Vol. 20, #23 - June 8, 2015 - Issue #1033
Upgrading to Windows 10
- Editor's Corner
- Ask Our Readers - Archiving Outlook emails for fast access
- From the Mailbag
- Upgrading to Windows 10
- What's new in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
- Join the VSAN eval program
- Do we really need extended support?
- Exploring the new Google privacy options
- 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
- Using the mouse to boot into Safe Mode
- Putting a OneNote notebooks on a network share
- Missing the forest for the trees
- Events Calendar
- North America
- Webcast Calendar
- VirtualizationAdmin.com Webinar: First Look at VMware vSphere 6
- Register for Webcasts
- Tech Briefing
- Amazon AWS
- Cloud computing
- Microsoft Azure
- Mobile Device Management
- SharePoint, Exchange and MSOffice
- 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
- WServerNews FAVE Links
- Attempt To Load A Truck On A Ship Using Two Planks
- Amazing Russian Gymnasts
- Magician Jamie Raven - Lemon Trick
- Cat Sings 'If You’re Happy And You Know It' With His Human
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- Veeam Availability Suite v8 Update 2: FULLY supports vSphere 6
- 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 announcement that Windows 10 is right around the corner and will be released on July 29th, we decided to devote a portion of this week's issue of WServerNews to what we know so far about upgrading to the new platform. Of course we've got lots of other news, tips, tools and fun links for you to explore as well in this issue so be sure to read it all!
And to help your organization plan for your migration project we thought we could inspire your IT team with the following Dilbert comic strip:
Ask Our Readers - Archiving Outlook emails for fast access
In Issue #1029 The latest on Windows 10, we published the following question from a 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.
We then published a few reader responses to this query in Issue #1032 The latest on Windows Server 2016. Since then we've received a few more suggestions from readers and we wanted to share a couple of them with our readers. First off, a reader named Tony from Australia who says:
PST files are still so clumsy, prone to corruption, resource hungry. Get the messages out of the email system, I use MessageSave by TechHit:
This creates a .msg file that can be opened and operated on just like any email, is stored in the file system ( Windows indexing takes over ) and is customizable as to the file structure it is saved under, I normally select the folder by domain, so every message received from @wservernews.com goes into it's own folder. You can have it run via schedule i.e. every 30 days all messages older than 600 days are moved to the file system.
On some sites with Exchange Server I have a bot running with journaling turned on at the server so that every email is copied to one account. MessageSave runs every night on the bot and moves messages older than 7 days to the file system, so now every message is captured and the users do not have to worry about their archives
Timothy, an IT Specialist for a community college in California had this to say:
I convert my sent folder to a PDF and store that on my network drive. The PDF is searchable and each e-mail can be reviewed as a group or individually in Adobe.
When I asked him what tool he used for doing this, he said he had the full version of Adobe Acrobat installed and used Convert to Adobe PDF in Outlook.
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From the Mailbag
Previously in Issue #1031 Safety of exposure to WiFi networks, 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. The following week in the Mailbag section of Issue #1032 The latest on Windows Server 2016, we included an email from a reader who said that this capability already exists in VMware. Another reader named Ricky reached out to us with the following clarification:
Short answer, while this functionality has always been listed by VMware as officially unsupported it still works with v5.5 and v6.0 (and likely will continue to work in future versions). All the best and thanks for your newsletter.
So nested hypervisors works on VMware but isn't officially supported. Will it be officially supported in Windows Server? We'll see...
And now on to the main topic of this week's issue...
Upgrading to Windows 10
The following announcement from Microsoft explains how users of PCs running Windows 7 or Windows 8 can "reserve" their free upgrade of Windows 10:
To reserve your free upgrade you just click the Windows icon in the tray notification area of your taskbar and optionally enter your email address if you want confirmation of your reservation, then click the Reserve Your Free Upgrade button. When you reserve your free upgrade basically what you're doing is configuring your PC so it will download a copy of Windows 10 once it becomes available on Windows Update. Once your PC has downloaded Windows 10 you'll be notified that Windows 10 is ready to be installed, and you can then perform the installation at the time of your choosing.
If you don't see the icon offering you a free upgrade to Windows 10 then you don't have KB3035583 installed. The KB3035583 update is called the Get Windows 10 app and it was actually released back in April by Microsoft as an optional update for Windows 7 and a recommended update for Windows 8. You can read more about it in the following rather sparse KB article:
So if you don't see the free upgrade offer then you need to open Windows Update and install KB3035583. If you don't see KB3035583 listed as available for installation in Windows Update then you can try troubleshooting using the steps on this page:
If you previously installed KB3035583 and now decide that you don't want to upgrade your machine to Windows 10, you can uninstall KB3035583 by following the instructions in this article found on WinSuperSite:
As I understand it the ability to reserve a free upgrade is only available for users of the Home and Professional editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8. In other words, users who have the Enterprise edition of Windows 7/8 installed on their machines won't see the free upgrade offer. In any case, enterprises normally use WSUS for deploying updates instead of automatically downloading them from WU so they won't have deployed KB3035583 on their managed client machines (and as I understand it, installing KB3035583 on an Enterprise edition installation doesn't do anything anyways).
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 at [email protected]
Here are a few more articles by Paul Thurrott that you might want to check out:
Ask Paul: Why Do You Need to Reserve the Windows 10 Upgrade?
