8 Tips to Keep Your Server Room Tidy

8 Tips to Keep Your Server Room Tidy

System Administrator
“The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo took the world by storm. If you’re unfamiliar, a gentle...
Read More
Fight Phishing by Marking External Senders in Office 365

Fight Phishing by Marking External Senders in Office 365

Office 365 Security System Administrator
Phishing is becoming a significant threat to many businesses today. A very common type of attack is often achieved through...
Read More
The Lost Layer in Your Layered Cyber Security Strategy: End User Education

The Lost Layer in Your Layered Cyber Security Strategy: End User Education

Business Technology Security
Antivirus? Check. Firewall? Check. VPNs? Check. Proper VLAN segmentation? Check. Good backups disconnected from the network? Check. Multi-factor authentication? Check....
Read More
Is That Email Just Spam or Is It Blackmail?

Is That Email Just Spam or Is It Blackmail?

Security
Have you been up to no good? Email scammers are banking on it. There’s a new email scam on the...
Read More
Using Proofpoint Essentials

Using Proofpoint Essentials

Business Technology System Administrator
Proofpoint is our cloud spam filter solution of choice for a myriad of reasons: it’s affordable, it stays up to...
Read More
Issues With SMB File Transfer Performance Over VPN

Issues With SMB File Transfer Performance Over VPN

Networks
In your IT career have you ever Googled an issue or symptom only to find out you are the only...
Read More
Network Cables and Connectors: Direct Attached Cables (DACs)

Network Cables and Connectors: Direct Attached Cables (DACs)

Networks System Administrator
Today we’re reviewing an oft-over looked network connector, the Direct Attached Cable! The Direct Attached Cable (DAC) has transceivers pre-built...
Read More
Network Cables and Connectors: Transceivers / SFPs

Network Cables and Connectors: Transceivers / SFPs

System Administrator
Now that we’ve talked about twisted pair, let’s move into something a little more advanced: transceivers. Transceiver Overview Transceivers are...
Read More
Tips for Collaborating in Microsoft Teams

Tips for Collaborating in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Microsoft Teams Unified Communications
Teams. We’ve been talking about it for a while now because it’s Microsoft’s new phone system. However, Teams is much...
Read More
eDiscovery: In-Place Hold and Litigation Hold in Office 365 Exchange Online

eDiscovery: In-Place Hold and Litigation Hold in Office 365 Exchange Online

Office 365 PowerShell System Administrator
No, we don’t have law degrees either. However, since we have control over the technology our teammates use, we need...
Read More
Network Cables and Connectors: Twisted Pair/CAT5, 6, 7, 8 and Beyond

Network Cables and Connectors: Twisted Pair/CAT5, 6, 7, 8 and Beyond

Networks System Administrator
Cabling is one of the most basic parts of most IT environments, but its ubiquity leads people to make assumptions...
Read More
Laptop Overheating Due to Turbo Boost? Here’s What You Can Do.

Laptop Overheating Due to Turbo Boost? Here’s What You Can Do.

System Administrator
I’ve never actually touched a computer with a physical turbo button, but once upon a time it was common for...
Read More
What Is SD-WAN? Beyond the Buzzword

What Is SD-WAN? Beyond the Buzzword

Networks Security
If you’ve been in IT for more than a few years, you’ve experienced The Next Big Thing in the industry....
Read More
Backup Power Series: Setting Up UPS Alerting, Preprogrammed Shutdowns and Maintenance

Backup Power Series: Setting Up UPS Alerting, Preprogrammed Shutdowns and Maintenance

Backups and Business Continuity System Administrator
Welcome back to our backup power blog series! If you’re joining us for the first time, feel free to go...
Read More
Backup Power Series: Sizing a UPS

Backup Power Series: Sizing a UPS

Backups and Business Continuity System Administrator
Welcome back to our series on everything backup power for your IT environment. If you’re seeing this series for the...
Read More
Backup Power Series: Meet the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Backup Power Series: Meet the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Backups and Business Continuity System Administrator
Welcome to our second installment in our backup power series. Check out our first post on why you want a...
Read More
Backup Power Series: Why You Want A Well-Maintained UPS

Backup Power Series: Why You Want A Well-Maintained UPS

Backups and Business Continuity System Administrator
Electricity is one of the things that IT most commonly takes for granted, which is kind of amusing since all...
Read More
Introducing Veeam Instance Licensing

Introducing Veeam Instance Licensing

Azure Backups and Business Continuity Hyper-V System Administrator Veeam VMware
Hold onto your hats, folks, because the way Veeam’s Instance Licensing works is an industry first.   Veeam is focusing on...
Read More
Stop Using 8.8.8.8 for Your Production Network

Stop Using 8.8.8.8 for Your Production Network

Active Directory DNS System Administrator
We have all done it. You don’t know your ISP’s DNS off the top of your head or your ISP...
Read More
Identifying Malicious Emails: Microsoft Disable Email Scheme

Identifying Malicious Emails: Microsoft Disable Email Scheme

Microsoft Security Small Business
One of my clients received an email this morning. On the one hand, he had the foresight to question it....
Read More
There Is A Way to Roll Back to Hosted Skype for Business from Microsoft Teams

There Is A Way to Roll Back to Hosted Skype for Business from Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Microsoft Teams Skype for Business Teams Unified Communications
Beginning October 1, 2018, Microsoft began converting Office 365 accounts to Microsoft Teams. For most organizations out there, adopting Teams...
Read More
Office 365 Services Aren’t Responsible for Your Data. Sorry.

Office 365 Services Aren’t Responsible for Your Data. Sorry.

Backups and Business Continuity Cloud Computing Microsoft Office 365
Ah, the Cloud, looked upon fondly by many who won’t miss the maintenance and cost of on-premises hardware. Cloud services...
Read More
Bye, Bye Skype for Business! All New Microsoft Cloud Voice Implementations Must Be Teams

Bye, Bye Skype for Business! All New Microsoft Cloud Voice Implementations Must Be Teams

Skype for Business Teams Unified Communications
It’s an exciting time at Microsoft, as they converge all unified communications to a single platform. New Microsoft cloud voice...
Read More
Dell S4128 Firmware Issues: Why You Should Make Time to Patch and Upgrade

Dell S4128 Firmware Issues: Why You Should Make Time to Patch and Upgrade

IT Horror Stories Networks
In recent years, Dell has come a long way in the networking department. The days of shuddering in disgust at...
Read More
What is VMware vSphere Platinum and Do I Need It?

What is VMware vSphere Platinum and Do I Need It?

Virtualization VMware
It sounds cool, but do you need it? The release of vSphere 6.7 Update 1 came with a new edition...
Read More
Our Most Popular Blogs of 2018

Our Most Popular Blogs of 2018

Microsoft Software Licensing System Administrator
What a year it's been! With SQL Server 2016 going EoL to Windows Server 2019 going GA, from Veeam's new...
Read More
VMware Enterprise Support Extended to 2022

VMware Enterprise Support Extended to 2022

Virtualization VMware
As of July 2017, VMware Enterprise was no longer available for purchase. While most news outlets out there still says...
Read More
Choosing Your New Phone System: PRI vs. SIP; Cloud vs. On-Premises

Choosing Your New Phone System: PRI vs. SIP; Cloud vs. On-Premises

Skype for Business Voice
When considering a new VOIP phone system for your office, among all the discussions surrounding requirements, usage cases and call...
Read More
Get New Hardware or Software and Use the Section 179 Tax Deduction

Get New Hardware or Software and Use the Section 179 Tax Deduction

Business Technology
Have you had a good year? Considering buying some much-needed hardware or software before the end of 2018? The Section...
Read More
Introducing the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Initiative

Introducing the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Initiative

Ruckus Wireless System Administrator
Today’s post is written by Greg Kamer, a consulting systems engineer for Ruckus Networks. Greg has been in the IT...
Read More
High Availability versus Disaster Recovery

High Availability versus Disaster Recovery

Backups and Business Continuity High Availability System Administrator
The main point of disaster recovery (DR) is to decouple it from your production environment. This is the reason that...
Read More
VMware 6.7 Update 1 Compatibility with Veeam

VMware 6.7 Update 1 Compatibility with Veeam

System Administrator Veeam VMware
VMware released Update 1 to vSphere 6.7 the end of September with a lot of cool, new features. However, like...
Read More
How to Back Up an Azure Server for Local Restore

How to Back Up an Azure Server for Local Restore

Azure Microsoft System Administrator
There are a lot of backup and DR tools out there, Veeam being one of our favorites. However, if you...
Read More
How to Migrate Windows Server 2003 File Shares to a New OS

How to Migrate Windows Server 2003 File Shares to a New OS

System Administrator Windows
Migration. It’s not just for animals heading south this winter. Sometimes we need to migrate our files within the infrastructure....
Read More
Multiple Internet Connection Options

Multiple Internet Connection Options

Backups and Business Continuity Business Technology
Being able to connect to the internet is mission critical for most organizations today. We use the internet to access...
Read More
Windows Server 2012 End of Support Is Now

Windows Server 2012 End of Support Is Now

Windows Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 is dead, long live … anything newer Today, October 9, marks the end of mainstream support for...
Read More
Password Policy Guidelines

Password Policy Guidelines

System Administrator
Creating strong passwords and corporate policies surrounding them have been under debate the past few years. When passwords were originally...
Read More
Using Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v2

Using Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v2

Backups and Business Continuity Office 365 Veeam
There has been a glaring piece missing from the Office 365 suite: the ability to backup and recover files and...
Read More
Options for Dialing on Microsoft Teams

Options for Dialing on Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Skype for Business System Administrator Teams
Microsoft Teams, collaboration tool, Slack killer … phone system? If you’re unfamiliar with Teams, get out from under that rock!...
Read More
Windows Essentials Server Office 365 Integration Breaks with Windows Update

Windows Essentials Server Office 365 Integration Breaks with Windows Update

Office 365 Small Business System Administrator Windows
The Essentials Server to Office 365 integration tool is great because it automatically replicates the same credentials from in house...
Read More
Things Your Internet Service Provider May Not Be Telling You

Things Your Internet Service Provider May Not Be Telling You

Business Technology Small Business
We can’t function without our internet and phones. Most businesses can’t. And although the internet connection is becoming the most...
Read More
If Your IT Consultant is Not Asking You Questions, Fire Them

If Your IT Consultant is Not Asking You Questions, Fire Them

Business Technology
I know my title is harsh, but I don’t want you ending up with software or hardware that doesn’t work...
Read More
Here’s to You, Accidental Project Manager

Here’s to You, Accidental Project Manager

Project Management Small Business System Administrator
Yes, I stole my headline from Bud Light commercials. In IT, there’s a likely chance you’ll find yourself spearheading a...
Read More
Walking Through Windows Admin Center (WAC), The Artist Formerly Known as Project Honolulu: Tools

Walking Through Windows Admin Center (WAC), The Artist Formerly Known as Project Honolulu: Tools

Microsoft Windows Server 2016
Last time I introduced the new Windows Admin Center (WAC) and walked through the simple setup and the Overview. Now...
Read More
Walking Through Windows Admin Center (WAC), The Artist Formerly Known as Project Honolulu: Intro & Install

Walking Through Windows Admin Center (WAC), The Artist Formerly Known as Project Honolulu: Intro & Install

Microsoft Windows Server 2016
Microsoft has a new way of managing their servers. It’s great, simple, fast, and makes your life much easier. Several...
Read More
3 Important Things to Know About Your Internet Domain

3 Important Things to Know About Your Internet Domain

Business Technology
Your domain, usually the web address you build your website on and attach your email addresses to, like Mirazon.com, is...
Read More
PII Data Management Practices and IT (GDPR Or Not)

PII Data Management Practices and IT (GDPR Or Not)

System Administrator
Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation went into effect on May 25, 2018 and stipulates new requirements for how organizations...
Read More
Why You Should Love Monthly Office 365 Subscriptions

Why You Should Love Monthly Office 365 Subscriptions

Business Technology Microsoft Office 365 Small Business
Rolling out monthly subscriptions to software, like monthly Office 365 subscriptions, has been met with mixed reviews from our clients...
Read More
New Features in Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4

New Features in Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4

Backups and Business Continuity System Administrator Veeam Virtualization
At Veeam’s annual conference, VeeamON, Veeam revealed what the roadmap was for new features in Backup & Replication. You may...
Read More
New Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Features

New Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Features

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam
Office 365 Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v2 is in beta! Here’s what v2 has in the way of new...
Read More
When Being Cheap is Expensive

When Being Cheap is Expensive

Business Technology Managed Services
We all cut corners, sometimes to save money, sometimes time. Me, I buy cheaper shoes. They fall apart faster but...
Read More
PowerShell: Multi-threading, Progress Bars and GUI Input, Part 3

PowerShell: Multi-threading, Progress Bars and GUI Input, Part 3

PowerShell System Administrator
Before we dive in, if you’re just joining us now on this third installment, here’s part one and here’s part...
Read More
Lync Phone Edition Devices Incompatible with Office 365 By November 2018

Lync Phone Edition Devices Incompatible with Office 365 By November 2018

Microsoft Teams Office 365 Skype for Business System Administrator Unified Communications
This post is written by Daryl Hunter, voice solution architect at AudioCodes. Daryl previously worked at Mirazon as a solutions...
Read More
Announcing the Microsoft Surface Hub 2

Announcing the Microsoft Surface Hub 2

Microsoft Office 365 Skype for Business
Exciting news JUST BREAKING TODAY from Microsoft on the next generation of Surface Hub, the aptly named Surface Hub 2!...
Read More
The Shift in Business Technology Spending: Breaking Down Managed IT Services

The Shift in Business Technology Spending: Breaking Down Managed IT Services

Business Technology Managed Services
The world is moving to the monthly subscription. You might’ve noticed this with your music streaming service (instead of buying...
Read More
Using Microsoft Teams for File Sharing Group Permissions in SharePoint and OneDrive

Using Microsoft Teams for File Sharing Group Permissions in SharePoint and OneDrive

Microsoft Microsoft Teams System Administrator
I had a client request that we help set up the primary company file storage using Office 365. They had...
Read More
Chrome Update Freezes Computers: Disable Chrome’s Background Processes to Protect Your Processor

Chrome Update Freezes Computers: Disable Chrome’s Background Processes to Protect Your Processor

Business Technology Small Business System Administrator
Honestly, it felt like one of those days where nothing was working. After startup, my mouse was stuttering across my...
Read More
Windows Server: Migrations vs. In-Place Upgrades

Windows Server: Migrations vs. In-Place Upgrades

Microsoft System Administrator
We’re close to end of life on certain common operating systems, so naturally, upgrading has been a frequent topic lately....
Read More
Direct Routing with Microsoft Teams Online, Available Later This Year

Direct Routing with Microsoft Teams Online, Available Later This Year

Microsoft Microsoft Teams Skype for Business
Many organizations would like to move their existing phone systems online to reduce costs and maintenance while increasing access and...
Read More
Why You Should Buy Your Business Technology from Trusted, Verified Sellers

Why You Should Buy Your Business Technology from Trusted, Verified Sellers

Business Technology Consulting System Administrator
Price shopping. We all do it. I can’t tell you how many times I was at a big box store...
Read More
Why You Should Keep Your Vendor Support Up to Date

Why You Should Keep Your Vendor Support Up to Date

Business Technology Software Licensing
Nowadays, most hardware and software come with additional support fees. We know, it can sometimes seem like adding insult to...
Read More
Why Your Storage or RAM Size Doesn’t Add Up

Why Your Storage or RAM Size Doesn’t Add Up

Uncategorized
There has been confusion in the IT industry for years about how large storage devices actually are. Manufacturers say they’re...
Read More
Office 365 Security and Compliance Search

Office 365 Security and Compliance Search

Office 365
If you’re trying to track down who sent out those company secrets or correspondence regarding a legal issue, you can...
Read More
Rethinking Antivirus

Rethinking Antivirus

Security System Administrator
They don’t call ‘em computer viruses for nothing, right? Originally the term was coined to illustrate their ability to spread,...
Read More
An Introduction to Microsoft Azure Security Center

An Introduction to Microsoft Azure Security Center

Azure Cloud Computing Security System Administrator
It’s a common misconception that once servers are in the cloud, the cloud provider is responsible for the security on...
Read More
Microsoft Teams Calling Feature is Live!

