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Editor’s Corner

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Mitch Tulloch, Senior Editor


In this week’s newsletter

This week in WServerNews we share some of the lists of tips and resources we’ve come across that may be helpful to our IT pro readers including some Linux-related stuff for Windows admins. We also have a Tip of the Week for those deploying Office ProPlus but don’t want to use Microsoft Teams. Our Factoid has to do with the security (or perhaps insecurity) of keyless entry systems for automobiles. And we have lots of other useful and fun stuff in this issue so be sure to read through all of it. Enjoy!

Awesome Windows Domain Hardening

I found this list of security hardening techniques on GitHub, it was put together about a year ago from a presentation at DerbyCon. If you’re a sysadmin who works in a Windows environment it’s definitely worth taking ten minutes to browse through this list and see what you can learn:

Linux programs that work on Windows

I’ve dabbled with Linux from time to time over the years, but until Microsoft released the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) for Windows 10 there hasn’t been much I’ve wanted to do with it in a Windows environment. Recently I’ve started dabbling again, and I found this list of community powered list of programs that work (and those that don’t) on the Windows subsystem for Linux and it’s helpful as it illustrates what WSL can and can’t support in its present incarnation:

If you’re not that familiar yet with WSL you can install it on Windows 10 by following these instructions:

And speaking of Linux…

Have any of our readers tried out Manjaro yet? Manjaro characterizes itself as “a professionally made Linux based operating system that is a suitable replacement for Windows or MacOS” and “Multiple Desktop Environments are available through our Official and Community editions.” I was told by a colleague last week that Manjaro is the easiest way for getting your feet wet with Linux:

Let me know if you’ve tried Manjaro and what you think of it: [email protected]

Service Status Pages

Getting back to lists though, here’s another useful list you may want to pin to your cubicle wall if your organization uses cloud services of any kind, it’s a list of status websites for various kinds of cloud services:

We’ve been having problems with Cloudflare recently and referencing this list allowed me to quickly locate and open their status page to discover the reason behind the outage we were experiencing. If any readers have any additional status pages to suggest you can recommend them to the creator of this GitHub page.

Windows 10 servicing stack updates

It’s getting harder and harder to keep Windows 10 systems properly updated with the proliferation of Windows 10 versions and the numerous updates for the Windows servicing stack that Microsoft has released. If you try to install a software update on Windows 10 and the update fails to install properly, the likely cause is that you don’t have the latest servicing stack update installed on the machine. This advisory from Microsoft is a list of the latest servicing stack updates for each Windows operating system and the list is updated whenever a new servicing stack update is released:

Got any more lists?

Do you know of any other lists of best practices, tips or resources that would be useful for readers who work in Windows environments? Email me at [email protected] and we’ll share your suggestions in a future issue of our newsletter.


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Tip of the Week

>> Got any IT pro tips you’d like to share with other readers of our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Stopping the Teams App Starting Automatically on Windows (Office365ITpros)

Don’t want to use Microsoft Teams? The click-to-run suite Office ProPlus now automatically installs Teams, but if you’d prefer not to have your users use it you can prevent the Teams app from automatically launching:


Admin Toolbox

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RUFUS is the Reliable USB Formatting Utility:

KeePassXC is a cross-platform community-driven port of the Windows application “Keepass Password Safe”:

AutoHotkey is a macro-creation and automation-oriented scripting utility for Windows:


Factoid – How secure are keyless entry systems for automobiles?

Last week’s factoid and question was this:

Fact: Eating plant-based “meats” is unhealthy (according to the CEO of Whole Foods).

Question: Have you tried a Beyond Meat burger yet?

We’re happy to report that at least one of our newsletter readers has had the guts to try out plant-based Beyond Meat burgers. Jo Klempan says:

I recently tried a burger as a meat alternative in a little restaurant in San Diego, and was pleasantly surprised. The texture was more like meatloaf, but certainly better than the hockey pucks that pass for a burger at most places (excluding In-n-Out, of course). No getting around the fact that Beyond Meat burger is highly processed, but I liked the taste. A good vegan option if you’re ethically against meat, but I’ll stick to the double-double.

