Nine Ways to Reduce Your Server Maintenance Costs

October 19th, 2016

Reducing your Server Maintenance Costs

Let’s face it—servers are expensive. From cooling to licensing, they suck up money just like they do electricity. It’s natural that when it comes to paying the bills, the first thing to draw scrutiny is one of the most expensive. The real question is this: how do you reduce server maintenance costs without losing key functionality?

If you’re looking to tighten those purse-strings, here are nine ways to not only reduce overhead costs for your servers but also increase the services your IT department can offer.

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Does Counter-Phishing Work? Half of People Click Whatever They Are Sent

October 17th, 2016

Jackie chan's mind is blown by counter-phishing

You know the feeling. A user has done something incredibly dumb. Like opening a strange attachment despite all the counter-phishing training you did last month. And your brain cells all scream at once, just one single word.


It’s said that common sense isn’t common. When it comes to IT, it’s even more true. A recent study found one in two users would click on links sent to them by strange senders via Facebook or E-mail.

And even worse? The same study found even if the subjects knew the risks involved, they still clicked on them.

Given that phishing—and in particular, spear phishing—can cost your company $150,000 or more, it’s a rather big deal. But the big question is this: what in the heck can you actually do about it?

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Protecting your branch offices with remote backup & restore

October 14th, 2016

Rsync remote backup

Do you have branch offices or roaming users? BackupAssist includes tools for backing up data to a remote location, while also being able to restore their data, no matter where they are.

All you need to get started are two things:

  1. BackupAssist installed on the device you want to remotely back up.
  2. An internet connection.
  3. An rsync host to store the data on.

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Fourteen Computer Puns That Only Tech Heads Will Understand

October 11th, 2016

Best computer Puns ever

We’ve compiled a great list of Computer Puns for you to read! Read this article ansi what made the cut!

Forwarning: We apologise in advance if any of these bug you. We acknowledge that as far as tech puns go, these really byte.

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Windows Server 2003 — Don’t get stuck in the Noughties

October 6th, 2016

Flip Phones and Windows Server 2003 - the same era.

It’s 2003. The new Millenium has just begin. iTunes is launched, fresh on the back of new and popular iPod. The Human Genome project is completed. The Iraq War begins despite millions of worldwide protests. Beijing schools are closed over fear of SARS. And as if things couldn’t get any worse, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates.

For those of us who remember it, it was a very turbulent year. And it was at that time, 13 years ago, that Windows Server 2003 was released. It was a cutting edge product ready to succeed Windows Server 2000. It had features that would be incorporated into the wildly unpopular Windows Vista (a disaster which had yet to occur).

We were still using flip-phones. The concept of a smartphone—let alone wi-fi, cloud connectivity and social networking—were all science fiction. If you were lucky, you would use DSL to download a cheap ringtone that sounded like an 8-bit video game. This is the age that Windows Server 2003 belongs to. An age where USB drives with 16MB of storage were cutting edge. And now, that once cutting edge software is a massive business risk.

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Don’t plug it in! Malware-infected USB sticks in your Mailbox

October 3rd, 2016

Infected USB drives are making the rounds

It’s like the tale of Pandora’s box. Infected USB sticks are finding their way into people’s mailboxes—and curiosity is making them look inside.

The Australian Police Force is being flooded with phone calls from residents of the Melbourne suburb of Pakenham. Upon connecting the infected USB sticks to thier computers, they’ve been assailed with extremely harmful malware.

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What is Instant / Rapid VM Recovery?

September 29th, 2016

Rapid VM Recovery

Virtual servers, particularly Hyper-V ones, offer several distinct advantages over physical servers. One of the biggest benefits is being able to perform a Rapid VM recovery.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Launched! Try It Out Now

September 27th, 2016


Today at the Ignite conference in Atlanta, Microsoft officially launched its latest server operating system, Windows Server 2016. Eager to try it out? You can download the evaluation version here.

Microsoft also announced at the conference that Windows Server 2016 will be on the October price list. Volume licensing customers will be able to download fully licensed software at General Availability in mid-October.

The evaluation period will last for 180 days. Check out our article on some of the neat things Windows Server 2016 has to offer.

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What Is an Incremental Backup?

September 23rd, 2016


Performing an incremental backup is a key function of any good backup software. But not everyone knows what an incremental backup is right away, or how powerful they are. Read on to learn how you can simply store your business’s data without succumbing to data bloat.

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12 Ways To Make Your SysAdmins Love You

September 20th, 2016

SysAdmins love these things.

Looking for ways to make things easier on that handy IT guy or gal in your company? Just follow these easy steps to be the apple of their eye!

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