Vol. 20, #35 - August 31, 2015 - Issue #1045
Tips from a smallbiz IT consultant
- Editor's Corner
- Ask Our Readers - Recovering data from a dead SSD
- From the Mailbag
- Tips from a smallbiz IT consultant
- Send us your feedback
- Recommended for Learning
- Microsoft Virtual Academy
- Registration is open for Exchange CON 2015
- Quote of the Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- This Week's Tips
- Saving toner cartridges using software
- Fixing a dead laptop screen
- Win a Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet!
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- Tech Briefing
- Enterprise IT
- Microsoft Azure
- Microsoft Exchange and Office 3065
- Security and Privacy
- Recommended TechGenix Articles
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- Boost business productivity with cloud, mobility mix
- Latest SMB protocol features boost Hyper-V
- How to license Windows-based DaaS desktops
- How VMware VSAN and EVO: RAIL Compare
- WServerNews FAVE Links
- Hopefully This Does Not Happen At Your Home
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This week's newsletter includes a guest editorial by Tony Gore, an IT consultant in the UK. Tony has some great tips for IT pros who work with customers in the small business market segment and since our recent survey indicates that about one-fifth of our subscribers work at businesses with 9 or fewer employees, we're sure that many of our newsletter readers will find Tony's suggestions helpful. And if you're in small business IT and have some additional tips of your own you'd like to share with our newsletter readers, feel free to email us at [email protected] and we'll include your feedback in the Mailbag section of a future issue of WServerNews.
Of course if you're business is small, it doesn't mean it's not important. Small businesses are the backbone of the economy, some say. So small is big, really. And small can be beautiful. Yet even good things can be dangerous when taken in small enough doses--as this Dilbert comic strip says about PowerPoint:
Fast forwarding ahead a couple of years and I wonder if we'll be feeling the same way about Sway in the future as we do about PowerPoint today--any thoughts? Email us at [email protected]
Ask Our Readers - Recovering data from a dead SSD
In the previous Issue #1044 Windows 10 roundup, a reader named Alain from New Zealand raised the question the following question:
Thanks for the starters -- the tools do work, but are more focused on the HDD than the SSD. I recently had a catastrophic failure on my laptop's SSD. One day, Windows was not performing the way it should, and so I rebooted, only to find it could never re-start! The end result was I had a laptop which I have great difficulty in trying to use again, since it does not have an optical drive, and will not boot from a USB. I did luckily make a clone of the drive, but that didn't help because I could not boot to the new SSD in order to restore. Moral of the story -- if you use an SSD, have an online data store that automatically saves your data immediately, or you run the risk of losing a whole bunch -- and for large data, backup regularly!
There was no data recovery possible from the SSD. The recovery company even offered to dismantle the SSD, and re-wire the ram to another similar board, but there was no guarantee of recovery that way either, because SSD's encrypt the data and have an algorithm that identifies where data gets stored on which memory chip. Even if I could get the data back, it would be jumbled. I did run a diagnostic on the SSD, which said it was fine. The program I tried was called SSDLifePro (did not buy the paid for version, but the free trial does identify whether there are any problems).
I have another SSD that seems to be giving trouble at the moment. My laptop keeps shutting down for no reason -- it just stops as if the power were turned off to a desktop. (Lenovo X240). I am in the process of trying to clone the drive to a new SSD, so I can have a bit more reassurance that things will not disappear like they did the last time. And I do a daily backup to external media of all my data, and I have a cloud storage system (AeroFS) that is a Dropbox clone, using your own storage -- very nice!
If you have any other ideas on measuring the life of an SSD, please let me know.
We received a few responses to Alain's request for help on this matter. First, a reader named Franz who is a computer consultant/reseller in Don Mills, Ontario, Canada said:
I had the same experience of an SSD just going bad after a reboot and sent my customer's drive to a repair facility who were unable to repair. However, further research led me to Ontrack who were able to recover the data to another HD. The success probably will depend on the make of the drive. My customer was lucky that time.
You can find out more about Kroll Ontrack here:
Next, a reader named John extended his sympathy and advised as follows:
I can't help with the detection process other than I use Piriform Speccy to show the SMART information and temperature of a drive. However, using regular backups of data to salvage documents and a full image backup to protect against a total failure of your hard/SSD drive. I have been using the image backup provided with windows since Windows 7. It requires an external drive (USB or network) and a CD burner/reader for the recovery disk.
