3 Reasons To Modernize Your Data Estate

3 Reasons To Modernize Your Data Estate

There are major benefits awaiting organizations that modernize their data estate, including enhanced security and compliance, significant cost savings, and the ability to empower employees with business insights and advanced analytics capabilities. With an out-of-date data platform, you could be... Missing out on game changing cost benefits Opening your business to potential vulnerabilities Falling behind without modern analytics capabilities What does it mean to 'modernize'? Modernization means taking advantage of the latest technologies to create transformational business benefits. With Microsoft, you have the flexibility to modernize your data estate in the way that’s right for your business: Upgrade to SQL Server 2017: Move to a database with industry-leading performance and security—now on Windows, Linux, and Docker containers. Modernize in the cloud: Move to Azure to get greater cost efficiencies, state-of-the-art security, and powerful data and analytics services - with fully-managed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solutions.Take a hybrid approach: Deploy across on-premises and the cloud to extend your infrastructure and improve business continuity. Why modernize now? Reduce...
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Intelligence in the Cloud and on the Edge with Azure IoT

Intelligence in the Cloud and on the Edge with Azure IoT

Maximizing the impact of your IoT Proof of Concept Whitepaper. Download Here The Internet of Things (IoT) is real and it’s here today, but to many of you, IoT may seem confusing and hard to understand how it applies to your business. In this post, we hope to offer you further understanding on how Azure IoT could bring your business together in new, insightful ways – from generating new revenue streams, to increasing process efficiencies, and delivering better customer experiences. What is IoT? There’s a revolution underway that is positioning companies to take operational efficiency to new levels and inform the next generation of products and services. This revolution of course, is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT, however is not a technology evolution. It's a business revolution, enabled by technology. With Microsoft’s long history of driving business success and digital transformation for customers, it’s no surprise that Microsoft is also focused on powering the business revolution through its robust Azure...
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Interested in a 212% ROI?

Interested in a 212% ROI?

When you think about switching from running and housing your SQL Server on-premises to Azure, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the infrastructure maintenance savings. But what about hidden savings? Like efficiency savings for your IT team and database admins? Or the freedom to expand your capacity as soon as you need it? Just last week we detailed that SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will no longer be supported by Microsoft starting in July 2019. Outside of the reasons stated above, here's a few more on why this is an issue to be addressed sooner than later. Mitigate risks with platform security and compliance: There will be no access to critical security updates, opening the potential for business interruptions and loss of data. Upgrade to better cost efficiency: Maintaining legacy servers, firewalls, intrusion systems, and other tools can get expensive quickly. Modernize to innovate: Grow your environments with data, analytics and the cloud. In...
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Drive secure and scalable business success with a modern data platform

Drive secure and scalable business success with a modern data platform

If you really want to make a difference in your organization, you can start by modernizing your IT infrastructure. That’s what Kyle began with when he started to work for the City of Corona. He worked hard to help the citizens of Corona by moving the city’s IT services to Microsoft 365 and Azure. This allowed the Corona government to provide real-time data and insights for their traffic management professionals; enable better communication with first responders via mobile devices; and connect with the community. Editing in Microsoft Teams and being able to access features from a mobile platform brought huge time savings and removed redundant efforts among the staff, saving time and resources. With Azure, the city can now access and analyze data quickly, so they can respond to the changing environment faster and with greater accuracy. Thanks to Kyle and Microsoft, Corona’s shift to a modern IT platform helps them to rapidly meet the changing needs of the city...
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Why “Backup” is Becoming a Dirty Word

Why “Backup” is Becoming a Dirty Word

A very interesting topic we like to chat about is backup protocols.  Are you excited?  Here is what happened.  A robust conversation took place this morning on the topic of "backup," after one of our clients put out a call for help.  They can no longer complete their backups during the agreed-upon backup window, and wanted recommendations on storage vendors who might be able to help address the problem.  Someone in our conversation said, "they have an infrastructure that will no longer support their needs."  This is where it got interesting.How Important Is Backup?The response to that comment was "Wrong.  They have an infrastructure that will no longer support their protocols."  Unfortunately, most organizations are still laboring under backup protocols that were developed twenty years ago, and while the capabilities and platforms of IT have changed substantially in that time, backup protocols have not.Disaster RecoveryThey need to.  The concept of "backup" needs to go away, and the conversation needs to morph...
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The OpsMan Alert Connector and An Often Over-Looked Step

The OpsMan Alert Connector and An Often Over-Looked Step

If you have both Operations Manager and Service Manager in your environment it can be very useful to set up both the Configuration Item (CI) and the Alert Connector. As a result, the CI connector will help build your CMDB, and the Alert Connector will sync your OpsMan alerts to Service Manager, creating incidents for your service desk to work from.Whats The Purpose?Setting both of these connectors up within the Service Manager console is a simple, straightforward task. However, it’s all too common to see that alert connector fail to sync once created. As a result, you won’t know why you’ll just keep looking at it saying to yourself that it looks right.It’s a common mistake to forget that another step to setting up the Alert Connector is to configure a subscription for the connector inside the OpsMan console. It’s not difficult.In the OpsMan console, on the Administration Pane, click on Internal Connectors nested under Product Connectors. As a result,...
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SCSM 2012 – How-To: Relationship Subscriptions

