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Feb 22, 2016

The Security Imperative: Protecting Your PCs, Your Data, and Your Business

If you have a mobile workforce, you probably also have genuine concerns over how best to secure your data and devices. This white paper can help you navigate the security minefield and provide the answers you're looking for....More
Feb 11, 2016

On-Premises Data Center: Your Apps and Devs Are Cheating on You

Gabriel is a lead developer for Halo Corp. Halo follows an agile development cycle, and thus he was notified that the business had given the OK and that he should now begin preparing development for v6 of the company's upcoming software release. Traditionally, Gabriel would make a service request for a new round of development virtual machines. Unfortunately, the service level agreement (SLA) for IT to respond to this request is 14 days. Gabriel made a quick decision: He created a Microsoft Azure subscription and was able to spin up the entire development environment in an afternoon!...More
Nov 30, 2015

Are Office 365 Groups Finally Ready for Prime Time?

A few months ago I wrote about a great new feature called Office 365 Groups that has been introduced into the Microsoft cloud platform; I even had the opportunity to talk about Groups at the Connections conference this fall and with Paul Cunningham on the ExchangeServerPro podcast. There has been a lot of interest generated in Groups within the IT Pro community during the last several months as administrators start to educate end users on how they can be leveraged to solve business problems....More
Nov 4, 2015

The Endpoint Is Back on the Agenda (and It’s a Huge Security Threat)

There was a time when IT security conversations were all about the network, with a focus on monitoring and controlling incoming and outgoing network traffic based on pre-defined security rules. By adding more walls and watching everything that entered and left the network, IT could safeguard corporate infrastructure and data. The endpoint was an afterthought.Throw in some anti-virus and maybe some encryption, and call it a day....More
Oct 17, 2015

Is There Any Option Other than the Cloud?

With the current release of Office 365, products are written for the cloud first. We now find ourselves waiting for features to make it to on-premises versions of Microsoft products. And while the same paradigm exists where only one of the offerings is full featured, its now the cloud that is full featured....More
Sep 11, 2015

IT admins guide to gaining more resources Pt. 2: making a pitch

Last time we talked about a few areas where an admin can bring a lot of value to the table such as revenue, business intelligence, and more. It’s easy to overlook a lot of these areas, but they’re important to think about as you determine exactly what you’ll say to get the resources you need, whether its headcount, budget, or approval on new hardware or software purchases. Once you’ve thought about where you provide value, it’s time to put together a knock-their-socks-off pitch. Here’s how....More
Sep 8, 2015

Planning to Avoid the Office 365 "Uh-Oh" Moment

Don’t let migration problems be the first time that you take a hard look at your on-premises Active Directory environment. Follow these steps and you will position yourself well to avoid the moment during your migration project when all you can say is “uh-oh.”...More
Aug 31, 2015

VMWorld 2015: New VMware NSX SDN OEM, Nvidia Virtual Graphics Partnership

Users benefit as key players partner and innovate....More
Aug 26, 2015

IT admin's guide to gaining more resources Pt. 1

IT systems are a crucial business enabler, which isn’t something to take lightly. Though these systems are so essential, a lot of decision-makers don’t invest as much in them as they should, which might leave an IT admin with huge list of requirements to meet on a shoestring budget and with limited staff. If doing your job effectively means you need more resources, here are some things that will help you make your case....More
Jul 24, 2015

IT Innovators: How to Determine How Much Software-Defined Storage You Need

The Software-Defined Storage Design Calculator is a useful tool to help users determine how much SDS they really need....More
Jul 17, 2015

Is Your Home Network Resume-Worthy?

The IT industry really rewards hands-on experience. The skills you develop on a home network are absolutely transferrable to a business environment and they’ll give you a leg up on candidates competing for the same IT role....More
Jun 29, 2015

Risks of Running Windows Server 2003 Beyond End-Of-Life: It's Time to Act. What's Your Action Plan? 1

Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life (EOL) is just weeks away and millions of servers are still running on this operating system. Are you certain what migration path is right for your business? What happens to performance, security and compliance requirements when Microsoft stops supporting your operating system? There is no time to lose – you must define your migration strategy and act now to protect your business. Know the risks, key things to consider, and your migration options....More
Jun 29, 2015

Do We Really Need Microsoft Support Anyway?

Based on the cost of extended support agreements, companies wonder “do we really need vendor support, or should we just keep running the older software without paying for support?”...More
Jun 23, 2015

Reduce your number of open support tickets with a monthly newsletter

There are a few ways to deal with problem users. Tossing them out the window is the obvious answer, but prisons are overcrowded as it is and they have terrible Wi-Fi (so I hear). Instead, why not spend some time proactively trying to educate and update users on everything IT? If they knew a little more, wouldn’t they be more capable of handling things on their own and free you up for the big things?...More
May 19, 2015

Office 365 Groups – Allowing users to collaborate.

Providing ways to empower employees in the enterprise to collaborate has always presented quite the challenge. Microsoft made the point abundantly clear at Microsoft Ignite, that Groups are now the glue that can bring users, business information, and enterprise applications together to increase productivity....More
May 18, 2015

Best Practices for Repurposing Old Hardware

It’s a little concerning. Hardware failure is common and it might make you wonder why you’d ever use old hardware at all. If a piece of equipment is past its prime, are you tempting fate by continuing to use it? How long before you can reasonably expect something to continue without problems? Here are some things to consider before repurposing old hardware....More
Apr 24, 2015

When Does Complex Security Turn into a Liability?

Active Directory can be configured in a fashion that supports segregation between divisions to meet legal and ethical requirements. Segregation, however, can lead to complexity. And when does complexity begin to reduce the security of an environment?...More
Apr 21, 2015

Building a killer home network and lab

As we note, a home network can be your dream network. Sure, there are budget considerations (virtualization can counteract some of them), but unlike a business, there aren’t many other constraints, and your biggest barrier is really your own imagination. Plus, the killer home network you build can show future employers a lot about your tenacity and ability to create something great. Even if it’s on a smaller scale, it still speaks volumes about what you’re capable of and also proves that you don’t just work in IT, you live in IT....More
Apr 20, 2015

Why Windows Endpoint Backup is important!

If you are an IT professional that has been around for a long period of time, and if you had or still have to manage endpoints (workstations and laptops). You know of at least 1, if not more, fantastic stories about end-users losing their computer....More
Apr 6, 2015

3 Ways to install Hyper-V: Which is best? 2

Hyper-V is one of those technologies that can exist a number of different ways. In fact, I have had many discussions with people about which way to have Hyper-V installed. The most interesting part is that we get some different answers as to which is the best way to install Hyper-V....More
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