Vol. 22, #48 - November 27, 2017 - Issue #1159

WServerNews: Backups - cloud vs. on-premise

Free Tool: Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory 


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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about cloud vs. on-premise backups for businesses. We'll point you to a new feature for Azure Backup that'll soon be ready for prime time, but we'll also share some thoughts from a reader about whether cloud backups are really a good idea for some smaller businesses. And we also have all the usual stuff your favorite IT pro newsletter carries including two tips which Your Editor came up with recently to address some problems he was trying to solve.

Good ideas are usually good but sometimes if you push them too far they can become questionable as Dogbert explains here:



Coming up this week in FitITproNews

In this week's issue of FitITproNews your Editor is going to talk about how to keep it fun when it comes to exercising and working out. Stay tuned for FitITproNews which should arrive in your inbox on Wednesday! And be sure to review the back issues in our archives at http://www.fititpronews.com


Ask Our Readers - Problem with TPM

Mark from Washington D.C. USA wrote to us asking for help from our readers with the following problem:

Thanks for this newsletter. I am looking for information about motherboard setup: UEFI, GPT partitioning, Hyper-V and Server Essentials 2016, and a TPM 2.0. I've used USBs from Rufus. I can't get the TPM to be un-recognized so I can start over. The thing seems locked up in "SUPPORT TURNED OFF".

If any readers out there have a suggestion for Mark please email us at [email protected]


Ask Our Readers 

WServerNews now has over 400,000 subscribers worldwide! That's a lot of expertise to tap into. Do you need help with some issue or need advice on something IT-related? Got a question you'd like us to toss out to our readers to try and answer? Email us at [email protected]

And now on to the main topic of this week's newsletter…

Windows Server Backup hits refresh with Azure Backup

Is backing up your Windows servers to the Azure cloud as good as using the in-box Windows Server Backup utility? It is now with Azure Backup! I was happy recently to have Shreesh Dubey, Principal Group Program Manager for Azure Backup & System Center Data Protection Manager at Microsoft contribute some content for an article about some improvements coming to Azure Backup that are going to make backing up and restoring Windows Server systems a snap. You can read the article here on our TechGenix website:


Please take a moment to read this article and share it with your colleagues on Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media. And if any of you have questions about Azure Backup after reading this article you can feel free to send them to me and I'll forward them to Shreesh and his team. Just email me at [email protected]

And while you're at it you might want to check out more of my recent TechGenix articles here:


Are cloud backups always a good idea for small businesses?

On the other side of the fence I recently heard from a reader named Stephen who took a contrarian stance against the cloud always being the best backup solution for businesses. Here is what he said:

Anyone that thinks moving their entire operation to the cloud is a good idea - obviously has no offices in the Caribbean or San Juan Puerto Rico.

I asked him to elaborate on his comment by saying, "Wouldn't it be a *good* idea for them to use the cloud because if their offices got washed away at least their data would be safe and perhaps their applications/services too?" Stephen responded:

After six plus weeks (and counting) without access to the cloud, what good is that data now? Getting power and running local only takes a generator and most companies can function to some degree - internet access in many of these locations may not be available for months to come and for those who need it to do anything - they are out of business.

Even in some parts of Texas and Florida, companies that housed data locally, and took steps to protect their server rooms, recovered much faster than those at the mercy of the internet.

This made me pause to think that maybe Stephen is right, cloud backups aren't always the best solution for a business. Or perhaps a better approach might be to combine cloud-based backups with an on-premises backup solution so you have the best of both worlds (at a higher cost of course).

What do our readers think about this? Any of you have stories you can share that lean credence for your views? Email me at [email protected]


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Recommended for Learning

Microsoft Office 365 Productivity eBooks Collection

This Microsoft Office 365 Productivity eBooks collection comes with ten official Microsoft eBooks with Office 365 best practices, tips for collaboration and productivity, as well how to adopt new ways of working using Office 365. Download them all here:



Microsoft Virtual Academy

Certification Exam Overview: 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Here's a practical course for IT Pros who implement infrastructure solutions in Microsoft Azure, and are prepping for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-533 (part of the Azure Certification Series). Microsoft Certified Trainer Mark Grimes - who's taken more than 50 Certification Exams himself! – looks at exam concepts, focuses on recent updates, and provides exam tips and tricks, as well as additional resources to help you get ready for the exam. Watch here.


Factoid of the Week

Last week's factoid and questionwas this:

UK newspaper The Telegraph recently published an article called "The last places on Earth with no internet" where they asked Akamai, the content delivery network and cloud services provider, to help them pinpoint countries where fewer than one in five residents can access the internet because of lack of infrastructure. Question: When was the last time you were in a place where there was no internet access and you wanted to go online? How did it make you feel?

Peter from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada came up with a really good answer:

Actually it quite the opposite for me, I want to get away and enjoy time without being connected; hence canoe camping in the wilderness of northern Ontario away from the highways (because that is all that is really covered).

Now *there's* a smart reader. He probably learned that from reading FitITproNews our other newsletter which you can read here:


Now let's move on to this week's factoid:

Fact: CompuServe's forums, which still exist, are finally shutting down.


Question: When was the last time you used CompuServe, Prodigy, AOL, or one of the other early "walled gardens" on the Worldee Widee Webbee? Do you miss them? 

Email your thoughts to me if you have any: [email protected]

Until next week, 

Mitch Tulloch


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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

Altaro VM Backup removes the complexities of backing up Hyper-V & VMware. Easy to use, sets up within just 15 mins & comes with the best deduplication in the industry! Download your FOREVER FREE copy!

