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The End-of-Life for Small Business Server is Here: What Can You Do?

Posted by Ben Olcott on Mon, Dec 29, 2014

As you may or may not know, the end-of-life date of Windows Small Business Server 2003 is July 14, 2015. This means Microsoft will be terminating services for the line, services that provide crucial security updates and patches. This termination will be akin to the Windows XP termination this past April: XP can still run on desktops, but the product is off the shelf both commercially and in terms of Microsoft’s internal support; vulnerable, it is a security disaster waiting to happen and generally will not pass regulations. The problems in upgrading a server are similar but far bigger, and the popular mad-dash-switch strategy is not feasible for companies relying heavily on fully-operational 24/7 server activity. The whole infrastructure of a system, in many cases carefully built up over years, needs to be reworked – and this takes time, time that can be born only out of ample foresight. Though the end-of-life for the Small Business Server 2003 is a year away, the question must be asked now: what are we going to do about upgrading?

 Nail in the proverbial coffin of Windows 2003(Image courtesy of blog.zensoftware.co.uk) 

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Managed Services, IT Project Management

Office 365 - Moving onto the Cloud - Part 1

Posted by Davide Palumbo on Fri, Sep 19, 2014

office 365 cloudsIn previous blog entries, the expression “cloud” has often been used, and as it has been already stated, it refers to a friendly way of describing web-based computing services that are hosted outside of an organization. This means that when an user has been provided with cloud-based services, the entire IT infrastructure is located outside its property, and hosted and maintained by a third party. This brief description allows me to introduce you to Office 365 as guest of honor of the following set of articles. In fact, Office 365 information storage, computation, and software are located and managed remotely on servers owned by Microsoft. Many services you use every day are a part of the cloud, and since its infrastructure is located online or "in the cloud," you can access them virtually anywhere, from a PC, tablet, smartphone, or other device with an Internet connection.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Disaster Recovery, IT Project Management

Series 3 - Making Your Server Migration Happen

Posted by Ben Olcott on Thu, Aug 07, 2014

So you’ve gotten your head around cloud lingo, and you’ve identified which type of server migration works best for your company’s needs. (If you’re here and you haven’t yet considered these things, check the blog posts hyperlinked in the preceding sentence). All that’s left to do is prepare your company for the migration. This is, of course, easier said than done and unique to every office. NSK is here to offer some general ideas and considerations for your move.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Managed Services, IT Project Management

Why Mobile Device Management for BYOD?

Posted by Cathie Briggette on Mon, Aug 26, 2013
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Topics: Mobile Device Management, Managed Services, IT Project Management

Hurricane Sandy Computer Helpful Hints

Posted by Cathie Briggette on Mon, Oct 29, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast and a good portion of us (including myself) have a ton of work to do before month end, I wanted to share some Tips on how to protect your work during a hurricane. The biggest concern is loss of power. Whether working fromHurricane Sandy home or in the office the main cause of lost data and frustration will be loss of power, power surges, etc. here are some suggestions to avoid having to do the same work twice.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Managed Services, IT Project Management