Microsoft Teams Calling Feature is Live!

Microsoft Office 365 Skype for Business
Happy February, folks! I wanted to get a quick post in for any of you who are interested in Microsoft...
Read More
Veeam Per-VM Subscription Licensing Is Out

Veeam Per-VM Subscription Licensing Is Out

Veeam Virtualization
Veeam has been our go-to backup solution for virtual environments for about ten years. They constantly improve upon the product,...
Read More
A Comprehensive Guide to Microsoft End of Support

A Comprehensive Guide to Microsoft End of Support

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Skype for Business Software Licensing SQL
UPDATE: We have changed the color codings to reflect what's overdue and what's upcoming in terms of support expirations. Additionally,...
Read More
Critical Alert: Pause Spectre BIOS Updates from Dell and HP

Critical Alert: Pause Spectre BIOS Updates from Dell and HP

Security System Administrator
This week Dell and HP are playing the Hokey Pokey on the BIOS updates: “Put your BIOS update in, take...
Read More
Meltdown and Spectre: Frequently Asked Questions

Meltdown and Spectre: Frequently Asked Questions

Security System Administrator
Since the announcement of the CPU vulnerabilities that allow Spectre and Meltdown attacks, there has been a lot of FUD...
Read More
Free Download: How to Configure FortiGate Single Sign On

Free Download: How to Configure FortiGate Single Sign On

Networks System Administrator
FortiGate firewalls come with a single sign on feature that allows you as an administrator to control user access without...
Read More
Meltdown and Spectre Intel Vulnerabilities: What You Need to Know

Meltdown and Spectre Intel Vulnerabilities: What You Need to Know

Security System Administrator
While the KRACK vulnerability is only barely forgotten (but not dead), here come more catastrophic, widespread cybersecurity problems: the Intel...
Read More
Our Most Popular Blogs of 2017: Windows 10 Bugs, Firmware, Veeam and End of Support

Our Most Popular Blogs of 2017: Windows 10 Bugs, Firmware, Veeam and End of Support

Blog System Administrator
As 2017 comes to a close, it's always interesting to look back and see what we posted over the past...
Read More
Licensing Microsoft Exchange: On Premise

Licensing Microsoft Exchange: On Premise

Exchange Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
Email. We all love it. We all hate it. For better or worse, it’s here to stay. So if you’re...
Read More
Not Upgrading Old Server Hardware Could Be Dragging You Down

Not Upgrading Old Server Hardware Could Be Dragging You Down

System Administrator Virtualization
Historically in IT, it’s been very obvious when upgrades were needed. You run equipment until things seem slow, the hardware...
Read More
Why Managed IT Services?

Why Managed IT Services?

Business Technology Managed Services Small Business
When talking managed IT services solutions, many people ask the same question, “Why would an IT consulting company want to...
Read More
Free Download: Power and UPS Management

Free Download: Power and UPS Management

Consulting System Administrator
Understanding what plugs go to what outlets, how the cables interact, and how much voltage and amperage to account for...
Read More
PowerShell: Multi-threading, Progress Bars and GUI Input, Part 2

PowerShell: Multi-threading, Progress Bars and GUI Input, Part 2

PowerShell System Administrator
And we're back! Please see the first installment to get started with building your PowerShell scripts. So, we’ve got our...
Read More
PowerShell: Multi-threading, Progress Bars and GUI Input, Part 1

PowerShell: Multi-threading, Progress Bars and GUI Input, Part 1

Microsoft PowerShell System Administrator
UPDATE:  A brief note from the author: This week I learned a valuable lesson about maintaining a consistent development platform....
Read More
How to Protect Against Ransomware

How to Protect Against Ransomware

Business Technology Cloud Computing Microsoft Office 365 Small Business
Bad Rabbit, Locky, Petya, Cerber, Jigsaw … no, these aren’t street names for narcotics, they’re variants of ransomware, and the...
Read More
How to Do Internal Segmentation with a FortiGate

How to Do Internal Segmentation with a FortiGate

Networks Security System Administrator
Your size does not always dictate your need or desire for enterprise-grade performance and security. Luckily, it’s possible to implement...
Read More
Common Missteps in Basic Networking

Common Missteps in Basic Networking

Networks System Administrator
Your network is a hyper-logical pathway for your devices to connect to each other. However, if you don’t explicitly and...
Read More
VLAN Basics

VLAN Basics

Networks System Administrator
Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) are commonly used within networks to organize and segment. Originally, VLANs were developed to break...
Read More
Semi-Annual Channel versus Long-Term Servicing Channel Windows Server Updates

Semi-Annual Channel versus Long-Term Servicing Channel Windows Server Updates

Microsoft Windows Windows Server 2016
Microsoft has been threatening for a while to implement a semi-annual channel for servers (much like Windows 10) that will...
Read More
OneDrive Files On-Demand

OneDrive Files On-Demand

Business Technology Cloud Computing Microsoft Office 365 Small Business
OneDrive for Business allows for storing files in the cloud for individual users and as a replacement for company file...
Read More
Microsoft Teams Walkthrough: Meetings, Planner, and Apps

Microsoft Teams Walkthrough: Meetings, Planner, and Apps

Lync Microsoft Office 365 Project Management Skype for Business
Hey hey, welcome back! I do hope that you came here to learn more about Microsoft Teams and you aren’t...
Read More
Microsoft Teams Walkthrough: Activities, Search, Chat and Files

Microsoft Teams Walkthrough: Activities, Search, Chat and Files

Microsoft Office 365
Welcome back! In part one, I discussed Microsoft Teams and how they can be used for collaboration, discussion, record keeping,...
Read More
What You Need to Know About the WPA2 Vulnerability, KRACK

What You Need to Know About the WPA2 Vulnerability, KRACK

Networks Security
WPA2 isn’t all it’s KRACKed up to be. Okay, sorry, bad pun in a bad situation. While any new vulnerability...
Read More
Microsoft Teams Walkthrough: The Basics

Microsoft Teams Walkthrough: The Basics

Office 365
Microsoft Teams. If you haven’t heard about it yet, it’s Microsoft’s latest collaboration and productivity tool, and they’ve obviously put...
Read More
Security isn’t Just Antivirus

Security isn’t Just Antivirus

Business Technology Managed Services Small Business
With growing cybersecurity threats, many organizations have implemented antivirus and basic cybersecurity practices. But when it comes to vulnerability, there...
Read More
Microsoft Ignite 2017 Recap Part 1: New Product Releases

Microsoft Ignite 2017 Recap Part 1: New Product Releases

Microsoft Office 365 Skype for Business SQL System Administrator
The big push and talk at Ignite this year was all about Azure, Office 365, AI and the combination thereof....
Read More
Tips for Running Antivirus in VMware

Tips for Running Antivirus in VMware

System Administrator Virtualization VMware
Traditional agent-based antivirus does not play well in virtualized environments, whether it be server or desktop. When resources are consolidated,...
Read More
VXLAN Encapsulation in FortiGate

VXLAN Encapsulation in FortiGate

Networks
Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) is a Layer 2 overlay scheme utilizing a Layer 3 network. VXLAN uses MAC Address-in-User Datagram...
Read More
You Only Have One Default Gateway in ESXi. Use It Wisely.

You Only Have One Default Gateway in ESXi. Use It Wisely.

Networks Virtualization VMware
An ESXi host has access to multiple different networks, but most of them are only for guest VMs to traverse....
Read More
What engagement level of Managed IT Services do I need?

What engagement level of Managed IT Services do I need?

Business Technology Managed Services Small Business
Managed IT Services appears to be the hot topic amongst IT companies and what they offer their clients. It makes...
Read More
CCleaner v5.33.6162 Compromised with Back Door: Uninstall or Update Immediately

CCleaner v5.33.6162 Compromised with Back Door: Uninstall or Update Immediately

Security System Administrator
The Piriform program CCleaner is an admin’s best friend. It helps you reclaim some storage on your laptops or workstations...
Read More
To Stretch or Not to Stretch Layer 2

To Stretch or Not to Stretch Layer 2

Networks System Administrator Virtualization
For highly available environments, extending the network between two locations has been common practice for years. For example, if you...
Read More
Modifying MTU in a Fortinet FortiGate

Modifying MTU in a Fortinet FortiGate

Fortinet Networks Security
What is it? In the simplest of terms, the maximum transit unit, or MTU, is the set of data in...
Read More
Security Goes Beyond Cyber

Security Goes Beyond Cyber

Security System Administrator
Security measures to protect ourselves from situations such as cyberattacks, ransomware, hacks and identity theft are very important. On top...
Read More
Tips for Microsoft Project for Efficient IT Project Planning

Tips for Microsoft Project for Efficient IT Project Planning

Business Technology Microsoft Office 365 Small Business
Whether you are opening Microsoft Project for the first time or you use it frequently, you will realize how easy...
Read More
Deprecation of vCenter on Windows Server

Deprecation of vCenter on Windows Server

System Administrator Veeam Virtualization VMware
The writing has been on the wall for many years now, but it’s finally happening. With the next numeric version...
Read More
Considerations When Thin Provisioning Your SAN or Virtual Disks

Considerations When Thin Provisioning Your SAN or Virtual Disks

Storage System Administrator Virtualization
Storage is kind of expensive, so oversubscribing where possible is a good way for you to get the bang for...
Read More
What to Consider When Configuring Virtual Snapshots

What to Consider When Configuring Virtual Snapshots

System Administrator Veeam Virtualization VMware
Correctly calculating the storage space required for your virtual snapshots can be tricky to determine and can have devastating effects...
Read More
12 More Common Virtualization Missteps

12 More Common Virtualization Missteps

System Administrator Virtualization VMware
Since virtualization encompasses so much in your environment, there are a lot of small ways it can go wrong. When...
Read More
File Sharing with Office 365

File Sharing with Office 365

Business Technology Cloud Computing Microsoft Office 365 Small Business
One of the first things organizations wish to do with Office 365 is to allow for easy sharing of files...
Read More
10 Common Virtualization Missteps

10 Common Virtualization Missteps

Virtualization
In all the years we’ve consulted in the virtualization space, we’ve seen environments of all kinds of shapes and sizes....
Read More
Basic Guidelines for Sizing Servers

Basic Guidelines for Sizing Servers

System Administrator Virtualization
So you’re building out a new server, but you need to know where to start. While this seems like this...
Read More
Using DynSite Dynamic DNS with DNS Made Easy

Using DynSite Dynamic DNS with DNS Made Easy

System Administrator
Why Use Dynamic DNS? Your DNS records -- the internet’s phonebook, essentially -- for your website, security camera system, remote...
Read More
What is the Cloud? Are You Ready for It?

What is the Cloud? Are You Ready for It?

Business Technology Cloud Computing Small Business
Someone once asked me if the cloud is a bunch of satellites or something “up there” that store your data?...
Read More
What Should I Move to the Cloud?

What Should I Move to the Cloud?

Cloud Computing
Choosing what to move up to the cloud is a tough decision that comes up regularly in current times. If...
Read More
An Admin’s Guide to Office 365, Part 2: Office 365 Groups

An Admin’s Guide to Office 365, Part 2: Office 365 Groups

Cloud Computing Microsoft Office 365
One of the most important items to understand in Office 365 is the concept of an Office 365 group. We...
Read More
Spring for the Business-Grade Computers. Here’s why.

Spring for the Business-Grade Computers. Here’s why.

System Administrator
There are so many computer options out there today and with the bring-your-own-device movement, choosing the right ones for your...
Read More
Should You Upgrade Your FortiOS Firmware?

Should You Upgrade Your FortiOS Firmware?

Fortinet Networks Security
Fear of and Confusion with Firmware Are you ever concerned about updating your network to the latest version of firmware?...
Read More
Tips for Datacenter Migration Planning

Tips for Datacenter Migration Planning

Storage System Administrator
Datacenter migrations are challenging in their own right. Not only do all of the concerns in my previous blog, Planning...
Read More
Does Your Managed Services Provider Fit Your Needs?

Does Your Managed Services Provider Fit Your Needs?

Small Business
My last story was of a customer who switched from break-fix to a managed services solution. Now I would like...
Read More
Planning a Datacenter

Planning a Datacenter

Storage System Administrator
A datacenter on its face seems like a very simple thing. You take a room, you stick some servers in...
Read More
Veeam Backup & Replication v10: What to Look Forward to

Veeam Backup & Replication v10: What to Look Forward to

Veeam Virtualization
I recently attended Veeam’s conference, VeeamON, and got to preview what’s coming in Backup & Replication v10, and there are...
Read More
Skype for Business Client Fails to Sign Into Skype for Business Online

Skype for Business Client Fails to Sign Into Skype for Business Online

Microsoft Skype for Business
It’s been a bit of a quiet year so far filled with routine maintenance, but as we all know, even...
Read More
Nano Server is Dead! Long Live Nano Server!

Nano Server is Dead! Long Live Nano Server!

Microsoft PowerShell System Administrator Windows Server 2016
Microsoft made a big splash with Windows Server 2016 by launching Nano Server, a ridiculously stripped down version of Windows...
Read More
Linux Containers on Windows?!

