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  • Sharepoint Online Cloud Migration

    What Are CAL's for SharePoint?

    SharePoint is a free add on to Windows Server 2003/2008/2011 OS which supports extranet, intranet, and Internet applications from any single, integrated platform. As such, accessing SharePoint is bound by Microsoft Server licensing for the server it’s installed on. If you’ve a server in the business then you’ll probably have all the required CALs (Client Access Licenses) for your staff to access the Windows server – and by definition, SharePoint CALs. You may, however, need to consider external, remote and or mobile staff who may not have a SharePoint CAL to the server but due to SharePoint’s simple remote access features will begin to connect and use the Windows server infrastructure.

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    When purchasing a Microsoft SharePoint Portal server (or other Microsoft servers like SQL, Exchange, Windows, Windows Terminal or Systems Management), a license is needed for each copy of the installed server software. Besides, a SharePoint CAL (client access license) is needed, for the same Microsoft server version, for each device or user (or combination of both) which uses or accesses the server software. The only time you don’t need a SharePoint CAL is if:

    • Access is to a server that runs Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
    • Access is through the Internet and is unauthenticated
    • Use or access is by an external user and instead of CALs, External Connector licenses are acquired.

    With the release of the Windows 2003 Servers, there’re now 2 types of SharePoint CALs available, a user-based and a device-based CAL. This means you can acquire a Microsoft CAL for every named-user accessing your Windows servers (from any device), or you can acquire a Microsoft CAL for every device (utilized by any user) accessing your Windows servers. Although both device CALs and user CALs are available under the Select agreement, only device CALs are available under the Microsoft Campus agreement. A Microsoft SharePoint Server Enterprise (MSSE) user CAL can be used only in conjunction with a Microsoft SharePoint Server Standard (MSSS) user CAL. It authorizes the user to access extra features in Microsoft SharePoint-Server from any device (for instance, when a staff accesses the server from a PC at work and another at home).


  • MSDN Subscriptions Give You Access To Everything

    The Latest Collaboration Tools, Training And Resources For Coders

    Software developers are always looking for ways to create amazing applications. With a Microsoft Developer Network subscription, a computer programmer can build any kind of app out there.

    Microsoft Developer Network is a section of Microsoft in charge of developing a relationship with software developers and testers. This relationship is developed through websites, developer conferences, newsletters and other channels. Microsoft Developer Network's subscriptions are also sold on an annual basis, and the price varies from a couple of thousand dollars to twenty thousand dollars. Subscribers get new software every few months either on DVD or other formats. They can also download software, and this gives them further benefits.

    Licensing Made Easy

    Microsoft Developer Network's subscriptions are licensed, and they are sold in a per user basis. A user can develop, test, design or demonstrate her or his programs in any kind of device. They can also evaluate the computer program as well as simulate any kind of customer environment. This will allow users to diagnose any problem down the road. Microsoft Developer Network users can also run their programs on an Azure virtual machine, and this allows them to have greater flexibility when it comes to developing and testing applications.

    Elimination of Shared Subscription Costs

    Microsoft Developer Network doesn't offer a shared subscription. So you'll have to include each one of your team members individually as well. Microsoft Developer Network allows users to get access to any of Microsoft's personal and commercial software that are designed for the deployment of software development projects. Even if the product support service hasn't been extended, Microsoft Developer Network can still use the software package to test and develop legacy applications as well as transition to any new software.


  • Microsoft Open Licensing

     Big Business Tools At An Entry Level Price

    Microsoft Open License is an entry-level volume licensing program for small to mid-sized companies with between 2 to 250 personal computers (although it can accommodate companies with up to 750 computers). Microsoft's latest service offering allows corporate, charitable, academic, or governmental organizations to obtain volume license schemes for Microsoft products. Microsoft Open Licensing is generally a better value when compared to traditional licensing methods (i.e. - retail, or individual license purchases). Open License provides a simple, yet flexible and cost-effective approach to buying the latest Microsoft technology, maintaining said technology, and standardizing licensing methods to meet your company’s needs and budget.