On Windows 8.x you need a memory stick instead of a CD. Note: the original operating system installation disk will work until the first major patch update when you will need to create a fresh recovery media.
On Window 7 you would use the backup and restore option in control panel and on the other operating systems, 8 and 10, use backup and restore (windows 7). From this window you can create a system image and a system repair disk. I hope this helps
You can find out more about Piriform Speccy here:
Another reader named Sam sent us the following detailed response:
What do you mean by "Windows was not performing the way it should"? We need you to be a whole lot more specific. Meanwhile, a few pearls of wisdom:
1. You just found out that the quality of SSD varies quite a lot. Usually the cheaper ones are tested to only 100,000 read/writes were the more expensive ones to one million and above read/writes. The life cycle is very wide.
2. Without providing manufacturer or laptop model….here are a few guidelines. After a hard HDD ( SSD, ATA, PATA, SCSI) failure and before you rebuild the drive, make it an external drive and find out if it is accessible. If it is, look someplace else for the no boot. We like the SSD manufacturers SMART utility that you can download from i.e. Samsung.
3. Rebuilding any HDD requires disassembly, and replacing the defective board (in most SSD cases). As far as not having an optical drive or boot up from USB, try attaching an external optical drive and modify the BIOS boot order. If that does not work: Does it and do you have a diskette? If you do, make a boot up diskette and you can enter the clone HDD device that way. Easiest solution for us is to use BounceBack in another working computer by attaching your cloned drive device and the new drive, both externally. (We use this off the wall process when reimaging very old laptops).
Before doing a whole lot, try restoring the laptop to an earlier date. On your Lenovo X240, assuming that you do not have other hardware problem, use BounceBack for your needs. It makes a native copy of the whole HDD, ATA, SATA, SCUSI or SSD. For us, it is a whole lot better than Ghost. It costs $40 USD. Insert the CD or USB, boot from it, follow a few prompts and voila…..done!!!. Replace the defective SSD, ATA, SCUSI or SATA with your new one and you are done!!! Login, programs, data, permissions, etc. is all there. Like nothing ever happened. I am assuming that you are still using W7 for there was a problem with the first automatic update of W10, many laptops crashed and it is well documented, in which case boot in safe mode and first try to use the generic video drivers provided by Microsoft (W10 doesn't like early NVIDIA and some older ATI drivers), if still have the same problem, disable the touchpad drivers and replace them again with the generic Microsoft provided drivers.
For more information about BounceBack by CMS Products, go here:
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From the Mailbag
We've received a ton of feedback about last week's Issue #1044 Windows 10 roundup, but we'll save it until next week when we take another look at Windows 10 and how businesses and individuals are reacting to it. Meanwhile if you have any further thoughts either positive or negative concerning Windows 10 please feel free to send your feedback to us at [email protected]
Meanwhile, let's look at a few other emails we received in our Mailbag this week. First concerning Issue #1043 Disk diagnostic tools, a reader named Jeffrey reminded us not to forget about the in-box disk checking tools in Windows:
Although these will not necessarily identify hardware disk problems, Windows chkdsk and sfc utilities are useful for checking disks and/or data.
Chkdsk (with the /b parameter in Windows 7 and later) will exhaustive check a disk and identify bad blocks, add them to the bad block list, and try and migrated data from a bad block to a spare block. However, it requires a Windows supported file system.
Sfc (with the /scannow parameter) will identify corruption in protected Windows system files and replace bad files with good copies. While this utility can fix corrupted system files, it will do nothing to resolve any underlying hardware issues so if a disk is going bad, it is likely that these files will become corrupted again.
Also in last week's issue, I started off with a personal trip down memory lane to share a "hack" I've been using to save money on batteries for my aging HP-27S scientific calculator. One reader named Gustavo who works in the manufacturing industry wanted to express his thanks for my HP calculator reminiscences and shared some of his own:
Mitch, I don't have a hack story to share, but just wanted to say "thank you" for all the memories this brought.
