What Should You Do About Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 EOL?

Written by Rory McCaw on Monday, January 13th 2020 — Categories: Azure, Windows 10, Migration, Desktop Modernization, Cloud Hosting, Enterprise Applications, IT Modernization, IT Operations, Microsoft, Virtual Desktop

Two major enterprise computing platforms are reaching their end of life this week. Tomorrow (January 14th), in fact. While this may seem like a last-minute blog entry, we know there are plenty of you out there still running Windows 7 on corporate desktops and Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 in your data centers.

Microsoft itself estimated that 60% of its Windows Server install base was still running 2008 back in August. Some of those instances may have been upgraded or migrated to cloud VMs, but we’re betting many of them remain. Unofficial estimates peg the number of Windows 7 machines worldwide at around 200 million.

Change can be hard, especially when your systems seem to be working properly and upgrading appears to be a complex and time-consuming endeavor. But operating systems that have reached End of Support open the door for vulnerabilities, bugs, and incompatibility with newer infrastructure. They also make it more difficult to deploy and support newer software that can improve employee efficiency and empower the business to drive revenue in new areas and to compete with others in the industry. With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 End of Support upon us, what are your options?

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Office 365 vs. Microsoft 365: Which Is Right for Your Business?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, May 29th 2019 — Categories: Azure, Active Directory, Windows 10, O365, IT Modernization, Microsoft

As you research your options for enterprise productivity applications you likely will come across Microsoft 365 alongside the more commonly known Office 365.

In typical Microsoft fashion, there are an array of different plans and licensing levels for each option. Deciding which is the best option can therefore take some time.

What is Microsoft 365 and how is it different from Office 365? M365 includes enterprise-specific features that you would likely purchase separately, critically several Enterprise Mobility and Security components.

For businesses at the midsize and enterprise levels, M365 seems like the clear choice. But what exactly do you get at each level of M365? And how does it compare to O365?

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Why Would You Lease a New Car and Not Drive It for 12 Months?

Written by Rory McCaw on Monday, July 30th 2018 — Categories: Cloud, Enterprise Advisory Services, Solutions, Technology, Azure, Patching, Windows 10, O365, Microsoft, Security

Why do companies do this with software?

The concept sounds crazy. Logic says that you lease a car, start to drive it immediately, and continue to drive it for the lease term. Yet with Microsoft software, even cloud-based software like Azure, O365, Dynamics CRM, and Windows 10, companies continue to buy SaaS offerings on their traditional Enterprise Agreements (EAs) and pay for them before they start to use them.

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6 Elements to Consider When Deploying Windows 10

Written by Rory McCaw on Monday, July 16th 2018 — Categories: Cloud, Enterprise Advisory Services, Solutions, Technology, Azure, Windows 10, O365, Microsoft, Security

With any migration or upgrade, challenges will arise. Windows 10 migration is no different – so be prepared.

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If Video Killed the Radio Star, Will Process Automation Kill the IT Guy?

Written by Rory McCaw on Monday, May 21st 2018 — Categories: Cloud, Enterprise Advisory Services, Solutions, Technology, Azure, SCOM, SCCM, Windows 10, O365, Microsoft, Security

The most common type of Artificial Intelligence (AI) today is process automation, often referred to as Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Many IT guys (and, if you will, gals) fear that process automation will make their jobs disappear.

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Server Patching Automation – Just Like an IT Caddy, Only Better

Written by Angie Anderson on Saturday, April 28th 2018 — Categories: Cloud, Enterprise Advisory Services, Solutions, Technology, Azure, SCOM, SCCM, Windows 10, O365, Microsoft, Security, Software Development

Let’s be honest, most of us who play individual games like golf are cheaters. We don’t play by the rules of the game 100% of the time. OK, labelling ourselves cheaters may be a harsh indictment of our collective scorekeeping.

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Enable DKIM in Exchange Online Protection

Written by Muditha Chathuranga on Wednesday, July 19th 2017 — Categories: Cloud, Enterprise Advisory Services, Solutions, Technology, Azure, Windows 10, O365, Microsoft, Security

Last year Microsoft announced support for DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) signing for outbound emails in Office 365. If you are wondering what DKIM is, below is an excerpt from Microsoft blog describing what DKIM is in its simplest form.

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How do I protect my Office 365 users from malware and phishing?… What you need to know!

Written by Angie Anderson on Friday, June 23rd 2017 — Categories: Cloud, Enterprise Advisory Services, Solutions, Technology, Azure, Windows 10, O365, Microsoft, Security

Office 365’s adoption is growing at the speed of light, and that means that it is also growing as an attack vector. Combining this with the growth in email-based malware and phishing attacks we need Microsoft to step up to the plate and protect us, and of course, they have!

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The Consultancy Process - From Headache to Handshake

Written by Angie Anderson on Tuesday, June 13th 2017 — Categories: Azure, SCOM, SCCM, Datacenter Automation, Active Directory, Windows 10, O365, Migration, Desktop Modernization, Microsoft, Security

Within the tech industry there are many challenges standing in the way of growing tech firms, particularly to those attempting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

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