Vol. 22, #35 - August 28, 2017 - Issue #1146

WServerNews: Wake of disruption (and another IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!)

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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about how the pursuit of disruption in today's tech industry seems to be leaving a wake of destruction behind as technology relentlessly advances forward. Or at least it seems like that sometimes. And in addition to all our other usual stuff we also have an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT which you should read next.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Get ready for Fit IT Pro News!

We're pleased to announce that we'll soon be launching a new weekly newsletter called Fit IT Pro News. This new TechGenix newsletter will feature Yours Truly (Mitch and Ingrid Tulloch) as the Editors and will be similar in voice, style, and format to WServerNews except that it will be entirely devoted to helping IT pros get fit, lose weight, and live happily ever after as they face the daily stresses and workload of being in the gristmill of the IT profession.

Each week Fit IT Pro News will include an in-depth editorial or article along with tips, reviews, industry news, and fun stuff--just like WServerNews! We also plan on doing some interviews with IT pros who have successfully transformed their life through exercise and good nutrition, and we'll have the same kind of Ask Our Readers section that's proved so popular with WServerNews so you can ask any question you like about exercise or nutrition and hear what other IT pros have to say on the subject!

As subscribers to WServerNews you'll soon be receiving some sample issues of Fit IT Pro News so you can decide whether you want to continue to receive this exciting new newsletter. Our hope is that you will want to read it every single week and will also recommend it to all of your colleagues, employees, and friends!

Stay tuned for more! :-)

Ask Our Readers - 2FA with RDS Hosts

Last week we received the following question from a reader named Tom:

I'm interesting in enabling two factor authentication for anyone looking to authenticate to our Remote Desktop Services farm. The farm is Server 2012 R2. I have seen third party tools for 2FA with RemoteApps, but not RDP connections. Have you or your readers come across anything?

Can any of our readers offer Tom any suggestions concerning this? Email us at [email protected]

Ask Our Readers: WServerNews has almost 100,000 subscribers worldwide. That's a lot of expertise to tap into. Do you need help with some issue or need advice on something IT-related? Got a question you'd like us to toss out to our readers to try and answer? Email us at [email protected]


From the Mailbag

Issue #1143 Long term data storage dealt with the subject of archiving your business data in the cloud. We asked our readers for their recommendations and the best answer we received was unfortunately the one that involves the most work for us as IT pros. Here's what Jon from Canada had to say concerning this:

It seemed an easy choice for my Daily Backup: OVH Canada Cloud Archive charging $0.0024/GB/month, less than half of BackBlaze B2, where they charge $0.005/GB/month. Usual retention cycle of 8 Dailies, 5 Weeklies and 2 Monthlies.

Once you factor in the $0.011/GB Upload charge at OVH -- B2 does not charge for Uploads -- it works out to $0.0064/GB/month at OVH for Storage and Uploading, or 28% more than B2.

It pays to do the Math.

And now on to the main topic of this week's newsletter…

Wake of disruption

I miss the Yellow Page sometimes. Do you?

What I mean is, I miss not having up-to-date information about local businesses like restaurants, clothing stores, gift shops, and various retail services. Well perhaps it wasn't always up-to-date in the days of the Yellow Pages, but at least the information was updated every year.

Compare that with Google Maps. Sure, the street map Google provides for my city is a lot more up-to-date than that old fold-out paper map we still have in the glove compartment of our car. Whole new neighborhoods have sprung up since I bought that paper map. But let's say I just wanted to browse an area of town for interesting new coffee shops to check out. Sure, in the Yellow Pages era there was no way for me to look up coffee shops by neighborhood, it just listed all of them in alphabetical order. But if there were only 23 coffee shops listed under the heading Coffee Shops then it was pretty likely that was all there were currently, and I could take out my paper map and mark each one of them using a pencil and plan a route for Saturday morning that would take me to several I hadn't visited yet.

Google Maps however provides me with the illusion that I can easily browse any area of my city and find not only coffee shops but almost anything else I might need to know about that area. The key word there however is illusion. Google Maps (and Google in general) has completely disrupted the old order of merchants paying yearly fees to list their stores and services in the Yellow Pages. But while the stated goal of disruption is to replace tired old technology with more useful new technology, this promise spectacularly fails in the case of Google Maps.

Let me give you an example. A few blocks away from our suburban home Google Maps shows a gift shop. There's no gift shop at that address however, only a house. Two blocks west of this is a Presbyterian Church. But that group of believers no longer meets at that location, they moved away from there about five years ago and now two other denominations share that building, neither of which is displayed on Google Maps. Half a kilometer further west Google Maps shows a place I can rent a U-Haul truck or trailer if I need one. That business disappeared about ten years ago from this location. Then there's the street that doesn't exist two streets away from our house, but that's another matter.