My father was lucky enough to get a HP-35 calculator right off when they were available. He was an engineer working at an electric power plant. Quite often he will bring work home, and I was a kid in primary school back then. He let me help with basic calculations (addition mostly) with data readings from the plant. I was able to use the RPN options in no time!
Then in 1975, our Math teacher at school (grade 6) ask us if our parents have a calculator (it was a novelty back then), to bring it into school and will practice. Of course I ask my father for the HP-35 and he agreed to let me use it. When I show up at school with this, nobody else, and I mean NOBODY, had any idea what this calculator was. Including the teacher! There I was, showing my teacher how to use the HP-35 calculator!!
Of course, when I went to high school and later university, I got an HP calculator, HP-11C. By then, I was really proficient on using it, and will do complicated operations really quick by taking advantage of the memory stack and the RPN. I do recall other guys carrying much more expensive HP-41C calculators, and they didn't have clue how to use it, less to take advantage, of the RPN feature.
Once again, thanks for the memories!
All I can say is, "RPN is dead; long live RPN!"
Speaking of calculators, a reader named Dave tells us that the video game Doom has actually ben ported to run on Texas Instruments calculators:
The porting of Doom to Z80 assembly to run on the TI range of calculators seven or eight years ago was pretty cool. All of the source code in Assembly can be found on ticalc.org There are a few videos on YouTube, one being this:
That totally blows my mind.
Finally, in response to my request for any "geek hacks" our readers might know of, a couple of readers submitted theirs and we've included them in the This Week's Tips section of this issue.
Finally a reader named John expressed his approval for the fun videos in the FAVE Links section of last week's issue as follows:
Easily the best edition of FAVE links in the past few years! Bravo!
The fun videos in our FAVE Links section are compiled by Hubert Heller who maintains the Flixxy.com website from which we pick the ones we find funniest or most interesting for inclusion each week in our newsletter. If the four links we include per issue aren't enough you can always find lots more at Flixxy here:
And now on to our guest editorial by Tony Gore...
Tips from a smallbiz IT consultant
Tony starts off by responding to some comments by a reader named Alain who submitted an Ask Our Readers request in Issue #1044 Windows 10 roundup concerning recovering data from a dead SSD. You may want to read what Alain said before you read Tony's response below. Tony then continues with a tip on migrating Small Business Server (SBS) to Windows Server Essentials (WSE), a tip on configuring DNS for WSE, a tip on migrating a Windows installation from a HDD to a SSD, and some other tips. Let's now hear from Tony...
Performing client backups with Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2
With respect to his first tip: have an offline backup of the data. For anyone with more than a couple of PCs, consider getting a copy of Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2. This will do client backups automatically. For those of you not familiar with it, WSE 2012 R2 is a partial successor to the Windows Small Business Server, which has been killed off -- it is Windows SBS with Exchange taken out -- use Office 365 for that functionality instead, but can join the cloud and local user management. Additionally, it gained some of the functionality of the old Windows Home Server -- the main one being the backup ability. Sensibly Microsoft have done away with client licences and it can have up to 25 devices. It doesn't require much hardware to run on -- mine is running on an HP dual core AMD microserver. Paired with Office 365 it is an ideal home professional/home office/ small business setup. The more problematic admin stuff is taken care of by the hosted Office 365, and WSE 2012 R2 is then a bit like a NAS, but with Active Directory -- local user management is where many NAS's fall down.
Migrating SBS 2xxx to WSE 2012 R2
This leads me on to a related tip. There are good migration instructions for SBS 2xxx to WSE 2012 R2, but they assume that you are making the change in one go, and/or having a second server for on premises Exchange. I could not find anything that covered what I have done for myself and a couple of customers -- namely switch to Office 365 for email etc some time ago, thus pre-empting WSE 2012 R2 with hosted Exchange. Most of the instructions require you to fix any issues with your SBS server before you start. However, you may well be migrating because there are non-trivial problems gained along the way that you couldn't fix. So, if your user base is not large, maybe you actually want to move to a clean, problem free new installation of WSE 2012 R2.
