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Active Directory Recovery

Most people realize the importance of having a disaster recovery strategy to help bring their systems back online in the event of IT failure.  What most don’t realize, however, is the important role that Active Directory Recovery plays in this process.  Many organizations overlook AD backup as part of their recovery strategy, sometimes because of …

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Get Better Tech Support… By Thinking Like a News Reporter!

When we provide tech support, our goal is always to resolve your issues as quickly as possible.  Of course, when we work with clients who know how to communicate effectively, it can dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to solve their problems.

Caring for your Computer: Virtual maintanance

Last week, we gave our readers some quick tips on the kinds of physical maintenance you can do to keep your computer running smoothly.  This week, it’s time to talk about some simple “virtual” clean up procedures that can help extend the life of your equipment.

5 Reasons to Consider Virtualization

Virtualization is a broad term that involves creating a virtual copy of something, like a server, operating system, or storage device.  For example, server virtualization involves splitting the virtual environment of one physical server into several separate pieces, called “Virtual Machines.”  Each of these virtual machines can then be treated like separate servers.

What Should You Expect From an IT Audit?

Most businesses depend on a delicate ecosystem of network connections to support their daily business operations. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to disrupt the balance of these environments; a tidy and carefully cultivated garden can easily turn into an overgrown tangle if you don’t keep an eye on things.

IT security on a shoestring budget

Despite constant reports of online security scandal, it’s still common for small businesses to operate without even the most basic safety measures in place. One common misconception is that there’s no point in trying to secure your network unless you can afford the best security on the market.  In reality, even small and inexpensive protection …

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The Challenges of IT Consolidation

IT consolidation is all about downsizing, centralizing and simplifying your IT infrastructure.  This is usually accomplished by: Standardizing all of your equipment and software Physically shifting equipment in remote offices to one main data centre Virtualizing IT resources (cutting back on the amount of equipment you need to do the things you do)

Is the Cloud Safe?

Businesses of every size are beginning to see the advantages of cloud computing.  The cloud can offer access to enterprise-level IT capabilities, incredible storage space and cost-effective pricing.  Even so, the idea of hosting data and virtualized resources online is often met with apprehension. Conventional wisdom dictates that if you want to keep your private …

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Why use email archiving?

Email is one of the primary ways that most businesses communicate.  As a result, it’s also one of your most valuable — and vulnerable — informational resources.  Corporate emails may contain intellectual property, sensitive data, and essential paper trails for litigation, so Canadian organizations are legally obligated to protect and maintain these important records.