Vol. 23, #47 - November 26, 2018 - Issue #1209

WServerNews: Book reviews 

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Editor's Corner

Over the last month a number of interesting books from CRC Press have come across my desk and I've actually had some time to browse and even read through several portions of some of them. My observations below are not intended as comprehensive book reviews but simply my impressions of which titles may interest some of our newsletter readers.

Cheers,
Mitch Tulloch, Senior Editor
WServerNews.com

 

Auditor Essentials: 100 Concepts, Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Success (CRC Press)

Some years ago I taught a university level course online on how to perform a basic IT security audit for an organization or business. I wish I had this book when I did that! Herman Murdock's book is full of practical tips and advice presented in bite-sized sections that those who perform IT and cybersecurity audits can quickly learn and apply. Chapter headings are organized alphabetically for quick reference, and the writing is clear and to the point. Look inside the book on Amazon here to sample its contents. Note that the book will also be useful for organizations that perform an in-house audit and not just for external auditors -- both will benefit from reading this excellent book.

 

Handbook of e-Business Security (CRC Press)

This book is a series of papers by a variety of authors on various subjects associated with security in e-business and e-commerce. Subjects covered include such things as smart buildings, distributed computing, e-health systems, Internet of Things (IoT) security, practical cryptography, big data analytics, cyber-resilience for business information systems, and so on. The level of treatment varies but most should be understandable to those in both the technical and management side of the IT profession. Many of the papers include reviews of current literature, summaries of recent trends, and strategies for implementation, and topics are introduced and described in an orderly fashion to help facilitate understanding. One paper that may interest cloud service providers and large enterprises with hybrid clouds is Chapter 5 which presents a taxonomy of different DDoS threats and various mechanisms for dealing with them in environments using software-defined networking (SDN) which is becoming more and more popular these days. And for organizations who want to become more resilient in recovering from disruptions involving cybersecurity attacks Chapter 12 offers a fresh look at what it means to have cyber resilience and how you can achieve it. For the full table of contents and a look inside this book go here on Amazon.

 

Agilizing the Enterprise (CRC Press)

While I'm not sure "agilizing" is actually a legitimate word (like numerous other new words coined since the start of the last dot-com boom) this book by Joe Raynus addresses an important challenge facing large enterprises today: can enterprises be agile? On the one hand large enterprises are generally viewed these days by startups and pioneers in the tech industry as dinosaurs, meaning they move slowly and are resistant to change and hence likely to soon become extinct. But on the other hand vendors of technologies that facilitate agility view large enterprises as choice targets for their agilizing products and services, hoping that they can somehow snag an enterprise as a customer and thus hitch their star to a well of endless accruing revenue. What makes Raynus's book different from others who have addressed this subject is that the book is fun and easy to read being written as a series of stories and follow-up reflections on lessons learned. CEOs, CIOs and business/technical decision makers will find this book a quick and entertaining read that is likely to open new vistas in their thinking of how they can transform their enterprise so it can continue to grow in a rapidly changing world. You can check it out here on Amazon. 

 

Tip of the Week

Got any IT pro tips you'd like to share with other readers of our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Unsticking Windows Updates That Are Stuck In Their Tracks

Two Microsoft PFEs by the names of Matt Novitsch and Craig McCarty have written a helpful article about how you can unstick stuck Windows updates i.e. for handling the situation where Windows Update gets stuck downloading, installing, or failing to install for a variety of reasons:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/zmb8tiod/

 

Admin Toolbox

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The Old Reader is an RSS newsreader that give you the best signal to noise ratio on the web:

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You can use the WSUS_Cleanup_CL.exe tool to do the cleanup tasks of your WSUS database:

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Mailbag

In last week's newsletter I mentioned that Cloudflare will be rolling out their 1.1.1.1 privacy service in the form of an app for both iOS and Android devices which should make it easier for people to use their free DNS service. I then asked whether any of our WServerNews readers use Cloudflare DNS and Rodger from Ontario, Canada replied:

I do. Put it on my phone and also configured my desktop. Not truly a VPN but better than nothing. Faster than many solutions.

If any other readers have any comments on this matter you can email us at [email protected]

Also in last week's newsletter in our Fun videos from Flixxy section we included this link to a video titled Baby Bear Barely Climbs Up Steep Mountain:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/htv00s04/

This drew the following response from Bruce who works in IT in Minnesota, USA:

I heard from someone who knows more than me. They said the only reason the bears were climbing up the side of that mountain is because of the drone in their environment. Otherwise, they never would have done it. I don't know if that true or not, but something to ponder.

Fascinating, thanks!

