure to high tension power lines, cell towers, wireless routers, wireless laptops, pads, etc., cell phones, cordless phones, and "smart" power, gas, and water meters. They all (except powerlines) emit pulsed microwave radiation at frequencies that are shown to manifest more ailments than can be listed here.
A good, free 1,700 page scientific research compendium is available here:
It has executive summaries, 1,800 studies, graphs which show the myriad physical effects at various exposure levels. It has been clear, since the 70's that pulsed microwave radiation is highly toxic over time and even has brain disturbing effects after even a minute of cell phone use...
Young people have no business in a wireless field of any sort due to the increased penetration of their brain cavity and other critical organs, especially eyes, breasts, testicles, and genetic material. The blood brain barrier, when in the presence of a wireless field, is compromised, allowing the passage of toxins into the brain cavity. Berkley just passed a law warning people to not put cell phones in pockets, or bras due to the high exposure.
I have amassed a trove of research over the years which I will be happy to make available to anyone who feels the 1,800 studies on the bioinitiative site are inadequate.
If any of our readers would like to get directly in touch with Jim concerning the additional research materials he's willing to make available, you can contact us at [email protected] and we'll provide you with Jim's email address.
Also in the last issue we mentioned that the next version of Windows Server will support nested hypervisors i.e. enabling the Hyper-V role in a Windows Server virtual machine running on a Hyper-V host. A reader named Jeffrey pointed out to us what we already knew but neglected to mention, namely that VMware already has this capability:
Regarding nested Hyper-V instances, I am surprised that this capability does not currently exist, but I know this capability exists in VMware:
This article also explains how to virtualize Hyper-V on an ESXi virtual machine, so at least there is some workaround. I am not sure if these capabilities continue to work with ESXi 5.5/6.x.
And now on to the main topic of this week's newsletter...
The latest on Windows Server 2016
While GA (general availability) of Windows Server 2016 won't happen until sometime next year, Technical Preview 2 (TP2) is already available and hopefully some of our readers have had a chance to play around with it a bit. To help you get the most out of test driving TP2 we thought we'd devote our editorial in this issue to pointing you to some resources where you can learn more about the new features and capabilities of the next version of Windows Server. So let's dive in.
For a quick high-level summary of improvements in compute, virtualization, networking, storage, security and management capabilities of the new platform, this post on the Windows Server Blog is probably your best starting point:
Another place you can start learning about Windows Server 2016 is the TechNet Library where section called "Windows Server Technical Preview 2" can be found here:
Note that some of the content in this section is still about TP and has not yet been updated to TP2 but the TechNet documentation team is probably working hard to bring everything up to date soon.
Readers who are especially interested in the new Hyper-V features coming in Windows Server 2016 may want to watch Ben Armstrong's presentation from Microsoft Ignite here on Channel 9:
In the latest issue of TechNet Flash Newsletter, Microsoft Canada Technology Evangelist Anthony Bartolo identified the following top 3 Hyper-V 2016 features announced at Ignite:
- Shielded Virtual Machines
- Rolling Cluster Upgrades
- Storage Spaces Direct
To learn more about Shielded Virtual Machines, see this video:
To learn more about Rolling Cluster Upgrades, see this page in the TechNet Library:
And to learn more about Storage Spaces Direct, see the following information on MSDN:
If any of our readers have tried out any of these new technologies and want to share what they think of them, feel free to email us at [email protected]
And if you haven't already test driven Windows Server 2016 TP2 you can download the evaluation version here:
We'll update this list as more news trickles out from Redmond concerning the upcoming version of Windows Server.
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This week we have tips a PowerShell script for Hyper-V, some VBA code to add a useful new feature to Outlook, and a link to an article that can help you replace your aging hard drive with a blazing-fast solid-state drive.
View or modify SMBIOS parameters for a virtual machine using PowerShell
A Senior Software Engineer from the Microsoft Hyper-V Product Group sent us the below Windows PowerShell script that uses WMI to display or modify the configurable SMBIOS parameters that are exposed to a virtual machine running on a Hyper-V host. The script can modify the BIOS GUID as well as other configurable virtual machine SMBIOS table values, and if you run the script with only the -VMName parameter it displays the currently configured SMBIOS values for the virtual machine. I'm told that the script should work on all versions but has only been tested on Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. As usual this script is presented to our readers "as is" with no warranties or guarantees so please use at your own risk.
You use this script, download the .TXT version from here and rename it with file extension .PS1.
Outlook tip - Renaming attachments so you can open them
In the previous issue we included a tip called "Outlook tip - Why did I receive that email?" that was submitted to us by Scott Bueffel, a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft. Scott also sent us another one of his favorite Outlook "hacks" and this one lets you rename attachments. Scott's reasoning for creating this hack is as follows:
If I attach a PowerShell script, the .ps1 is blocked by the recipients in Outlook. But I don't want to have to rename my attachment in the file system just so I can attach it, then rename the script in the file system back. So I attach the .ps1 as is, then click a button to rename the attachment to, say, .txt so the recipient can open it. This way my source file remains as is and only the attachment is affected.
Start by downloading this text file of Scott's VBA code and paste the code into into ThisOutlookSession in the VBA editor and save it.
Then follow these steps from Scott to add a new button called Rename Attachments to the ribbon in Outlook:
- Start a new message to open the new message form.
- Right-click anywhere in the ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon…
- Under New Mail Message, click on the Include group, then click the New Group button to create a new group below Include.
- Right-click on New Group (Custom) and select Rename, then name the group, for example, Rename. (The icon is irrelevant.)
- With the Rename group highlighted, in the drop-down list at the top left (Choose commands from:), select Macros.
- Click on the name of the macro to add, which is Project1.ThisOutlookSession.RenameAttachmentsWithPrompt, and then the Add>> button.
- With the macro name already highlighted in the right pane, click the Rename… button.
- The dialog that opens lets you pick from a small assortment of icons for the button. Choose an icon and name that works for you.
- Click OK and OK again to return to the new message form.
- You'll now see a new group and button to the right of the Include group with a button name and icon that you selected. Clicking it will run the macro (assuming you have your macro security settings configured to notify or enable all macros).
The result should look something like this:
Once again, the VBA code from Scott is presented to our readers "as is" with no warranties or guarantees.
Migrating from HDD to SSD without reinstalling Windows
In the Admin Tools section of this issue we mentioned that EaseUS Todo Backup Free is the easiest and fasted cloning software available. If you want to use this tool to migrate Windows from your hard drive to a SSD without having to reinstall Windows, you can follow the steps in this article on LifeHacker:
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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 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.