Linux Containers on Windows?!

Hyper-V Microsoft Windows Server 2016
Microsoft’s professed love of open source and Linux specifically is really starting to show in a real way with the...
Read More
DattoCon 2017 Recap

DattoCon 2017 Recap

Datto Partners Small Business
Well, that’s another DattoCon for the books. This year’s event was the fifth annual and we met in Denver, Colorado...
Read More
Choosing a Cloud Provider

Choosing a Cloud Provider

Cloud Computing Microsoft
Let’s start this blog by pointing out the elephant in the room: the “cloud” is the fastest evolving thing that...
Read More
It’s Always DNS: A Horror Story

It’s Always DNS: A Horror Story

Active Directory Exchange IT Horror Stories System Administrator
I’ve been an IT consultant for nearly 15 years. During that time, I’ve run across countless horror shows involving all...
Read More
An Admin’s Guide to Office 365: Part 1, Introduction

An Admin’s Guide to Office 365: Part 1, Introduction

Microsoft Office 365 System Administrator
My background in IT is in infrastructure – Windows Server, Exchange, firewalls, networking, etc. I used Microsoft Office to type...
Read More
When Should I Switch to Ongoing Managed Services for IT?

When Should I Switch to Ongoing Managed Services for IT?

Small Business
Increasingly today many organizations are examining the business impact of transitioning from capital expenses for their technology support to an...
Read More
Microsoft Update KB4021558 Breaks Print from Explorer Functionality

Microsoft Update KB4021558 Breaks Print from Explorer Functionality

Microsoft System Administrator
Last week Microsoft pushed updates, KB4021558, KB 4022719, KB 4022725 and KB4022727 to Internet Explorer that seems to have broken...
Read More
Microsoft Office 2007 End of Support is October 10

Microsoft Office 2007 End of Support is October 10

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365 Security
If you are still using Office 2007, then you have a problem on the horizon: Office 2007 is reaching end...
Read More
How Do I License Virtual Desktops for Windows?

How Do I License Virtual Desktops for Windows?

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365 Windows
Sometimes the most obvious way to do something is not how you actually get it done. My two-year-old son likes...
Read More
Manage Office 365 Licenses Simply

Manage Office 365 Licenses Simply

Business Technology Microsoft Office 365 Small Business
The Office 365 Admin center allows an administrator to manage active user licenses for a single user or for a...
Read More
Has the Crying Stopped Yet? The WannaCry Attack Aftermath

Has the Crying Stopped Yet? The WannaCry Attack Aftermath

Backups and Business Continuity Security System Administrator
Two weeks have passed since the global incident of WannaCry. The media coverage of WannaCry ransomware has been dwindling as...
Read More
Trend Micro Worry Free Client Systems Unresponsive After KB890830 Windows 10 Defender Update

Trend Micro Worry Free Client Systems Unresponsive After KB890830 Windows 10 Defender Update

Microsoft Security System Administrator
I've had several clients contact me alarmed that their computers stopped responding. After digging into the causes, I realized that...
Read More
Mirazon Is A Key Skype for Business Implementer

Mirazon Is A Key Skype for Business Implementer

Microsoft Skype for Business
We are delighted to announce that we are one of a small number of handpicked Microsoft partners across the globe chosen...
Read More
Fibre Channel Switch Options Update

Fibre Channel Switch Options Update

Networks Storage System Administrator
In a previous post we talked about the death of QLogic switches. At the time, there was not a cost...
Read More
Selecting the Best Workstations for Your Needs

Selecting the Best Workstations for Your Needs

Business Technology Dell Small Business
Purchasing new workstations for your home or business is easier than ever these days, but understanding exactly what will meet...
Read More
Double Check Your DNS

Double Check Your DNS

Hyper-V System Administrator Virtualization
It’s always DNS. Anyone who has worked at Mirazon for more than a week can tell you that we say...
Read More
WannaCry About IT?

WannaCry About IT?

Announcements Backups and Business Continuity Business Technology Security Small Business
“Ooops, Your Files Have Been Encrypted!” is what displayed on the monitors of over 200,000 Windows PCs in over 150...
Read More
Why Windows Server 2016 is Awesome for Veeam

Why Windows Server 2016 is Awesome for Veeam

Microsoft Virtualization Windows Server 2016
Of course, you’re an avid Mirazon blog reader and you’ve kept up with everything we’ve posted here, but if you...
Read More
Update: Microsoft Planner and Microsoft Project

Update: Microsoft Planner and Microsoft Project

Business Technology Microsoft Office 365 Small Business
Curious about future updates for Microsoft Planner and Microsoft Project? In the near future, Microsoft will be rolling out product...
Read More
Get Office 365 for Nonprofits Through TechSoup

Get Office 365 for Nonprofits Through TechSoup

501(c)(3) Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
Microsoft offers significant discounts to nonprofit organizations. One method for claiming these is through TechSoup, an authorized reseller. If you...
Read More
Critical Windows OS Exploit Needs Patching

Critical Windows OS Exploit Needs Patching

Microsoft System Administrator Windows
If you follow the news in the slightest, you’ve probably heard of WikiLeaks, the organization responsible to for publishing volumes...
Read More
What’s New in Office 365 These Days?

What’s New in Office 365 These Days?

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365
Microsoft’s Office 365 offerings are always changing, so it’s helpful to revisit this topic every now and then to see...
Read More
Veeam and vSphere 6.5 Backup Gotchas

Veeam and vSphere 6.5 Backup Gotchas

Veeam Virtualization VMware
While vSphere 6.5 came out with a bunch of great enhancements and features, Veeam may take a really large performance...
Read More
What to Know About Upgrading to Windows Server 2016 with Software Assurance

What to Know About Upgrading to Windows Server 2016 with Software Assurance

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Software Licensing System Administrator Windows Windows Server 2016
Do you have Software Assurance (SA) on your Windows Server licenses? If so, you may be wondering how your licenses...
Read More
Office 365 Groups Manages User Licensing

Office 365 Groups Manages User Licensing

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365 Software Licensing System Administrator
Microsoft recently announced the public preview of group-based license management in Office 365. Here are a few key facts about...
Read More
Windows 10 Enterprise E3 & E5: User-Based Subscription for Windows

Windows 10 Enterprise E3 & E5: User-Based Subscription for Windows

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Windows 10
Windows as a subscription? Windows licensed per user? You just blew my mind. Microsoft continues to break paradigms that have...
Read More
New Features in VMware Horizon 7.1

New Features in VMware Horizon 7.1

Virtualization VMware
Earlier last month, VMware released Horizon 7.1, which has major features and improvements. Today I’m going to focus on a...
Read More
Proofpoint: Better Spam Filtering

Proofpoint: Better Spam Filtering

Exchange System Administrator
Spam email is junk or malicious. It’s unwanted email. It got its name after Hormel’s canned pork product and the...
Read More
Project Management 101

Project Management 101

Business Technology Small Business
With a proper understanding, project management can benefit your business in a multitude of ways. It can enhance your bottom...
Read More
What Are Containers?

What Are Containers?

Microsoft Virtualization VMware
Containers are something that people tend to really struggle to understand. It’s a layer of abstraction and virtualization that we...
Read More
AudioCodes 450HD IP Phone with Skype for Business and Office 365

AudioCodes 450HD IP Phone with Skype for Business and Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 Skype for Business Voice
The AudioCodes 450HD is the newest/latest phone in the 400HD series of IP Phones. It is a full color, touch...
Read More
Free Licensing for Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

Free Licensing for Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

Microsoft Licensing System Administrator Windows Server 2016
Update (March 2017): After this post was created, Microsoft clarified that this promotion only applies to customers with an Enterprise...
Read More
Microsoft Premium Assurance: Extended-Extended Support Now Available!

Microsoft Premium Assurance: Extended-Extended Support Now Available!

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Software Licensing
Sometimes you need support … sometimes you need extended support … but sometimes you need extended-extended support! For instance, what...
Read More
Alert: W-2 Phishing Scam Becoming More Prevalent

Alert: W-2 Phishing Scam Becoming More Prevalent

Business Technology Small Business
The Internal Revenue Service reported a marked increase in W-2 email phishing scams. Hackers are now sending email spam to...
Read More
Microsoft Teams Goes GA March 14!

Microsoft Teams Goes GA March 14!

Microsoft Office 365
One of the products we have been using in the Mirazon R&D team has been the preview (read: beta) version...
Read More
Exchange 2007 End of Life Is Nigh. Here’s What You Do.

Exchange 2007 End of Life Is Nigh. Here’s What You Do.

Microsoft System Administrator
The day is finally here. Your trusty old Exchange 2007 server is going end of life on April 11, 2017....
Read More
Can I Move This VM? vMotion Permissions (and Denials) in Microsoft Licensing

Can I Move This VM? vMotion Permissions (and Denials) in Microsoft Licensing

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
This post is an update to “vMotion Permissions (and Denials) in Microsoft Licensing” first posted on the Mirazon Blog on...
Read More
A Quick, Easy Way to Reset Your VMware Root Password

A Quick, Easy Way to Reset Your VMware Root Password

System Administrator Virtualization VMware
Passwords. Can’t live without them, and yet we can’t stop forgetting them. Of course, you probably have a great system...
Read More
Office 2016 vs. Office 365: Which One Should I Buy?

Office 2016 vs. Office 365: Which One Should I Buy?

Business Technology Small Business
Confused about Microsoft Office these days? Join the club. For the last few years, Microsoft has been transitioning from a...
Read More
Your Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan Is a Leadership Decision

Your Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan Is a Leadership Decision

Backups and Business Continuity
Designing and/or updating business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plans and processes is not necessarily anyone’s favorite task. It’s complex,...
Read More
Do I Need SQL CALs for My SharePoint Users? Microsoft’s Policy on Multiplexing and Indirect Access to SQL Server

Do I Need SQL CALs for My SharePoint Users? Microsoft’s Policy on Multiplexing and Indirect Access to SQL Server

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Software Licensing SQL
(This post is an update to “Do I Need SQL CALs When Using SharePoint?” first posted on the Mirazon blog on...
Read More
Is This Microsoft Audit Email Spam?

Is This Microsoft Audit Email Spam?

Business Technology Small Business
Get an email similar to this? While there are a significant number of phishing scams out there right now pretending...
Read More
Self-Service Password Reset via Azure AD and Office 365

Self-Service Password Reset via Azure AD and Office 365

Active Directory Microsoft Office 365
We’ve recently been asked about, and wanted to implement internally, self-service password resets via Office 365. Not only do we...
Read More
Skype for Business February 2017 Cumulative Update Highlights

Skype for Business February 2017 Cumulative Update Highlights

Skype for Business
For Valentine’s day, Microsoft gave us a new Cumulative Update (CU)! I’m not going to re-hash all the items that are...
Read More
PSA: Read Your Hardware Compatibility Lists!

PSA: Read Your Hardware Compatibility Lists!

Storage System Administrator Virtualization
Hardware Compatibility Lists (HCL) are an often overlooked, yet they are a very important part of any new deployment that...
Read More
Understanding Hard Disk Sector Size, Part 2: Support for 4K

Understanding Hard Disk Sector Size, Part 2: Support for 4K

Storage Virtualization VMware
UPDATE: VMware 6.5 (and VMFS 6.0) supports 512e drives as direct attached drives. vSphere & vSAN will expose 512 to...
Read More
When to Use a Site-to-Site VPN

When to Use a Site-to-Site VPN

Networks
As with remote access VPNs, the site-to-site VPN has been around for several decades. The notion of using encryption over...
Read More
Skype for Business Call Park Service Starts and Stops Due to Errant Config

Skype for Business Call Park Service Starts and Stops Due to Errant Config

Skype for Business Unified Communications
Have you ever run into an issue with Skype for Business that no matter how hard you look for an...
Read More
Tips for Disposing or Donating Your Old Computer

Tips for Disposing or Donating Your Old Computer

Business Technology Small Business
You’ve got yourself a new computer, but what do you do with the old one? Before you dispose of it...
Read More
A=inactive Missing from 200 OK with AudioCodes SBC

A=inactive Missing from 200 OK with AudioCodes SBC

Skype for Business
Alternate titles: Audio Drops Both Ways When Call Placed on Hold or Yet Another Reason to Use a Microsoft Certified...
Read More
IPsec VPN vs. SSL VPN: Is Your Remote Access VPN a Liability?

IPsec VPN vs. SSL VPN: Is Your Remote Access VPN a Liability?

Networks Security
The VPN has revolutionized the way we work. For over 20 years it's allowed everyone from executives on down a company’s organizational...
Read More
Enabling Veeam’s Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure

Enabling Veeam’s Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure

Azure Backups and Business Continuity Microsoft Veeam Virtualization
Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure is a new feature in Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 that allows you to directly...
Read More
Running OneDrive in Non-Persistent VDI

Running OneDrive in Non-Persistent VDI

Office 365 Virtualization
Running Windows 10 with OneDrive Next Gen Sync client in a non-persistent VDI environment is challenging on the backend storage...
Read More
Improve Productivity with Microsoft Office 365

Improve Productivity with Microsoft Office 365

Business Technology Small Business
Utilize these tools for a more productive workday. Microsoft Office 365 offers all the applications that you as a small...
Read More
5 Settings You Should Modify in Microsoft Project Right Now

5 Settings You Should Modify in Microsoft Project Right Now

Microsoft Project Management
“I was adding new tasks and the project auto-saved. Now I can’t click “undo” to revert some of my unwanted...
Read More
Simple Device Hardening with FortiGate

Simple Device Hardening with FortiGate

Networks Security
Before we begin, I just want to say that Fortinet's documentation is always a great resource. It's best to secure the...
Read More
5 Rules of Wi-Fi

5 Rules of Wi-Fi

Business Technology Small Business
Strong and reliable Wi-Fi or wireless network access is critical for many organizations. As a small business, every second counts....
Read More
NAT Best Practices

NAT Best Practices

Networks
Your Network Address Translation (NAT) takes your public IP address, which is assigned to you by your ISP, and tells...
Read More
Top 10 Blogs of 2016: Windows Server 2016, SQL Server 2016, PowerShell, and More!

Top 10 Blogs of 2016: Windows Server 2016, SQL Server 2016, PowerShell, and More!