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

Fact: Some of the UK’s newest and most popular cars are at risk of being stolen in seconds by exploiting weaknesses in keyless entry systems.


Question: Have any of our readers ever had their car stolen? How comfortable do you feel about the direction that entry system technologies are heading for cars, homes, and so on?

Email your answer to [email protected]


Conference calendar

>> Got an IT conference or event happening that you’d like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Microsoft Ignite 2019

Nov 4-8, 2019 in Orlando, Florida

Other Microsoft conferences

Microsoft Licensing Boot Camps

  • Oct 15-16 in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 9-10 in Seattle, Washington

Infosec conferences

Cyber Security Summit – Sept. 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina

Cyber Security Summit – Oct 3 in New York City

SecTor – Oct 9-10 in Ontario, Canada

Global Cyber Summit – Oct 13-16 in Miami Beach, Florida

Cyber Security Summit – Oct 17 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Cyber Security Summit – Nov 7 in Boston, Massachusetts

Cyber Security Summit – Nov 21 in Houston, Texas

Cyber Security Summit – Dec 5 in Los Angeles, California

Other conferences

VMworld – Nov 4-7 in Barcelona, Spain

Midwest Management Summit – Nov 11-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana

European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference – Dec 2-5 in Prague, Czech Republic

SharePoint Fest – Dec 9-13 in Chicago, Illinois


Podcast Corner

Creative destruction — Proper IT asset liquidation (The T-Suite)

Adoption Change Management for Microsoft 365 with David Callaghan (Microsoft Cloud IT Pro Podcast)

Microsoft Clouds & Hurricane Clouds (Microsoft Cloud Show)

DORA 2019 with Nicole Forsgren and Dustin Smith (RunAsRadio)

The leaning tower of DNS (This Week in Enterprise Tech)


New on

Review: Windows workplace security solution PolicyPak

Group Policy, used for locking down Windows machines in corporate environments for years, is showing its age. Enter PolicyPak. Here’s our review.

Using tags with Azure runbook automation to control your costs

Here’s a script designed to start and stop virtual machines based on tags associated at the resource group level. It could save you a ton of time.

Software-defined perimeter solutions: Why this is the future of security

Traditional VPNs are showing their age in the modern cloud-powered workplace. That’s why software-defined perimeter solutions are in your future.

Why you need to check your virtualization host’s NUMA configuration

Should you disallow NUMA spanning in your Hyper-V architecture? There are two sides to this story, and you’ll get both of them here.

Migrating and configuring Hyper-V passthrough disks

Believe it or not, Hyper-V virtual machines can be configured to use a dedicated physical hard disk, which is referred to as a passthrough disk.


Fun videos from Flixxy

Boeing 747 Overtaking Boeing 737

A Boeing 747 [35,000 ft] overtaking a Boeing 737 [37,000 ft], captured by the pilot of a Boeing 777 [33,000 ft]:

Russian Cosmonauts ‘Walking’ Outside The International Space Station

This time we bring you a clip of a Russian spacewalk outside the International Space Station:

Magician Marcus Eddie Fools Penn and Teller           Home Daily Popular

Incredible magician Marcus Eddie fool us as well as Penn and Teller with an original ‘this is not a card trick.’

Cats Are Adorable

Cats are simply adorable!


More articles of interest

What can IT do to enhance Android security?

Android is just as secure as its competitors’ OSes, but IT should still remain vigilant. Here are 3 ways to secure Android devices for the enterprise.

Choose between 5 hosted hypervisors based on features and use cases

Hypervisors such as VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, VMware Horizon 7, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Parallels Desktop provide value to small data centers in different ways.

How to optimize Citrix and Microsoft deployments for VDI

Citrix and Microsoft offer a variety of integrations to enhance their products. Find out what they are, and how organizations running VDI can take advantage of them.

The 2019 VDI Like a Pro EUC survey is out!

Results: Citrix’s on-premises products are still dominant but showing smaller market share; DaaS is still anyone’s race.


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Got feedback about anything in this issue of WServerNews? Email us at [email protected]

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