Vol. 22, #49 - December 04, 2017 - Issue #1160

WServerNews: This and that

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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about this, that, and the other. In other words this issue is a mashup of different topics, a hodgepodge of miscellaneous knickknacks, a mixed bag of motley novelties and oddments, a grabbag of sundry items, a…guess I better put away the thesaurus lol.

Which reminds me of an old dinosaur joke:




Coming up this week in FitITproNews

In this week's issue of FitITproNews talks about coping with stress, something most of us (especially IT pros) have to deal with and which can affect our health and level of fitness a lot. 

FitITproNews is a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that is devoted to helping IT pros become fit, lose weight, and live happily ever after as they face the daily grind of being in the IT profession. Each week well-known Microsoft Press author and former fat IT pro Mitch Tulloch offers up an assortment of tips, news, stories, interviews, and fun stuff all designed to help IT pros transform their life through exercise and good nutrition. Subscribe to FitITproNews today!



Ask Our Readers - Problem with TPM

Last week 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".

Martin Urwaleck from Hamburg, Germany responded to this with the following suggestion:

I can't comment on the user's config, but I know from out Lenovo hardware that you have to clean the TPM configuration in the BIOS (UEFI) before starting over…

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


Ask Our Readers 

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Watching movies on a laptop

I took my HP Envy 17 laptop on the road a while back and tried to watch a movie on it one evening. It was a frustrating experience however as the screen seemed to brighten and dim from time to time for no apparent reason. I did some research and discovered that Windows 10 had something called Adaptive Brightness which I wasn't previously aware of, so I tried disabling this feature in Power Options as explained in this article:


Unfortunately this didn't resolve my problem, so next I tried lurking in some HP Support forums. A few people spoke of a registry change to address the issue but I was loathe to start messing around with settings that aren't fully documented. Then I found some instructions about disabling the Sensor Monitoring Service in Windows 10, so I tried that as it would easy to un-disable the service afterwards if needed. 

Well that didn't work either. So I continued digging around the underbelly of the Internet looking for clues what to do until I saw something that clued me into how I can change the properties of the NVIDIA GeForce display adapter in my laptop. Yes just right-click on the screen somewhere and select Display Options, then configure the performance settings and advanced display settings as needed. So I tried messing around with these settings and discovered that if I configured them a certain way my screen would no longer brighten or dim, hooray!

However I then discovered that the function keys dedicated to increasing or decreasing the screen brightness now no longer work on my laptop. And the screen now seems to be set at maximum brightness and won't dim unless I *disable* the setting I configured in NVIDIA Display Options to disable automatic screen dimming! 


Anyone experience similar frustrations trying to watch movies on their laptop? Found a better workaround than the above? Email me at [email protected]


Reader thoughts on cloud backups

Several readers sent us feedback concerning Issue #1159 Backups - cloud vs. on-premise offering their take on the subject. For example Craig, the Business Manager for a computer support company based in Western Australia sensibly recommended the following strategy:

When considering which backup solution to use I always remember the mantra -- multiple copies in multiple places. If your data is on-prem then backup to the cloud and vice versa. Let's look at the four scenarios:

If you're cloud and backup to the cloud or on-prem and you backup to your premises then you have a single point of failure. Our standard on prem backup solution is to a NAS and then differentials to the cloud. Our standard cloud backup solution is to the client's premises where we have a NAS to store it. Of course we only deal with small businesses. These techniques may not apply for larger business but the principles should.

Another reader named Sandro who works for Netcenter Informática, an IT infrastructure services company in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil said:

Hello, this year I started using your channel to keep me updated and I appreciate the sharing of information. My name is Sandro Alves of Netcenter Informática in Brazil. I will tell you a bit that you experienced in our sales of products and services, because our public all are small businesses.

Most customers do not take all the data to the cloud, due to the first one: (lack of security certainty, lack of certainty of good internet quality and the final cost). Usually we do combined deployments, that is, the backup is performed locally and in the sequence is sent to the cloud, maintaining a lower retention. 

We already had yes, some clients that to not worry about the backup, migrated the entire service to Office 365, mainly advertising offices where people work at alternative times. This possibility excludes a large responsibility of the company's administrators. The issue is that in Brazil we started to notice this move to take to the cloud this year of 2017 and has grown with speed. 

