Vol. 20, #49 - December 7, 2015 - Issue #1059

Windows 10 roundup

  1. Editor's Corner
    • From the Mailbag
    • Windows 10 adoption
    • Windows 10 deployment
    • Windows 10 November update
    • Windows 10 privacy concerns
    • When push comes to shove
    • Send us your feedback
    • Recommended for Learning
    • Microsoft Virtual Academy
    • Registration is Open for Cloud Admin CON 2015
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. This Week's Tips
    • Windows 10 - Troubleshooting performance issues
    • Networking - Pulling a cable through a conduit (revisited)
    • Office365 - Use PowerShell to get all licensed users
  4. Events Calendar
    • North America
  5. Tech Briefing
    • Hyper-V
    • Networking
    • PowerShell
    • Windows 10
    • Windows Server
  6. Recommended TechGenix Articles
    • Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
  7. Other Articles of Interest
    • How are microservices and cloud computing related?
    • Licensing implications of a free Hyper-V installation
    • How Microsoft UE-V syncs physical and virtual desktop settings
    • Best practices and techniques for VMware templates
  8. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • Historic Rocket Landing
    • How To Get Out Of A Parking Ticket
    • Enchanting Tree Carving
    • Cat Takes Soothing Bath With Rubber Duckies
  9. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Deep Packet Inspection for Quality of Experience Monitoring

 

 

Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about catching up on Windows 10 and other news concerning the Microsoft platform. We're also happy to say this is the 200th issue we've put together since TechGenix acquired WServerNews from Stu Sjouwerman, the capable founder of this newsletter. As editors we've tried to follow in Stu's footsteps and maintain the same helpful blend of news, tips, tools and fun that has made WServerNews the largest and oldest newsletter tech newsletter of its kind in the world. Anyways, please take a moment to celebrate this milestone with us and with our treasured colleague Dilbert:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/7zwpfpgy/

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From the Mailbag

We received a lot of feedback concerning our Issue #1058 What the new Windows 10 servicing model means for businesses. Here's a sampling from some of the emails that arrived in our Mailbag beginning with the following email from a reader named Rob from Canada:

One notable issue for large scale deployment is the LTSB effect on sysprep'd images.  We run a Windows 7 fat image with close to 140 applications pre-installed that we currently sysprep and SCCM deploy.  Many of these applications are custom or older applications and cannot be automated so post install with MDT/SCCM task is not possible.  We had build a test image off of the first release of Windows 10 with applications pre-installed and sysprep/deployed successfully. However when Windows 10 1511 was released it would no longer sysprep and returned an error "Sysprep will not run on an upgraded OS".  It appears LTSB updates of Windows 10 is treated as an OS upgrade rather than a patch and sysprep will no longer work.  So far the forums have indicated that fat images has to be rebuilt from scratch every time a LTSB occurs in order for the sysprep process to work.  If these major upgrades occur 2 to 3 times a year as rumored this will cause major issues for large images. Due to all the deployment issues and inability to control some background upgrades we will not be going to Windows 10 until these issues have been addressed.

I agree that what Rob has described here is definitely going to be a deployment blocker for some organizations and is another indication to me that Microsoft jumped onto the whole "Windows as a service" bandwagon without seriously considering the needs of its larger customers.

A reader named Paul shared his thoughts with us as follows:

Microsoft has it backwards … it should be re-phrased "What does Business need from the Windows 10 Servicing Model?" I'm on a Windows 10 laptop, with many PCs at the office still using Windows 7, and even having many more Windows XP laptops floating around.  The users only need to use them for business, which means … email, spreadsheets, documents, presentations, and the occasional legacy apps.  WinXP with Office 2003 is good enough for 95% of my business.  Sure, there are some new cool features, but they are generally irrelevant for Business, and most do not have a solid business case to justify them over what we used previously.

