Vol. 22, #45 - November 06, 2017 - Issue #1156

WServerNews: Book reviews

All You Need to Know About Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Virtualization


This eBook provides the necessary tools to test successfully, and eventually manage, a Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V environment. You’ll find PowerShell scripts, dive deeper into Containers to see the difference between Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers, the way they are deployed, managed and function.

Read now.

Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter examines some books that IT pros may want to add to their technical libraries. We also have all the other usual stuff you look forward to each week from WServerNews. 

Dogbert has been a great inspiration to me at times. Here he is writing a self-help book that's bound to sell a ton of copies:



Coming up this week in FitITproNews

In this week's issue of FitITproNews we'll have a story about a colleague of mine who has lost a significant amount of weight and has managed to successfully keep it off. To whet your appetite here's his "before" photo:


Just wait until you see his "after" photo in Wednesday's issue of FitITproNews! 

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A Practical Introduction to Enterprise Network and Security Management


This new title from CRC Press (an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group) provides an excellent overview of fundamental networking concepts, protocols, and technologies as they've evolved over recent years and as they currently stand today. The book is intended for providing both theoretical background information and practical hands-on experience for anyone studying computer networking at the professional or college level. For example, someone working in management information systems (MIS) would find this book helpful in being able to make informed decisions regarding technology choices, project planning, and so on. 

The book has 12 well-organized chapters that lead the reader through basic concepts to how routers and switches work, IP address planning, Ethernet LANs and VLANs, WiFi networking, various kinds of WANs, and how the Internet works. The last two chapters cover cybersecurity threats and defenses and provide a good introduction to these important topics. Exercises are also scattered throughout the book so the reader can try applying what they've learned in the text. The book can also be helpful to use as a reference for looking up detailed information about standards or technologies that the reader needs to better understand in order to perform their job. 

The author of "A Practical Introduction to Enterprise Network and Security Management" is Bongsik Shin, Professor of Management Information at San Diego State University. If you're interested you can purchase the book from Amazon here:


I like books like this since I'm the kind of person who wants to know everything about everything, and I enjoyed browsing through this book and plan on keeping Bongsik's book near me on my bookshelf right beside my copy of my own book "The Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking, 2nd edition" from Microsoft Press which though published way back in 2002 is still quite helpful concerning fundamental networking concepts. 


Shaping the Future of ICT



"Shaping the Future of ICT: Trends in Information Technology, Communications Engineering, and Management" which is also from CRC Press is a collection of chapters contributed by different experts in the fields of computers, communications, and administration. This book covers a lot of different ground often at a fairly technical level suitable for individuals with an Engineering or Computer Science degree, but technically-minded IT pros and even some developers may find parts of it useful with regard to certain trendy topics like AI, IoT, big data, wireless networking, cryptography, and so on.

The book is divided into three sections that cover Information Technology, Communications Systems, and Management respectively. Each chapter in these sections is basically a self-contained essay written by an expert in that field. Some of the chapterare quite technical in nature while others deal with "soft" subjects such as e-learning and various management topics. I picked one chapter in particular to dig into that dealt with the automatic identification and data capture techniques used for radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags as this topic kind of interests me. The chapter on this subject starts by explaining what RFID is and how it works and limitations of the technology. It then goes on to describing various applications for RFID technology in areas like object marking, stock regulation and inventory, history recording, financial transactions, and safety. The chapter then explores various ethical, environmental, and security issues associated with the use of RFID technologies. It then concludes with a list of references where additional information may be found. The whole chapter took me only about half an hour to read and gave me lots to think about concerning RFID technologies. I browsed through several other chapters that interested me including one fascinating one called "Effects and impact of playing computer games on gamers" that presented some interesting statistics about gamers and the games they play and the devices they play them on. 

The editors of "Shaping the Future of ICT" are Imrahiem M. M. El Emary and Anna Brzozowska and the book can be found on Amazon here:



Training Guide Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2


I may as well end by putting in a plug here for one of my own books since I'm pretty shameless when it comes to self-promotion <grin>. "Training Guide Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2" from Microsoft Press focuses on job-role-specific expertise for deploying and managing core infrastructure services using Windows Server 2012 R2 and provides in-depth, hands-on training you take at your own pace to create a foundation of skills which, along with on-the-job experience, can be measured by Microsoft Certification exams such as 70-410. Topics covered in this book include preparing for Windows Server 2012 R2, deploying servers, server remote management, new Windows PowerShell capabilities, deploying domain controllers, Active Directory administration, network administration, and advanced networking capabilities. While Windows Server 2016 is now the latest version of Windows Server, many organizations still rely on earlier versions like Windows Server 2012 R2 as the foundation for their networking infrastructure. What's more, the Training Guides for Windows Server 2016 usually only cover the latest new technologies introduced in that platform, so if you're moving from Windows Server 2008 R2 or earlier to Windows Server 2016 then buying a book on Windows Server 2012 R2 will help plug the gaps in your knowledge that a Training Guide for Windows Server 2016 might leave if it's the only book you purchase.

Anyway, 'nuff said. You can buy my book here on Amazon:


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Recommended for Learning

Delivering Safer Apps with Windows Server 2016 and Docker Enterprise Edition

Windows Server 2016 and Docker Enterprise Edition are revolutionizing the way Windows developers can create, deploy, and manage their applications on-premises and in the cloud. Microsoft and Docker are committed to providing secure containerization technologies and enabling developers to implement security best practices in their applications. This blog post highlights some of the security features in Docker Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2016 designed to help you deliver safer applications.



