Resourcefulness, Initiative and Grit

29. December 2016 Opinion, Philosophy 0
When faced with some problem, most of us (let’s be honest) are habituated toward shopping for and purchasing some product that “solves” our problem. But the marketplace is not lacking in products. What is lacking, I believe, is spirit. When I was just a young boy, I thought that owning a new pair of sneakers would ...

Migration path from SBS to Office 365 & Windows Server 2016

26. May 2016 Business, Technical 10
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 like Email and ...

Get Rid of My Servers!

02. May 2016 Business, Opinion 0
If the cloud is supposed to be so great, then why do so many small businesses still have servers? It is a fair question. The truth is, you probably do not need to maintain servers on-premises, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still want to. The majority of small businesses (the “S” in SMB) have very similar ...

The Cloud is Faster Because it is More Iterative

28. April 2016 Business, Productivity 0
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 new features being released into ...

It Could Still Happen to You: How to Get Through a Digital Recovery Effort

24. March 2016 Business 0
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% of the general population.  But, unfortunately, ...

How to not be an idiot on the Internet

21. March 2016 Opinion 0
There was a really funny security article circulated a few years ago after the crypto-variant viruses first started becoming a widespread problem; I wish I could remember who had written it, and if I could find it again I would link to it here and give them due credit. I tried searching for just a few minutes–I haven’t ...

Azure Rights Management with EMS vs. RMS with Office 365

07. March 2016 Opinion, Technical 2
The purpose of Azure Rights Management Services is to allow users to encrypt certain files and messages for sharing safely only with those colleagues and business associates whom they choose. You can obtain Azure RMS licensing separately or with an EMS subscription, but if you have an Office 365 E3 plan (or E4 or E5), then ...

My Top 5 Favorite Microsoft Cloud Solutions for the SMB

03. March 2016 Opinion 0
1. Office 365 (Even if you thought “I already use it“) Office 365 is, to put it quite bluntly, the new gold standard in productivity at every level of the Enterprise. In the SMB space especially, this is so much the case that I cannot emphasize it strongly enough. If you aren’t already using this product, what is ...

Why we tend to focus on IaaS Solutions

29. February 2016 Opinion 0
IaaS is an area of extreme interest to SMB customers, probably because it is the easiest way for them to translate what they are accustomed to working with (e.g. on-premises servers) into a cloud-based equivalent. In other words, for better or worse, we are in the habit of thinking about our applications and workloads in terms of the ...