So my question is … how relevant are all these disruptive changes from Microsoft to my business.  They definitely do not save me money, nor generate any new revenues for me, nor help my market capitalization.  Are there any other values important to my business?  But the continuous stream of disruptive-changes cost me a lot, in lost productivity, make-work exercises, retraining, and down-time.  And I am forced into these disruptions because the hardware and software upgrades introduce elements that break what I had working before someone screwed with it.  So, what does Business need from Microsoft's servicing model? 

I have to confess that as a business owner myself I feel similarly to this reader and if Microsoft would continue to support Windows 7 with security fixes I'd probably be content to remain on that platform for another decade at least. Paul's comments have got me thinking too about the whole idea of "agile development" which is marked by Microsoft and other software companies as something that can empower businesses but in reality often simply seems to result in lost productivity.

And while "disruption" is largely viewed in the Tech Industry as something positive (e.g. "Let's disrupt that old business model and give customers what they really want nowadays") it's quite a different thing when it's your own business that's being disrupted because of constant unannounced changes to the software tools your business depends on as the following reader named Rich highlights in his comments:

As you've noticed, many previously available tweaks to the OS are now gone.  What frustrates me more is the move of everything from the old control panel, to the settings app. Harder to find the options I need/want both because of the move, but also because of name changes for various things, and, of course, the removal of options like selecting which programs I want in the system tray all the time, or to hide them individually. The move of control panel to the settings app also prevents me from having one control panel option window (like windows update) open while I tweak something else.  This is because I've not found any way to run two copies of the settings app; if I open another settings window, it takes over the one that's running (like windows update).Now MS can change where things are, how they work, remove options, at their whim.  I dread the day I go to do something and I either can't at all, or can't find in any reasonable length of time.  Having to go to Google to find out how to do something on the SAME computer, with the "SAME" OS is ridiculous.

I agree it's not the sudden arrival of new features in Windows 10 that is most disruptive but the removal of familiar features that is going to cause frustration for many users, for example as the Settings app is improved and Control Panel moves towards retirement. Then there's the issue of how the frequent Windows 10 releases may impact the functionality of hardware on your organization's PCs as this reader named Sam explains:

I really do not like this concept. Many of my customers are already frustrated with the automatic downloads, I find that some hardware no longer works with v. 1511. Code is either good or not, it really does not get old, to use it as a pretext to eliminate the control panel is a moron approach, see no benefit, i.e. the new outlook under edge browser is like a bad joke, hopefully with time we will like it, I really doubt it.

We'll end with one more email, this time from Welmoed in the Netherlands:

I have installed W10 on 3 different computers (2 desktop systems, 1 notebook). I didn't find anything about the license agreement in your article. The license agreement however is more important as Microsoft now demands the user to get a new version of Windows once Microsoft has issued one. The user no longer can decide to stick with the current -- in this case -- the older version if he doesn't want to buy a new version or he feels more comfortable with the current version! In a way Microsoft lets the user decide whether he "hangs" himself or lets Microsoft do it.

Microsoft also doesn't respect the settings owners make for e.g. the energy system. Each time MS has an update that has to do with the energy system, I find the settings are reverted to "balanced" whereas I use "high performance". I feel I'm not the only user that is pi$$ed off by this behavior.

Another issue, probably inherited from server systems, is the incapability of the system to remember the settings of a window for e.g. "services" of "logs". Each time you open the window it's is back to the original layout, however in some cases it remembers the window's size.

Another peculiarity I found is following: Windows 32-bit versions are said to be able to run old 16 bit applications using NTVDM. That's not entirely true, as I explain here. I have all computers running Windows systems. Since the release of Windows 10 I have installed firstly the 10 Enterprise version, later started with 10 Pro (upgrade from Windows 8.1 Pro). One desktop and the notebook are approx. 7 years of age and have Intel chipsets resp. 965WH and 915GM. The newer desktop has an Intel chipset 97 but the mainboard manufacturer no longer is Intel, but MSI. The "old" computers have no problems running 16 bit apps with 10 Pro. However, the newest mainboard (i97 chipset) doesn't like 16 bit apps. Why? I don't know (BIOS, other parts?). Trying to start a 16 bit app, Windows pops a dialog box stating that config.nt can't run on this system. As all of the settings are equal on all computers, I'm puzzled why this happens. The puzzle is getting harder as the old Win 8.1 Pro (on all computers) has no issues running 16 bit apps. I have used the Win 10 community to no avail. This peculiar behavior now makes me reluctant to introduce new computers to replace the older ones, as you probably will understand.