Yesware Email Tracking is an Office 365 add-in that lets you see who opens your emails and clicks on your links, with email tracking analytics for Outlook:


OST PST Converter software also allows to export mailboxes from OST file into Windows Live Mail & Apple Mac Mail:


Lucidchart is an HTML5-based visual collaboration tool for Microsoft Excel that makes drawing diagrams fast and easy:


This Week's Tips

Outlook - Configure the default contact list

One of my laptops has Outlook 2013 with two email accounts configured on it, one for my ISP and another for a Microsoft Exchange Server. I have my ISP's account selected as my default email account, so the inbox for that account is displayed first in the Outlook folder tree. But when I create a new contact in Outlook the contact always gets saved in the address book for my Exchange account not the ISP one. What gives? 

Well I finally found a way to fix this. Open Outlook, select the File tab, and open Account Settings. Then in the Account Settings dialog select the Data Files tab and make sure the account you want is selected as the default one. 


Laptop - Turn the screen off without going to sleep

Laptop batteries never give you enough juice to get everything done you need to, or so it's always seemed to me. I've gotten used to closing the lid and putting my laptop to sleep if I'm going to be away from it for more than a couple of minutes, but wouldn't it be nice if I could just kill the display without putting the machine to sleep? 

Well I recently discovered that there's a way to do this and it works with Windows 10. Go to this page on The Windows Club:


and download ScreenOff 2.1, a small standalone utility that does just want you desire. After you've downloaded the zip file, extract it and then drag ScreenOff 2.1.exe onto your taskbar. Now anytime you want to turn off your display just click the icon on your taskbar and voila! To turn your display back on, just press ESC or click your mouse.

Azure - Enabling self-service password reset

The Self Service Reset Tool is a cool Azure feature that's easy to implement in just three easy steps as this post from the Windows Management Experts (WME) blog explains:


Events Calendar

SharePoint Fest on December 609, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois


Microsoft Tech Summit on Dec 6-7, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil


Microsoft Tech Summit on Dec 13-14 in Toronto, Canada


Microsoft Tech Summit on January 24-25, 2018 in Birmingham, UK


Microsoft Tech Summit on March 5-6, 2018 in Washington, D.C. USA


Microsoft Tech Summit on March 14-15, 2018 in Paris, France


Microsoft Tech Summit on March 19-20, 2018 in San Francisco, California USA


Microsoft Tech Summit on March 28-29, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Microsoft Ignite 2018 on September 24-28, 2018 in Orlando, Florida USA


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New on TechGenix.com

Where to put my data? A look at Windows Server storage appliances

Storage is the repository of the lifeblood of today's business. Windows Server storage appliances are one solution worth looking at when you need more.


Project documentation: How a 'how-to' can ensure success

IT projects sometimes fail because procedures are poorly documented. Here's guidance on how to avoid this by documenting IT projects as you are doing them.


Cloud infrastructure adoption: 5 keys for a successful migration

The cloud is powerful, but migrations are not easy. This guide helps you make sure your enterprise's cloud infrastructure adoption is quick and successful.


Managing network vulnerabilities: Here's how the best IT security pros do it -- and you should, too

Network vulnerabilities management is often ignored by organizations, at their own peril. This guide can help you keep your organization safe and secure.


Keep your computer healthy: 9 tips on the care and grooming of your PC

Helpdesk and support technicians often have the unenviable job of repairing PCs that have been abused. Here's how to keep your computer healthy and running.



Tech Briefing

Azure TLS Certificate Changes

From Microsoft Azure Security and Compliance


Minimize cybersecurity risk with Software Asset Management

From Microsoft Secure


US-CERT Warns of ASLR Implementation Flaw In Windows

From ThreatPost


How to Opt Out of Equifax Revealing Your Salary History

Krebs on Security


New White House Announcement on the Vulnerability Equities Process

Schneier on Security


Other Articles of Interest

CCleaner 5.33 32-bit Carries Malicious Payload

If CCleaner 5.33 32-bit Carries Malicious Payload, is the 64-bit Version a Risk? Fortunately, it is not. Here's what the Properties windows for the 64-bit version looks like.



Is Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop 7.15 the last version you'll roll out yourself?

With XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15, Citrix has released an LTSR build that they'll support well beyond 2022. Will this be the last on-premises platform you deploy?


Apple iOS 11 Mail app bug hits business users hard

Early adopters of Apple iOS 11 are unable to send Microsoft-provided email using the native Mail app. Apple and Microsoft both issued statements, acknowledging the iOS 11 Mail app problem. Click here to see how this might impact your organization. 


Five tasks your desktop-as-a-service provider won't do

Even if IT pros turn to a DaaS provider to deliver virtual desktops to users and take some management tasks off their plates, there are still some jobs they have to do.



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]

This week we lift ourselves up into outer space and watch some of the funny things that the laws of
Physics can make happen in microgravity environments:

Rotating Solid Bodies in Microgravity


Symphony of Spheres in Microgravity


NASA Water Balloons in Zero G


Alka-Seltzer added to spherical water drop in microgravity



WServerNews - Product of the Week

Free Tool: Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory 


SolarWinds® Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory™ gives you instant visibility into user and group permissions and a complete hierarchical view of the effective permissions and access rights for a specific NTFS file folder or share drive – all from a user friendly desktop dashboard.  Browse permissions by group or individual user, and analyze user permissions based on group membership combined with specific permissions.  Unravel a tangled mess of file permissions: network share, folder, Active Directory, inherent, explicit, calculated and more.

Download the Free Permissions Analyzer Tool Today. 

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.