 

 

Ask Our Readers - Is bigger always better? (new question)

A reader named Olivia asked the following question via a commenton one of my TechGenix articles titled Cloud-based virtual desktop solutions for small- and midsized businesses and I'm redirecting her inquiry to our newsletter readers:

Do you know of any articles/white papers, that provide the pros/cons of hosting data with a local/small data center, versus a big box like AWS or Azure? I'm trying to help my CEO understand the differences.

If any readers have any thoughts on this matter or can suggest some helpful resources for Olivia, email me at [email protected]

 

Factoid - Who chooses the names for these standards anyways?

Last week's factoid and question didn't draw any responses from our readers so let's move on right away to this week's factoid:

Fact: The Wi-Fi Alliance has officially rebranded the 802.11ac standard as Wi-Fi 5 and has selected 802.11ax for their upcoming WiFi 6 standard.

Sourcehttp://www.wservernews.com/go/kag0stco/

Question: Who comes up with these crazy names anyways? Do the "a" and "c" and "x" in these names have some sort of standard meaning by themselves, or do they only mean something in combinations like "ac" and "ax"? Can there by an 802.11acx standard? Would it be called Wi-Fi 5.5? Or maybe Wi-Fi 11 (=5+6) or perhaps Wi-Fi 30 (=5x6)? Why can't standards bodies invent names that actually convey something instead of confusing us? 

Any thoughts about this? Email me at [email protected]

 

 

Conference calendar

North America

>> Got an IT conference happening in North America that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Midwest Management Summit -- Dec. 2-4 in Phoenix, Arizona

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1if7xk1h/

Microsoft Azure + AI Conference -- Dec. 3-6 in Las Vegas, Nevada

http://www.wservernews.com/go/pskm3jev/

SharePoint Fest -- Dec. 3-7 in Chicago, Illinois

http://www.wservernews.com/go/u4g943c6/

Ignite Tour -- Dec. 11-12 in São Paulo, Brazil

http://www.wservernews.com/go/n660ixa2/

 

Europe

>> Got an IT conference happening in North America that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference -- Nov. 26-29 in Copenhagen, Denmark

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

Ignite Tour -- Dec. 6-7 in Berlin, Germany

http://www.wservernews.com/go/nepi8aff/

 

Australia/Asia

>> Got an IT conference happening in Australia or Asia that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

No conferences listed at present.

 

New on TechGenix.com

MacOS Mojave: Top 6 business features you need to know

MacOS Mojave, Apple's new operating system for Macs, has a lot of features that make the computers attractive to businesses. Here's what you can expect.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/u577ob0b/


Top 10 hottest tech gifts to buy this holiday season

Looking for cool tech gifts for the upcoming holiday season? We've got you covered with this list of 10 of the hottest products you can buy.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/0g4q520y/


7 cloud technology trends that will impact your business in 2019

You know where cloud technology has been, but where is it going? These seven cloud technology trends are happening now, and all will affect your company.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/o01eljtz/


On-demand videos released from Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference

Microsoft has released on-demand videos from Microsoft Ignite 2018. Whether you attended the show or not, you can get caught up on everything that happened.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/zedccq6u/


Which way do you do IT: The good, the bad, or the ugly?

Is good IT always good enough? Or should an IT professional always strive for the best? Some opinions gleaned from the trenches on this important topic.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/njgj27gt/

 

Fun videos from Flixxy

Amazing Places - The World's Longest Echo

A visit to a giant reverberation chamber in Invergordon, Scotland:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/55fnss90/


Formula 1 Pit Stop In 1.97 Seconds

In the world of Formula 1 racing, every hundredth of a second matters, and these guys take this to heart:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/48dtxk6j/


Duck Army Video Compilation

An amazing compilation of thousands of ducks marching together:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/5g7yrf19/


'Pip' - Animated Short Film (3 min)

A great animated short film with a happy ending :)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1rzlif4p/

 

 More articles of Interest

Atlassian shops size up OpsGenie buy, Jira for incident management

Atlassian has an ambitious product roadmap that folds in OpsGenie and positions Jira for incident management. But the company must also unload some old baggage that may dampen its appeal in the eyes of some customers. Read more about the acquisition here.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/8reuses0/


PagerDuty incident response tools loop in business stakeholders

PagerDuty follows Atlassian with incident response tracking for corporate management, while IT pros on the front lines of incident triage also seek enhancements to low-level alerting configurations. Learn more here.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/fbtxsu4i/


Anomaly detection methods unleash microservices performance

When distributed applications run in containers, admins suddenly have a whirlwind of metrics to track instead of just a short list. These methods reach into the heart of the task. Explore the microservices performance here.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/uc2z1m4t/


IT experts exchange container security tips and caveats

Blue-chip IT shops have established production container orchestration deployments. Now, the question is how to make them fully secure within large, multi-tenant infrastructures. Click here to find out how. 

http://www.wservernews.com/go/o7e5yznu/

 

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WServerNews - Product of the Week

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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.