Got more feedback about how your Windows 10 deployment plans are coming along? Email us at [email protected]

Windows 10 adoption

The Gartner newsroom reports that "Windows 10 is poised to become the most widely installed version of Windows ever" and that by January of 2017 more than half of all enterprises will have begun their Windows 10 deployments:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/d39ae85e/

While this suggests that Windows 10 is an unqualified success, what it really means is that Windows 8 was a disaster and enterprises have simply been waiting for something better to come along. Enterprises also don't have much choice about deploying Windows 10 since Windows 7 has now entered the downward slope of its product lifecycle.

Has your organization started its Windows 10 deployment yet? If so, how has it been going? And if not, what are your future plans for deploying Windows 10? Send us your feedback: [email protected]

Windows 10 deployment

Microsoft finally has detailed information on TechNet explaining how organizations can deploy Windows 10 using various scenarios:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/xnn22410/

We'll be exploring using the MDT 2013 Update 1 for our business while touching base with colleagues who plan to use System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. Let us know what tools and processes your own organizations currently plan using for deploying Windows 10 by sending use your feedback: [email protected]

Windows 10 November update

Windows used to be a product but now it's a service, so expect frequent updates of the platform a la Apple iOS on your iPad or iPhone. The first (post-RTM) update is the recently released Windows 10 November update a.k.a. "version 1511" and you can read more about it on the Microsoft website here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/apmr84xv/

How-To Geek has a good article explaining what's new in version 1511 and it basically fixes some activation problems, adds a touch of color, beefs up the Edge browser a bit, and includes various other improvements both functional and cosmetic:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/xbqbq2gg/

You can also read an official statement about these improvements by Terry Myerson in his recent post on the Windows Experience Blog:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/m17j1ysk/

If you're a consumer or end-user and haven't received notification of this update yet, you can check out this article on WinSuperSite that describes some reasons why you might not get this update on your machine:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/5fu4vfke/

Be sure also to read the post titled "Making it easier to upgrade to Windows 10" on the Windows Experience Blog:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/u0jdvlsv/

If you're in IT and are working on deploying planning for Windows 10, be sure to read this post on the System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog which identifies and issue with version 1511 of the Windows ADK for Windows 10:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/gkby6uv3/

With Microsoft moving towards an "as a service" model for both their Windows and System Center platforms it's probably going to be a while before they get all their platforms working together in sync. This makes me think that Gartner's projection of 50 percent of enterprises starting their Windows 10 deployments by January 2015 as being somewhat optimistic.

For example, shortly after Microsoft released the Windows 10 November update they mysteriously pulled it from Windows Update. The reason for this was only revealed later--it turned out that the November update automatically reset several Windows 10 privacy settings to their default values as Ars Technica reports here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/6scybc1o/

The Register covered the same story in their usual snarky manner here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/rynov2af/

My point is that if Microsoft can't ensure quality assurance for Windows releases, enterprises should tread slowly before deploying them and consumers should hold off upgrading to these new versions until early adopters have prodded Microsoft to fix any issues in the release.