Blog
We're all looking forward to 2017, but we had a lot happen this year, like the monster release of Windows Server...
Read More
Fibre Channel Switch Options

Fibre Channel Switch Options

Networks Storage
As you may have heard, with the recent purchase of QLogic by Cavium, QLogic’s 8 Gbit Fibre Channel (FC) switches...
Read More
NVIDIA GRID Support in VMware vSphere 6.5

NVIDIA GRID Support in VMware vSphere 6.5

Virtualization VMware
VMware released a variety of great features in vSphere 6.5, including support for HA for NVIDIA GRID technology. This is...
Read More
How Antivirus Works

How Antivirus Works

Business Technology Small Business
Computer viruses are scary things. They can wipe out hard drives and render information unusable before you even know what happened....
Read More
Private vs. Hybrid vs. Public Cloud: Types of Cloud Computing

Private vs. Hybrid vs. Public Cloud: Types of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing
So we’ve talked in a previous blog about the different types of cloud computing (colocation, HaaS, IaaS, SaaS, PaaS) and how they...
Read More
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Mailboxes

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Mailboxes

Office 365 System Administrator Veeam Virtualization
If you are a current Veeam Backup & Replication user, you are eligible for one or two years of free...
Read More
Turn on Multi-Factor Authentication Everywhere You Can … Yesterday!

Turn on Multi-Factor Authentication Everywhere You Can … Yesterday!

Security
Early in 2016, the news cycle was dominated by Apple’s and others’ use or encryption and the legal ramifications of...
Read More
Windows Server 2016 Licensing: Calculating Your License Need

Windows Server 2016 Licensing: Calculating Your License Need

Microsoft Licensing Windows Server 2016
“How many licenses of Windows Server 2016 do I need for my environment?” Simple question, but getting an answer can...
Read More
How to Recognize Phishing Attempts

How to Recognize Phishing Attempts

Business Technology Small Business
We know, that dethroned Nigerian prince needs your help, and in return he'll deposit $5,000 in your bank account. All...
Read More
Is Your Network Ready for VDI?

Is Your Network Ready for VDI?

Networks Virtualization
Virtualizing your desktop infrastructure can come with a bevy of benefits: centralizing your hardware investments and your management or allowing...
Read More
Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 New Features and Enhancements

Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 New Features and Enhancements

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam Virtualization VMware
Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 is officially out! One big thing that Veeam did was rewrite a lot of the...
Read More
Windows Server 2016 Licensing: Pricing Issues

Windows Server 2016 Licensing: Pricing Issues

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Windows Server 2016
Microsoft threw everyone for a loop with the release of Windows Server 2016. In an instant, Windows Server licensing went...
Read More
Social Engineering: Security Compromises that Result from Real Human Interaction

Social Engineering: Security Compromises that Result from Real Human Interaction

Business Technology Small Business
We’ve all heard of viruses that infect our computers after we go to a website or download a file we...
Read More
Automate Installation of Trend Micro on Desktops Using AppSense Environment Manager

Automate Installation of Trend Micro on Desktops Using AppSense Environment Manager

System Administrator Virtualization
Trend Micro Worry Free Business is a great security solution that is used by many of our small- to medium-sized...
Read More
AudioCodes Partner Forum 2016 Reflections

AudioCodes Partner Forum 2016 Reflections

Skype for Business Unified Communications
I was recently invited to attend the AudioCodes North American Partner Forum. This is the US version of the forum...
Read More
Windows Server 2016 Licensing: Cores, Versions, and Virtual Machines

Windows Server 2016 Licensing: Cores, Versions, and Virtual Machines

Microsoft Licensing Software Licensing System Administrator Virtualization Windows Windows Server 2016
The Good News:  Windows Server 2016 has been released! The Bad News:  Things just got a lot more complicated. We’ve...
Read More
Windows Server 2012 Licensing Cost vs. Windows Server 2016 Licensing Cost

Windows Server 2012 Licensing Cost vs. Windows Server 2016 Licensing Cost

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 is generally available, which means that you can’t buy licenses of Windows Server 2012 R2 anymore. On...
Read More
3-2-1 Backup

3-2-1 Backup

Backups and Business Continuity Business Technology Small Business
Too many of us will have to deal with data loss at some point or other. Maybe it will be...
Read More
Configuring BGP Routing with HA FortiGates

Configuring BGP Routing with HA FortiGates

Fortinet HA High Availability Networks
Simplifying Should Present Less Issues, Right? Recently we had an interesting routing conundrum with a client when we consolidated their...
Read More
Upgrading to Azure Active Directory Connect

Upgrading to Azure Active Directory Connect

Active Directory Azure
If you’ve stumbled upon this blog, you’ve realized you need to get your on-premises to Office 365 online directory synchronization...
Read More
How to Enable Additional Office 365 Email Filtering Settings

How to Enable Additional Office 365 Email Filtering Settings

Microsoft Office 365
Office 365 has many features you can enable to help reduce additional spam and malware. Below are a few of the...
Read More
How to Change Outbound NAT IP with IP Pools in FortiGate

How to Change Outbound NAT IP with IP Pools in FortiGate

Fortinet Networks Security
Sometimes it's necessary to change an internal client's IP address to talk with the internet. For instance, it is always important...
Read More
Should I Upgrade My Software?

Should I Upgrade My Software?

Business Technology
Your business runs on a variety of software. So does ours. So do most. And it’s pretty common knowledge that...
Read More
What “The Cloud” Actually Means

What “The Cloud” Actually Means

Cloud Computing
The Cloud! Hurray for buzzwords! (No puns or bad jokes were harmed in the writing of this blog post. You can...
Read More
New Features in vSphere 6.5

New Features in vSphere 6.5

Virtualization VMware
VMware released vSphere 6.5 this week to a surprisingly low amount of fanfare, which is interesting because there are actually...
Read More
What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Shielded VMs

What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Shielded VMs

Virtualization Windows Server 2016
Well, Windows Server 2016 is finally generally available, and there is still so much more to explore. Another major feature...
Read More
How to Create Proper IT Documentation

How to Create Proper IT Documentation

System Administrator
While it may seem burdensome to have to sit down and document everything necessary to support your environment, trust me...
Read More
How to Set Up AudioCodes 440HD Paging

How to Set Up AudioCodes 440HD Paging

Lync Microsoft Skype for Business Unified Communications
Hey everyone! Welcome back! I know I promised in my last post that we’d be continuing to talk about AudioCodes IPP Manager...
Read More
Named Policies in FortiOS 5.4

Named Policies in FortiOS 5.4

Fortinet Networks Security
Fortinet has done a great job with their update, FortiOS 5.4. It's a departure from 5.2, but once you get going with...
Read More
How to Create a VLAN for a Device Directly Connected to a FortiGate

How to Create a VLAN for a Device Directly Connected to a FortiGate

Fortinet Ruckus Wireless System Administrator Wi-Fi
The other day I had the need to plug a Ruckus Wireless access point (AP) directly into a FortiGate firewall. The...
Read More
Considerations When Sizing Virtual Hosts

Considerations When Sizing Virtual Hosts

Hyper-V System Administrator Virtualization VMware
Customers frequently come to us for assistance when they are building a new virtualization cluster, or upgrading an existing one...
Read More
Windows Server 2016 Will Be Generally Available Mid-October

Windows Server 2016 Will Be Generally Available Mid-October

High Availability Hyper-V Microsoft Microsoft Licensing System Administrator Virtualization Windows Windows Server 2016
In the opening keynote for Ignite yesterday, Microsoft announced that Windows Server 2016 will be generally available by mid-October. The...
Read More
Full VM Recovery in VMware Using Veeam

Full VM Recovery in VMware Using Veeam

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam Virtualization VMware
Sometimes there’s only a need to restore the changes made to a VM and not the full enchilada, and using...
Read More
Understanding VMware’s Disk Types: Thin Disk vs. Thick Lazy Zeroed Disk vs. Thick Eager Zeroed Disk

Understanding VMware’s Disk Types: Thin Disk vs. Thick Lazy Zeroed Disk vs. Thick Eager Zeroed Disk

Virtualization VMware
When it comes to configuring your virtual environment, it’s very important that you select the right disk types for your...
Read More
AudioCodes IPP Manager Express

AudioCodes IPP Manager Express

Skype for Business
Greetings folks! I’ll be walking you through the install and setup of one of AudioCodes’ most awesome -- and more...
Read More
Veeam Announced a Bunch of New Products

Veeam Announced a Bunch of New Products

Veeam Virtualization
On Tuesday, August 23, Veeam announced an array of new products for your backup environment to better suit the diverse...
Read More
New Features in Latest vSphere 6.0 Update

New Features in Latest vSphere 6.0 Update

Virtualization VMware
VMware released vSphere 6.0 Update 2 back in March, but it came with a host of bugs and problems. Since...
Read More
Simpler Restores Using CBT with Veeam Quick Rollback

Simpler Restores Using CBT with Veeam Quick Rollback

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam Virtualization VMware
Change Block Tracking (CBT) is a functionality in VMware that allows you to keep track of the changed blocks within...
Read More
Persistent Binding Order Commands in Windows 10

Persistent Binding Order Commands in Windows 10

Microsoft PowerShell System Administrator Windows 10
If you are using wireless or a physical connection on your Windows 10 system and you want to use one or...
Read More
Microsoft Message Analyzer: The Best Network Troubleshooting Tool You’re NOT Using

Microsoft Message Analyzer: The Best Network Troubleshooting Tool You’re NOT Using

Microsoft Networks System Administrator
Real troubleshooters know there comes a time when you really need to dig in to the details of what is...
Read More
iSCSI vs. FCoE

iSCSI vs. FCoE

Networks System Administrator
A substantial amount of time ago, a blog was published about iSCSI compared to Fibre Channel that walked through several...
Read More
How to Use PowerShell for Domain Systems Information Reports

How to Use PowerShell for Domain Systems Information Reports

Microsoft Networks PowerShell System Administrator
With normal network maintenance and hardware replacement cycles, it is best practice to also keep an eye on the age and...
Read More
Intermittent Audio Issues in Skype for Business Caused by Unknown TCP Socket Limit

Intermittent Audio Issues in Skype for Business Caused by Unknown TCP Socket Limit

Skype for Business Unified Communications
Greetings and salutations once again to all you folks out there that read the things I write! Today’s fun topic...
Read More
How to Use .com or .org TLD Suffix in Server 2012 R2 Essentials

How to Use .com or .org TLD Suffix in Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Microsoft Networks PowerShell System Administrator
If you are building a new domain, best practices dictate that you should be using an internal domain that is...
Read More
What’s Coming in Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5

What’s Coming in Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5

Backups and Business Continuity System Administrator Veeam Virtualization
Veeam Backup & Replication v9 has been out for about eight months now, and it introduced a few great features,...
Read More
How to Dynamically Export to CSV Files with PowerShell

How to Dynamically Export to CSV Files with PowerShell

Microsoft PowerShell System Administrator
Have you ever wanted to export data to a CSV file from within PowerShell only to find that the results...
Read More
Get Your Project Organized with Microsoft Office 365 Planner

Get Your Project Organized with Microsoft Office 365 Planner

Microsoft Office 365
Have you been looking for a simpler way to track, organize, and assign project tasks without paying for additional Microsoft...
Read More
How Is SQL Server 2016 Licensed? Part 2: Virtual Environments

How Is SQL Server 2016 Licensed? Part 2: Virtual Environments

Microsoft Licensing Software Licensing SQL
In my last post, I discussed the basics of SQL licensing. In this post, I will answer the question: How do...
Read More
Unraveling DataCore’s Three SPC-1 Ratings

Unraveling DataCore’s Three SPC-1 Ratings

DataCore Storage
DataCore’s recent SPC-1 published numbers have been making quite the splash in the industry. If you missed them, here’s a...
Read More
Cerber Ransomware Hits Office 365 Users

Cerber Ransomware Hits Office 365 Users

Office 365 Security System Administrator
Malicious macro exploits have been a security issue for Office users since the day macros were introduced, and the newest...
Read More
What’s New in Windows Server 2016: ReFS

What’s New in Windows Server 2016: ReFS

Microsoft Windows Server 2016
Resilient File System (ReFS) was introduced with Windows Server 2012. Unfortunately, the supported deployment scenarios were very small, and the...
Read More
Randomly Assigning Audio Files to Music on Hold in Skype for Business Workflows

Randomly Assigning Audio Files to Music on Hold in Skype for Business Workflows

Skype for Business
Welcome back to another episode of “Hey, I did something!” Check out my author page for the other somethings I've...
Read More
Need to Bulk Add or Remove Services from Office 365 Accounts?

Need to Bulk Add or Remove Services from Office 365 Accounts?

Microsoft Office 365 Windows Server 2016
Changing licensing and options on an individual user in the Office 365 web GUI is simple, but what happens when...
Read More
Windows 10 Free Upgrade Deadline of July 29 is Coming Quickly!

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Deadline of July 29 is Coming Quickly!

Announcements Microsoft Windows
If you haven’t started your deployment plan already you may end up paying for your procrastination. If all of your...
Read More
How Is SQL Server 2016 Licensed? Part 1: The Basics

How Is SQL Server 2016 Licensed? Part 1: The Basics

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Software Licensing SQL
As of June 1, 2016, Microsoft SQL Server 2016 is available for purchase. In May, I published a preliminary report...
Read More
What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Dedup

What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Dedup

Microsoft Veeam Virtualization Windows Server 2016
If you’ve paid any attention whatsoever to the storage industry in the last few years, the word deduplication has come...
Read More
What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Storage Replica

What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Storage Replica

Microsoft Storage Windows Server 2016
Making storage highly redundant has been arguably the single largest challenge for storage engineers for years. Keeping data in multiple...
Read More
Adventures in DTMF Transcoding

Adventures in DTMF Transcoding

Voice
Greetings everyone! Once again I bring you a gripping tale of daring and exciting adventure! Okay, so it’s not really...
Read More
What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Storage Spaces Direct

What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Storage Spaces Direct

Microsoft Storage Virtualization Windows Server 2016
Storage Spaces has been around for many years in one form or another. The primitives for it started with Windows...
Read More
DotNetNuke Vulnerabilities Allow Intruders To Create Accounts

DotNetNuke Vulnerabilities Allow Intruders To Create Accounts

Security
It’s the email that makes your blood run cold. “Our website is distributing ransomware.” Surely there must be some mistake....
Read More
How to Create a GRE Tunnel within FortiGate

How to Create a GRE Tunnel within FortiGate

Fortinet Networks Security
GRE Tunnel Overview Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) can provide a private, secure path for transporting packets through an otherwise public network....
Read More
Understanding Network Bottlenecks

Understanding Network Bottlenecks

Networks System Administrator
In Louisville, Time Warner Cable recently started massively upgrading its internet network to compete against an imminent Google competition. While many...
Read More
“Should I Follow Vendor Recommendations?” Yes, But Context Matters

“Should I Follow Vendor Recommendations?” Yes, But Context Matters

Consulting System Administrator
When it comes to vendor recommendations for implementing their products, there tend to be two camps: people who ignore them...
Read More
Jumbo Frames: Do You Really Need Them?

