Windows Server 2003 End of Life Coming in July, 2015

December 30th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

Micro Visions Server 2003 End of Life SupportMuch like Windows Vista back in April, 2014, the end is near for Windows Server 2003.  Microsoft has announced that it will end extended support for WinServer 2003 on July 14 of 2015. On that date, support for all versions of the server will cease, which means no more security patches or hotfixes, and any organization that stores sensitive data will fall out of compliance with regulations such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability) and PCI (Payment Card Industry) Security Standards.

Are you affected?

If you are running any version of the 11 year old server you will be losing support in July. This includes Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, and Small Business Server 2003 R2.

What options are available for those losing extended support?

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Happy Holidays from MICRO VISIONS!

December 23rd, 2014 by Pamela Michael

 

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Comprehensive Backup Plan Phase II: Creating a Data Recovery Plan

December 16th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

data recovery MVIA few weeks back we talked about developing a comprehensive backup plan to ensure that you have a copy of all crucial enterprise data should you ever need it. Once this is done, you can move to the second step of your overall Data Protection Strategy; A data recovery plan (DRP). This plan outlines the steps necessary not only for eliminating risk and hopefully preventing a loss, but perhaps even more importantly, for bringing your systems back to a state in which they can support your business following disaster, corruption, or accidental deletion.

A good data recovery plan will outline two key metrics:

Recovery Point Objective (RPO) – This is the maximum time prior to loss that you will need to have all data safely available at another location. In other words, at what point in time, as you work backwards from the moment of disaster, could you lose all data and still survive. Could you lose 12 hours of data or new work? 24 hours? One hour? Your answer here will determine how often you should be doing backups. Read the rest of this entry »


Technology Gift Ideas: Micro Visions’ 2014 List of Things We Really, Really Like.

December 9th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

Technology Gifts 2014 - Micro Visions Technology Gift IdeasThere are just two weeks left to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. For those of you struggling for ideas, we’re here to help. It’s time once again for our annual list of Things We Really, Really Like! Technology gift ideas for 2014, in price ranges suitable for any budget. Items we’re hoping are placed under our own Christmas trees!

 

Pebble Steel: The next generation of crowd-sourced Pebble smartwatch.

ThTechnology Gifts 2014 - Pebble Steel MVIis stainless steel, waterproof wonder works with both Android and iPhones, and pings the scanner at just $149. Smaller and more attractive than many other smartwatches to hit the market, Pebble Steel has a built in alarm clock, sends silent notifications when emails or text messages arrive, and allows full engagement through all popular social media channels. Read CNET’s full review here. Retails for $149.

 

Zipbuds

Tired of tangled cords on your ear buds? ZipBuds® feature a Technology Gifts 2014 - zipbuds black MVItangle-resistant zipper-integrated cable that retains its flexibility and provides frustration free enjoyment of your favorite tunes. Read the rest of this entry »


Are Data Caps Looming for Grand Rapids Xfinity Subscribers?

December 2nd, 2014 by Pamela Michael

MVI Data CapsAre data caps coming for area Comcast subscribers? It is unfortunately no longer a question of “If,” but rather of “When?”  Earlier this year Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen announced that within the next five years the ISP would be moving all customers to usage-based billing and implement data caps. The move, which has already begun in seven states, currently has data capped at 300GB per month for most markets. Users do have the ability to purchase additional buckets of data for approximately $10/50GB. Cohen said Comcast has additional plans to increase this amount over the next few years, throwing out numbers around the 500GB mark by 2020.

But will this be enough? Read the rest of this entry »