Windows 10 privacy concerns

There has been lots of hooting and hollering in certain circles about Microsoft's alleged snooping features in Windows 10. Organizations with Microsoft volume licensing agreements who deploy the Enterprise edition of Windows 10 will be able to address such concerns by disabling Windows 10 telemetry as described this article on WindowsITPro by Rod Trent:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/gckw9qqb/

Also important however is that Microsoft recently updated its global Privacy Statement to help alleviate some of the concerns being expressed in the media. ZDNet has a good summary of these changes here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/wkc4bico/

Does your own organization have any concerns about privacy in Windows 10 that have been affecting your deployment plans for the new platform? Tell us at [email protected]

When push comes to shove

The Tech Report says that "Microsoft really wants users to upgrade their PCs to Windows 10. Really."

http://www.wservernews.com/go/vwgwprf7/

If you're still running Windows 7 at home and want to keep it that way and not have Windows 10 shoved down your throat, you might want to modify your Windows Update settings to prevent recommended updates from being installed by clearing this checkbox:

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Figure 1: Preventing recommended updates from being applied the same way you receive important updates.

You should still check from time to time and see whether there are any recommended updates pending that you might want to install on your Windows 7 machines.

Send us your feedback

Got feedback about anything in this issue of WServerNews? Email us at [email protected]

Recommended for Learning

"To the Cloud" series: Episodes 1 & 2 now available on TechNet Radio (Microsoft Press Blog)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/kbfbvj3o/

Microsoft Virtual Academy

DevOps Training

Want to adopt DevOps in your organization, to make your application lifecycle faster and more predictable?  We have a variety of technical courses available for IT Professionals and Developers to get you prepared with the right tools.  View them here:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/h71rghpp/

Quote of the Week

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." --Groucho Marx

Until next week,
Mitch Tulloch

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Browse, search and export items directly from Veeam backups of your Exchange 2010 and 2013 VMs with Veeam Explorer for Exchange. FREE download!

http://www.wservernews.com/go/596hoz5s/  

Exchange online, hybrid or on-premises reporting: try for free Promodag Reports V10 with a new report engine, great looking graphs and professional layouts.

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Chrome Remote Desktop lets you access other computers or allow another user to access your computer securely over the Internet:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/lelpy4t6/

STORM is a free and open source tool for testing web services:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/g5l0kvey/

BackUp Maker automatically stores your data and save  your documents in zip format to a hard drive, USB flash drive or directly to CD/DVD:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/avjz96qv/


GOT ADMIN TOOLS or other software/hardware you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected] 

This Week's Tips

GOT TIPS you'd like to share with other readers? Email us at [email protected]

Windows 10 - Troubleshooting performance issues

Microsoft MVP Greg Carmack has put together a helpful wiki on Windows 10 performance troubleshooting that targets basic level users:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/yfsaknap/

Networking - Pulling a cable through a conduit (revisited)

In Issue #1053 Understanding AD Mod we included the following tip:

If you need to pull an additional Cat6 network cable through a conduit that already has other cables in it, the simplest way is usually to attach and use a string to pull the new cable (provided you can get the string through the conduit). Or you can avoid the problem entirely by running some extra unused cabling when you install the conduit.

But what if you don't have anything already installed to pull the additional cable through the conduit? Try attaching a vacuum cleaner hose to the far end of the conduit and suck the string through, it usually works great!

One of readers, Bill Bach of Goldstar Software, sent us a short note saying he's used this trick before and has an additional tip that helps in some situations:

Sometimes the vacuum can't pull the string through the conduit, because the conduit is open at the end, and much of the suction is lost.  This issue can be solved by adding a small bit of plastic bag to the string with a tight knot (the amount of plastic needed may depend on the size of the conduit, how much free space there is, etc.).  This seals up the end of the conduit, allowing the suction to be applied to the plastic bag (and connected string), and pulling it through much more easily.

Thanks for the tip!

Office365 - Use PowerShell to get all licensed users

Here's a tip from Matt Tinney on how to get all licensed Office 365 users with PowerShell:

connect-msolservice   (this step will prompt for username/password of your O365 tennet)

get-msoluser | where-object --filterscript {$_.islicensed --eq $true}

Matt Tinney is CEO and founder of Windows Management Experts (WME) a leader in Microsoft System Center technologies that helps customers reduce IT operations cost through services and solutions:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/8m9az6zr/