Jumbo Frames: Do You Really Need Them?

Networks Storage
For a few years, jumbo frames have been all the rage for storage and network people. However, a lot of...
Read More
Discount on Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Until June 30, 2016

Discount on Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Until June 30, 2016

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Windows Server 2012
From now until June 30, 2016, Microsoft is offering a 15 percent discount on the purchase of Windows Server 2012...
Read More
SQL 2016 Licensing: A Preliminary Report

SQL 2016 Licensing: A Preliminary Report

Microsoft Licensing Software Licensing SQL
On May 2, Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2016 will be generally available on June 1, 2016. Here’s what we...
Read More
FortiOS 5.4: Redundant Interfaces in Firewalls

FortiOS 5.4: Redundant Interfaces in Firewalls

Fortinet Networks Security
While we'd love for everyone to have completely redundant firewall setups, that isn't always a viable possibility. That's why FortiGates...
Read More
Understanding Sender Policy Framework (SPF)

Understanding Sender Policy Framework (SPF)

DNS Networks System Administrator
SPF: What is it? Why it is important? The SPF (Sender Policy Framework) in this article is related to email flow,...
Read More
What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing? Part 6: MPSA and Enterprise Programs

What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing? Part 6: MPSA and Enterprise Programs

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
Go big or go home! It’s time to continue our series on the best way for you to purchase your...
Read More
Enabling Ransomware Protection in Trend Micro

Enabling Ransomware Protection in Trend Micro

Security System Administrator
These two checkboxes could save you thousands of dollars and hours of your life. If you have been living under...
Read More
A Modern Reprise of IISADMPWD vs. Azure Premium

A Modern Reprise of IISADMPWD vs. Azure Premium

Exchange Microsoft Office 365
Many moons ago, Microsoft had a tool called IISADMPWD that was a web-driven password change tool based on IIS. This...
Read More
Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 Is Out

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 Is Out

Veeam
Veeam has been very diligent on their development of their free physical backup product and has brought some great features to...
Read More
FortiOS 5.4: Blocking Geographic Regions

FortiOS 5.4: Blocking Geographic Regions

Fortinet Security System Administrator
Every once in a while, clients will ask me how to block certain countries (that are known vectors of cyber attacks, such...
Read More
What’s New in Horizon 7 from VMware

What’s New in Horizon 7 from VMware

Virtualization VMware
As VDI and application delivery become higher priorities for more organizations, streamlining the process and the management of it has...
Read More
Brocade to Acquire Ruckus … and We Couldn’t Be More Excited About It

Brocade to Acquire Ruckus … and We Couldn’t Be More Excited About It

Networks Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
Brocade is seeking to cause a ruckus and Ruckus Wireless is saying, "Hello Brocade." Yesterday plans for Brocade to acquire Ruckus...
Read More
Understanding Hard Disk Sector Size, Part 1: The Change

Understanding Hard Disk Sector Size, Part 1: The Change

Storage
When was the last time you really had to care about the geometry of a hard disk? I would wager...
Read More
Understanding Your Microsoft Open Licensing Agreement

Understanding Your Microsoft Open Licensing Agreement

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
So you’ve taken the plunge! You’ve ordered your first Microsoft Open Licensing agreement! You get the order confirmation in your...
Read More
Empowering IT with AppSense

Empowering IT with AppSense

System Administrator Virtualization
AppSense is a suite of tools that allows IT to effectively manage, secure and personalize a consistent user experience across multiple...
Read More
Top 3 FortiOS 5.4 Enhancements

Top 3 FortiOS 5.4 Enhancements

Fortinet Networks Security
When it comes to your network's security, it's an increasingly complex and moving target. However, the line of solutions Fortinet...
Read More
Microsoft SQL for Linux

Microsoft SQL for Linux

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing SQL
Microsoft is making a version of SQL for Linux. No, you’re not asleep. No, this isn’t the Twilight Zone ......
Read More
Setting Up a Hyper-V Lab

Setting Up a Hyper-V Lab

Hyper-V System Administrator Virtualization
So, VMware workstation is dying… Or at least it appears that way. Apparently, VMware (conspiracy theories say VMware, under pressure...
Read More
Test Restoring Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

Test Restoring Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam Virtualization
So you installed Veeam’s Endpoint Backup FREE on a physical system in your environment. Yes, it's a FREE physical backup solution....
Read More
Office 365 Hangs Due to Old Server References

Office 365 Hangs Due to Old Server References

Microsoft Office 365 System Administrator
Recently I had an issue in which multiple workstations at a site with the latest Office 2016 suite started having intermittent...
Read More
VMware Licensing Structure and Pricing Changes

VMware Licensing Structure and Pricing Changes

Software Licensing Virtualization VMware
VMware will be consolidating their six licensing packages down to three: vSphere Standard, vSphere Enterprise Plus, vSOM Enteprise Plus. The...
Read More
Your Outdated Technology is Costing You More than You Think

Your Outdated Technology is Costing You More than You Think

Consulting IT Horror Stories Small Business
Technology can be expensive. It can be complicated, and it can be a downright pain to upgrade. Whatever the reason,...
Read More
Need to Upgrade from SQL Server 2005? Here’s a Licensing Roadmap

Need to Upgrade from SQL Server 2005? Here’s a Licensing Roadmap

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Software Licensing SQL
Microsoft has made it crystal clear that “Extended support for SQL Server 2005 ends on April 12, 2016.” What exactly...
Read More
Stable Versions of VMware!

Stable Versions of VMware!

Backups and Business Continuity VMware
UPDATE: Well, that was short lived.  There are now two new issues popping up for vSphere 6 that are pretty...
Read More
Hard Matching Identities with Office 365 ImmutableID

Hard Matching Identities with Office 365 ImmutableID

Microsoft Office 365
Disclaimer: I’m not going to actually do any Hard Matching in this blog post. I’m going to give you a...
Read More
What About the Little Guy? Upcoming Changes to Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement

What About the Little Guy? Upcoming Changes to Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365
There has been a lot of chatter the last few weeks about some upcoming changes to Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement. Microsoft...
Read More
Office 365 Group Policy Settings: Not All Plans Are Equal

Office 365 Group Policy Settings: Not All Plans Are Equal

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365
Group Policy is an important feature within Microsoft Office for many organizations. If you've got hundreds of computers to manage, Group Policies...
Read More
FortiOS 5.4: Changing the Interface Theme

FortiOS 5.4: Changing the Interface Theme

Fortinet System Administrator
In FortiOS 5.4 you now have the option to change the interface color. I was excited about this since I wasn't much...
Read More
Veeam Licensing Editions: Standard vs. Enterprise vs. Enterprise Plus

Veeam Licensing Editions: Standard vs. Enterprise vs. Enterprise Plus

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam Virtualization
Virtual backup software Veeam is licensed per socket, which is a very simple way of doing things when it comes...
Read More
One-Way Audio Issue in Skype for Business and AudioCodes

One-Way Audio Issue in Skype for Business and AudioCodes

Microsoft Skype for Business
We have recently dealt with and resolved a one-way audio issue with Skype for Business and AudioCodes internally. Mirazon uses Microsoft...
Read More
Veeam Backup & Replication V9 is out: BitLooker, Guest Interaction Proxy and Per-VM Backup File Chains

Veeam Backup & Replication V9 is out: BitLooker, Guest Interaction Proxy and Per-VM Backup File Chains

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam
So, we’ve already covered at a high level some of the new features and improvements to Veeam Backup & Replication...
Read More
How to Implement a FortiGate Login Banner

How to Implement a FortiGate Login Banner

Fortinet System Administrator
The FortiGate login banner is a great way of explicitly asking users if they are authorized to log in, display legal terms,...
Read More
Office 365 SSO: Will the Real SSO Please Stand Up?

Office 365 SSO: Will the Real SSO Please Stand Up?

Active Directory Microsoft Office 365
SSO... what does it really mean? For some time now we have understood SSO to mean Single Sign On, but...
Read More
What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Containers, Part 2

What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Containers, Part 2

System Administrator Virtualization Windows Windows Server 2016
If our first post focused on how “sharing is caring” when it comes to containers, this one focuses on the “trust...
Read More
Most Popular Blogs of 2015: Veeam, Skype for Business, and Office 365

Most Popular Blogs of 2015: Veeam, Skype for Business, and Office 365

System Administrator
As we begin the new year, let's take a look back at our most popular blog posts of 2015. It appears that last...
Read More
What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Containers, Part 1

What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Containers, Part 1

Microsoft Windows Server 2016
“Sharing is caring!” At least, that’s what we were always told growing up. Windows Server 2016 containers are (despite the...
Read More
What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Nano Servers

What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Nano Servers

Microsoft Windows Server 2016
By this time you might have noticed that Windows Server 2016 has quite a lot of new features and functions....
Read More
What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Failover Clustering

What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Failover Clustering

Microsoft Windows Server 2016
We're up to the fourth technical preview of Windows Server 2016 and my coworkers and I have been digging into...
Read More
Windows Server Licensing Changes in 2016: Core-Based Licenses

Windows Server Licensing Changes in 2016: Core-Based Licenses

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Windows Server 2016
The only constant in the IT industry is that things are always changing. The next major change on the horizon...
Read More
Office 365 Sync Issues: Guest Account

Office 365 Sync Issues: Guest Account

Microsoft Office 365
For the last few months, we have been working on an Internal IT project pushing more of Mirazon’s resources up...
Read More
AudioCodes Partner Priority Circle 2015 Reflections

AudioCodes Partner Priority Circle 2015 Reflections

Lync Skype for Business
Recently, both myself and John Ross were invited to attend a small Partner Priority Circle at AudioCodes. This event was...
Read More
Ruckus Wireless Acquires Cloudpath Networks

Ruckus Wireless Acquires Cloudpath Networks

Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
First Off, What is Cloudpath? Ruckus recently purchased Cloudpath networks, a wireless onboarding company. Cloudpath specializes in getting users, whether...
Read More
What’s Included in Office 365 E5?

What’s Included in Office 365 E5?

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365 Software Licensing
Back in July, I wrote a post on the upcoming release of Office 365 Enterprise E5. At the time, the...
Read More
What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Hyper-V

What’s New in Windows Server 2016: Hyper-V

Hyper-V Virtualization Windows Windows Server 2016
We're getting close to the release of Windows Server 2016 (looking at early next year) and currently, we're on the...
Read More
How to Set Up CLSLogging in Lync 2013 and Skype for Business

How to Set Up CLSLogging in Lync 2013 and Skype for Business

Lync Microsoft Skype for Business
Greetings and welcome to the blog! Today I want to talk a bit about CLSLogging setup. CLSLogger is part of the...
Read More
9 Things Coming in Veeam Backup & Replication V9

9 Things Coming in Veeam Backup & Replication V9

Veeam Virtualization
This year was Veeam’s second conference, VeeamON. This conference is a great place to focus on technical learning and preview...
Read More
Domain Migrations and You: A Choose-Your-Own Adventure

Domain Migrations and You: A Choose-Your-Own Adventure

System Administrator
If you’re upgrading or replacing your domain, now is the perfect time to leave your .local behind. If you’re on...
Read More
How Does Windows 10 Licensing and Activation Work?

How Does Windows 10 Licensing and Activation Work?

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Windows
In a couple of recent articles on ZDNet, Ed Bott explains how to activate your free Windows 10 upgrade license....
Read More
Three Ways to Upgrade to Windows 10

Three Ways to Upgrade to Windows 10

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing System Administrator Windows
At the time of writing this, Windows 10 is pushing about seven percent of market share. And while it's outclocking...
Read More
Can I Still Buy Traditional Licenses of Office 2016?

Can I Still Buy Traditional Licenses of Office 2016?

Microsoft Licensing Office 365
It’s here! Office 2016! The latest version of a classic Microsoft product. In the past, the release of a new...
Read More
Cisco Duplicate IP Address 0.0.0.0 Error is IP Device Tracking

Cisco Duplicate IP Address 0.0.0.0 Error is IP Device Tracking

Cisco
I've been seeing this error pop up on many Windows desktop clients: The system detects an address conflict for the IP...
Read More
Automating Office 365 Login in PowerShell

Automating Office 365 Login in PowerShell

Office 365 PowerShell System Administrator
I find logging into Office 365 in PowerShell can be cumbersome, so I always try to do it by using...
Read More
Licensing Office 365 in a Remote Desktop Environment

Licensing Office 365 in a Remote Desktop Environment

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365
Last month I wrote a post on licensing Office for a Remote Desktop Environment. In that post, I covered the...
Read More
How to Deploy Office 365 / 2016 in Your Environment

How to Deploy Office 365 / 2016 in Your Environment

Microsoft Office 365
With the newest Office 2016 released, there are new links and changes to the xml files and some added notes...
Read More
Top 10 Misunderstandings in Microsoft Licensing

Top 10 Misunderstandings in Microsoft Licensing

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
Everyone knows that Microsoft licensing is confusing. First, there are the products themselves, which are all licensed differently. Desktop operating...
Read More
Sorry, Office 2016 Does Not Support Exchange 2007

Sorry, Office 2016 Does Not Support Exchange 2007

Exchange Microsoft System Administrator
...and yet another reason to consider moving to Office 365. Office 2016 has been rolling out for a couple of...
Read More
Causes of Latency: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding IT’s Menace

Causes of Latency: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding IT’s Menace

Networks Storage System Administrator Virtualization
Did you know that fiber optics aren’t inherently faster than copper? How about the fact that almost all of the...
Read More
Do I Need SAN-Based Snapshots in Veeam?

Do I Need SAN-Based Snapshots in Veeam?

Storage Virtualization
Let me start this article out with a disclaimer: it all depends. Using Veeam’s SAN-based snapshots definitely has its upsides,...
Read More
Technical Guide: Integrating AudioCodes and Skype for Business (Lync)

Technical Guide: Integrating AudioCodes and Skype for Business (Lync)

Lync Skype for Business Unified Communications Voice
Hello again! Over the years, we have had a growing OCS and Lync and now Skype for Business consulting practice....
Read More
Using FortiGate Radius SSO with Windows NPS

Using FortiGate Radius SSO with Windows NPS

Ruckus Wireless Security
What I'm about to show you is an amazing method for assigning users to their correct groups in FortiGate firewalls. We can apply...
Read More
VMware NSX: The Basics

VMware NSX: The Basics

Security Virtualization
VMware NSX was heavily talked about two years ago when VMware first launched it, but no one seemed to truly...
Read More
NVIDIA GRID Is Revolutionizing VDI

NVIDIA GRID Is Revolutionizing VDI

Virtualization
VDI is often a pie-in-the-sky idea for many organizations. In certain use cases, it has vastly improved the efficiency of...
Read More
How Do You License Office in a Remote Desktop Environment?