    The Microsoft Open Licensing Model Is Designed To Simplify

    • Open Value – Specifically designed to offer you simplified license management, lower software management costs, and greater control over your IT investment. This option includes Software Assurance, an improved maintenance program from Microsoft which provides you access to added benefits such as training, software upgrades, deployment planning, and product support. The Open Value program has 3 options: company-wide, non-company-wide and subscription; each designed to meet diverse business needs and applications.
    • Open Value is designed for companies that want to boost their up-front order or purchase amount in one-or-more product pools to take advantage of group s. These options use a system of product pools as well as product points to set up purchase minimums for discounted prices.
    • Open Business – Ideal for organizations looking to pay for Microsoft Software Licenses as they add resources. This program gives your company the flexibility to grow as your business licensing needs increase.

    Does Your Business Qualify?

    To qualify, the initial purchase is to be no less than five licenses (of any product combination); there are some exceptions whereby a single product qualifies (for instance SQL Core licenses and Visual Studio with an MSDN Subscription).

    MicrosoftOffice365OpenLicenseIf your business has met the initial eligibility requirements, the program will run for two consecutive years (further licenses can be added to this plan a-la-carte as desired). This offer does expire, albeit the licenses bought are perpetual and may be used repeatedly. Licenses include all commercially-available Microsoft software products; Check out the Microsoft Open License page and learn more!


  • Choosing the Right Antivirus Software for Your Computer

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    Years ago, deciding on an antivirus isn’t that complicated. After all, we only had 2 options – either McAfee or Norton. Today, however, there is a huge number of antivirus software to choose from. Many of them even have a free version.

    How do know which antivirus software is right for your personal and professional life?

    There are a lot of factors to take into account when choosing the best antivirus for your computer. By considering all of the following, you are more likely to get the right antivirus to suit your needs.

    Quality of protection

    Of course, the number one factor to consider is how good of a protection will it be for your computer. The program must be able to provide the highest level of protection against a wide range of threats and detect malicious codes. Also, it should deliver constant protection for all types of files, network elements and computer domains that could be subject to attack by viruses and malwares.

    Cost

    Price is one of the most important things to consider when buying antivirus software. Some of them can be downloaded for free; while others may cost hundreds of dollars. Ask yourself. How much are you willing to spend?

    Just because you got the most expensive software, doesn’t mean it’s the best. Do your research to find the one that provides the best bang for your buck.

    User reviews

    Read user’s reviews and check out the ratings of different antivirus software before buying or downloading it into your computer. If many users prefer it, then the product must be really good.

    Free trial

    Seeing is believing. Consider getting a free trial so you have an idea how it works. You might not be able to enjoy all the features in a free trial, but it can help you determine whether or not it suits your needs.


  • How Safe Is a Password Manager?

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    Using strong and unique passwords is a piece of advise that we often hear. Unfortunately, most people still opt for weak but easy to remember passwords. Worse, some would use the same password for multiple sites. That’s not surprising since it’s not that easy to remember a handful of passwords. This is where a password manager comes in handy.

    Password managers recall all your passwords for you and help you log into all the websites you use automatically. The password database is encrypted with a master password, which is the only one you have to remember. But the question is, are they really as secure as they claim to be?

    Putting all your eggs or passwords in one basket is sort of a scary proposition. If a hacker successfully gains access to your password manager, then it’s like handing him/her the keys to your online kingdom. For some people this may be a deal breaker. But  isn’t it just as easy to break into your online accounts with weak passwords? And if you do use the same password in different sites, all others will also be compromised.

    Yes, intrusions happen all the time. Popular password manager, LastPass, suffered from an intrusion a few months ago. The good news is that the incident didn’t leak any passwords directly. They said that the passwords were so heavily encrypted that no passwords were stolen.

    Now, don’t panic. If you are using a password manager, consider changing your master password every once in a while. Remember, a password manager is only as secure as your master password. Change it often and make sure that it’s a very strong password. Don’t make a hacker’s job easier.

