WServerNews: Fallout for sysadmins from the pandemic

In this issue:

Mailbag. Got back pain due to working from home? Spyware Is Running Amok in Europe. Improved OOBE in Windows 10. If you’re a Domain Admin, beware of installing KB5019071! Free virtual event from SANS. The best Linux VPN options in 2022. A bunch of random tips. Get a Free Windows 11 2022 virtual machine. Got RAID on your workstation? VIDEO: Volkswagen created a better office chair. In the Land of Google where the shadows lie. Plus lots more — read it all, read it here on WServerNews!

So you’re an IT professional and you’ve had to work from home these last two years because of the pandemic. How is your back feeling? Image by Freepik.

Mailbag

Continuing our reader feedback on the topic of using technology for employee monitoring, we received the following email this week from reader Howard Rubin:

I hate this whole scenario. Years ago, there were not so many people trained in IT to say there is/was monitoring or just one person’s say over another. Back then, my experience, most people who got into their IT job was because of luck and happenstance, kept the manual nearby and did not have formal training, much less the ability to find and understand activity logs.

I worked for an engineering company, hired as a desktop break fix/maintenance guy. I did not know at the time that I was only there, groomed to be the admin replacement when he (10 years my junior) went on vacation. He returned and immediately accused me of messing around with his server (NT4 at that time). I was so insulted (I knew so much more about his job, hey.. I could have operated his station remote control easily if I tried!) when I realized what was going on, I walked to the company president’s office, told him I knew what they were doing and walked out of the building. The next day I reactivated at a temporary agency and got double my previous salary by working hourly!

Monitoring, as long as it’s in the contract, I can agree or leave it. Today, if there are any accusations, the admin better have explicit proof! Too many of us now have certs and years of experience to recognize a bad apple.

Our newsletter readers can continue to comment on this subject by emailing me.

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Editor’s Corner

Two articles I read recently about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on how we work got me thinking. I know that many if not most of our readers ended up working at home for a while, and perhaps even still. But The Guardian a UK newspaper reports that there has been a significant rise in back pain linked to working from home these last two years. I’m wondering if any of our newsletter readers have experienced this? Also share any tips you might have for preventing back pain from happening when you’re sitting at home in front of a computer all day.

The second article is more directly associated with our IT profession. It’s from The Register and suggests that COVID has changed the way sysadmins work, and probably for the worse. So again I’ll ask our readers about this: What ways if any has the pandemic fundamentally changed the way you work as an IT professional?

Let me know if you have any comments on either of these matters and we’ll share them with our newsletter readers.

We hope that you enjoy this week’s issue of WServerNews, feel free to email us your comments or questions about anything in this newsletter.

This Week in IT

A compendium of recent IT industry news compiled by Your Editors. Feel free to email us if you find a news item you think our newsletter readers might be interested in. And for more tech news coverage see the News section of our TechGenix website.

The following are a few of the cybernews items that interested us when they crossed our desk this week:

Spyware Is Running Amok in Europe, EU Lawmaker Warns (Bloomberg)

Greece To Ban Sale of Spyware After Government Is Accused of Surveillance (New York Times)

Australia considers ransomware payment ban, additional Medibank files leaked (ITPro)

Apple sued for tracking users’ activity even when turned off in settings (Mashable)

Microsoft announces Microsoft Supply Chain Platform (OnMSFT)

And here’s an interesting geeky tidbit from the past:

Why was Pinball removed from Windows Vista? (The Old New Thing)

Windows news

Windows sysadmins will want to know about update KB5020683 which Microsoft has released for the 21H1 to 22H2 versions of Windows 10. Günter Born has the details concerning this update which is designed to improve the out-of-box experience (OOBE) of Windows 10. And Gunter also informs us that game performance issues with Windows 11 22H2 have now been confirmed by Microsoft, though most sysadmins won’t care much about that.

It looks like the Files app in Windows 11 is going to be revamped. You can read more about it here (TechRepublic) and here (OnMSFT).

And Harjit Dhaliwal the Product Marketing Manager for Windows Commercial has an interesting post with a bunch of video interviews on the Windows IT Pro Blog. His post is billed as Real talk on Windows 11 and he shares how he talked with a bunch of IT pros about what they like about Windows 11. I’m not sure I would ever bill anything written by a marketing dude as “real” but I have to admit that some of the videos on this page are interesting and have given me more reason to consider migrating our office PCs from Windows 10 to Windows 11. That is, as soon as we can afford to buy all new PCs that can run Windows 11!

Windows Server news

It looks like the November 2022 updates for Windows Server are causing serious problems for some Active Directory environments. The problem specifically has to do with KB5019071 and Microsoft Learn has documented the issue as Sign in failures and other issues related to Kerberos authentication.

Günter Born also has a post on his blog that summarizes details and affected Windows versions. Sander Berkouwer also had an earlier post on things you needed to do to ensure your domain controllers would not be adversely affected by this month’s patches, and while his advice is probably still good it looks like we’ll have to wait for Microsoft to issue a new patch to resolve the current problem. This will likely take them several weeks.

Oh, and here’s another important post by Sander concerning domain controller functionability. We’ll let you know next week if there’s anything new to report on these matters.

On the management side of things, the System Center Blog reports that Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2022 has now been released.

