Vol. 22, #50 - December 11, 2017 - Issue #1161

WServerNews: Book reviews

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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter has a couple of book reviews that will be of interest to those of you who have management responsibilities in IT departments or for IT projects. And of course we have lots of other stuff to interest you as well. Enjoy!

Management is a dangerous profession, even in IT. Take a look at this Dilbert comic:


Power like that kinda goes to your head, doesn't it?


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Why CISOs Fail (CRC Press)

The subtitle of this new book from CRC Press is "The Missing Link in Security Management and How to Fix it" and that's exactly what the author attempts to accomplish in just 125 pages. Barak Engel has accumulated many years of observations and reflections from working in information security management and he communicates his insights in a fresh, informal way in this short, easy-to-read book with stories and lessons learned in the trenches. My favorite chapter is "The Dismal Discipline" where I think he has captured the essence of both the challenge and frustration of being a CISO. Why is it that after decades of advances in computers systems and networks that we're still trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to information security? Why haven't problems like malware and information leakage already been solved? The basic apparatus is already available, why can't it be implemented properly? Perhaps technology doesn't hold the answer for this dilemma, maybe what's needed is simply good leadership. Engle presents us with a compelling re-envisioning of what the role of a CISO should really be compared to what most organizations try to make it be. I highly recommend that anyone who is in the management end of IT read this book and think it through carefully. You can purchase the book on Amazon here:


The CIO's Guide to Risk (CRC Press)

This new book by Jessica Keyes provides a very good overview of risk as it applies to implementing and managing technology solutions. With a particular focus on IT project management, the book starts by presenting a big picture of what risk is and how it can be analyzed, assessed, managed, and mitigated. Different approaches to risk management and auditing are then presented and this is actually one of the parts of the book that I personally found most useful. Another eye-opening section for me was Keyes' description of how management of innovation and risk intertwine in research and development types of scenarios. The focus on IT project management provides some helpful insights on important topics like change tracking, budget monitoring, reporting, and team dynamics. Her analysis of critical factors for IT project success will be invaluable to anyone who plans and leads an IT project as it covers not just the process and people side of things but also ethical and legal issues and even the political gamesmanship that so often accompanies large IT projects. The final two chapters on risk mitigation for BYOD and social media are a timely addition that rounds off the subject. An excellent read for those who lead mid- to large-sized IT projects, not wordy and full of useful information. Buy it on Amazon here:


Are you an author or publisher and have a book on some aspect of Information Technology that you'd like us to review? Email us at [email protected]


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Recommended for Learning

VIDEO: An intro to Windows Analytics: Managing upgrades, updates & health across Windows, apps & drivers

Windows Analytics helps organizations drive IT operations efficiency by providing data insights related to compatibility and device health. Join us for an overview of this solution and how it can help you move your IT organization toward modern management.



Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

Want to use Microsoft Azure to run your Windows virtual machines in the cloud? This self-paced course from edX will show you how. Part of the Microsoft Professional Program in Cloud Administration, the course focuses on using IaaS virtual machines in Azure for IaaS workloads, with an emphasis on basic configuration, planning, deployment and management tasks. Plus you'll be shown how to secure and make your virtual machines highly available and scalable. Enroll here.


Factoid of the Week

You're editors are taking an extended holiday over the next couple of weeks so we'll catch up on factoid responses from readers in the new year. Meanwhile here is this week's factoid:

Fact: LED traffic lights can pose a problem in cold climates.


Question: What other unintended consequences of new technologies have caught your attention recently? 

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]

Using VMware or Hyper-V? Grab your FOREVER Free copy of Altaro VM Backup!


Veeam Explorer for Storage enables you to create backups and replicas from HPE, NetApp, Dell EMC and Nimble storage snapshots even during business hours with no impact to production environment.


Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10, apart from offering you the usual tweaks, lets you tweak Privacy settings and more:


This function is a piece of PSWindowsUpdate module to manage Windows Update on a computer system running Windows:


Wunderlist helps you organize your Outlook inbox and save emails as tasks where you can track & organize them:


This Week's Tips

Windows 10 - High CPU after Fall Creators Update

Driver Talent has an article on how you can fix Windows 10 if it exhibits continuously high CPU usage after upgrading to Fall Creators Update:


Networking - Remote capture using PowerShell

The myITforum site has a sample script that provides the ability to execute network captures utilizing NETSH TRACE or New-NetEventSession:


PowerShell - Beware of these aliases

Raymond Chen's blog The Old New Thing has a post about PowerShell aliases that match commands you might want to run:


Events Calendar

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

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!


Going rogue: Is the MacGyver IT approach still viable today?

"MacGyver IT," where you use unconventional, ingenious, and oddball techniques to fix problems, may not work as well as it used to.


Troubleshooting and fixing 'connection to Microsoft exchange is unavailable' error

"Connection to Microsoft exchange is unavailable" is a common and annoying error that you get when you use Outlook. Here are some ways to fix it.


Don't know how ransomware spreads? Get ready to become the next victim

Ransomware doesn't magically appear on your computer. Once you learn how ransomware spreads, you have taken the first step to safeguarding your system.


Virtualizing Cisco ESA for better performance and lower support costs

This article walks us through the migration of a Cisco Email Security Appliance from a employing physical infrastructure to using a virtualized one.



Tech Briefing - Cloud Computing

Migrating Datacenter to Azure - Part 1

From Hybrid Cloud Best Practices


Cloud operating system deployment: WinPE in Azure

From the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog


VMworld 2017: Continued Advances in Hybrid Cloud -- DIY Choices

From Virtual Geek


Azure Government Technical Community

From Azure Government Cloud


MSP Goes Broke While Prosecutors Weigh Charges of Destroying O365 Data

From Channel Futures


Other Articles of Interest

Combat waste with a DevOps feedback loop, triage and automation

DevOps should be a straightforward process, but waste and inefficiency stymie efforts. Combat them with quick feedback, triage and automation.



CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger talks innovation at Starbucks

Innovation at Starbucks is served up in many forms. EVP and CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger breaks down the coffee giant's latest technology investments.


Understand the benefits of VMware Cloud on AWS

As you consider transitioning to cloud, especially with the benefits of VMware Cloud on AWS now available, the methods and reasons for transitioning must be examined and justified.


Configuration Manager tool regulates server updates to stop attacks

Early security updates diminish online threats. See how IT admins use Configuration Manager to roll out patches promptly while minimizing downtime for users.




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]

Freefly Base Jump In Norway

From a 3280 feet cliff in Norway, Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet, 3X Freefly world champions, impress with their jumps and combos:


Bach's 'Toccata And Fugue' on the Big Piano

A couple playing Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor on the Big Piano in a train station somewhere in Germany:


The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel

77-year-old Tatsuo Horiuchi creates intricate digital masterpieces of the Japanese landscape using Microsoft Excel:


Rhythmic Gymnast Tamara Yerofeeva

Olympic gymnast Tamara Yerofeeva gives an incredible performance at the French television show The World's Greatest Cabaret:



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.