How Do You License Office in a Remote Desktop Environment?

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Software Licensing System Administrator
Update: The following article provides information about how to properly license Office in a remote desktop environment using traditional, perpetual...
Read More
Failover or Alternative Routing with AudioCodes SBC

Failover or Alternative Routing with AudioCodes SBC

Lync Skype for Business
A question that comes up from time to time both with customers – and even internally on our own UC...
Read More
RAID Performance Considerations

RAID Performance Considerations

Storage
When it comes to deciding what RAID levels to configure, it’s important to understand how parity impacts performance. Most everyone who...
Read More
Audiocodes and Lync/Skype for Business SIP 488 Unrecognized Transport Profile

Audiocodes and Lync/Skype for Business SIP 488 Unrecognized Transport Profile

Skype for Business Unified Communications
Recently, we have been engaging with a customer to unravel their Lync 2013 Enterprise Voice. Over the years, they have...
Read More
How to Enable Telephone User Interface in Exchange Online to Modify Auto Attendant Greetings

How to Enable Telephone User Interface in Exchange Online to Modify Auto Attendant Greetings

Exchange Lync Skype for Business Unified Communications
A recurring question that clients seem to have after a Lync 2013 or Skype for Business deployment is, “How do...
Read More
Understanding Relative Storage Performance

Understanding Relative Storage Performance

Storage
A common mistake made when laying out storage, be it in a SAN or in a server, is not fully...
Read More
IT Services for Nonprofits: What You Need to Know

IT Services for Nonprofits: What You Need to Know

501(c)(3) Consulting Small Business
There are many amazing nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations who provide services for the community. Many of them have a nice influx of...
Read More
CPU Utilization

CPU Utilization

Virtualization
CPU utilization is one of the most important aspects of virtualization. RAM has gotten cheap and plentiful, motherboards have more...
Read More
Datto Backup Now Supports Linux

Datto Backup Now Supports Linux

Backups and Business Continuity Small Business
Great news for Linux users! Datto just released an agent to back up and protect Linux. In fact, you can...
Read More
Can I Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free?

Can I Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free?

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Small Business Windows
Windows 10 is here! On July 29, 2015, Microsoft released Windows 10 to the world. Since then, Mirazon has been...
Read More
Optimizing Windows for VDI

Optimizing Windows for VDI

Microsoft PowerShell Virtualization VMware Windows
A Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows you to have a computer desktop that is available from anywhere. It lives in...
Read More
Fighting a 0-Day Ursnif.h PDF Virus

Fighting a 0-Day Ursnif.h PDF Virus

IT Horror Stories Security
What brought a local manufacturer to its knees for a week? A PDF. On a Thursday afternoon, one of the...
Read More
Free Message Encryption in Office 365 E3 and E4

Free Message Encryption in Office 365 E3 and E4

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365 Security Small Business
Microsoft quietly announced in February 2014 that its Office 365 Message Encryption service will be available to all companies with...
Read More
Common RDS Errors and What to Do About Them

Common RDS Errors and What to Do About Them

Microsoft System Administrator
Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is a service that IT uses fairly often. Many of its components are well known to...
Read More
Office 365 Enterprise E5: Microsoft’s New Deluxe Bundle

Office 365 Enterprise E5: Microsoft’s New Deluxe Bundle

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365
The biggest and best offering in Office 365 just got bigger and better! Last week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner...
Read More
New Improvements to VMware vSphere 6 Web Client

New Improvements to VMware vSphere 6 Web Client

Virtualization VMware
In vSphere 6, it’s clear that VMware worked hard to match the general look and feel of the thick client...
Read More
Windows 10 Series: What to Expect and What You’ll Love

Windows 10 Series: What to Expect and What You’ll Love

Microsoft PowerShell System Administrator Windows
This is a continuation of a post, Windows 10 Series: What You Need to Know. IT admins always have a...
Read More
Windows 10 Series: What You Need to Know

Windows 10 Series: What You Need to Know

Microsoft PowerShell System Administrator
...And What You Didn't Know You Needed to Know The full, non-preview version of Windows 10 releases at the end...
Read More
How to Choose the Fastest, Most Reliable SSD Storage Array at the Least Cost per I/O

How to Choose the Fastest, Most Reliable SSD Storage Array at the Least Cost per I/O

Storage
Today's article is by X-IO Technologies' 13-year veteran Storage Systems Engineer Jeff Boling. Jeff frequently serves as a storage subject matter...
Read More
Installing Office 365 to Your Domain from a Local Share via Script and/or GPO

Installing Office 365 to Your Domain from a Local Share via Script and/or GPO

Office 365
Your company is signed up for a version of Office 365 that includes deployment of the latest Office Suite --...
Read More
Basic Vocabulary of Microsoft Licensing

Basic Vocabulary of Microsoft Licensing

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
In my continued effort to help average people understand Microsoft licensing, I offer the following list of basic vocabulary you...
Read More
Using Windows Task Scheduler to Run Scripts or Anything Else for VPN Users

Using Windows Task Scheduler to Run Scripts or Anything Else for VPN Users

Microsoft Windows Windows Server 2012
How I Learned to Automate Almost Everything on a Windows System You’re about to rest on your laurels after a...
Read More
Upcoming CALs Price Increase: If You Need More, Buy Them Now!

Upcoming CALs Price Increase: If You Need More, Buy Them Now!

Microsoft Licensing
Over the last few months, Microsoft has been quietly letting people know that there will be a price increase this...
Read More
Microsoft User CALs vs Device CALs: Which Should I Buy?

Microsoft User CALs vs Device CALs: Which Should I Buy?

Microsoft Licensing
We often get questions about the differences between User CALs and Device CALs, and which is more appropriate. What exactly do...
Read More
Using Ruckus Wireless’s Guest Pass Portal

Using Ruckus Wireless’s Guest Pass Portal

Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
In the latest firmware release for Ruckus Wireless's ZoneDirector, there is a new feature for self-service guest passes. Check the...
Read More
Windows 10 for Small and Medium Businesses

Windows 10 for Small and Medium Businesses

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Windows
“Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise!…Aaagh! I’m so confused! What...
Read More
Applying Updates: Someone Has to Do It

Applying Updates: Someone Has to Do It

System Administrator
Updates are by far one of the most trying things in IT, but they need to be a priority. The potential...
Read More
New Features in DataCore SANsymphony V10 PSP2 Update

New Features in DataCore SANsymphony V10 PSP2 Update

DataCore Storage
It's no secret DataCore is one of our favorite products for larger companies. Not only does it seamlessly abstract the...
Read More
Microsoft Ignite 2015: What to Keep Your Eye on

Microsoft Ignite 2015: What to Keep Your Eye on

Microsoft
A few folks from the Mirazon team recently attended Microsoft's first-ever Ignite conference. Ignite is the new hybrid conference based off...
Read More
Lync 2013 Call Pickup Groups Oddity

Lync 2013 Call Pickup Groups Oddity

Lync Skype for Business Unified Communications
During one of our recent Lync 2013 installations, the customer needed Call Pickup Groups. The basic premise of which is that...
Read More
PowerShell with Office 365: Getting Connected

PowerShell with Office 365: Getting Connected

Office 365 PowerShell
There are a lot of things you can do in Office 365 in the web portal to manage your Office...
Read More
How to Allow Users to Change Passwords in Office 365 with DirSync

How to Allow Users to Change Passwords in Office 365 with DirSync

Microsoft Office 365
If you do directory sync from Active Directory (AD) to Office 365, users will not be able to change their...
Read More
Enabling LLDP in Ruckus Wireless

Enabling LLDP in Ruckus Wireless

Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
Basically, LLDP is the Link Layer Discovery Protocol and it's a very useful feature in networking. How does it work?...
Read More
Multi-User MIMO: Why Ruckus Wireless’s R710 is Tops

Multi-User MIMO: Why Ruckus Wireless’s R710 is Tops

Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
Today’s guest blog is by Greg Kamer, systems engineer for wireless equipment manufacturer Ruckus Wireless. It’s here: the newest, baddest access...
Read More
Mirazon’s Day at the Downs

Mirazon’s Day at the Downs

Blog
Louisville has put her Derby hat on and the festivities are in full swing. Before the city swells with a couple...
Read More
New Features in IT Monitoring Tool Solarwinds 11.5

New Features in IT Monitoring Tool Solarwinds 11.5

Networks
Solarwinds is one of our preferred IT monitoring tools. We’ve been using it for years with our enterprise clients and...
Read More
Skype for Business Licensing: The Issues

Skype for Business Licensing: The Issues

Lync Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Skype for Business
Update: Good news! The pricing for Skype for Business Server 2015 is the same as it was for Lync Server...
Read More
Office 365 DirSync Users Getting domainname.onmicrosoft.com as Default

Office 365 DirSync Users Getting domainname.onmicrosoft.com as Default

Microsoft Office 365
I've had a few clients set up Office 365 DirSync and the default domain for the users ended up being domainname.onmicrosoft.com instead...
Read More
Lync 2013 Becomes Skype for Business: What to Expect

Lync 2013 Becomes Skype for Business: What to Expect

Lync Microsoft Skype for Business Unified Communications
There have been many blogs on this subject hit the Twitter #lync and #skype4b community. The following are some of...
Read More
Top New Features of VMware vSphere 6

Top New Features of VMware vSphere 6

Virtualization VMware
VMware recently released vSphere 6 with a few noteworthy new features. It's important to try vSphere 6 out in a...
Read More
Microsoft Office: One License, Two Devices (Some Restrictions Apply)

Microsoft Office: One License, Two Devices (Some Restrictions Apply)

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Software Licensing
In a previous post, I provided a list of seven licensing benefits that many people are unaware of. One of...
Read More
EWS Not Fully Initialized: Lync 2013 On-Premises & Exchange Online

EWS Not Fully Initialized: Lync 2013 On-Premises & Exchange Online

Exchange Lync Microsoft
We recently ran across an interesting issue with a customer. They are currently divesting from another large healthcare company and...
Read More
Veeam Repository Best Practices

Veeam Repository Best Practices

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam Virtualization
If your Veeam backups and restores are taking a lot longer than you expected them to, take a look at your...
Read More
Rules to Restore Sanity to Your IT Monitoring Tools

Rules to Restore Sanity to Your IT Monitoring Tools

Consulting
“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.” – Abraham Lincoln....
Read More
Office 365 for Android: OK for Business Use? Don’t Count On It

Office 365 for Android: OK for Business Use? Don’t Count On It

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
Last November, Microsoft updated their free Office apps for the iPhone and iPad and suddenly allowed users to create and...
Read More
Properly Configuring Your Filesystem Block Size

Properly Configuring Your Filesystem Block Size

Storage
In modern IT, it’s easy to lose sight of fundamentals. We get so caught up in VMware, Exchange and SQL...
Read More
Which Microsoft Lync Device is the Best for Audio/Voice Use?

Which Microsoft Lync Device is the Best for Audio/Voice Use?

Lync Microsoft Unified Communications
That’s not the right question. A better question is which device is best – for you? You see, there are...
Read More
VMware Patches CBT Bug in ESXi 5.x

VMware Patches CBT Bug in ESXi 5.x

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam Virtualization
There has been a known bug in VMware ESX’s Changed Block Tracking (CBT) for some time now. Veeam released a workaround for this problem...
Read More
How to Deploy Office 365/Office 2013 in Your Environment

How to Deploy Office 365/Office 2013 in Your Environment

Office 365 PowerShell
Your company is signed up for a version of Office 365 that includes deployment of the latest Office Suite, currently...
Read More
Redundant Power Supplies for Smaller Businesses

Redundant Power Supplies for Smaller Businesses

HA High Availability Small Business
While it’s great to fantasize about having everything you could possibly need to achieve high availability, oftentimes in smaller customers we...
Read More
Configuring Redundant Power Supplies for Maximum Uptime

Configuring Redundant Power Supplies for Maximum Uptime

Backups and Business Continuity High Availability
Generally, critical servers in a rack have two power supplies. The theory behind that is – since all your critical...
Read More
Email Overload: How to Tame Your Dragon — I Mean Inbox

Email Overload: How to Tame Your Dragon — I Mean Inbox

Exchange
4,000+ messages. That’s how many items I had in my inbox a few weeks ago. As I stared blankly at...
Read More
Wi-Fi Calling: Ruckus Wireless is Ahead of the Game

Wi-Fi Calling: Ruckus Wireless is Ahead of the Game

Ruckus Wireless Voice Wi-Fi
With the release of iOS 8 and the update to Android's iMessage counterpart, Hangouts, Wi-Fi calling is starting to hit...
Read More
Windows 10: What’s Changing in the OS

Windows 10: What’s Changing in the OS

Microsoft Windows
As a member of the Windows 10 Technical Preview community, I'm very excited for the enhancements and changes that are...
Read More
Windows 10 Keynote: A Glimpse into Our Future

Windows 10 Keynote: A Glimpse into Our Future

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Windows
I watched the Windows 10 keynote and I found a couple of trends interesting. A Fundamental Shift We are all familiar...
Read More
Weak Wi-Fi Signal: What’s Causing It?

Weak Wi-Fi Signal: What’s Causing It?

Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
A wise person once said, "Want to hold a family meeting? Turn off the Wi-Fi and wait in the room...
Read More
A Hidden Wi-Fi Killer: Interference

A Hidden Wi-Fi Killer: Interference

Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
Like we've explained before, there are a lot of factors that play into getting your wireless network right. From the materials...
Read More
Windows 10: Your Next Windows Upgrade Could Be Free

Windows 10: Your Next Windows Upgrade Could Be Free

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
On January 21, Microsoft provided its first sneak peek at Windows 10. Naturally, it showed off all the new bells...
Read More
Is Your IT Service Holding You Prisoner?

Is Your IT Service Holding You Prisoner?