    While a password manager can help organize all your online accounts and increase your online security, you shouldn’t rely on it too much. Make sure that you can remember passwords for crucial services such as online banking and email accounts.


  • Tips for Creating a Strong Password

    We live in a password-driven world. We are required to create a password for every account that we make online. They provide the first line of defense against hackers and malicious software.

    Security experts often advise us to use strong passwords at all times. But what qualifies as a strong password?

    Here are 4 tips for creating an unbreakable password.

    Minimum of 12 characters

    While it’s fine to use an 8-character password, we’d like to stress the importance of using a long password. Longer passwords are much harder to crack. Go for passwords with at least 12 characters.

    Mix it up

    To make the password harder to crack, use a mix of different types of characters. Include capital letters, lower-case letters, numbers, symbols and punctuations. Instead of bighouse, try BigH0use$123.

    Avoid common passwords

    Avoid using places, names, birthdays, dates and dictionary words as password. A lot of people use the name of their kids or pets, anniversary date, city of birth, favorite team or even their car license plates as their password. Guess what? That's not a strong password, even if you combine them with numbers. Why? It’s because these are the types of information that hackers would want to know first. If you do use any of these as your password, it would only take a few minutes before they gain access to your accounts.

    Use different passwords

    Why would you use a different password for different accounts when you can easily type in your favorite password? The answer is simple. If your password gets cracked, then the person will now have access to all your accounts – email, Facebook, twitter, Amazon, paypal, bank accounts etc. You can say goodbye to your funds in an instant. Do yourself a favor and use a different password for every account.

    Add an extra layer of protection

    Add an extra layer of protection by enabling 2-step verification. Here, users are required to type in their username and password, along with the code that will be sent to their mobile phone. So even if the hacker gets a hold of your username and password, he still can’t access your account because he doesn’t have your phone.


  • Work and Play Better with Multiple Monitors

    Sometimes, it seems like you’re spending more time switching between programs as compared to the actual work. Anyone who has attempted to squeeze 2 windows on a single screen or tried to juggle the vertical split screens in Microsoft Word knows how frustrating it is to work on one small screen.

    If you’re looking to improve your computing experience, here’s an idea you might want to consider - set up multiple monitors. This will give you room to spread out and make your computer more comfortable to use.

    Here’s how an extra screen makes your PC better for work or play.

    Advantages of having multiple screens

    Increase in productivity is often touted as the main advantage to running a multi-monitor setup. In fact, studies have shown that dual monitors can increase productivity.

    We live in a multitasking world. Having multiple monitors are uniquely useful for keeping track of numerous programs simultaneously on your computer. It opens up many possibilities. You can check emails, browse the web and run multiple apps while completing tasks on a second screen.

    With all those screens spread out before you, you’ll suddenly realize that you spend a lot less time flipping through open programs, files, emails, and looking for what you want. Instead of switching between full-screen windows, you have the option to put the second program on the second monitor. Here, you can have one screen dedicated for displaying critical information while the other can be used for your actual work.

    Disadvantages of multiple screens

    A second monitor takes up additional space. So before purchasing additional monitors, consider whether or not they would fit on your desk. While keeping programs open across two or more screens can be advantageous, it can be distracting for some people. For instance, Keeping email, IM or social media window open all the time can be good thing for communication purposes, but it can also be a productivity killer.

    Despite the disadvantages, a multiple-monitor setup offers more advantages in the long run. Weigh the pros and cons and try to look at the big picture so you can make an educated decision for your office.


  • Essential Techniques to Protect Your Online Privacy

    If anyone asks you how much you care about your privacy, you’ll probably tell that person that you care a lot. But if you really do, how come everyone knows what’s going in your life? You post tons of information on social media, share your personal information with vendors and manage your bank accounts online.

    There are a lot of people who want to get a hold of your personal information. Malicious hackers are trying to hack your email and social media accounts and are trying to steal from you. Good thing is, there are steps you can take to protect your privacy online.

    Follow the tips below to help increase your online privacy.