Upcoming webcasts, workshops and conferences

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Nov 28-Dec 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada – AWS re:Invent

Dec 2 – Free virtual event from SANS – 2022 Solutions Forum: Threat Exposure Management

Dec 7-9 in Sydney, Australia – SREcon22 Asia/Pacific

Also be sure to check out the following event listings:

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Meet the Editors! 

MITCH TULLOCH is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud technologies. He has written more than a thousand articles and has authored or been series editor for over 50 books for Microsoft Press and other publishers. Mitch has also been a twelve-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the technical category of Cloud and Datacenter Management. He currently runs an IT content development business in Winnipeg, Canada that produces books, ebooks, whitepapers, case studies, courseware, documentation, newsletters and articles for various companies.

INGRID TULLOCH is Associate Editor of WServerNews. She was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press and collaborated on developing university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. Ingrid also manages Research and Development for the IT content development business she runs together with Mitch.

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IT Workshop – tools, guides and useful stuff

Got a product or solution or some other resource you’d like to tell our readers about? Email us!

Our TOOL OF THE WEEK is Veritas Backup Exec 22 an ideal choice SMBs that want total on-premises data protection that supports Microsoft 365. Check out the review on ITPro.

The best Linux VPN options in 2022 are ones that focus on the operating system and have dedicated clients. They’re also easy to use regardless if you’re managing a startup, a small business, or an established company. Learn more about the Linux VPN options and discover the best ones for your business in this article on TechGenix.

Looking for checklists, toolkits and other resources to help you solve your IT problems? Download them today from TechRepublic.

Tips and Tutorials

Got tips or tutorials you’d like to recommend for our readers? Email us!

This week we just closed our eyes and reached into our tip bag and pulled out a bunch of random tips for our readers. And here they are:

How to use advanced options to work more productively in Outlook (TechRepublic)

Power Up your PowerShell experience with these four add-ons (Command Line Ninja)

How to use Microsoft Authenticator as your password manager (ZDNET)

Running a Linux terminal in your Windows browser (Network World)

Verifying installed applications as part of the compliance of Windows devices (Peter van der Woude)

Many of your ‘secure’ passwords will have been leaked or compromised — here’s how to easily check and change them (BetaNews)

AWS’s Kevin Kelly on How to Build a Cloud Career (eWeek)

How to Enable SSH Service in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Ubuntu Handbook)

Freebies!!

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Free resource kit – Stay Safe This Holiday Season with KnowBe4

Keeper protects your organization’s passwords with an ultra-secure and easy-to-use vault – Try it today for free for 14 days

From OnMSFT – Get a Free Windows 11 2022 Virtual Machine Until January 2023

Factoid: Got RAID on your workstation?

No nibbles on previous factoid about dirty smartphones (I guess our readers are neat freaks) so let’s move on to this week’s factoid:

Fact: Here’s someone who created a RAID 0 array using USB floppy drives (Hackaday)

Source:https://hackaday.com/2022/06/30/its-raid-with-floppy-drives/

Question: I know many of our readers probably have RAID on their servers, but do any of you use RAID on your workstations?

Email us your answer and we’ll include it in our next issue!

Fun videos from Flixxy

Volkswagen Created A Better Office Chair – ­­See how Volkswagen engineers in Norway created the perfect office chair.

https://www.flixxy.com/volkswagen-created-a-better-office-chair.htm

Against Gravity – Paragliding With A Bicycle – World’s first: Paragliding with a bicycle in the Swiss Alps with Patrick von Känel and René Wildhaber.

https://www.flixxy.com/against-gravity-paragliding-with-a-bicycle.htm

Kolos Amazing Time-Traveling Card Trick Fools Penn And Teller – Hungarian magic champion Kolos fools Penn and Teller with his amazing time-traveling card trick.

https://www.flixxy.com/kolos-amazing-time-traveling-card-trick-fools-penn-and-teller.htm

Fabio Wibmer’s Adventures at the French Riviera – Watch the amazing bicycle adventures at the French Riviera of freestyle street trials and pro mountain bike rider Fabio Wibmer.

https://www.flixxy.com/fabio-wibmer-adventures-at-the-french-riviera.htm

And Finally

The odd, the stupid and the remarkable. Good for your mental health.

News addiction linked to not only poor mental wellbeing but physical health too, new study shows (Taylor & Francis)

https://newsroom.taylorandfrancisgroup.com/news-addiction-linked-to-not-only-poor-mental-wellbeing-but-physical-health-too-new-study-shows/#

[So I was just checking the news and found out I was addicted to news!]

Google CEO Pichai Tells Employees Not To ‘Equate Fun With Money’ in Heated All-Hands Meeting (CNBC)

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/23/google-ceo-pichai-fields-questions-on-cost-cuts-at-all-hands-meeting-.html

[Actually it’s quite sensible from a business perspective to stock up your windfall profits when economic headwinds are on the horizon. But it’s still a rotten way to treat your employees.]

Microsoft’s Largest Piece of Software Weighed More Than 40 Pounds (PC Magazine)

https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsofts-largest-piece-of-software-weighed-more-than-40-pounds

[Best example of bloatware ever!]

Fitbit Accounts Are Being Replaced By Google Accounts (Trusted Reviews)

https://www.trustedreviews.com/news/fitbit-accounts-are-being-replaced-by-google-accounts-4269334

[One account to rule them all, one account to find them, One account to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them; In the Land of Google where the shadows lie.]

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