Small Business
Here’s a question you’ve probably never thought about: If your IT service (whether it be a consulting group or a...
Read More
5 Phenomena That Impact Wi-Fi Signal

5 Phenomena That Impact Wi-Fi Signal

Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
When designing a wireless network, there are quite a few factors that one must consider. For example, it's extremely important to...
Read More
Transmit Beamforming vs. Dynamic Beamforming

Transmit Beamforming vs. Dynamic Beamforming

Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
Today’s guest blog is by Greg Kamer, systems engineer for wireless equipment manufacturer Ruckus Wireless. When it comes to comparing the...
Read More
3-2-1: The Golden Rule for Backups

3-2-1: The Golden Rule for Backups

Backups and Business Continuity Datto
Planning for a disaster can be a difficult task. Of course nobody wants to think about all the terrible things...
Read More
Perception vs. Reality in IT

Perception vs. Reality in IT

Consulting Virtualization
I have clients that ask me to look at their environments all of the time, citing that “it just feels slow.”...
Read More
I Want Wireless for My Business, but I Need Help

I Want Wireless for My Business, but I Need Help

Networks
We live in an age of ubiquitous wireless technology and it has become an expectation. We expect wireless at work, home, play, shopping,...
Read More
Windows 10 Technical Preview: Why Your Feedback Matters

Windows 10 Technical Preview: Why Your Feedback Matters

Microsoft
For years, we in the technical community have been murmuring in our offices and behind closed doors about how much we...
Read More
Veeam Backup & Replication 8 Patch 1 Released

Veeam Backup & Replication 8 Patch 1 Released

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam Virtualization
While Veeam Backup & Replication version 8 has been out since early November, its first patch was released on Christmas...
Read More
Installing Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

Installing Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam
Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is Veeam's new beta for physical backups to an internal or external hard drive, a NAS...
Read More
Most Popular Blogs of 2014: Microsoft Licensing, Lync and Office 365

Most Popular Blogs of 2014: Microsoft Licensing, Lync and Office 365

Blog Lync Microsoft Licensing Office 365
As we close out this year, let's take a look back at our most popular blogs of 2014. It was...
Read More
Should I Buy Software Assurance with My Microsoft Licenses?

Should I Buy Software Assurance with My Microsoft Licenses?

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
If you are in the market for Microsoft licenses, one question you should be asking is: "Should I buy Software...
Read More
Upgrading Microsoft SBS with Expired SA

Upgrading Microsoft SBS with Expired SA

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Small Business Software Licensing
I recently had a call with Microsoft to try and upgrade a client off of Small Business Server (SBS) 2011....
Read More
How Do I License Windows Server 2012 for Virtualization? Part 2: Moving VMs Around Your Server Farm

How Do I License Windows Server 2012 for Virtualization? Part 2: Moving VMs Around Your Server Farm

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Virtualization Windows Server 2012
In my last post, we covered the basics of virtualization rights with Windows Server 2012. Now let’s talk about moving...
Read More
Lync 2013 Response Groups Not Responding

Lync 2013 Response Groups Not Responding

Lync Microsoft
Recently I wrote about an internal Lync Server CMS replication issue we were experiencing. While we were fixing that issue,...
Read More
How Do I License Windows Server 2012 for Virtualization? Part 1: The Basics

How Do I License Windows Server 2012 for Virtualization? Part 1: The Basics

Microsoft Licensing
In the last few months, I have received questions from a few Mirazon engineers about this topic so I figured...
Read More
Troubleshooting Lync CMS Replication

Troubleshooting Lync CMS Replication

Lync Unified Communications
Recently, I ended up troubleshooting Lync CMS replication in our internal environment. We tried many different things to resolve the...
Read More
So You Want to Go to VDI: Planning a Successful Proof of Concept

So You Want to Go to VDI: Planning a Successful Proof of Concept

Virtualization
Since adopting VDI will effectively uproot how your organization does basic computing, it's important to look at it from all...
Read More
CRITICAL: Windows Update Rollup Breaks Hyper-V Backups

CRITICAL: Windows Update Rollup Breaks Hyper-V Backups

Veeam
Microsoft released its November Windows Update Rollup  for Windows Server 2012 (KB3000853) this week and it was quickly discovered that...
Read More
DataCore SANsymphony New Release 10.0 PSP1: New Features

DataCore SANsymphony New Release 10.0 PSP1: New Features

DataCore Storage
DataCore recently launched 10.0 PSP1. While the name sounds like it is just another incremental upgrade on their admittedly already...
Read More
So You Want to Go to VDI: Thin Clients vs Zero Clients vs Soft Clients

So You Want to Go to VDI: Thin Clients vs Zero Clients vs Soft Clients

Virtualization
Don't miss the previous post on the infrastructure considerations for VDI. When you’re planning to adopt VDI at your organization,...
Read More
Windows SChannel Bug: Update Now

Windows SChannel Bug: Update Now

Microsoft Security
Last week Microsoft released a patch for a critical remote code execution vulnerability in its security channel (SChannel). The SChannel is...
Read More
Veeam Workaround for VMware CBT Bug

Veeam Workaround for VMware CBT Bug

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam Virtualization
VMware recently released a notice about a bug that's been around since VMware 4.0. If you've ever had a failed...
Read More
Purchasing Microsoft Azure Through Volume Licensing: What You Need to Know

Purchasing Microsoft Azure Through Volume Licensing: What You Need to Know

Microsoft Licensing
On August 1, Microsoft started offering Azure subscriptions through their volume licensing programs. So, what is this new offer and...
Read More
So You Want to Go to VDI: Infrastructure

So You Want to Go to VDI: Infrastructure

Virtualization
More often than not, businesses are on a path to becoming 100 percent virtualized. That can include the desktop infrastructure....
Read More
Not a Small Change: More Functionality for Office Apps on More Devices

Not a Small Change: More Functionality for Office Apps on More Devices

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365
"This is not a small change." Those were the words of John Case, Microsoft's VP of Office Marketing, this morning,...
Read More
So You Want to Go to VDI: Why

So You Want to Go to VDI: Why

Virtualization
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the new trend. As businesses virtualize more and more of their infrastructure, VDI is often...
Read More
So You Have a .local Domain. Now What?

So You Have a .local Domain. Now What?

DNS Networks
Let’s start here: It’s not your fault. No, really. You were unfortunately misdirected for a number of years and now...
Read More
Windows Server 2008 Mainstream Support Ends January

Windows Server 2008 Mainstream Support Ends January

Microsoft Windows Server 2012
While the end of life (EoL) for Windows Server 2003 extended support has been dominating the news, it's important to know that...
Read More
Veeam Announces Free Desktop Backup: Veeam Endpoint Backup

Veeam Announces Free Desktop Backup: Veeam Endpoint Backup

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam
Along with the fanfare that was the VeeamON conference and the previews of v8, Veeam announced something big. They will...
Read More
CBT Bug in VMware ESX: What it Means for Virtual Backups

CBT Bug in VMware ESX: What it Means for Virtual Backups

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam Virtualization
A KB article by VMware was published earlier this month outlining a CBT bug in all the versions of ESX(i)....
Read More
IT Horror Stories: When Lync Unified Messaging Integration Broke

IT Horror Stories: When Lync Unified Messaging Integration Broke

IT Horror Stories Lync Microsoft Office 365
We had an issue recently with a customer using Server 2013 on premise and Office 365 for unified messaging (voicemail and...
Read More
Top 6 Features of Veeam Backup & Replication v8

Top 6 Features of Veeam Backup & Replication v8

Backups and Business Continuity Veeam Virtualization
Veeam’s latest version of its backup and replication software, v8, is expected to come out this quarter. Two weeks ago...
Read More
IT Horror Stories: The Dead Shall Rise (Rebuilding a Server Back to Life)

IT Horror Stories: The Dead Shall Rise (Rebuilding a Server Back to Life)

Backups and Business Continuity IT Horror Stories Windows Server 2012
We have all heard the saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. This sentiment holds true...
Read More
OpenDNS: Protect Your Network

OpenDNS: Protect Your Network

Security
Computer infections have greatly increased in both the home and the work environment. There are many tools available for fighting...
Read More
New Ransomware Threat: CryptoWall

New Ransomware Threat: CryptoWall

Security
Remember Cryptolocker? It's bigger, badder brother is in town... literally. We've had several local clients hit with this devastating ransomware. CryptoWall...
Read More
My Favorite Windows 10 New Features

My Favorite Windows 10 New Features

Microsoft
So the Technical Preview for Windows 9 -- I mean Windows 10 -- is now out and after a little bit of...
Read More
IT Horror Stories: The Air Conditioning Disaster and Why You Need Redundancy in IT

IT Horror Stories: The Air Conditioning Disaster and Why You Need Redundancy in IT

Backups and Business Continuity DataCore High Availability IT Horror Stories
The phone rang at 7am one morning:  “Hey, we’ve got a big problem.” “What’s up?” “I just got a call that...
Read More
What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing?  Part 5: Open Level C and Open Value Level C

What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing? Part 5: Open Level C and Open Value Level C

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Software Licensing
In the previous few posts of this series, we have discussed various solutions that fit the needs of small and medium...
Read More
IT Horror Stories: Anti-Piracy Witch Hunt

IT Horror Stories: Anti-Piracy Witch Hunt

IT Horror Stories Software Licensing
Recently a client received an unexpected email from what looked like a legitimate software company. Here's the gist of the email...
Read More
7 Gotchas of Wi-Fi

7 Gotchas of Wi-Fi

Networks Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
Wireless is becoming more ubiquitous every day. However, achieving a quality Wi-Fi network -- stable and fast -- has quite a...
Read More
Setting Up Antivirus and Sandbox Features in FortiGate

Setting Up Antivirus and Sandbox Features in FortiGate

Fortinet Networks Security
Every day we are made aware of new threats to our network environments. Many security companies offer solutions that should...
Read More
Sonus SBC SIP Calls Fail with SIP 405

Sonus SBC SIP Calls Fail with SIP 405

Voice
This week we had a strange customer issue. We were migrating a customer from one building to another, one Windows...
Read More
Seven Benefits of Microsoft Licensing You Never Knew You Had

Seven Benefits of Microsoft Licensing You Never Knew You Had

Microsoft Licensing
Everyone likes to complain about Microsoft licensing … “It’s too expensive.” “They make you pay for every little thing.” “They...
Read More
Seven Security Risks from Public Cloud File Storage

Seven Security Risks from Public Cloud File Storage

Security
Public cloud services, such as Google Drive, present many challenges to businesses that require control and visibility over their sensitive...
Read More
How Mobile Device Management Works

How Mobile Device Management Works

Uncategorized
Everyone knows a person who cannot seem to keep track of his or her mobile device. When that person keeps confidential company...
Read More
What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing? Part 4: Open Value Company-Wide and Subscription Program

What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing? Part 4: Open Value Company-Wide and Subscription Program

Microsoft Licensing
Once upon a time, I was writing a series on the various Microsoft licensing programs, bringing valuable knowledge to the...
Read More
Are Your Backups Worthless? Part 2: SureBackup

Are Your Backups Worthless? Part 2: SureBackup

Backups and Business Continuity
In part one of this series, we discussed how success notifications from your backup tool of choice can create a...
Read More
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Licensing: Now a Stand-Alone Product

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Licensing: Now a Stand-Alone Product

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
Last year, I wrote a blog post about Windows 8.1 Enterprise. At the time, the only way to get Windows...
Read More
What’s This 802.11ac I Keep Hearing About?

What’s This 802.11ac I Keep Hearing About?

Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
Today's guest blog is by Greg Kamer, pre-sales systems engineer for wireless equipment manufacturer Ruckus Wireless.  Simply put, it’s the...
Read More
Are Your Backups Worthless? Part 1

Are Your Backups Worthless? Part 1

Backups and Business Continuity
Before writing the first part to this blog series, I decided to do a Bing search of “backup best practices”. Now,...
Read More
Windows Server 2003 End of Life: July 14, 2015

Windows Server 2003 End of Life: July 14, 2015

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Windows Server 2012
Microsoft made the end of life announcement for Windows Server 2003 about a year ago. While that’s no longer breaking...
Read More
Got Backup? You Sure? Test Your Backups First

Got Backup? You Sure? Test Your Backups First

Backups and Business Continuity
One of a client’s bigger pain points is dealing with backups. My task is to define the correct solution for...
Read More
FortiOS 5.2 Update: SSL VPN Configuration on FortiGate

FortiOS 5.2 Update: SSL VPN Configuration on FortiGate

Fortinet Security
Fortigate has changed a lot in FortiOS 5.2* and at Mirazon we like to experiment with new software and upgrades...
Read More
Microsoft a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications

Microsoft a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications

Lync Microsoft
Last week, Gartner released its yearly Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications (UC) report with Microsoft as one of the industry leaders. The...
Read More
Choosing a Firewall

Choosing a Firewall

Fortinet Security
When choosing a firewall or router for your business, it’s about two things: having features you need and the performance...
Read More
UPDATED How To: Add McAfee SaaS To Office 365

UPDATED How To: Add McAfee SaaS To Office 365

Office 365
When I first published this blog it did not occur to me that the Office 365 accounts have some restrictions...
Read More
Addressing VDI Performance Problems

Addressing VDI Performance Problems

Storage Virtualization
A virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment is quickly becoming the choice for many organizations to manage their ever-growing number of...
Read More
How to Renew Your DataCore Certified Implementation Engineer (DCIE) Status

How to Renew Your DataCore Certified Implementation Engineer (DCIE) Status

DataCore Storage
DataCore released its newest version of SANsymphony back in April. Of course, there are new features to it, so if...
Read More
Setting Up a Virtual DataCore SANsymphony-V 10 Lab

Setting Up a Virtual DataCore SANsymphony-V 10 Lab

DataCore
Before you deploy any updated software, it's important to test it in a lab first. DataCore recently released the newest...
Read More
Worldwide Partner Conference 2014: Nadella’s Vision for Microsoft

Worldwide Partner Conference 2014: Nadella’s Vision for Microsoft

Microsoft
A couple of Mirazon employees attended the Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 (WPC) in Washington, D.C. a couple weeks ago. Microsoft CEO...
Read More
Microsoft Announces New Tradeshow Hybrid

Microsoft Announces New Tradeshow Hybrid

Microsoft
Yesterday Microsoft announced a big change to its IT tradeshow strategy. As Microsoft continues to focus on a holistic strategy...
Read More
Microsoft Office for $8 a Month? New Office 365 Bundles Coming in October

Microsoft Office for $8 a Month? New Office 365 Bundles Coming in October

Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft is shaking things up with their Office 365 offerings. In a blog post released July 9th, Microsoft announced that...
Read More
Hey Mr. Administrator, Think You Are Doing a Good Job?

Hey Mr. Administrator, Think You Are Doing a Good Job?

