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Windows Server 2003/R2 End of Support Is Coming

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Your Opportunity for Transformation In July 2010, Microsoft transitioned from providing mainstream support for Windows Server 2003 to releasing critical patches only. July 14, 2015 marks another transition, this time the end of Microsoft support for Windows Server 2003/R2. While this date may seem distant, now is the time to understand that the end of support and the end of life of Windows Server 2003 means that your business needs to ensure that it has a plan to migrate the applications and workloads currently relying on Windows Server 2003 onto Windows Server 2012 R2  or Microsoft Azure.  Just to be clear,…

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New server or move to the cloud?

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Many organizations we talk to are starting to think about their next server upgrade. Here are some common questions we get. Do I need a server? What about the cloud? Is there a less expensive way? These are all good questions. The answers can really depend on your needs. Do I need a server? The general purpose of a server is to deliver functionality to users, typically in the local office. If you are only storing files and don’t have applications installed on the server, you may be able to use a cloud-based file sharing and sync tool and move…

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Why Do I Need a Server?

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“Why do I need a server?” It’s a question we often hear from small businesses that haven’t yet made the jump to a true “network”.  Their current technology seems to be working just fine as it is, so most small business owners don’t see a need to make the investment. The answer varies from business to business and depends on their business model, growth rate, or specific needs. The answer may very well be that you don’t need one. If you have only a handful of staff who share files across computers networked together or who can do the majority…

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Operating Systems: Why Windows Home Edition won’t cut it

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In this second installment of our “Is Consumer Grade enough for your business?” series, we’re going to look at the Windows operating systems. This comparison really goes hand-in-hand with our post on computers, as Consumer Grade computers generally come with Windows Home versions pre-installed. Most small businesses with more than a few computers have them connected to a server, creating a network. The majority of these servers run Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS), which includes Windows Server and Exchange software. This allows the network to communicate with all of the components that are connected together, i.e. other computers, data…

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Computers: Is Consumer Grade enough for your business?

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Sure, it’s enticing. You’ll save money right now if you run out to your local big box store or hop online and purchase that computer or that combo firewall/wireless router that’s on sale. But is that money saved really worthwhile for your business in the long run? They say that a penny saved is a penny earned, but when it comes to your businesses technology, that penny saved may cost you a lot more later on down the road. The main reason is that the majority of equipment sold at the big box stores are for home users and aren’t…

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3 Hidden Costs of Aging IT Networks

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Network Refresh…I’ll give you a moment to stop cringing. Better? Ok. It’s something that most business leaders don’t want to think about, but needs to be considered when your network reaches the three year mark. A network refresh is an investment, there’s no doubt about that, but the cost of doing nothing and continuing to work on an aging network most likely has greater costs that you may not even realize. Consider the fact that network components begin to deteriorate after 3 years. That means they require more maintenance than new equipment. Add in that the demands on today’s networks…

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