Do I Need A Computer Server?

by Brian on February 6, 2018

Server

What Is A Server?

A server is essentially a computer that is designed to handle larger workloads then a typical desktop computer. There are many types of servers but here are some basic types:

  • File Server: usually a central repository for a companies information. It usually serves up files and folders to users over a network.
  • Line of Business (LOB) Server: usually serves up a Line of Business (LOB) software for a company. This could be trucking dispatch software, ERP, practice management, accounting software. Examples include: Quickbooks, Visual Manufacturing, Profit Tools, Great Plains, Peachtree, Dentrix, SoftDent or whatever software drives your company and users rely on every day.
  • Mail Server: is used to send and receive emails. They can reside on premise or in the “cloud” i.e. data center

Server Manufacturers

  • HP (Hewlett Packard)
  • Dell
  • Lenovo/IBM
  • There are many others including “white box” and/or custom builds.

Buying Servers

Clients will often ask “What is the best brand to buy?” In which case, we say “it depends”. There is not one brand that is better than another; however, we lean towards Dell, HP and Lenovo. They are the big three right now. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that a custom build or another brand is not good. It just means that the HP, Dell and Lenovo server tend to give the best “bang for the buck” when it comes to build quality, parts, warranty, and overall experience.

How Big Does A Server Need to Be and How Much Should I Spend?

This really depends on the size of your business. Your budget. How many client computers will be accessing the server. The amount of downtime that you can stomach. It’s important that you ask these questions at minimum. A qualified consultant will ask these and more to find the server that is properly sized for your organization.

If you need help choosing a server or computers for you network then contact us at 603-742-1118 and we’d be happy to help you “right size” your purchase so that you don’t have buyer’s remorse.

Making Passwords Easy with LastPass

by Brian on May 21, 2014

LastPass for Passwords

 

 

 

Have you ever had trouble remembering all your passwords? If you haven’t it probably means you’re using the same password for everything or making it really easy to remember. Which one is it? You might want to test your password strength if I’m making you a little nervous.  You may have one really tough password that you can remember easily and that’s okay; however, wouldn’t it be nice if you could change your passwords frequently or make them hard for hackers to crack?  Well you can with internet browser addins such as LastPass, Roboform and KeePass.  These simple to use applications “plug” themselves into your Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox browser and allow you to use one master password to control all of the others.  I know what you’re thinking, “doesn’t sound very safe to me”, right?  However, if you couple that tough to guess password with another program on your mobile device then you’ve got yourself “Two Factor Authentication” and a very tough nut to crack.  Let me explain.

 

1.) Open your browser with the LastPass addin installed…

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2.) Sign in with your master password…

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3.) LastPass prompts you for your second piece of authentication using a random number on your Google Authenticator app on your phone….

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4.) Done!  You’ve just created a very secure, cost effective, and easy password dump.  Oh, did I mention both LastPass and Google Authenticator are FREE!

Here are the formal instructions to setup this simple to use system: https://helpdesk.lastpass.com/security-options/multifactor-authentication-options/google-authenticator/

Top 10 Reasons to Ditch Windows XP

March 4, 2014

  XP End of Life is April 8, 2014, are you ready? http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx   10. You’re NOT penny wise and pound foolish. 9. Chances are a system running XP is more than 5 years old and the hardware is going to start failing anyway. 8. You DON’T need to run an extremely expensive piece of […]

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Microsoft Outlook Shortcut Keys

February 28, 2014

Do You Live in Outlook?   Want to move around a little faster?  See below… Alt + S Send the e-mail Ctrl + C Copy selected text. Ctrl + X Cut selected text. Ctrl + P Print selected text. Ctrl + K Complete the name or e-mail being typed in the e-mail address bar. Ctrl […]

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App Review: USPS Mobile

February 26, 2014

App Review: USPS Mobile Website: https://www.usps.com/mobile/info.htm Works with: iPhone, Android, Blackberry Free.  It has the ability to scan and track packages.  The app also gives information on zips, blue box locations and even allows you to put your mail on hold. Tested on: iPhone (running 6.1.3) What I like about it: I can look-up zip […]

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Do You Know Where Your Cloud Data Lives?

June 12, 2012

Data in the Cloud Unfortunately, today I’m going to rain on the cloud parade.  Yeah, that’s right I’m going to say something negative about the “Cloud”…you gotta a problem with that?  Right now it’s the worst thing I could do because it makes me look like I’m not in step with the times.  I mean […]

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Lunchinar…Cloud Computing: What Is It and How Can It Help My Business?

June 12, 2012

Enjoy a delicious lunch AND competitive advantage — all for free.  Who knew eating out could be so rewarding? Join us for delicious gourmet pizza with all the trimmings.  Reserve your seat because space is limited! Topic: Cloud Computing: What Is It and How Can It Help My Business? Date: June 18, 2012 Time: 11:30-1:00pm […]

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I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Firewall!

June 6, 2012

I recently came across an edgy article that I’d like to share with you.  I think the title is meant to trigger a reaction.  How else are you going to get someone’s attention these days?  The article’s entitled, “Why You Don’t Need A Firewall?”  Wow, that caught my attention!  I mean who in the world […]

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Lunchinar: Why Is My Computer Sooooo Slow?

May 9, 2012

Enjoy a delicious lunch AND competitive advantage — all for free.  Who knew eating out could be so rewarding? Join us for delicious gourmet pizza with all the trimmings.  Reserve your seat because space is limited! Topic: Why is My Computer Sooooo Slow? Date: May 21, 2012 Time: 11:30-1:00pm Location: Custom House Maritime Museum 25 […]

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Send in the Clouds…Don’t Bother They’re Here

May 9, 2012

Okay, my title is a bit of play on “Send in the Clowns”.  It’s a song of regret but I don’t know much more than that.  I just know I like anything sung by Sinatra and written by Sondheim.  Okay, now back to my post.    What am I trying to say here? My point is […]

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