Vol. 20, #32 - August 10, 2015 - Issue #1042
Windows 10 roses and thorns
- Editor's Corner
- Windows 10 roses and thorns
- Installing or upgrading to Windows 10
- Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts
- And now for the complaints
- What the Microsoft Answers Community is saying
- Send us your feedback
- Recommended for Learning
- Microsoft Virtual Academy
- Registration is open for Exchange Con 2015
- Virtualization CON 2015 Sessions On Demand
- Quote of the Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- This Week's Tips
- Windows 10 tips for ConfigMgr and Microsoft Intune
- Backup strategies for SQL Server system databases
- Exchange Web Services tip
- Events Calendar
- North America
- Webcast Calendar
- Register for Webcasts
- Tech Briefing
- Amazon AWS
- Microsoft Exchange and Office 365
- Security and Privacy
- Recommended TechGenix Articles
- Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
- Windows Server News
- Five steps to migrate your app to Docker containers
- Identifying failure points in your vital deployment
- What affects virtual server and desktop density
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This week's newsletter is all about Windows 10. We'll include some roses (helpful tips and tricks) but we won't neglect the thorns (complaints from users) as you can't have roses without thorns! And since roses are red we felt we just had to point you to the following classic Dilbert comic:
Dogbert is such an empathetic character, isn't he?
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Windows 10 roses and thorns
Well, the verdict is in on Windows 10 and it's...mixed. Some people love it while others either hate it or point out what they feel are some of its flaws. Rather than replicate or link to a bunch of opinions, we're going to try in this issue to bring you some useful tips and tricks concerning Windows 10 while also covering what we feel are real problems that some users have been facing. Let's get started.
Installing or upgrading to Windows 10
We'll start with a couple of blog posts on how you can install or upgrade to Windows 10 should you so desire. This first post is by Kishore Rajendran, a Support Consultant working at Microsoft, and he outlines the various options currently available for upgrading PCs to Windows 10:
The next post is from Benjamin Xue, a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and he provides some details on how you can get your free upgrade to Windows 10:
For official news about this free upgrade offer, see this post on Blogging Windows:
Dell Support also has a useful checklist on what you need to do before you upgrade PCs to Windows 10:
As for updates on how small and mid-sized businesses can use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to deploy Windows 10 to client machines, unfortunately MDT 2013 Update 1 is still in Preview so keep your ears glued to the MDT Team Blog for breaking news:
Note that it may take a long time for a Windows 10 upgrade to finish on some machines, and as a result you may think that the upgrade process has hanged. See this thread on the Microsoft Answers Community for details:
Finally, if you have any Windows 7/8 computers that are unmanaged and the "Get Windows 10" is displayed in the taskbar notification area on these computers, you need to remove the KB3035583 update that Windows Update installed on these computers. A good step-by-step explanation of how you can do this can be found in this article on the How-To Geek website:
Note that after you have uninstalled KB3035583 and rebooted your computer, it will be installed again if you have configured your Windows Update Control Panel settings to automatically download and install new updates. So before you remove the update you may first want to change your Windows Update settings from "Install updates automatically (recommended)" to either "Download updates but let me choose whether to install them" or "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them". Then once you've removed KB3035583 and rebooted your machine you should open Windows Update and hide the KB3035583 so it won't be installed again. Once this update has been hidden, you can then change your Windows Update settings back to "Install updates automatically (recommended)" although personally on unmanaged computers I prefer to leave Windows Update configured as "Download updates but let me choose whether to install them" and wait a couple of days after new updates are released to see whether there are any reports of users having problems after installing them.
Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts
Those of us who sharpened our computing chops in the Word for MS-DOS era still like when there are keyboard shortcuts for doing things that otherwise would require our arthritis-afflicted hands to reach for the mouse to perform. Sebastian Klenk, a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Germany, has a post on his blog where he shares a list of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts that can save you time and maybe some pain as well:
If you find any other keyboard shortcuts that Sebastian may have missed, let us know at [email protected]
And now for the complaints
Several users on Twitter have tweeted comments about an amazingly informative error message that appeared when they tried to upgrade their machine to Windows 10. Here's a tweet from Caleb Garling to illustrate:
Microsoft Cortana, who some think may be a secret incarnation of Microsoft Clippy, isn't the favorite Windows 10 feature of some users. PCWorld has a helpful article on how you can kill Cortana from your machine:
A major complaint from many users is the new feature called Wi-Fi Sense that automatically gives all your Outlook and Skype contacts access to your home Wi-Fi network. This article from ConsumerAffairs describes the problem and how you can opt out of this feature:
Not all users are happy with the fact that they must install any updates Microsoft releases for Windows 10 (e.g. Windows 10.1 etc) if they want to continue to have their PCs or other devices remain supported by Microsoft. The official word concerning this seems to be the double asterisk footnote to the table on the Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet found here:
Another issue that may be important to some people (in Europe maybe?) was first reported by Mozilla CEO Chris Beard who says that when a user upgrades their machine to Windows 10 their default browser automatically gets reset to being Microsoft's new Edge browser:
To resolve this unexpected change Mark Mayo on the Mozilla Blog has posted steps for restoring or choosing Firefox as your default browser in Windows 10:
Nevertheless I expect it's going to upset or annoy many users when they first try to browse the web on their newly upgraded machines.
