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  • Migrating Your Windows Server 2003: The Pros and Cons of Azure

    With Windows Server 2003 ending support in July 2015, businesses that still use Windows Server 2003 are looking for new options. The most obvious choice is to replicate the type of system you have now (especially if you have a premises-based solution) and to use either Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012. Even if you choose one of those options to upgrade to this year, you may want to consider complementing a premises-based solution with a cloud-based server solution: Azure. Continue reading

  • Migrating Your Windows Server 2003: The Migrate Phase

    With an understanding of what is still running on Windows Server 2003, what needs to migrate when, and where to migrate to, you can make a plan and begin server migration. But arriving at this state may require some additional analysis and assistance. Luckily, there are a number of resources and services that can help you with the actual migration of your data. Many IT people conduct the migration themselves in-house, some hire consultants to help with larger Continue reading

  • Migrating Your Windows Server 2003: The Assessment Phase

    If you’re migrating your Windows 2003 server, you should be following the four major steps to a server migration: discover, assess, target, and migrate. After a thorough discovery process using a variety of automated tools such as The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP), you should have a very good idea about your server migration readiness, what problems you need to address with your system before moving forward, and what kind of bandwidth you’ll need to complete the next step. Continue reading

  • Migrating Your Windows Server 2003: The Targeting Phase

    When migrating your Windows Server 2003 to something more current, you must identify a migration destination for each application and workload. After you’ve gone through the assess phase of the migration process, you should have a catalog of everything that needs to be migrated and its priority in the migration process. Now you must point each application and workflow to its new destination. Continue reading

  • Migrating Your Windows Server 2003: The Discovery Phase

    If you’re still running Windows Server 2003, now is the time to get started on the migration process. Migrating a server takes between 200-300 days to complete, and since the deadline for end of support for Windows Server 2003 is July 2015, delaying the migration process means that your server will be at risk for security threats and malfunctions with no support or backup. Continue reading

  • Enterprise Level 2-Step Authentication Systems

    Securing your organization's sensitive data is a vital part of information policy for any entity, no matter how large or how small. Passwords are not what they used to be—in fact, they were never all that secure in the first place. Even with strong password practices, the bitter truth is that anyone who styles themselves a hacker can download a password cracking tool and break a "strong" eight-character password in a matter of minutes. Without additional measures, your security is about as watertight as a laundry basket. Continue reading

  • Take Your Digital Security to the Next Level

    While the big data breaches are the ones that make the news, data protection is also personal protection. Your life can be turned upside down with one simple breach that allows malware, spyware, and viruses into your computer to wreak havoc. Your photos, your finances, and even your social media presence can be targets for malicious hackers either out for fast money or just the thrill of doing harm. Take steps right now to reduce your risk and keep your peace of mind. Continue reading

  • 10 Things Every Business Must Do to Secure Its Digital Assets

    It's a wild, wild web out there, and we're learning just how wild it can be every day with news of data security breaches from places where we should feel secure, like partners in Apple Pay, Apple’s new payment technology, Google’s Gmail, and more. However, data security is a practice that everyday users who should know better fall by the wayside. Whether you’re using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop, on a public Wi-Fi network or at the office on a “secure” connection, security practices need to be concrete policy in order to work. The FCC advises that a business pay attention to 10 different areas to ensure its digital assets are well covered. Continue reading

  • Is It Time for Smart Watches?

    It's not all that long ago that the buzz about the Internet of Things and a content streaming refrigerator stole the show at the 2014 CES, and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was abuzz with a bandwagon full of smart watches that manufacturers sincerely hoped would find their way into the hearts and onto the wrists of mobile lifestyle consumers. Apple’s recent debut of its own entry into a field crowded less with thoroughbreds than a herd of mildly confused sheep has not helped make the point of smart watches any clearer to observers. Continue reading

  • Windows Server 2003 EOL: What You Need to Know

    If you’re still using Windows Server 2003, you probably know that support for it is being totally phased out next year, and that the time to upgrade is coming up very soon. Although your Windows 2003 server will still operate after the support end date, the real problem comes shortly after when security updates are no longer released and PCI compliance is compromised. Continue reading