Vol. 24, #6 - February 11, 2019 - Issue #1218
WServerNews: RDS vNext?
- Editor's Corner
- What about Firefox?
- Is Microsoft putting the squeeze on its Partner Network?
- RDS vNext features wishlist
- Tip of the Week
- Scanner stopped working after clean install of Windows 10 v1709
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Chess is good for kids
- Conference calendar
- Microsoft Ignite 2019
- Microsoft Ignite -- The Tour
- More Microsoft conferences
- Infosec conferences
- Other conferences
- New on Techgenix.com
- Researchers raise alarm about malicious WordPress plugin Total Donations
- How cloud hosting provides businesses with a competitive edge
- Are your Exchange database files corrupted? Try these fixes
- Windows Core OS: What it is -- and is it the future of Windows?
- Xtreme Podcast: Truth in life and tech -- it can get very messy
- Fun videos from Flixxy
- Rooftop Freestyle Skiing in France
- Shin Lim Stuns Larry King With Amazing Card Trick
- Amazing Acrobatic Ballet by Ludmila Soboleva
- Kseniya Simonova - Sand Artist
- More articles of interest
- How to find Wi-Fi Settings in Windows 10
- Test Your Digital Workspace Services Prowess With This Quiz
- Q&A: Will Microsoft artificial intelligence change your job?
- How to defend against malicious IP addresses in the cloud
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This week in WServerNews we look at what might be ahead in Microsoft's next rev of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server. We also continue our discussion about web browsers and talk about a move by Microsoft that may put the squeeze on some Microsoft partner resellers. And of course we have all the other usual stuff you expect of the largest IT pro newsletter of its kind in the world. So enjoy and be sure to send us your feedback: [email protected]
Mitch Tulloch, Senior Editor
Continuing our discussion of what the best web browser is these days, we received the following comments from a reader named John:
I was reading through your article about browsers and was surprised that you had not tried Firefox.
I should start by saying that I am now retired after working 35+ years in IT. I even did some work for Netscape, as a contractor a long time ago.
Way back when … I was a Netscape user for a while. It seems that I have never been a Microsoft IE fan but Edge seems a little better.
I have been a user and fan of Firefox since before the inception of Chrome. When Chrome first arrived on scene, I stayed away from it because it seemed that Google was always prominent in privacy concern issues. I suppose that it is because Firefox is open source that it occasionally has issues with new releases so I keep Edge and Chrome as backups but Firefox has been number one for me for many years. Also, Firefox works well for both my Windows and Linux computers.
I find that Firefox is much more user friendly, especially for things like bookmarks and the ability to easily import or export bookmarks/favorites between browsers. I still don't have Edge showing my favorites bar (which gets a lot of use) and it seems like it is hardly worth the effort as long as I can just use Firefox. Chrome was easier to configure for that than Edge.
I initially moved to Firefox partly for the tabbed browsing which works very well for my browsing and I found it frustrating configuring Chrome to open new tabs automatically especially since it seemed like a logical preference for my browsing habits at least.
I notice that Edge advertises itself as the fastest browser with Firefox coming in second, ahead of Chrome but Firefox is fast enough for me and I don't have the privacy concerns that I do with Chrome so Firefox will continue to be my browser of choice except during those infrequent, brief periods when a new version with issues is released
Thanks for listening.
I tried Firefox several years ago but since then several things have turned me off from using it. First were the changes in Firefox 57 that removed support for "legacy" extensions (so labeled) that didn't conform to the WebExtensions standard. This forced some significant changes on users who had to abandon many of their favorite Firefox extensions. And the concurrent introduction of the Photon user interface at that time which made Firefox look and act more like Vivaldi was another heavy bend in the user re-learning curve. As a result several Firefox aficionados I know moved away from using the browser. On top of that I found the frequent release of new versions just too frequent for me to be able to handle. So I looked elsewhere and eventually settled on Brave and am happy for now.
Other readers may want to comment by emailing me at [email protected]
A contact at Walker Sands clued me into a recent move by Microsoft that appears to make it easier for SMBs to eliminate the middleman of using members of the Microsoft Partner Network and instead purchase Azure subscriptions directly from Microsoft. Details of this can be found in the following news item from Microsoft:
Improving How Customers Buy and Manage Azure Services (Microsoft)
The big question for Microsoft's 640,000 resellers is, what does this mean for them in terms of future revenue opportunities? I'd love to hear from any of our readers who are Microsoft Partners about what they think of this change to the Microsoft Customer Agreement. Email me at [email protected]
Remote Desktop Services is often a key capability for mid- to large-sized organizations who have on-premise Windows Server infrastructure. Microsoft has improved RDS significantly over the years with each new release of Windows Server (though they're still playing catch-up with Citrix IMO) and they seem to be planning on continuing to improve RDS. One of the key new features that was introduced last summer for RDS in Windows Server 2016 was a new Remote Desktop Web Client with lots of hot new capabilities:http://www.wservernews.com/go/02cfvklj/
In addition it appears that the following new functionalities are being considered by Microsoft for future versions of RDS:
- Live migration of users from one RDS farm member to another.
