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About the CyptoLocker Virus

crypto-locker-150x150 Viruses can be annoying, but the CryptoLocker virus (and other crypto-malware infections) are down right scary. They may appear like any other type of ransomware, but don’t be fooled; infections like these will have lasting effects on your environment or workstation. Continue reading

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What is Active Directory and Why Should I Use It

What Is Active Directory

Active Directory is a centralized database for all of your security principles. What is a security principle? A security principle can be anything from a user account, group, group policy, file share, to objects like printers. It is the single place to administer every user account in your organization. Active Directory is a building block for programs and operating systems to authenticate against for Single Sign On purposes.

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When Should We Upgrade Our Company’s Server?

It used to be servers could easily last 10 years, and for the money spent, they should have!

Today, technology changes so fast, it doesn’t matter what you buy. Software requirements change so quickly, it’s hard to keep your hardware current. Still, that doesn’t mean you need to replace your servers every year.

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The Importance of Data Center Monitoring

Data Center

Today’s data centers are evolving quickly in order to keep up with the demands of cloud computing, web-based applications, high-availability services and the rest of today’s computing needs. Many businesses choose to host their servers or at least part of their network infrastructure in offsite locations–often in different regions of the country or world. Continue reading

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Windows Server 2012 Features for IT Teams

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 New Features

When Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 in September 2012, IT pros around the world scrambled to study and learn the countless new features it offered. Compared to its predecessor, Windows Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 offers a host of improvements geared toward IT professionals with the hopes of making life a little bit easier in the server room. Continue reading

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Microsoft Exchange Server: Hosted vs. On-Site

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Starting with version 2010, Exchange Server added the capability of being hosted in an offsite location or via a hosting service. Since then, many IT administrators have had to answer the question: Host Exchange via a hosting service or manage it all in-house? And which of those options is the most cost-effective and makes the most business sense?

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Data Theft Is Still Theft

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If you use email or computers in your company (and who doesn’t?), chances are your employees are stealing from you. It may not be intentional, and it may not be in the way you are thinking. If an employee has ever emailed a work document to a personal account and did not delete it when they were done working on them, that is data theft. If an employee has ever transferred files to a thumb drive or one of their own devices without your permission, that is data theft.

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Why am I Blacklisted?

Have you ever been blacklisted? Well, not you personally, but your company’s email server? Blacklisting when referring to email occurs when an email account or server raises enough red flags to be effectively blocked from having its emails delivered. In other words, if your email server is on a blacklist, chances are your emails will not be delivered.

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Apple iOS 6.1 and Microsoft Exchange

iOS 6.1.2

At the end of January 2013, Apple released iOS 6.1, an update to the operating system used on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. While there were improvements over 6.0, such as a boost in both the wifi reception and battery life, a fairly significant bug came along with it. If you use Microsoft Exchange Server for mail or calendar service, a bug is causing iOS devices to generate excessive transaction logs, which could slow down or crash your Exchange server completely.

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Planning Your First Server Room – Hardware

When planning your first server room, the hardware that will be housed inside is obviously the largest consideration for you to make. After all, it is why you are planning for the room in the first place! In order to properly plan for the space and power needs of your server room, you will need to know what hardware will be involved.

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Planning Your First Server Room – Power Consumption

Last week, we said that the probable single best thing you can do for your IT environment is to set aside a dedicated room for your network hardware and servers–a server room. Things you should plan for include room size, location, security, energy consumption, proper cooling and noise dampening. We covered room size, location and security. Today, we’ll look at the power needs of your server room.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Performance

As your business grows, so does your database… New clients, more transactions, financial information and marketing data all add to your database server’s storage size. No matter what database server software you use, that means the potential for slower performance. And when your database server slows down, so does your entire business.

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What is a database server?

What is a database server and why would your small business need one? Well, if your business tracks customer information in a customer relationship management (CRM) solution, stores transactional data or analyzes marketing data, chances are some sort of database is being used to store and access that information. Other common programs that use databases include accounting and financial software and Microsoft SharePoint.

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Planning Your First Server Room – Location, Size and Security

As your business grows, so do your IT requirements. Oftentimes, business growth means more servers, which requires careful planning not only due to your technological requirements but also due to your business’s physical requirements. In other words, you need a place to safely store your servers, switches, racks and other network hardware. Because IT budgets are often tight, it’s important to properly plan your network environment in order to maximize IT dollars.

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Exchange Server 2013’s New Public Folders

If you’ve been an Exchange administrator over the years, you know that Microsoft’s been telling you stop using public folders, primarily because they couldn’t take advantage of database availability groups (DAGs). And if you’ve had clients using public folders, you know they didn’t want to give them up unless they absolutely had to.

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A Gap in Cloud Security

Virtualization is a hot topic among server administrators these days, and the use of virtual machines and cloud services continues to rise. A virtual machine essentially allows an IT administrator to set up multiple “virtual” servers on a single piece of server hardware. A popular example of a system that uses virtual machines is Amazon Web Services Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2), and many highly visible websites use Amazon EC2, including Instagram, Foursquare, Dropbox and Amazon itself.

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New Features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Microsoft Exchange Server is Microsoft’s messaging, email and scheduling platform used in many small, medium and large businesses worldwide. Since 2003, it has been upgraded by Microsoft every 3 to 4 years–2003, 2007, 2010, and now it’s latest release, 2013.

While a lot of the work on Exchange Server 2013 has occurred under the hood, here are a few of the new features you’ll be able to see in Exchange Server 2013.

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Virtualization in Windows Server 2012

The release of Windows Server 2012 in early September 2012 introduces several new features and updates over the prior Windows Server 2008 R2, including SMB improvements, a new Task Manager, an updated Hyper-V and revamped storage features.

Today, we’ll look at Windows Server 2012’s updated virtualization, Hyper-V 3.0.

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Windows Server 2012 Storage

Windows Server 2012 (formerly referred to as Windows 8 Server) was released in early September 2012. It introduces several new features and updates over Windows Server 2008 R2, including SMB improvements, a new Task Manager, an updated Hyper-V and revamped storage features.

For this post, we’ll be looking at two new storage-related features found in Windows Server 2012: Resilient File System (ReFS) and Storage Spaces.

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IP Address Management with Windows Server 2012

IP address management has long been an inefficient task for IT administrators, particularly in larger environments. Many admins use spreadsheets or text files to keep track of what static IP addresses or DHCP scopes are assigned to which server or device–a process that is prone to human error and unruly to maintain.

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