Vol. 23, #19 - May 14, 2018 - Issue #1181

WServerNews: Windows alert and what's coming in Windows Server 2019

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Editor's Corner

In this week's newsletter we have an alert from a reader about what may happen after you upgrade Windows 10 to v.1803. We also delve a bit into some news about the upcoming LTSC version of Windows Server. So we're back to Windows Server again after a long break when nothing much has been happening. It's nice being home again, home as in W(indows)ServerNews which is what this newsletter was originally about when it started many years ago. We'll try to visit home more often, but meanwhile welcome home:


Home seems kinda small when you live in a cubicle, doesn't it?


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

ALERT! Before you upgrade to Windows 10 v.1803

Charles Lewis from Florida, USA sent us the following alert which he also posted as a comment on one of Brien Posey's articles on our techgenix.com site:

Installed the Windows 10 (Pro) 1803 upgrade on one system April 30 and on another system May 5.

On both, the 1803 upgrade removed/deleted/wiped out existing Restore Points AND turned System Restore OFF.

Who knew? Be aware and warned.

File History seems unaffected.

Can any other readers confirm this behavior? Even if you haven't upgraded to 1803 yet it's still a good idea to check and see that System Restore is turned on in Windows 10 and if it isn't' then turn it on immediately. Unless you're PC is corporately managed using Group Policy in which case you have no control over this setting. 

By the way, Brien has written a ton of great articles for TechGenix. You can find them here:


Windows Server 2019 coming later this year

You may have heard some weeks ago that Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2019 the next version of Windows Server will be GA (generally available) later this year. Preview builds can also now be accessed through Insider Program. The announcement came in this post on the Windows Server Blog:


The above post also includes a brief high-level of description of what's new in Windows Server 2019, but it's pretty marketing focused so I looked around for something more detailed and found this post on the blog Thomas Maurer a Microsoft MVP who lives in Switzerland:


Thomas's article is much more readable and helpful to me as an IT pro, so I advise you to check it out if you have Windows Server deployed in your environment. You may also want to download the preview and play around with it if any of the new features may have value for your organization. You can download Windows Server Insider Preview here:


Technical info about Windows Server 2019 is also starting to dribble out of Redmond:

What's New in Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Builds (Microsoft Docs):


And if you're bored or have 20 minutes to spare you can watch this video on YouTube:

Installing Windows Server 2019 LTSC Insider Preview Build 17623 (YouTube)


P.S. It gets more interesting after the installation has finished.


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Recommended for Learning

Microsoft Azure Identity

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Factoid of the Week - I've been Scroogled!

Last week's factoid and question  was this:

Tim Hortons has now slipped from 4th to 50th place in a survey of top corporate brands among consumers. What do you think they put in it that gives it its unique flavor?

No one responded to this one so I'll give my own speculative answer:

raspberry syrup

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

Fact: Businesses are sabotaging one another by pushing false information into Google Maps


Question: Has anyone ever experienced Google Maps leading you astray (scroogling you) like this? Or heard about it happening in their local area?

Email your answer to us at [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]

Limited time offer – production license for Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux for your unlimited use in production for FREE – for 3 months.


Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source software that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer:


HUANUO dual monitor riser can easily lift your monitors to a suitable height as you need and you don't need to lower your head to watch your monitor screen any more, effectively reducing the burden on your neck and back:


Diskspd is a feature-rich and versatile storage testing tool that supersedes SQLIO and combines robust and granular IO workload definition with flexible runtime and output options, creating an ideal tool for synthetic storage subsystem testing and validation:


This Week's Tips

Azure - Azure mobile app

Microsoft has released a new app you can use to access and monitor your Azure resources from your mobile device:



Exchange - Help, I lost my OffCAT

The OffCAT team at Microsoft is going to remove OffCAT from the Microsoft Download Center on May 31, 2018. The good news is that core OffCAT features have been consolidated with the Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365 (SaRA) tool which can find here:


If you still want to keep OffCAT you should go and download it now.