    Think before sharing your personal information

    Check to see if the website has a privacy policy page before entering your personal information. If there isn’t, then leave the site immediately. If they didn’t bother to create a privacy policy, then you can’t trust them with sensitive information.

    Turn on private browsing

    Every company that advertises online wants to gather as much information about you. They want to what you like, who you’re friends with on social media and what you buy. They do this because they want to serve you with relevant ads and sell you more products and services. If you don’t want anyone to see where you're hanging out online, be sure to enable private browsing.

    Hide your IP address

    Your ISP assigns an IP address to your device. Each time you use the Internet, your activities are logged by your ISP. Because of this, they can identify your name, location, sites you visit, browser you use, emails you have sent and receive and pretty much everything you do online.

    Using a VPN is one of the most important steps to protect your privacy. Nobody will be able to associate what you’re doing with who you are since your connection is encrypted.

    Guard your birth date and contact number

    Your birth date is a key piece of information many providers use for verification. The same goes for your contact numbers. Try not to display these information, if possible.


  • Windows 10 Features Business Owners Will Love

    The tech industry has been filled with excitement since Microsoft announced its plan to launch Windows 10 this year. With Windows 10 slated to be released a few days from now, the anticipation is building.

    As we eagerly await the release of Windows 10, we urge business owners to take a look at Window’s latest OS and see how it can benefit your business.

    Here are some of the coolest features you should be looking for in Windows 10.

    Cortana, the digital assistant

    Cortana will help you perform tasks on tasks on the Internet, keep track of your calendar, search for documents and a lot more. You can also ask Cortana to remind you to mail a customer a document when you get back to the office or call someone at a specified time. You can even ask Cortana what the weather is in a certain city. All you need to do is to talk to it.

    Start Menu is back

    The removal of the start menu has been a big issue with the Windows 8. This time around, your employees will be able to see the traditional Windows desktop whenever they load their laptop, PC, tablet or smart phone.

    Built around security

    To ensure that your computer is safe from threats and malware, it is best to have the latest version of Windows and install updates as soon as they’re available. With Windows 10 installed on your computers, you are less likely to get malware. Plus, you’ll get security updates installed automatically.

    In addition to that, Windows will adopt a multi-factor authentication that will provide better defense against hackers and data breaches. Windows 10 will feature fingerprint and face recognition, which is a much safer approach than traditional passwords since most of us tend to forget our passwords.

    Apps across all devices

    Mobile apps play an important role in businesses from different parts of the world, and Windows understands that. Now, you can access these apps from multiple devices – whether it’s your smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.


  • Powerful Built-In Windows Tools You Might Not Know About

    Windows contains a variety of systems that are well-hidden. You might be surprised to know that there are a number of powerful tools that can help you troubleshoot or monitor your system. Some of them are buried deep in the start menu, that it’s almost impossible to launch them unless you their names.

    If you are a serious Windows fan, you’re probably familiar about these hidden gems, but if you’re an ordinary person who happens to be using Windows 7, Windows 8 or an older version of Windows, we bet you haven’t heard of these tools before.

    System information

    System information allows users to view all the relevant information about the computer – startup programs, configured environment valuables, Internet settings, driver and application details, hardware resources etc.

    The system might not be able to provide the slickest information, but it does display all the necessary information without forcing users to install any extra tools.

    Registry editor

    Some of you are probably familiar with the registry editor, but we opt to include it on the list since it is hidden. You can use the registry editor to import or export keys for reference or backup, restore the registry from a backup or to default values or to add and edit registry keys and values.

    To launch the registry editor, you need to type in “regedit” on the Start screen or Start menu. If you see a UAC dialog box, click “Yes” to open the registry editor.

    Performance monitor

    Windows comes with a number of tools for monitoring performances, but when it comes to isolating performance issues, this tool is the king.

    With the help of this tool, you can find out how your system performs over a period of time and what you can do to improve the performances.

    Windows memory diagnostic

    Memory problems are often hard to isolate. But if errors are found, the Windows memory diagnostic will attempt to determine which memory module is causing the problem. This process is done by running a set of tests.


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