The Register reports that NVidia driver updates are borking some user's setups (especially multimon) and suggest that this highlights a fundamental problem with Microsoft's forced patching strategy for Windows 10 computers (particularly those running Windows 10 Home):
The Register also reports that if you pin too many items to the Start menu in Windows 10, it will break:
And this Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains and says MEH on The Register is quite funny but also makes some good points concerning what some users like to hate about Windows 10:
What the Microsoft Answers Community is saying
The Microsoft Answers Community has several threads that may raise some significant concerns among those who have been considering whether they should upgrade their machines to Windows 10 now or wait for the dust to settle. First off is this thread posted by a user who lost four days of rending work on a 3D design program when Windows 10 installed an update and then rebooted when it wasn't supposed to:
OK so the solution that might have prevented this is obvious, but still...
Users are also complaining that the Get Windows 10 icon has disappeared from their taskbars. It seems the reservation for downloading their free Windows 10 upgrade is still visible in Windows Update but the disappearance of the taskbar notification has caused many to worry if they somehow lost their access to the upgrade:
There is an issue being reported with Windows 10 that can cause the Store to launch when you try to open Settings, but Microsoft seems to have released a fix for this problem:
We'll look at some other Windows 10 issues in the near future in this newsletter.
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Registration is open for this year’s MS Exchange CON event, the annual online gathering of IT Strategists, System Administrators, Solution Providers and, and Microsoft MVPs. This virtual live event is I hosted by MSExchange.org and TechGenix as a convenient and cost-effective opportunity for IT Professionals everywhere to catch-up on the latest technologies, solutions and strategies to manage MS Exchange in the Enterprise, Office 365 and Hybrid Environments.
This year’s event kicks off with a Keynote address by Michael Osterman, discussing the challenges and uncertainties facing organizations as they deal with the shifting landscape of on-premise Exchange and Office 365. A few of the wide range of topics and issues he’ll address includes:
- Important considerations when migrating to Office 365 from an Hybrid environment
- The newest trends in security and content archiving
- Need-to-knows about Microsoft’s built-in security and archiving capabilities
- The new features and functions Microsoft is likely to offer in future Exchange releases
The virtual live conference takes place on Thursday, September 24, 2015, starting at 10am ET / 9am CT / 7am PT / 3pm GMT.
Following the kick-off presentation, you will be able to choose from multiple breakout focus sessions featuring experts addressing topics of interest to the MS Exchange Community and the newest tools offered by leading solutions providers, including ENow, Barracuda Networks, Kemp Technologies, and Binary Tree.
Participation is limited to the first 1,000 registrants, so reserve your spot today!
Virtualization CON 2015 Sessions On Demand
Recordings of VirtualizationCON 2015 Sessions Available On Demand
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View the recorded sessions from Virtualization CON 2015, hosted by VirtualizationAdmin.com, at your convenience. This annual, online gathering of Administrators and IT Professionals joining with Virtualization Experts presents the latest virtualization technologies, challenges and solutions. The recordings of all sessions will be available through August 31, 2015.
Keynote Address by Brien Posey: The Present and Future of Virtualization - Join Microsoft MVP and freelance technology writer Brien Posey who reviews the latest trends, technologies and challenges in virtualization.
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Quote of the Week
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Windows 10 tips for ConfigMgr and Microsoft Intune
Hammoudi Samir, a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft Japan, has a helpful blog post for System Center Configuration Manager ninjas on how you can create a collection in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 that contains all Windows 10 computers:
Hammoudi also has a tip on how to create a custom Windows 10 policy in Microsoft Intune using OMA-URI:
To learn more about OMA-URI support in Microsoft Intune, see this post by Microsoft MVP Ronny de Jong:
And if you plan on using ConfigMgr to perform in-place upgrades of your client computers to Windows 10 you should be sure to see this post by Aaron Czechowski, Senior Program Manager for Enterprise Client and Mobility at Microsoft, on the System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog:
Backup strategies for SQL Server system databases
Karthik Krishnamurthy Brahmavar, a Support Engineer working at Microsoft, provides some helpful advice on how and why you should make regular backups of various system databases on your Microsoft SQL Server database servers:
If you're a DBA who works with SQL Server you should definitely take a look at the above post, and if you have additional thoughts or suggestions on SQL Server backups you would like to share with our readers please feel free to email us at [email protected]
Exchange Web Services tip
Dan Bagley who is on the Messaging Developer Team at Microsoft has a helpful blog post for those of you who work with Exchange Web Services (EWS), a feature of Microsoft Exchange that provides functionality to allow client applications to communicate with Exchange servers. Dan's post is titled How to access the archive folder when user's mailbox is on-premise and the archive mailbox is in the cloud and can be found here:
If you're not familiar with EWS you can learn more about it from another post on Dan's blog:
And if you use EWS and want to use it better, see this list of EWS Best Practices on Dan's blog:
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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.
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