Category Archives: Windows Support

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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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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Windows 8 in the Workplace

Window 8

Since Microsoft released Windows 8 last fall, we have seen marketing campaigns and quarterly reports leading us to believe that it is a huge hit. Even if we take Microsoft’s word for it in the tablet and home user market, Windows 8 is nearly non-existent in the business market based on our experience.

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Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium

Office 365 Small Business Premium

Microsoft recently released Office 365 Small Business Premium, the latest version of their ubiquitous Office software suite. Office 365 is Microsoft’s online version of Office geared toward collaboration. While Office 2013, the newest version of the traditional app-based suite, has been available for some time, businesses interested in the cloud-based Office 365 had to wait a bit longer.

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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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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 Better Alternative for IT Support

Over the past few months, we’ve noticed a trend with our new clients–they want out of their existing contracts with other IT companies. It seems that every week we at OAC Technology hear from a potential client looking for help moving from their current IT support. These clients want out of their contracts with their current providers because of high tech turnover rates, an attitude of not caring about the client and the hiring of techs without the technical know-how to do their jobs.

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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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Top New Features in Windows Server 2012

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the recently-released Windows Server 2012, Microsoft’s newest server operating system. This week, we’ll be covering some of the more impactful new features, including virtualization, storage spaces, IP address management and more. While those features are certainly large improvements, Microsoft has listed over 300 improvements over Windows Server 2008 R2. Here, we’ll explore some of the highlights.

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Dell to Continue Selling PCs with Windows 7

Alison Gardner, a director at Dell, said that Dell will offer Windows 7 as long as it is allowed to after the release of Windows 8 later this month. “We’re still moving our business customers from Windows XP to Windows 7,” Gardner said. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be available as options on Dell’s Alienware, Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision brands.

While the end-of-sales date for Windows 7 is yet to be determined, Microsoft in the past has allowed PC makers to continue selling prior versions of Windows after a new version is released.

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Adding a Master Password in Firefox

We’ve already discussed the downside of storing your passwords in your browser. Essentially, it’s not a good idea since a thief could easily access any account you have saved in your browser. However, if you use Mozilla Firefox and save your passwords in it, using a Master Password will help protect your saved passwords. According to Mozilla:

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Why upgrade to Exchange Server 2010?

If your small business is using Exchange Server 2003, you may want to consider upgrading to Exchange Server 2010. Microsoft lists a whole host of improvements and new features, but which ones will make a difference in your business?

In addition to a higher level of reliability, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 can also help you lower costs and enhance user productivity as well. Exchange Server 2010 now has integrated archiving capability, better disaster recovery and enhanced information protection–such as email moderation and automatic email encryption. It also has the flexibility to run on-site, as a Microsoft-hosted service or a combination of both.

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