Entries by ktrang

HIPAA Compliance — It’s the law…

As an IT Managed Services provider, we’ve heard it all…. I mean, who wants to take on another initiative that is as ambiguous and costly as HIPAA Compliance. Besides, your staff don’t have the time to take on more roles and responsibilities. There’s only one problem though. These rules and regulations are signed into Law. […]

802.11AC Wave2

When 802.11AC was introduced, we found it to be the most amazing thing since sliced bread.  It was dramatically faster than 802.11N, backwards compatible, and mostly interference free.  Today, we will discuss what 802.11AC-Wave2 brings to the table and how we feel about it. 802.11AC-Wave2 – Features and Enhancements Supports speeds up to 2.34 Gbps […]

The Rise in Crypto Ransomware

In recent years, we have seen a significant growth in Malware.  With enablers such as Bitcoin, RSA 2048-bit encryption, and the TOR network, NetCal predicts there will continue to be a significant rise in Crypto Ransomware.  The use of these malicious applications are morphing as we speak.  Originally, they were to gain access to computers and […]

Windows 10 – To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade

Since last year, we’ve been telling our clients to hold off on upgrading.  We even used Group Policy and our Management Agents to disable the upgrade patch.  It’s been a long and treacherous journey, but we finally believe Windows 10 is ready for Prime Time.  We’ve even seen it increase performance in some older machines.  We […]

Wireless Myths

Myth #1: “The only interference problems are from other 802.11 networks.” Summary: The unlicensed band is an experiment by the FCC in unregulated spectrum sharing. The experiment has been a great success so far, but there are significant challenges posed by RF interference that need to be given proper attention.   Myth #2: “My network […]

Windows 10 Major Update Highlights

Windows Update for Business enables control over the deployment of updates within organizations while ensuring devices are kept current and security needs are met, at reduced management cost. Features include setting up device groups with staggered deployments and scaling deployments with network optimizations. Windows Store for Business provides a flexible way to find, acquire, manage […]

Windows 10 Upgrade Path

Now that Windows 10 Version 1511 (first major patch) is out, we can look at potential upgrade paths for the OS.  For those of you that didn’t know, this version allows for the use of keys from Windows 7/8 during the installation of Windows 10.  

Veeam v9 New Features

From: http://blog.mwpreston.net/2015/11/09/veeam-v9-what-we-know-so-far/ Unlimited Scale-out Backup Repository This is perhaps one the biggest features included within v9 – all to often we see environments over provision the storage for their backup repositories – you never know when we might get a large delta or incremental and the last thing we want to have to do is go […]

Another layer of protection: Cryptolocker and other malware

Preventative Workstation protection: This virus launches from a specific location on the workstation, thus it’s recommended to add a group policy setting to block it from Windows Vista/7/8 and from XP. Use software restriction policies as follows: Windows 7: You can use Software Restriction Policies to block executables from running when they are located in […]

Office 2013 Activation error of death solved!

O365 Office 2013 Activation error code 0x8004FC12 This is something that has been annoying me for a while.  It only happens on my home computer and will not go away.  I’ve tried reinstalling setting up new profiles, un-associating my personal O365 account, repairing Office.  I even gave up and started using Office 2010. The problem doesn’t occur […]