SCSM 2012 – How-To: Relationship Subscriptions

When performing Service Manager implementations, a near-universal request from clients is to have a notification email triggered upon a work item’s assignment changing. As a Service Manager admin, you may or may not already be aware that this functionality is present within Service Manager, however, is unable to be created from within the GUI as of the 2012 release. Instead, it requires a number of changes to a notification subscription which can only be exacted via directly editing the notification subscription’s XML. There are a number of blog posts out there on the internet already about how to go about making the necessary changes, however one thing each of these has in common is that the solutions are very much environment-specific, requiring the lookup of the appropriate notification template GUID, unique to each environment, in order to work. My co-worker and I decided that we wanted to find a way to present an all-in-one management pack which could be imported into...
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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012

Using MDT 2012 for imaging is a great solution on your System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMan) 2012 journey.  How can the free tool called Microsoft Deployment Toolkit help me to implement ConfigMan 2012?  Read more and let's get to work.Microsoft Deployment ToolkitMDT 2012 has a nice feature that allows you to create an Image Deployment Share and then port the artifacts into ConfigMan 2012 and Operating System Deployment (OSD) will use the items you created in MDT to deliver images.  Thus saving you from wasting time and effort learning a new tool, deploying images then having to redo all of that effort when OSD is right around the corner.MDT 2012 InstallationDownload hereYou can also find Print Ready Documentation, What’s New Document and Release Notes.Here is a link http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/dd407791.aspxInstalling MDT 2012Installing MDT 2012 is not difficult, the big problem comes when you begin to use the tool and it says you must install some prerequisite applications.  MDT gives you an interface to...
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Designing Orchestrator Runbooks for Service Manager- Video and Slide Deck

Designing Orchestrator Runbooks for Service Manager- Video and Slide Deck

 Why is Orchestrator Runbooks for Service Manager important to you and your business?  Have you been left wondering the best way to go about presenting your Orchestrator-automated processes to end users for Self-Service?  Do you have advanced request processes you are trying to manage via Service Manager?  Do you find you need the ability to automatically enable and disable steps based on user input?  Have you attempted to move data around in Service Manager?  Then discovered it's a puzzle of moving the data where you’d like it to go?  Are you curious about the possibilities you can achieve for adding a deeper level of process management to Service Manager by leveraging Orchestrator?View Our WebinarClick below and learn how to plan and integrate these two systems in order to better serve your organization’s needs.Using a process defined in a map as a vehicle, we’ll discuss the considerations and how-to’s to fully leverage Orchestrator to automate and manage your Service Manager environment.http://vimeo.com/81651438Next StepsReview...
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Don’t Be The Next Target | Protect your Active Directory

Don’t Be The Next Target | Protect your Active Directory

The recent Target compromise was a wake-up call for many firms, especially all of the Target stores across the U.S.  Let’s face it – IT security is often not at the top of the priority list for budgeting every year.  Your organization needs to be proactive in applying smart, effective security practices.  One area of particular interest should be your Active Directory environment.Target Takes A HitUnderstandably, the biggest headlines about Target compromise focused on the theft of 40 million credit card numbers and other personally identifiable information.  One overlooked element in most media reports was the extent to which Target’s internal Active Directory environment may have factored into the attack.  Brian Krebs included an interesting tidbit in his reporting: like many firms, Target’s backend systems included extensive integration with Active Directory.Active Directory PopularityActive Directory has become ubiquitous, with Gartner estimating that between 90 and 95 percent of organizations have at least one AD forest deployed in their environment.  If an...
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Survive the Breakup With Your Old Infrastructure (known as Windows Server 2003)

Survive the Breakup With Your Old Infrastructure (known as Windows Server 2003)

Breakups can be hard. The longer you've been with someone, the harder it is to split. You're used to one another. You've integrated them into almost every aspect of your daily life, sometimes even to the point where you can't even remember what life was like before them. It's a scary thing to face, not knowing if you'll find someone else or if you do that person might not be good enough. It just won't be the same. Don't you wish there was a quick N easy guide on how to get over someone? Perhaps it would even guarantee that you'll find someone better?Our Special GuideThat guide probably doesn't exist in real life (at least not to our knowledge), but it certainly does exist for breakups with old infrastructure, particularly Windows 2003. Not only is there a guide, but there are actual counselors who specialize in helping you move on to new and better things. If you're dealing with Windows...
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Windows Server 2003: Know Your Migration Options (and the risks associated)

Windows Server 2003: Know Your Migration Options (and the risks associated)

On July 14, 2014, support for Windows Server 2003 will come to an end and organizations that have not taken action will be vulnerable to security breaches and, in certain industries, will risk their state of compliance. Companies must analyze the impact of such an event on their business, evaluate options, and make a decision based on risk and costs. There are several approaches for mitigating the risks associated with migration, ranging from taking no action to migrating all existing systems.Windows Server 2003 End of Support OptionsBelow is a list of six different approaches to addressing the impending end of support for Windows Server 2003.Each of these approaches has its benefits and challenges: Taking no action and/or isolation Paying for a custom support agreement Retiring certain assets using or running on the old OS Manual migration to a newer version of Windows Server Automated migration to a new version of Windows Server Migration to cloud-based infrastructure running a newer version of Windows Server Taking No ActionDeciding to...
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