Events Calendar

North America

Convergence on April 4-7, 2016 in New Orleans USA

http://www.wservernews.com/go/c7z02g98/

2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference on July 10-14, 2016 in Toronto Canada

http://www.wservernews.com/go/m1jr4gdm/

Ignite on September 26-30, 2016 in Atlanta USA

http://www.wservernews.com/go/l9y6nyzo/

Add Your Event

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Tech Briefing

Hyper-V

Exchange And Hyper-V Replica Support (250 Hello)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/9c7ubqen/

Integration components available for virtual machines not connected to Windows Update (Virtualization Blog)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/wxr2321l/

Networking

Catalyst 3750 IPv6 ACL Limitations (Daniels Networking Blog)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/c6ms5l46/

MU-MIMO vs SU-MIMO Wi-Fi (WindowsNetworking.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/4z8k0rhp/

PowerShell

Best Practices for PowerShell Scripting (Part 4) (WindowsNetworking.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/q02tw3om/

One-Liner: Launch Azure VM RDP Connection from PowerShell (PoSh Chap)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/gxt2u2u6/

Windows 10

Manage Developer Mode on Windows 10 using Group Policy (Ask the Directory Services Team)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/fvxmnt93/

Changes to Disable Security Center Notifications in Windows 10 (Networking Blog)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/3z0lb7oj/

Windows Server

Deploying to Linux & Windows Docker Containers (Steve Lasker)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/93mfsh2b/

Why Windows Server Containers and Why You Need to Look at Containers? Hands on… (Microsoft Gulf Technical Community)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/262y58k0/

Recommended TechGenix Articles

Managing Azure VMs with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 (Part 3)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/7ackctty/

Secure services and resources with AWS Identity and Access Management (Part 5)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/r3s7vhyk/

Reasons to Secure Web Apps in AWS
http://www.wservernews.com/go/amd61uc5/

Video: Autoarchiving Windows Security Logs
http://www.wservernews.com/go/afn1fis9/

Performing Windows 10 in-place upgrades with ConfigMgr 2012
http://www.wservernews.com/go/6s94a9nv/


Other Articles of Interest

How are microservices and cloud computing related?

Microservices and cloud computing are both playing an increasingly key role in today's IT environments, but what is the connection between these two major trends? Discover why they work so well together, and take a closer look at what microservices offer.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/srwwoe32/

Licensing implications of a free Hyper-V installation

While Microsoft Hyper-V is free, it still might be worthwhile to spend the money on Windows Server with Hyper-V, instead of installing the standalone hypervisor. Inside, learn about the licensing implications of a free Hyper-V installation, and determine whether or not it's right for your organization.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/ev93hdly/

How Microsoft UE-V syncs physical and virtual desktop settings

Users expect the same experience on virtual desktops as physical desktops, which can present a challenge for IT. Fortunately, Microsoft's new User Experience Virtualization tool (Microsoft UE-V) allows IT to sync users' settings across desktop PCs, laptops and virtual desktops. Learn more inside.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/m4ssb309/

Best practices and techniques for VMware templates

IT admins can save a significant amount of time by utilizing VMware templates during the deployment of new apps and VMs, but there are many commonly overlooked tips that can help you get the most out of them.  Access best practices and techniques for taking full advantage of VMware templates.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/3hfe0pwq/


WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

GOT FUN VIDEOS or other fun links to suggest you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected]

Historic Rocket Landing

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' private space travel corporation Blue Origin successfully launched its reusable rocket space and then landed it back safely on Earth:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/q7tofpt2/

How To Get Out Of A Parking Ticket

Getting a parking ticket can be very annoying.  It is fun to see how British comedian Joe Lycett resolved the situation in a humourous way:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/l6fyqed0/

Enchanting Tree Carving

Watch how tree-carving artist Lueb Popoff transforms a tree stump into a beautiful wood carving:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/krcdtp3k/

Cat Takes Soothing Bath With Rubber Duckies

After a long, tiring day of chasing laser pointers and hopping in cardboard boxes, it is time for a relaxing bath:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/x5c3ykdx/


WServerNews - Product of the Week

 

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.