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Migrating File Shares from SBS to Office 365 SharePoint Online

When it comes to file shares, you have a choice to make. Whether you are coming from Windows Small Business Server, or one of the other releases (Essentials, Standard, Datacenter, etc.), you must decide: Do you want to continue to use traditional file shares, or are you going to use SharePoint...
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Migrating Companyweb from SBS to Office 365 SharePoint Online

Microsoft Windows Small Business Server comes with a watered-down implementation of SharePoint called Companyweb (or WSS). Whether you are migrating from a full-blown SharePoint environment on-premises or the basic Windows Server-included Windows SharePoint Services, you are going to have to come to terms with one major migration hurdle: Microsoft provides no...
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Why I have a hard time recommending Exchange on-premises

Not that long ago, picking Exchange on-premises over Office 365 used to be a thing. As in, there were legitimate reasons I might choose to keep a self-hosted Exchange server rather than go to Office 365. However, I think it's time to put those days behind us, once and for all--especially in the...
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Migration path from SBS to Office 365 & Windows Server 2016

So many small businesses adopted Microsoft's Windows Small Business Server (SBS) product--now that the product has been discontinued, these organizations tend to need a little more guidance regarding the migration path forward from SBS 2003, 2008 or 2011.

Do I still need an On-premises Windows Server?

With the option to move most SBS Server functions...
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The Cloud is Faster Because it is More Iterative

It is perhaps no surprise that many organizations have been adopting cloud and mobility the way they would have adopted a new server upgrade in the past, but that's not quite right. We have been trained to take changes in larger leaps and bounds, and less often. In the cloud, there cloud be several...
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Comparing Costs: Azure IaaS vs. On-Premises Server Hardware

Most people do not compare costs of running infrastructure in Azure to traditional on-premises deployments appropriately. To begin with, it is almost impossible to compare them apples-to-apples. For example: as soon as you deploy a VM in Azure, all of your data will be written into 3 different storage locations by default. If you select...
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It Could Still Happen to You: How to Get Through a Digital Recovery Effort

You can never assume that you’re safe just because you’re sitting behind a next-generation firewall and some fancy, expensive security software. If you’re familiar with my post about not being an Internet idiot, then congratulations, you have all the information you need to be way safer than about 95%...
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