I wonder why they didn't call the new tool OffKitty

Azure - Bulk create VMs using PowerShell

Wriju Ghosh has a great tip on MSDN that explains how you can save info into a CSV file and use the file with PowerShell to bulk create virtual machines in Azure:



Events Calendar

Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit in Toronto, Canada May 15-17:


Infosecurity Europe in London, England on June 5-9


Computex in Taipei, Taiwan on June 5-9


Cloud & DevOps World in London, England on June 12-14


OfficeCamp in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on June 18-20


HPE Discover in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 18-21


Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 15-19


Microsoft Ignite 2018 on September 24-28, 2018 in Orlando, Florida USA


Add Your Event

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New on TechGenix.com

Windows deployment: Where it was, where it is now, where it’s heading

The tools and procedures used for Windows deployment have gone through many changes over the years. And with the arrival of Windows 10 it continues to evolve.


How to: Interforest migration using Active Directory Migration Tool

In this second part of our two-part series on using the Active Directory Migration Tool, we’ll look at how to do an interforest migration.


Know what’s going on: Using Microsoft’s Azure Monitor

Microsoft offers several services to help the IT operations team analyze logs of any given resource within Azure. Here’s how to get the most out of one of those tools


Big Data, big challenges: 8 obstacles that must be surmounted

Big Data can change the way organizations do business. But there are hurdles that must be overcome before companies can fully harness the benefits.


2018’s most crucial job: How to hire a data protection officer

Are you thinking about hiring a data protection officer? Here are some insights to help you make the right decisions about what may be 2018’s most important job.



Tech Briefing - Storage

Hyperconverged Infrastructure: Is It Right for Your Organization?

Cloud Computing Magazine


My first Dell SC7020(F) Array Solution

Working Hard in IT


Storage Spaces Direct: 10,000 clusters and counting!

Storage at Microsoft


OneDrive Files Restore - User Guide

From Jose Barreto's Blog


It's Gone To Plaid: Storage Replica and Chelsio iWARP Performance

Storage at Microsoft



Other Articles of Interest

Third-party tools help manage DevOps with AWS, multi-cloud

DevOps sounds like an ideal application deployment methodology, but enterprises that want to run DevOps with AWS can struggle to put the puzzle pieces together.


Four disadvantages of hyper-converged infrastructure systems

Hyper-converged infrastructures help IT acquire and provision equipment more effectively, but there are a few issues that catch buyers off guard.


Microsoft subscriptions aren't right for everyone

With the push to deliver Office and Windows as services, Microsoft subscriptions will be a reality in most IT departments one way or another. But not all organizations are good candidates for going all-in.


Know the basics before an Azure Stack deployment

Intended to simplify management and development across public and private clouds, Azure Stack looks to address some of IT's biggest hybrid hang-ups.



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]

Parkour Kitty: Cat Makes Action-Packed Escape

After hanging out with her buddies, parkour kitty makes an action-packed escape:


Ellie And Jeki - Wardrobe Wizards

Ellie and Jeki, a cute couple from South Korea, perform their amazing quick-change magic on Britain's Got Talent 2018:


People Are Awesome - Best of the Week 55

Awesome snowboarding, gymnastics, hula-hoop, juggling, parkour, skiing, bicycling, golf, skateboarding, balancing and more:


Moving Sculptures On The Beach

Dutch artist Theo Jansen has created animals that can walk on the beach powered only by the wind:


Have any other readers found similar content they'd like to recommend for our Fave Links section? Email us at [email protected]


WServerNews - Product of the Week

Free Tool for Monitoring Exchange Server Status & Performance 


SolarWinds® Exchange Monitor is a free tool that allows users to monitor Microsoft® Exchange™ Server 2013 and 2016. Get basic information about the server’s metrics, services, and database availability group (DAG) status. Add as many Exchange Servers as you wish. Simply click the “Add Server” button and fill IP address/domain name and credentials.

Download Free Tool

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.