The next evolution of SBS

31. August 2017 Business, Opinion, Technical 2
In a previous article, I compared two alternative deployments for a new kind of “Small Business Server” (being defined in this case as a network of 25 users or less). Microsoft used to have a widely adopted product for this market called Small Business Server, but since it has been discontinued after SBS 2011, and that ...

What is the difference between an Archive, a Journal and Litigation Hold?

24. August 2017 Technical 1
As I’ve been helping organizations navigate the complexities of Exchange Online and compliance, this question has come up a few times. “What is the difference between an archive and a journal?” I also hear, “What is the difference between a journal and litigation hold?” And finally “What is the difference between litigation hold and an ...

5 Steps to Better Credit Card Handling on Your Network

17. August 2017 Technical 1
The requirements for PCI compliance are… high. Performing a risk assessment alone is a time-consuming process, to say nothing of an actual audit. Which is unfortunate for small and mid-sized businesses, since most of them don’t even need to store credit card numbers locally (and in fact it is much better if they don’t). Most of ...

A tale of two solutions: Azure VMs vs. On-prem Server

03. August 2017 Opinion, Technical 1
I’ve been studying two different solutions to the same small business problem for a while now, and I think it is high time I finally published an article on it. I run into a fair number of clients who are interested in moving 100% of their services “to the cloud.” In other words, they want ...