The key problem with this is that you have to disconnect the client PCs from the old domain and then use the WSE 2012 R2 connection utility to join to the new domain (which may well be the same name as the old one, but as we all know, the SIDs means that they are not). As well as the tedium in this, you normally end up losing your user profiles (along with their desktop settings etc. along the way). I managed to find a short way of doing this, although I am sure someone will improve on it. But for those interested, here it is:
1) Download a copy of User Profile Wizard 3.9 from the ForensiT website here:
This is a tool that will rewrite the ACLS in a profile for you.
2) Assumption: the client admin login is a domain one, or you can't be sure of the details; either verify that they work, or follow these instructions to be on the safe side, but if you have a machine administrator login that works, you can skip steps (3) and (4). Another assumption: any users to be migrated already have user accounts set up on the new WSE 2012 R2 server e.g. by integrating it with the Office 365 account and having it bring down all the user names so that it can link local and cloud accounts.
3) Log on to the client machine as an administrator (note that if you have already swapped the servers over, you will have the new server on the network and the old server disconnected; therefore the domain\admin will not log on -- certainly if the domain name is unchanged. The workaround -- disconnect the network, log on so that it uses the stored offline cached credentials and then reconnect the network after you have logged on. If the screen lock kicks in for any reason, you will also need to disconnect the network whilst you unlock it).
4) Now create a local machine user e.g. "MyAdmin" and ensure it is in the administrator group for the local machine; if you already had a local administrator, reset the password so that you know what it is -- frequently local admin passwords are not what you think they are. Now do a "switch user" and logon with machine\MyAdmin and check that it has administrator rights e.g. right click on command prompt and "run as administrator".
5) Now create local users of ALL the users whose profiles you want to migrate e.g. create users Tony, Mitch etc.
6) Now use the User Profile Wizard 3.9 to change the permissions of the domain users to be migrated to the local user (only works if the local user actually exists -- hence the reason for step 5). The length of time depends on the size of the profile; I know it works with a profile of 17.9Gbytes.
7) Now use the system settings to move from the domain and join it to a workgroup "MYWORK" for example.
8) Restart the PC and run http://<servername>/connect and follow the instructions. Choose the option to migrate all users and you will be able to then select how the PC user accounts (that you migrated) map to the domain accounts on the new server.
9) After the PC has restarted, you can now log in to any of the migrated accounts. Some, such as Outlook, will require you to enter (and optionally save) the passwords. Drive mappings may be broken e.g. if the new server has a different name to the old server. But other than that, everything works.
It is slightly tedious, but it is low risk -- you don't get partway through a migration and then find you can't go back and you can't go forward. The new server does not have any inherited problems e.g. in Active Directory. And apart from drive mappings, your users kept their profiles intact.
Configuring DNS for WSE 2012 R2
If using WSE 2012 R2, then it still likes to run as a DNS server, but it is advised not to run it as a DHCP server. Thus, I normally add the DHCP role to the firewall (Netgear UTM series, but most routers have the facility) and set the primary DNS to the fixed IP of the WSE 2012 R2 server and the secondary DNS to either 18.104.22.168 (Google) or the gateway -- some DHCP servers automatically add the gateway as the third DNS. What this means is the clients all use the WSE 2012 R2 for DNS and can thus resolve everything locally they need to, but if the WSE 2012 R2 server is not available, they can still keep using Office 365, OneDrive and any other cloud and internet services such as hosted CRM etc. This now means that a local server problem is no longer a show stopper -- yes, some things will not be possible, but the whole office does not grind to a halt.
Migrating a HDD to a SSD
In order to speed up a PC and give it a longer lease of life, many people are putting in SSDs. I have even done it with brand new machines before deploying them, as manufacturer supplied SSDs are significantly more expensive. However, the SSD is typically smaller than the old spinning disk, even if most of the old disk was empty.
Some of the SSD manufacturers provide migration tools, but I have had problems with these on machines without an optical disk and with secure boot. Secure boot prevents you booting the disk migration software from an external USB DVD drive. Some of the alternative software cannot cope with a target disk smaller than the source disk. I found the best way to do this is to use an older PC with an internal optical disk and pre secure boot era, disconnect any disks in it and connect the source (spinning) and target (SSD) disks, booting the migration software from the internal optical disk.