Moving on to the nearest highway the uselessness of Google Maps (except for navigating streets) becomes even more obvious. A cell phone outlet is shown on Google Maps but that disappeared many years ago. A store selling paint has been around five years but still isn't displayed. A pizza restaurant that has been around for ages also isn't displayed. A food market is shown on the wrong side of the highway. A furniture store is displayed but that has moved to a different location. The video store shown is long gone. The list goes on and on. It gets even worse if I switch to Street View. In some areas I see buildings that no longer exist, stores that are long gone from their location, and stores not shown on Google Maps itself.

Now one might argue that the reason for these errors and omissions on Google Maps should be blamed on the businesses themselves. After all, Google My Business makes it easy to list details about your business so customers can use Google Search and Google Maps to find you:


And the FAQ says it's free:


Why doesn't every business use this free service to keep their business info current on Google? I think the simple reason may be that Google keeps changing how businesses can do this. For example, the FAQ says, "If you previously used Google Places for Business or Google+ Pages Dashboard to manage your business information, your account has been automatically upgraded to Google My Business." Now that sounds nice, but it probably means that if you want to update your business info you'll have to learn a new interface for doing this, and businesses (especially smaller ones) just don't have the time to do stuff like this. And what about a business that closes down? With the Yellow Pages, if you didn't send in your yearly fee you're business would be removed from the next year's phonebook. But since Google My Business is free (a major reason Google has disrupted the Yellow Pages industry) there's no incentive for a closed-down business to remove its information Google Maps or Google Search. Which leaves Google Maps (and Google Search) a mixture of living businesses and dead tombstones. And as time progresses, the percentage of tombstones keeps going higher.

If you think that the do-good promise of Google only falls down in this one area of Google Maps, take a read through this article from 2015 in The New Yorker:

What Ever Happened to Google Books?


Then take a look at this more recent article from The Atlantic:

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria


For some who loves knowledge and knowing things as much as I do, that second article is heroically depressing. In an era of throw-away news in a cosmic echo chamber where everything is free but nothing means anything anymore, it's our earnest hope that a thoughtful old-fashioned text-heavy newsletter like WServerNews where reader comments are moderated and the best are published will continue to stand like a bulwark against the rising tide of mindless disruption based on the free crowdsourcing model that Google and other head-in-the-cloud tech giants follow and espouse.

Hey, that almost sounded poetic!

How has disruption in the tech industry affected your business, work, play, and life? Has it been good or bad? Email your stories to us at [email protected]

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IT Pro Fitness Corner

Strengthening your core muscles (Tim Turay)

Last week in Issue #1145 Licensing pain in our Fitness Corner I wrote about the importance of strengthening your core muscles and recommended a book for learning how to do this. Tim Turay from BC, Canada offered his own suggestion on how to strengthen your core muscles:

What I like to use to strengthen my core muscles is doing the AB ripper X 2-3 times a week, it's from the P90X work out videos. It only takes 15 minutes and the exercises are short so there is a ton of variety. Also, since it's instructor lead, it helps with the motivation while doing it.

I searched online for more about this set of exercises and found the following:


Looks like I've done most of these exercises myself at various times, with the exception of leg climbs which I'll have to try out sometime--thanks Tim!

And don't forget that our IT Pro Fitness Corner will soon be superceded by an entire weekly newsletter called Fit IT Pro News that will be devoted to helping IT pros get fit through exercise, weightloss, and good nutrition. So stay tuned!!

Disclaimer: I'm not a certified fitness professional or nutritionist so take any suggestions made here "as is" with a grain of salt and a heaping supply of your own judgment. Help other readers of this newsletter lose weight and get fit by sending your own weightloss and/or fitness tips to us at [email protected]

Factoid of the Week

Last week's factoid and question was this:

There are 100,000 more bicycles in Amsterdam than there are people. Do you think it's a good idea for cities to spend money on modifying their transportation infrastructures to make them more bike-friendly? Personally I feel somewhat ambivalent about this issue which is something that's happening right now on a main road near where we live here in Winnipeg, Canada. On the one hand I think it's great that people who want to cycle to work or school will be able to do so with less worries about getting sideswiped by a careless automobile driver. On the other hand however, the amount of money it takes our city to rip up roads so they can widen them to add a bike lane is enormous if you measure it by the number of people who will actually be using these bike lines. So instead of my property taxes going to filling potholes and killing mosquitos, a good chunk of it is going to building something that only a miniscule percentage of our citizens will be using. Is that fair? I don't know--as I said I feel ambivalent about this--but I'd be interested in hearing what other WServerNews readers think about this matter.

