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Business Continuity vs. Backup – Datto Comes Through

Planning for Business Continuity For the sake of business continuity, we often plan for a disaster that never comes. In the case of your server backups, you should be doing a test-restore periodically to make sure your backup procedures actually work.  Though, like an insurance policy, you hope you never need it. One of my larger clients […]

Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life – Plan Now!

Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life Remember the Windows XP obsolescence earlier this year?  Remember how it would go un-patched and expose you to liability for data loss? Well, the same thing is going to happen with Windows Server 2003.  Microsoft declared it will be unsupported as of July 14, 2015. Servers cost a lot more than […]

Free LogMeIn Party is Over – Free LogMeIn now starts at $229/year

Free LogMeIn was good while it lasted. On January 28th, free LogMeIn product will no longer exist. The free product would allow up to 10 computers per account. Now, to access 10 computers, you must buy “Pro”, at $229/year. Alternatively, you could purchase a LogMeIn Central subscription for $299/year. At the moment, LogMeIn Central still allows […]

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Internal Improvements

First of our internal improvements:  MBS has just signed up for a software package that’s specifically tailored to our business. Implementation will take place over the next couple of weeks, as time permits. Right now, we run Outlook for Contacts, Calendar, and E-mail. We use Quickbooks for everything financial. Quotes are Excel spreadsheets and Word documents. […]

Technology Review

Annual Technology Review Technology review time!  January is an excellent time to think about the advances in technology that you’ve made over the past year and what you want to accomplish in the coming year. Start by thinking about the changes you’ve made in 2012 and what the benefits are.  When you take stock, you’ll find […]

Microsoft Announces the End Of Small Business Server

Beginning with the 2012 versions, Microsoft plans to discontinue Small Business Server. What does this mean to small businesses? Microsoft bundles Server 2008, Exchange email server, and SharePoint collaboration software into a single product. They price it very aggressively, and limit the product to 75 users. Most installations use only the Server and Exchange products. […]

Cloud Apps

No doubt you’ve heard buzz about “The Cloud” by now. If the term seems somewhat vague – well, it is. W hat does it mean, and why should you care? “The cloud” refers to resources that you access over the Internet. These resources are off-site. Often, people think that “moving to the cloud” means that […]

Emergency Computer Support: Hello? Is anybody there?

Network technicians, as a group, have a reputation for poor people skills and lousy service. What kind of response do you get when you call for computer support? Have you left a message and never been called back? Do you get YOUR technician when you call, or do you get a help desk? When you […]

Backups Now: But I Can’t Afford a Server!

Some of my clients are small business owners who are just getting started. These people tend to look at a server as an unnecessary expense, and rightly so. Sure, I would love to sell them a server, but if you work alone, you probably don’t need one. What they DO need is Backups Now…. a […]