The reason I ended up doing this is that because with secure boot, the laptop did not boot from the USB optical disk, it then decided it was in repair mode running from the old (spinning) disk now in an external USB housing, and immediately it is starting to change things. For safety, I ended up the first time doing a clean install onto the new SSD because of this. So this is why I suggest that unless your machine really will boot from either an internal or external optical disk -- try BEFORE you start to install the SSD, then doing it as outline above in an older machine may save you a lot of work.
Choose the right SSD
There are different types of memory used in SSDs, and one type is more expensive than another. So, I use Intel SSDs in a server or NAS where I want the OS to run from an SSD, as although more expensive, these have a longer life by virtue of the technology used to make them.
Some further reflections
As you might expect, I bear the scars of discovering the above tips.
Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 really is a nice piece of software -- I was going to replace the old SBS systems with Synology NAS's (lovely pieces of kit and software) and they have an LDAP server, but the pain to get a centrally managed logon -- can only be done with pGina -- made me abandon the plan and go with WSE 2012 R2, which saves so much time and effort in management, and the integration with Office 365 really is useful.
In fact, I usually pair a WSE 2012 R2 server with a Synology NAS in small business -- keep the WSE 2012 R2 server "lean and mean" so that backups are quick and easy and restores are therefore potentially quicker and use the NAS for archive and addition backups. I also have a 3T external USB3 disk on the WSE 2012 R2 server for the client backups, and exclude this from the server backup. The Synology can also provide me with a simple email server for the odd program that needs a mail relay (obviously not visible to outside so it is not open).
I have to say I was very surprised that I could not find anything on doing only a partial move from SBS to WSE 2012 R2, which was strange as I would have thought that many SBS users would have migrated to Office 365 ahead of and independently of a server migration, unless you were going to have a second server with on premises Exchange -- no longer sensible for most small businesses. So having to do it the hard way, I thought it might make sense to share it in case there are others in the same situation.
About Tony Gore
Tony Gore is an independent consultant, with a range of expertise from IT support to small businesses to managing EU funded R&D projects such as ARM based cloud servers and high speed real time networking. He is also a founder of Risk Reasoning which provides collaborative risk assessment and risk management tools. For more information, see here:
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This Week's Tips
As we mentioned earlier in this issue, this week we're including several "geek hacks" submitted by readers in our Tips section--enjoy!
Saving toner cartridges using software
The following "geek hack" was submitted to us by a reader who prefers we don't give him credit by name:
There is no hack for toner savings as your newsletter suggested, but your readers should try Adobe LeanPrint:
Depending on which applications you use in Office, IE or Adobe, you can get 30% to 70% savings in toner based on the benchmark below. The software realigns the pixels to not overlap as much as a default driver to achieve toner savings. The Printer Benchmark study can be found here (PDF):
Depending on your toner use, you can easily get your money back inside a few months on less toner. It works on inkjet as well, obviously not thermal.
Do any readers use Adobe LeanPrint for their business or department? Or any other software that promises a similar extension of toner cartridge lifetime? Email your experiences to us at [email protected]
Fixing a dead laptop screen
Here's another "geek hack" this one submitted to us by Bill Bach of Goldstar Software:
How quaint that you requested hacks when, just this weekend...
My sister-in-law gave me a Dell laptop with a failed screen -- all grey display -- to fix. (If you do I.T. for your extended family, you know how this goes.) So, I went through the usual analysis process -- powered it up, saw the problem, shut it down. Plugged in an external monitor, powered it up, and saw that: Yes, the laptop itself still worked, and it booted into Windows. Yea!
Started the virus scan next. (Again, if you do I.T. for your extended family, you already know this trick.) Cleaned two traces -- not too bad. Next, plugged it into the network. While I was moving the laptop back on the desk towards the network port, the screen blinked a few times. Hmm... Started manhandling the laptop to see what happened.
Sure enough, if I pressed on the right edge of the display, the screen came back to life -- fully functional! As soon as I let go, the display stopped updating, and the display slowly fades away to gray. Yuck.
The fix? I was able to locate a 3/4" binder clip in my desk drawer. Added that to the side of the monitor, and all was working once again!
Hmmm, I wonder if duct tape might have been useful here, lol...
And if any other readers have similar "hardware hacks" please let us know by sending them to us at [email protected]
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