This one generated lots of feedback from our readers. Here's a short selection:

We like bikes! And for small distances like in Amsterdam it is great. I live 30km south from there in a small village and in the summer I go with the bike to my customers! If I tell them I am with the bike, they look happy at me!! We invite to come and see! --Pieter the Directory of an ICT Consulting company based in the Netherlands

I am 50/50 on this issue. I am not a bicycle rider but I don't like bicycles on heavily traveled roads either. Just recently our county recently widened a county road and went from blacktop to pavement. When it was finished there was a four foot bike lane on both sides of the road. Now the road is heavily used by both cars and bicycles. This was well worth the extra cost to do this. --Don

I am convinced our city is adding bike lanes only to increase city income from motorists (electronic tickets from cameras). Here, they are making the lanes thinner to add a bicycle lane. After the lane is established by moving the lanes over, the city fails to do any maintenance. Here, it means plants growing in cracks in the asphalt and accumulations of beach sand. Are anyone using the bike lanes, of course not. The city bhas also spent money installing bike racks (with 8-10 bikes) all over the place. There is no advertising on how the public is supposed to use the machines! I think it's just a way to encourage tourists to visit and give them the impression our city is modern and advanced in some areas. You can easily tell when the political season is coming around. Stuff like this suddenly appears and long forgotten road and improvement projects suddenly start up again. --Howard from Brazil

Well... as the population of the world is (basically ) exploding, all forms of transportation need to be embraced. Infrastructure is never cheap, but is vital, as well as people's ability to go where they need to go, in whatever manner they so choose. I'm relatively sure that bike lanes are a local response to the global warming crises. Most people have a strong desire to help, but are limited in what they can do, so we get bike lanes, parks, and greenbelts. Are they absolutely necessary? some might argue yes, others would say no, but they do make life so much more pleasant. And thanks again for the newsletter!! --Michael

Very simple solution to too much traffic: raise the fuel duty until traffic is reduced to acceptable levels (how we decide exactly what acceptable levels are is a whole other question, involving what a REAL democracy looks like). The extra revenue could be used to pay for cycle lanes or reduce income tax for ALL or whatever was democratically decided. --Avtar from the UK

While it may be true that the number of people biking on the roads in Winnipeg is small now, that's likely because the infrastructure isn't there to support them. Build it and they will come! NYC has seen an explosion of bicycles since we started putting some real effort into building out the bike infrastructure, including bike lanes, bike paths along the river and Citibike. In congested cities especially, biking enables far more people to travel per unit of time and space than cars do. According to the US Federal Highway Administration, 72 people require 72 bikes requires a total of 90m2, whereas (assuming an average occupancy of 1.2 people/car) that same number would require 60 cars that would require 1000m2. I see this every day when I bike past all the drivers who take 45-60 minutes to traverse a city that I can get through in 10. And the general consensus is that roadways can accommodate up to about 2000 cars or 6000 bikes per hour. By the way, I can't help with the mosquitoes, but if you put in bike lanes you will likely have fewer potholes to fill. Some of the car trips will turn into bike trips, and the car trips that remain will probably have to go a little slower if the road is narrowed to make way for the cars. Either way, less wear and tear on the roads. And I haven't even mentioned the societal benefits of less pollution and less obesity. --Jon from New York, USA

That last comment about reducing obesity (which is endemic among us IT pros) is of course another reason that we're going to launch our sister newsletter Fit IT Pro News in a few weeks, so stay tuned!

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

Fact: When Canada held a competition to design its national flag, more than 10% of the entries featured a beaver.

Source: http://www.wservernews.com/go/pelfq7sp/

Question: What other interesting fact(s) do you know about Canada? And remember, it's my home country so tread carefully…lol

Email your answer to us at: [email protected]

Until next week, 

Mitch Tulloch


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Microsoft Ignite on September 25-29, 2017 in Orlando, Florida


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SharePoint Unite on October 24-26, 2017 in Haarlem, Netherlands


DEVintersection on October 31 - November 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada


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WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

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Is there a favorite old operating system you pine for? Do you long to see that AmigaOS desktop again, or perhaps even OS/2? Check out the GUI Gallery on ToastyTech for some screenshots that will bring back memories:


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WServerNews - Product of the Week

IT/Dev Connections features more than 190 deep-dive technical sessions across five different tracks, teaching IT Pros, Developers, DevOps the skills they need


IT/Dev Connections 2017 is considered the "Anti-Keynote" conference – which essentially means we don't force attendees to manually sift through fluff or marketing content, nor do we base the event on vendor messaging. IT/Dev Connections offers the most intense training opportunity available – more than you’ll get at any vendor-sponsored conference. So skip the marketing and get to the meat!.

IT/Dev Connections takes place Oct. 23-26 in San Francisco. Register before September 15 to save $400 on your All Access Pass.

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.