Microsoft Virtual Academy

Experience the Microsoft Cloud with Cloud Adoption Test Lab Guides

For developers and IT Professionals who want to learn how to simplify the move to cloud-based services and workloads, this course offers in-depth and practical guidance. Learn how to use Cloud Adoption Test Lab Guides to get hands-on on Microsoft Cloud technologies, including Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) Suite, and Dynamics 365. Watch here.


Factoid of the Week

Your Editor is travelling at the moment so we'll catch up on answers to last week's factoid question next week. Meanwhile here is this week's factoid:

Fact: J. R. R. Tolkien typed the 1,200-page manuscript of The Lord of the Rings trilogy with two fingers. 


Question: What sort of influence did Tolkien's book have on you when you were young? I read the trilogy right through six times myself, once each summer for six years in a row as a young adolescent. My favorite chapter was…well, I'll let you share yours first. 

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]

Veeam ONE Free Edition 9.5 will save you time and document your network with automated, detailed reports. Take control of your virtual environment, know the status of the network at all times.

The officeatwork Template Chooser is an Office 365 add-in that helps cloud ready organizations wanting to empower their information workers to achieve more:


TestDisk is powerful free data recovery program designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again:


ConvertPOLtoDCM is a utility to convert Group Policy .pol files into Configuration Manager 2012 compliance configuration items:


This Week's Tips

Active Directory - Using the Recycle Bin

The Funky Tech Guy has a post that explains how you can easily check if your Active Directory Recycle Bin is enabled and if not how to enable it:


Also see his previous post on how to restore an object using the Recycle Bin:



Windows 10 - Installing feature updates

Michael Niehaus has a post on his blog that explains how you can use Dynamic Update with WSUS to install Windows 10 feature updates:


Windows Server 2016 - Always On VPN

Remember when Direct Access (DA) was the big thing that Microsoft was touting would change everything when it came to remote networking? Now there's Always On VPN in Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 and this post by Antonio Vasconcelos explains what it's about and where you can learn more:


Events Calendar

European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference on November 13-16, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland


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


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New on TechGenix.com

Why Intel is losing the chip wars to Samsung and Nvidia

Intel was the unquestioned victor in the chip wars for 25 years, but that has changed. And if Intel doesn't also change, it may never regain its dominance.


Lenovo patches fix high-risk vulnerabilities on 'tens of millions' of devices

Lenovo users need to read this to see if a device they use is affected by high-risk vulnerabilities. If so, there are Lenovo patches you must apply ASAP.


Benchmarking Hyper-V processor compatibility mode - What is the impact?

How much of a difference in performance does enabling Hyper-V processor compatibility mode really make? Let's run some tests and see.


Kubernetes is revolutionizing how you manage microservices

Kubernetes takes a completely new approach to microservices networking. This makes it easier and more secure to manage microservices.


Oracle Cloud brings out some big guns for the Cloud Wars

Oracle's cloud services are expanding. While Oracle Cloud supports over 55 billion transactions each day, can it compete with the other cloud giants?



Tech Briefing - Enterprise IT

Migration Datacenter to Azure - Part 2

From Hybrid Cloud Best Practices


Clean up Group Policy Now! - How and Why

From Lee Stevens Technical Blogs


Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3) Overview Preview Review

From the StorageIO blog


Modern Infrastructure: Creating tomorrow's data centers (PDF)

From BitPipe


Clean up orphaned Foreign Security Principals

From 4sysops


Other Articles of Interest

Three cloud code repository options for AWS dev teams

As app dev practices evolve, code repositories and version control systems adapt, too. GitHub, Bitbucket and AWS tools help agile cloud teams synchronize code changes.


PowerShell Code's march ahead gives pause for IT admins

As Microsoft's PowerShell Core open source project progresses, some question the future of Windows PowerShell in the company's cloud-focused strategy.


It's simple: Reward the DevOps culture change you want to see

Developing change catalysts is an essential part of any transformation. Making change not only mandatory but attractive is the only way to create a DevOps culture.


DevOps vs. ops: For IT's sake, can't they both just get along?

Turning organizational silos into true partnerships under one flag requires real DevOps leadership. Instructive and honest communication from the top on down will lead the way.



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]


Master R/C Pilot Flies His Drone Underneath A Moving Train

Master R/C pilot Paul Nurkkala flies his drone around, inside, onto, and under a moving train - barrel rolls included:


Icelandic Highlands In Aerial 4k

Breathtaking footage, perfect editing and a beautiful score. An aerial film by the award winning filmmaker and photographer Henry Jun Wah Lee:


People Are Awesome Partner Workouts

Working out with a partner can not only be more fun and challenging, but also a lot more awesome!


People are Awesome - Best of the Week 37

The best clips of ordinary people doing extraordinary things - skimboarding, base jumping, snowboarding, mountain biking, martial arts, gymnastics, skiing and more:


WServerNews - Product of the Week

All You Need to Know About Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Virtualization


This eBook provides the necessary tools to test successfully, and eventually manage, a Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V environment. You’ll find PowerShell scripts, dive deeper into Containers to see the difference between Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers, the way they are deployed, managed and function.

Read now.

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.