Windows 10 Upgrade Matrix: Which Version You Get For Free
Windows 10 System Requirements
Here Are the Features Windows 10 Will Remove When You Upgrade
For organizations planning on using the free Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to deploy Windows 10 or build Windows 10 images, stay tuned to the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog for upcoming announcements:
For additional information on deploying Windows 10 using MDT and/or System Center Configuration Manager, a good blog to follow is Deployment Research by Johan Arwidmark:
If you know of any other good sources of information on deploying/migrating/upgrading to Windows 10, please email me at [email protected]
What's new in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
Last week in Issue #1032 The latest on Windows Server 2016, we did a quick overview of some of the new and exciting things coming in the next version of Windows Server. A reader pointed out one terrific resource that we forgot to mention and that's Thomas Maurer's excellent summary of what's new in the Hyper-V role of Windows Server 2016:
If you want a quick overview of what's coming soon with Hyper-V, Thomas's article is the best place to begin.
Join the VSAN eval program
VMUG now offers a Virtual SAN Evaluation program:
There's a helpful Q&A with Brian Kirsch on the above page. Brian is on the VMUG Global Board of Directors and is a Photo-BCKpart of the Wisconsin VMUG steering committee. The program requires you be a VMUG member, but signing up is easy:
Do we really need extended support?
The Register reports that the UK government has decided it can "do without extended support for Windows XP":
Why not just put a banner saying "Hack me if u can" on the home page of every UK government website?
The Register goes on to say that "agencies including the Metropolitan Police, the NHS and HMRC are still to finish XP migration projects".
Good grief! Any readers who are Brits like to comment on this? Email us at [email protected]
Exploring the new Google privacy options
Google has been under pressure recently to give users greater control over their privacy when browsing the web, and this morning when I opened the home page for Google Canada in my browser I noticed a shield icon and a message saying "Google gives you the tools to control your privacy and security." I clicked the link and it took me to a page that said it would allow me to control my Google experience all in one place. Even though I don't have a Google account, the page said I could still manage some of my privacy settings, so I clicked the link which took me to another page where I methodically proceeded to disable YouTube search and watch history and settings for targeted ads. The page also asked me if I wanted to opt out of Google Analytics, but to do that I needed to install an add-on for my browser.
Really? To opt out of your service I first need to install software on my computer? Golly, I wonder what the EU privacy commissioner is going to think of that.
So anyways, I decided to go ahead and do it so I downloaded and installed the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on on my system. Then a few minutes later as I was browsing the web, a notification message appeared asking me if I wanted to disable some add-ons to speed up my browsing experience. I clicked Yes and a dialog opened indicating that the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on was slowing down my browsing and offered to let me disable it. So I disabled the add-on, closed my browser, opened Programs and Features, and uninstalled the Add-on.
Well that was a fun way to waste 15 minutes.
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Quote of the Week
"Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it." --Max Frisch
Until next week,
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Using the mouse to boot into Safe Mode
The following tip was submitted to us by David Burchall, a Senior Technician working at WiredOffice an onsite computer service and sales company in Perth, WesternAustralia:
I would like to offer something to your readers. There seem to be a lot of people struggling with the absence of a reliable F8 key for safe mode if the system will not load into the profile. HP for example offers an F5 key and an F4 key for safe with cmd prompt and safe mode with networking. On their latest laptops I found this did not work. But if the system loads to the log in screen you can right click the start switch on the lower right hand side of that log in screen and select safe mode. The system will restart at this prompt and into safe mode.
You can find out more about WiredOffice on their website here:
Putting a OneNote notebooks on a network share
Did you know you can share a Microsoft OneNote notebook between several computers by putting it in a shared folder on a file server? To do this, start by creating the notebook on your computer like this:
- Open OneNote and select File, New, Store Notebook On: My Computer
- In Name specify a name for your notebook
- In Location specify the share, for example \\SRV99\STUFF
- Click on Create Notebook
Now on a different computer you can follow these steps to open and use the shared notebook:
- Select File, Open, Open from other locations, Browse
- Navigate to the share \\SRV99\STUFF
- Navigate to the directory that’s the same name as the notebook.
- Change the file filter to OneNote Files
- Open any of the OneNote files
Missing the forest for the trees
If Active Directory is a crucial part of your IT infrastructure then you want to be able to recover your forest and its domains in the event of a disaster. Microsoft's free guide "Windows Server 2012: Planning for Active Directory Forest Recovery" contains best-practice recommendations for recovering an Active Directory forest, if forest-wide failure has rendered all domain controllers in the forest incapable of functioning normally. Be proactive--download the guide today and read it now before your forest fails!
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- vCenter 6.0
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- vSphere 6 Tags Integration
- Hot Add Transport for SATA Virtual Disks
- Storage Policy-Based Management policy backup and restore
And you’ll have the opportunity to ask our expert presenters your top questions!
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This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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Attempt To Load A Truck On A Ship Using Two Planks
Meanwhile in Brazil: A bold attempt to load a truck onto a ship using two wooden planks:
Amazing Russian Gymnasts
An amazing performance of Russian gymnasts at the 22nd Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Wroclaw, Poland:
Magician Jamie Raven - Lemon Trick
Jamie Raven produces a note that Alesha Dixon had just signed from the middle of a lemon! You have to see it to believe it:
Cat Sings 'If You’re Happy And You Know It' With His Human
Chaninho the cat meows along with his human singing a the classic children's song 'If You’re Happy and You Know It' in Portuguese:
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.