Another important point that has been leveraging this market is the ransomware. Some companies come to us because of their concern about their data. We had a case where the client was attacked twice and what he saved was the snapshot he made on his servers. Days later he called, asking for a budget to deploy a replication backup.

Taking advantage of this critical time to offer opportunities, which reduce administrative costs and ensure better security, is a good sales opportunity. PS: Sorry for my translated English. Feel free to correct, thank you.

Top award for messy IT

Back in Issue #1157 Messy IT where I about how organizations often let their IT infrastructure and resources become disorganized to the point they can become unmanageable, I offered a few suggestions on solving this in the following week's Issue #1158 Cleaning up messy IT. But what really gave me a kick was this email and photo sent to me by a reader name Steve from somewhere here in Canada:

Reading this week's newsletter, I had a flashback to a project from a few years ago. We've all seen many photos of server racks where the network cabling looks like a bowl of spaghetti but this one is a photo from the front of the server rack. We had been visiting each of our various oil & gas field sites and performing an inventory in advance of some planned server and network upgrades. The attached photo from one of our sites is the "server room", but you can see they were using it for quite a bit more than just server storage, including the wet/dry shop-vac! (I have greyed out some of the details to obscure the location/company.)

And here's Steve's photo:


Yes I think a broom and shop vac are definitely the best tools for cleaning up messy IT, dontja think? :-)


From the creep-me-out department

Someone pointed me to the following article on Ars Technica:

No, you're not being paranoid. Sites really are watching your every move

Sites log your keystrokes and mouse movements in real time, before you click submit:


What's happening to this world we live in? FYI here's a list of websites that have third-party "session replay" scripts:


A web developer also told me that many websites now also use the "canvas fingerprinting" feature of HTML5 to identify and track you online:


Apparently there's an app called Canvas Defender that can replace your canvas fingerprint with noise:


Privacy Badger is also supposed to be pretty good in this regard:


But do I really need to install all this stuff to protect my privacy as I browse the web? The same web dev who told me about canvas fingerprinting also said that in all the companies he's worked for he's never seen a company that's tracking for malicious purposes, only for improving user experience.

But isn't the reason companies try to improve user experience is so you'll buy more of their products and services? Manipulation is still manipulation, isn't it?

What do our readers think? Email me at [email protected]


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Factoid of the Week

Last week's factoid and question  was this:

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

Howard from Brazil has a long memory and shared about his experience with AOL:

I used to be one of the first 1000 paid members of AOL and frequently used their internet gateway. I subscribed to Kim Komando's column/forums area and offered advice to other members. I won great stuff nearly every month for my participation and have lots of certificates still in my collection. I see her face online now and wonder how she really looks? Plastic surgery?

Trivia - AOL distributed thousands of CDs here in Brazil when they started, same as in the USA. The first batch was pressed by a third party and they accidentally mixed the whole batch, sending out music CDs! AOL promptly failed in Brazil!

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

Fact: Residents of Hong Kong's Causeway Bay shopping district have expressed concern about light pollution from a new LED screen the size of five tennis courts that recently started operating in their neighborhood:


Question: How do you feel about big bright LED billboards when you're driving at night? Personally I find them blinding at times and am always afraid I may miss something like a pedestrian when one of these billboards temporarily blinds me as I'm driving. Should there be laws controlling the placement and brightness of such billboards? 

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

Until next week, 

Mitch Tulloch


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This Week's Tips

VMware - Stay away from Azure

There's an article on myITforum saying that VMware doesn't recommend or support its products running on Azure, so if you're a VMware shop and thinking of migrating some of your infrastructure to the cloud then you may want to read this before going any further:


Skype - Microsoft account now needed

Users who have been using their Facebook account to log onto Skype will soon no longer be able to do this as Microsoft will be requiring a Microsoft account for using Skype:


SQL Server - Troubleshooting Kerberos issues

Another hot tip form myITforum is the new Microsoft Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server utility that's now available for troubleshooting Kerberos related connectivity issues with SQL Server, SQL Server Reporting Services, and SQL Server Analysis Services:


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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WServerNews - Product of the Week

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Register 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.