- Ability to allow Windows clients to redirect the My Documents folder in an RDP session instead of the server's My Documents folder.
- Improve the GUI to allow selecting multiple RDS users to send them a message or disconnect them.
- Enabling RDWeb and RD Gateway to be published via Azure AD Application Proxy to support 2-factor authentication.
- Introduction of a full-featured manageable RD client bootable image for USB drives.
- Native support for dynamic rescaling of remote desktop in accordance with the size of the Remote Desktop Client app window like it works with Citrix .
- Creating an RD client extension for Chromebooks with Remote Desktop Gateway support.
- Enabling universal apps to be published as RemoteApp.
If you use RDS and feel that any of these improvement would be of value to your environment, you should go over to UserVoice right now and upvote the ones you want to see incorporated into RDS vNext:
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Scanner stopped working after clean install of Windows 10 v1709
If you perform a clean install of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (v1709) Home or Professional edition, SMBv1 will be installed and enabled but it will be removed after 15 days if it hasn't been used. This may affect home and small business PCs that have many scanners and some legacy peripheral devices attached. More information here:
The above article also explains why you can't browse for other Win10 PCs using Explorer if SMBv1 has been disabled.
You can also use PowerShell to remove SMBv1 on a Windows or Windows Server system on which it is still installed/enabled. For example to disable SMBv1 on Windows 10 use this command:
Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName smb1protocol -Restart
To disable it on Windows 7 do this:
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters" SMB1 -Type DWORD -Value 0 -Force
To remove it from Windows Server 2016 and earlier use this:
Uninstall-WindowsFeature FS-SMB1 -Restart
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Last week's factoid and question was this:
Fact: U.S. authorities will soon have the authority to shoot down private drones if they are considered a threat.
Question: Are you concerned about drone privacy? Have you ever seen a drone fly near or over your home?
Doug who is Systems Administrator for a government agency in Iowa, USA responded:
Mostly I'm concerned about becoming collateral damage. What are they using to shoot these down with and where is the debris field going to be. I have to admit when I first read that authorities would be shooting down private drones, I just wanted to say "challenge accepted".
Hah! Let the Drone Wars begin! :-)
Another reader named Michael responded as follows:
Concerned about privacy? Yes! the 2nd story of houses are no longer "safe".
I, myself, have yet to see a drone flyby, but there are a lot of people who are, basically, clueless about proper behavior.
Each drone sold should have a little pamphlet, titled: "Common Knowledge, Common Sense, Common Courtesy, Common Decency, and Common Respect While Flying Drones."
Now let's move on to this week's factoid:
Fact: Playing chess in school may help kids increase your attention span.
Source: See this Forbes interview with Magnus Carlsen the World Chess Champion:
Question: How many of our WServerNews subscribers like to play chess? e4…
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Researchers raise alarm about malicious WordPress plugin Total Donations
Any users of the popular WordPress plugin Total Donations are advised to delete it as soon as possible. Read on to find out why.
How cloud hosting provides businesses with a competitive edge
Cloud hosting improves not just your public websites but also your internal services. Is it time to consider moving to fully managed cloud hosting?
Are your Exchange database files corrupted? Try these fixes
Exchange database files, which store your mailbox information, can sometimes become corrupted. Is your data lost forever? These fixes may save the day.
Windows Core OS: What it is -- and is it the future of Windows?
A unified Windows operating system across all devices can be a big boost for the future of connected devices. Will Windows Core OS fill this gap?
Xtreme Podcast: Truth in life and tech -- it can get very messy
In this week's Xtreme Podcast, we look at the mess in server rooms and the even messier state of social media and employee monitoring.
Rooftop Freestyle Skiing in France
Richard Permin rides down the snow-covered rooftops of of the French ski resort Avoriaz, executing backflips and amazing tricks:
Shin Lim Stuns Larry King With Amazing Card Trick
World Champion magician Shin Lim leaves Larry King speechless with an incredible card trick!
Amazing Acrobatic Ballet by Ludmila Soboleva
Young Ukranian dancer Ludmila Soboleva presents an astounding upside down ballet performance:
Kseniya Simonova - Sand Artist
Kseniya Simonova uses only sand, her hands and her imagination to tell an entire story on America's Got Talent 2019:
How to find Wi-Fi Settings in Windows 10
In Windows 10, the Wi-Fi -- and wired -- connectivity settings are in a new spot, but they're as easy to access and configure as ever. You just have to know where to look.
Test Your Digital Workspace Services Prowess With This Quiz
Citrix and VMware each have workspace platforms with features that control mobile notifications, workflows and more. Find out if you know what they are with this workspace quiz.
Q&A: Will Microsoft artificial intelligence change your job?
Technical architect Jason Wynn says the data center is already on the path to a more autonomous future due to the acceleration of Microsoft artificial intelligence efforts.
How to defend against malicious IP addresses in the cloud
Cybercriminals have found a way to use the cloud to mask their locations. Expert Rob Shapland looks at the options organizations have to deal with malicious IP addresses.
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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 7www.mtit.com.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
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.