Consulting
No matter how good a job you may think you are doing, you need to get an outside opinion. Over...
Read More
OWA for Android

OWA for Android

Android
As announced earlier this year (for the third time to date, mind you), the OWA app for the Android platform...
Read More
How Is SQL Server 2014 Licensed? Part 4, Virtual Environments

How Is SQL Server 2014 Licensed? Part 4, Virtual Environments

Microsoft Licensing SQL
In our last few posts, we have covered the basics of SQL licensing, the breaking points between the main versions,...
Read More
How Is SQL Server 2014 Licensed? Part 3, The Licensing Changes

How Is SQL Server 2014 Licensed? Part 3, The Licensing Changes

Microsoft Licensing SQL
In our last two posts, we have covered the basics of SQL Server licensing and we have examined the breaking...
Read More
How Is SQL Server 2014 Licensed? Part 2, Weighing the Options

How Is SQL Server 2014 Licensed? Part 2, Weighing the Options

Microsoft Licensing SQL
In my last post, I covered the basics of SQL Server 2014 licensing. We discussed the three main versions: Enterprise,...
Read More
How Is SQL Server 2014 Licensed? Part 1, The Basics

How Is SQL Server 2014 Licensed? Part 1, The Basics

Microsoft Licensing SQL
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is now available for purchase. So how is it licensed? Is the license model much different...
Read More
This Is What Your 21st Century Conference Room Looks Like

This Is What Your 21st Century Conference Room Looks Like

Mondopad
Up until now, collaborating during meetings and conference calls was difficult. Even with modern technologies, running a conference call, screen...
Read More
Datto Partner Conference #2: The Sequel, Vegas Style!

Datto Partner Conference #2: The Sequel, Vegas Style!

Backups and Business Continuity Datto
Nine months from the first sold-out Datto partner conference in Washington, DC, the Datto team did it again! They promoted and sold out their second conference, which...
Read More
How Mondopad Revolutionizes the Classroom

How Mondopad Revolutionizes the Classroom

Mondopad
Engaging students all day is a challenge. On top of that, learning standards are becoming more and more stringent and...
Read More
TechEd 2014 Takeaways

TechEd 2014 Takeaways

Microsoft PowerShell
Microsoft TechEd is always a really fun experience and this year was no exception. There were a lot of really...
Read More
iSCSI Compared to Fibre Channel

iSCSI Compared to Fibre Channel

Storage
The current general feeling amongst lay IT people when it comes to iSCSI and Fibre Channel is that iSCSI is...
Read More
Corporate Network on the Go: Fortinet Remote AP

Corporate Network on the Go: Fortinet Remote AP

Fortinet Wi-Fi
I have been told that home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically. That’s when I thought, "Why can't your work...
Read More
vMotion Permissions in Microsoft Licensing: What About Earlier Versions?

vMotion Permissions in Microsoft Licensing: What About Earlier Versions?

Microsoft Licensing
Last September, I wrote a blog post called vMotion Permissions (and Denials) in Microsoft Licensing, which summarizes Microsoft’s current approach to...
Read More

Time to Rethink Wireless: Next-Generation Wi-Fi

Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi
We live in a day and age where every device and or piece of technology is or is becoming wireless. Wireless...
Read More
How to Survive a Microsoft Audit: Part 3, Software Asset Management Review

How to Survive a Microsoft Audit: Part 3, Software Asset Management Review

Microsoft Licensing
In this series we are discussing the various types of Microsoft audits you may encounter and how to work through...
Read More
How to Survive a Microsoft Audit: Part 2, Self-Certification Microsoft Audit

How to Survive a Microsoft Audit: Part 2, Self-Certification Microsoft Audit

Microsoft Licensing
In our last post, we provided an overview of the two types of Microsoft audits you may encounter. In this...
Read More
How to Survive a Microsoft Audit: Part 1, Overview

How to Survive a Microsoft Audit: Part 1, Overview

Microsoft Licensing
So things are rolling along: your business is doing great, your clients are happy, your employees are content, and you...
Read More
Changes Coming for Azure Active Directory Sync

Changes Coming for Azure Active Directory Sync

Microsoft Office 365
We’ve been talking a lot about DirSync lately, and today will be no exception. Check out my article on Password...
Read More
Upcoming Mondopad Update

Upcoming Mondopad Update

Mondopad
The latest update for the Mondopad is here. The 1.8 software update includes over 50 improvements and new features for your favorite tablet....
Read More
Why We Work with Peak 10

Why We Work with Peak 10

High Availability Microsoft Storage
At Mirazon, we’re always on the forefront of technology and we like to work with best of breed partners. For...
Read More
Implementing Office 365: Setting Up DirSync with Office 365

Implementing Office 365: Setting Up DirSync with Office 365

Microsoft Office 365
So far in this series we’ve discussed the merits of Password Sync vs ADFS and the different migration types available...
Read More
Heartbleed: Change Your Passwords

Heartbleed: Change Your Passwords

Security
Last week the news was on fire with this security flaw called Heartbleed. While some of the details seem hard...
Read More
Heartbleed: Enterprise IT, Change Your Passwords

Heartbleed: Enterprise IT, Change Your Passwords

Security
We are finally in the aftermath of the Heartbleed security flaw hysteria, but it's important for enterprise IT to examine...
Read More

Office 365 Email Account Licenses and Saving Money

Office 365
Office 365 is, in itself, not an expensive email hosting product. However, its costs can add up quickly as your...
Read More
Implementing Office 365: Migration Options for Exchange

Implementing Office 365: Migration Options for Exchange

Exchange Microsoft Office 365
Now that we’ve established how to get users up into the cloud when implementing Office 365, it’s time to discuss your...
Read More
Implementing Office 365: Password Sync vs. ADFS

Implementing Office 365: Password Sync vs. ADFS

Microsoft Office 365
So you’ve heard about Office 365 and all it has to offer, perhaps even from us. You want to take...
Read More

Datto Backup: More Options than Ever

Backups and Business Continuity
Recently Datto, my favorite backup and disaster recovery (BDR) vendor, released an expanded line of devices.  Datto has expanding its market...
Read More
Finally! Your Office 365 Plan Can Evolve

Finally! Your Office 365 Plan Can Evolve

Microsoft Office 365
One of the drawbacks for businesses was the limitation in growth of the Office 365 plans. Scale your Office 365...
Read More
Office 365 Partner of Record: Setting or Changing the Delegated Admin

Office 365 Partner of Record: Setting or Changing the Delegated Admin

Microsoft Office 365
Office 365 is an amazing product with lots of features. This also means there is lots of complexity. If you...
Read More
Office for iPad: How Will this Affect My Business?

Office for iPad: How Will this Affect My Business?

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing Office 365
It seems that everyone in cyberspace is talking about the new “Office for iPad” that was released on March 27....
Read More
Say Goodbye to Windows Azure

Say Goodbye to Windows Azure

Microsoft
And say hello to Microsoft Azure! Microsoft announced earlier this week that it will rebrand Windows Azure as Microsoft Azure...
Read More
X-IO ISE Series: Addressing Hard Drive Performance

X-IO ISE Series: Addressing Hard Drive Performance

Storage
A solid storage hardware solution is often elusive. We've discussed why hard drives fail so often and how X-IO has addressed...
Read More
What Is SDN? Why Is It Important?

What Is SDN? Why Is It Important?

Cloud Computing SDN
Some may argue that software-defined networking (SDN) is just another buzzword in the world of IT. However, it’s actually a...
Read More

X-IO ISE Series: Addressing Hard Drive Failures

Storage
In previous blogs we’ve discussed the fact that hard drives “fail” far more frequently than they should based on manufacturer’s specifications,...
Read More
Yet Another Reason for a Solid Backup Solution: Cryptolocker Ransomware

Yet Another Reason for a Solid Backup Solution: Cryptolocker Ransomware

Backups and Business Continuity Security
Cryptolocker ransomware is making its rounds. This virus basically infects your computer or network, encrypts all of the data, and...
Read More
How to Convert Virtual Machines When Migrating from VMware to Hyper-V 2012

How to Convert Virtual Machines When Migrating from VMware to Hyper-V 2012

Hyper-V Virtualization
After many Bing searches for how to convert virtual machines when migrating from VMware to Hyper-V 2012, you are more...
Read More
Why Are Hard Drives Slow? Part 3: Interconnect

Why Are Hard Drives Slow? Part 3: Interconnect

Storage
We've reviewed how physics and the manufacturers' practices of generalization both negatively impact a hard drive's speed. Today we are...
Read More

Lync Conference 2014 in Brief

Lync
Recently, my colleague Daryl Hunter and I attended Lync Conference 2014 alongside 1,600 of our dearest Lync aficionados. The conference...
Read More
Why Are Hard Drives Slow? Part 2: Generalization

Why Are Hard Drives Slow? Part 2: Generalization

Storage
Last week we discussed the prevailing attitude that hard drives are slow and how physics plays into slowing down hard...
Read More
Business Continuity: Datto Alto

Business Continuity: Datto Alto

Backups and Business Continuity
As small businesses struggle to manage their resources, safe guarding data often times gets left to the, “I’ll get around...
Read More
Why Are Hard Drives Slow? Part 1: Physics

Why Are Hard Drives Slow? Part 1: Physics

Storage
With the advent of solid state drives (SSDs), everyone now accepts the fact that hard drives are slow. This has...
Read More
Veeam Named 2013 Software Product of the Year

Veeam Named 2013 Software Product of the Year

Virtualization
Veeam Backup & Replication v7 was named 2013 by Storage Magazine-SearchStorage.com in the category of Product of the Year in...
Read More
Common Causes of Hard Drive Failures

Common Causes of Hard Drive Failures

Storage
Hard drives fail, this is a fact. We talked in a previous article about how long hard drives, given optimal...
Read More
Why Windows XP Is Like the Death Star

Why Windows XP Is Like the Death Star

Microsoft
We are about two months away from Windows XP’s end-of-life date, which barely gives most businesses enough time to transition....
Read More
What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing? Part 3: Open Value Program (Non-Company-Wide)

What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing? Part 3: Open Value Program (Non-Company-Wide)

Microsoft Licensing
Continuing our series on the best way to purchasing Microsoft licensing (see here and here for previous posts), today we...
Read More
Why Do Hard Drives Fail So Often? The MTBF

Why Do Hard Drives Fail So Often? The MTBF

Storage
Hard drives fail, this is a fact. Anything that moves will, given time, stop moving. When hard drives fail, it...
Read More
What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing? Part 2: Open Business Program

What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing? Part 2: Open Business Program

Microsoft Licensing
In a previous post, we explored the ups and downs of purchasing Microsoft licensing from hardware manufacturers (OEM licenses) and...
Read More
How Do I Upgrade from Windows XP? The Licensing Issues

How Do I Upgrade from Windows XP? The Licensing Issues

Microsoft Licensing
It should not be news to anyone that support for XP is ending soon -- April 8, 2014 to be exact. So...
Read More
Veeam Backup & Replication

Veeam Backup & Replication

Virtualization
Virtualization is the future. In fact, virtualization is the now. And, like any systems you use today, you need to...
Read More
Transitioning From Windows XP

Transitioning From Windows XP

Microsoft
As you have probably heard from us before, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This...
Read More

Disaster Recovery Series: Care and Feeding

Backups and Business Continuity
One of the biggest problems that plague a DR plan is atrophy. DR plans get set up, tweaked and perfected...
Read More
Microsoft’s New Licensing Program: The MPSA

Microsoft’s New Licensing Program: The MPSA

Microsoft Licensing
Microsoft has recently announced a new way for businesses to purchase their software licenses. Please give a warm welcome to...
Read More
Disaster Recovery Series: Management Buy-In

Disaster Recovery Series: Management Buy-In

Backups and Business Continuity
“What’s the most important factor when it comes to Disaster Recovery?” Management buy-in and acceptance, hands down. You can have...
Read More
Blocking Phone Calls in Sonus

Blocking Phone Calls in Sonus

Unified Communications
Recently I had a customer contact us with a unique request. There is a lady in a nursing home who...
Read More
Disaster Recovery Series: End Users

Disaster Recovery Series: End Users

Backups and Business Continuity
Wouldn’t IT’s job be much easier if it wasn’t for those pesky end users? DR plans likewise are much easier when...
Read More
Spend Your Year-End Budgets With Mirazon

Spend Your Year-End Budgets With Mirazon

Announcements
Before 2014 rolls along with a whole new budget, make sure you’ve wisely spent the rest of your 2013 money...
Read More
Disaster Recovery Series: Technical Documentation

Disaster Recovery Series: Technical Documentation

Backups and Business Continuity HA High Availability
Well, I suppose we can’t forget to actually document how to recover the servers themselves. The best thing that has ever...
Read More

We Are A Trend Micro Beta Site

Security
Right before Thanksgiving, Mirazon was again proud to be one of the few U.S. companies chosen to be a live,...
Read More
Disaster Recovery Series: How to Construct A Proper Plan

Disaster Recovery Series: How to Construct A Proper Plan

Backups and Business Continuity
The first thing that should be done before any server recovery is planned is to figure out four things for...
Read More
How Do I License My Office 365 Users for On-Premise Versions of Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint?

How Do I License My Office 365 Users for On-Premise Versions of Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint?

Microsoft Licensing Office 365
So, let’s say you moved your organization to Office 365. You're tired of shelling out a ton of money every...
Read More
Disaster Recovery Series: What Is A Disaster?

Disaster Recovery Series: What Is A Disaster?

Backups and Business Continuity
One of the biggest mistakes that most people make when planning for a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan is that they assume...
Read More

Disaster Recovery Series: What’s Most Important?

Backups and Business Continuity
Let’s start with a question: What’s the most important factor when it comes to Disaster Recovery? Did your answer in any...
Read More
Top Features of Server 2012: Microsoft System Center 2012 and 2012 R2

Top Features of Server 2012: Microsoft System Center 2012 and 2012 R2

Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Talking about Microsoft System Center seems like the best possible way to put a nice bow on this whole 10-part...
Read More
IT Nation — Mecca for the Managed Services Provider

IT Nation — Mecca for the Managed Services Provider

Small Business
Please read the full article on Mirazon Small Business's site here.
Read More
What is Windows 8.1 Enterprise and How Do I Get It?

What is Windows 8.1 Enterprise and How Do I Get It?

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
In his usual witty style, my colleague Drew Haney provided a review of Windows 8.1 last week. In his post,...
Read More
No-Shave November Raises Cancer Awareness

No-Shave November Raises Cancer Awareness

Announcements
Our clients may be wondering "Why is my normally clean shaven neatly dressed IT professional from Mirazon still neatly dressed,...
Read More

Protecting Your Business from Disaster: RPO and RTO

Small Business
Read the full article on Mirazon Small Business's site here.
Read More
What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing? Part 1: OEM and FPP Licenses

What’s the Best Way for Me to Buy Microsoft Licensing? Part 1: OEM and FPP Licenses

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
There are a variety of ways of purchasing Microsoft licensing. You can buy licensing through retail stores, hardware manufacturers, value-added...
Read More
Windows 8.1 Is Here!

Windows 8.1 Is Here!

Microsoft
It's Here! Windows 8.1 was released officially the week before last and brought with it all the goodness, and not...
Read More
What is a Software License?

What is a Software License?

Microsoft Microsoft Licensing
When I started as the Purchasing Coordinator for The Mirazon Group in 2007, I had no clue what I was...
Read More