In this issue:
Still relaxing in the sun. Tips and tutorials galore. Clippy on steroids. IT pros work like dogs (video) which is why they too should be able to enjoy summer, right? Canada’s new Space Division will be equipped with the latest in rocketry to defend the country against aliens. Plus lots more — read it all, read it here on WServerNews!
We’re still OOF on holidays relaxing in the sun so this week’s newsletter is another abbreviated edition. This issue has tips, more tips and lots more tips and tutorials ranging over a bunch of different platforms and topics of interest to IT professionals. We’ll catch up on what’s been happening news-wise in the tech world next week when we get back to our regular routine and start wading through several thousands of emails that will have inevitably clogged up our inbox. In the meantime enjoy this week’s issue of WServerNews!
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Tips and tutorials galore
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We’ll start off this section with a whole bunch of tips and tutorials on Windows 11:
- Rufus isn’t magic: How it modifies Windows 11 media (Out of Office Hours)
- Bypassing Windows 11 hardware requirements, revisited (Out of Office Hours)
- Getting rid of Widgets in Windows 11 (Out of Office Hours)
- Customizing the Windows 11 22H2 Start menu layout (Out of Office Hours)
- Pluton as a TPM Replacement and What the Future May Hold for Microsoft and Windows 11 (TechGenix)
- How to change the system language on Windows 11 (OnMSFT.com)
- How to clear thumbnail cache on Windows 11 (OnMSFT.com)
- How to Download a Windows 11 ISO File and Do a Clean Install (Tom’s Hardware)
- How to Install Windows 11 Without a Microsoft Account (Tom’s Hardware)
- Install Windows 11 in a Hyper-V VM (Emin Atac)
- Troubleshooting Hyper-V in Windows 11 (Under The Stairs)
- Windows 11: How To Configure Secure DNS (DoH) for All WiFi Networks (Helge Klein)
- Easily managing Universal Print printers on Windows 11 devices (Peter van der Woude)
- How to clean boot your Windows 11 computer (TechRepublic)
Next comes some useful stuff that focuses mainly on Windows Server and Active Directory:
- Migrate From Server 2012 to Server 2022 Domain Controllers (PeteNetLive)
- DC Promotion fails ‘FRS is Depreciated’ (PeteNetLive)
- Windows: ‘Trust Relationship Failed’ (PeteNetLive)
- Creating a Shortcut for Windows Update in Windows Server 2019 (Alexander’s Blog)
- Domain-Join Computers the Proper Way (Compass Security Blog)
- Removing Your Last Exchange Server FAQ (Exchange Team Blog)
- Last Server Reboot Reporting (Mick’s IT Blogs)
- Bitlocker Recovery Password AD Backup and Cleanup (Mick’s IT Blogs)
- Getting started with Device Control Printer Protection (Peter van der Woude)
- RDS and RemoteApp Performance Issues on Windows Server 2019/2016 (Windows OS Hub)
- How to Approve and Deploy Updates in WSUS? (Windows OS Hub)
And finally here are some general and specific tips for securing your devices, infrastructure (on-prem or cloud) and data (personal or business):
- Top 10 IT Security Tips for Individual Users (Helge Klein)
- How Hackers Get Your Passwords and How To Defend Yourself (KnowBe4)
- How Cybercriminals Conduct Credential Harvesting and How You Can Protect Yourself (TechGenix)
- What Is Remote Code Execution (RCE) and How Can You Prevent It? (TechGenix)
- Phishing attacks in Microsoft Teams and external federation (Marius Sandbu)
- No Passwords More Problems (Compass Security Blog)
- Researcher discovers simple tweak that neutralises Conti, REvil, WannaCry attacks (ITPro)
- Windows Defender Application Control: Recommended blocking rules (May 2022) (Günter Born)
- What is Wi-Fi MAC Randomization and How Does it Handle Privacy? (Extreme Networks)
- FortiGate Web Filtering Setup and Deployment (PeteNetLive)
- Automating Amazon FSx for Windows File Server configuration for more efficient enforcement of security controls (Windows on AWS)
We hope that you’ve found some of these tips and tutorials helpful!
Our book review section will return in our August 22nd newsletter!
Factoid: Clippy on steroids
We’ll catch up with responses to our Factoids when we’re back from holidays. In the meantime here is this week’s factoid:
Fact: Is there a maximum size for Windows clipboard data? Because I’m getting null for something I know should be there (The Old New Thing)
Question: Windows 10 has a feature called clipboard history that stores the most recent 25 items you’ve cut or copied. To open your clipboard history press Winkey+V and to find out more about the feature read this How-To Geek article. My question for readers is, do you ever use this feature? Since I do a lot of writing I tried using it but I find it clunky, it usually slows my writing instead of speeding it up. Is there a better tool out there for pasting frequently-needed snippets of text? Something like Clippy on steroids that you can use from the keyboard instead of having to mouse around. I’m sure there must be something good available in this department but I’m too darn lazy to look around—any suggestions? Email us your answer and we’ll include it in our next issue!
Fun videos from Flixxy
Summer is almost over so let’s enjoy it like the people—and animals—in these videos!
The Best Of Summer – People Are Awesome – With summer coming to a close, we’re celebrating all of our favorite beach activities!
Pets’ First Day of Summer – It’s the best day of the whole year! It’s the first day of summer, which mean more sunshine, more beach day and more fun!
Dog Days of Summer – A group of dogs have a great time at the beach. A clip from a group of dog owners in Budapest, Hungary.
Vivaldi ‘Summer’ – Classical Music Comedy – The female quartet ‘Salut Salon’ knows how to play Vivaldi’s ‘Sommer’ in the key of comedy.
The odd, the stupid and the remarkable. Good for your mental health.
Cambridge crowned UK’s most AI-ready city (ITPro)
[That’s because all the real intelligence can be found at Oxford.]
Mastercard Announces Quantum Computing Collaboration with D-Wave (Tom’s Hardware)
[Oh great, now I won’t be able to simultaneously know the exact amount of money in both my savings and chequing accounts. P.S. How’s that for geekiness?]
The phone is terrible for cloud gaming (The Verge)
[But I’ve actually *used* the saw on my Swiss Army knife! P.S. Read the article if you want to understand this.)
Establishment of 3 Canadian Space Division (Mirage.News)
[They’ll be equipped with the latest in Estes Model Rockets to defend our Great White North against alien invasion.]
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