One Cloud to Rule Them All? Another Look at Disaster Recovery and Cloud

Don't put all your eggs in one basket imageA couple of weeks ago the Amazon Cloud suffered a massive outage that affected popular online services like Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb, Reddit and IMDb offline.  For more than five hours users went crazy saying things like 1/3 of the internet is down.

This outage should be a wake up call to those looking to move all their production systems into one cloud and leaving nothing behind.  Continue reading

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The Cloud Solution Provider program allows partners to combine high-margin service offerings with Microsoft cloud products, and provide customer support and billing directly to customers.

As a Cloud Solution Provider program member, provides: Continue reading

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SharePoint Bots… is Clippy back from the dead?

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Clippy was one of the assistants in Office 2003

Ever since Ignite with the power demonstrated with the Bot Framework, there’s been interest in Bots, but even more now with the rich integration for bots with Microsoft Teams.  Many have been wondering what a SharePoint bot would do…  what are the possibilities.  Let me tell you, already there has been a ramp up on SharePoint related bots.

Many bots we’re seeing pop up have been written elsewhere for automating common tasks that are much more complex and then the bot interface will streamline the process and makes it much, much simpler.  Even the simple T-bot which is a helper bot for Microsoft Teams feels a little like a resurrection of Clippy. Continue reading

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8 Tips to Avoid Tax Season Scams

The feature article in the winter 2017 issue of Security Smart Newsletter, is This Tax Season, Skip the Scams.

It features eight tips for staying secure this tax season from Tyler Moffitt. It’s not only timely advice because of the time of year, but because it provides education to defend ourselves against the vulnerabilities many of us have in regards to our private financial data.

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Four Highly Available Architectures for SharePoint Today

How do I build a highly available SharePoint farm today? These days there are four different ways to architect your SharePoint environments for high availability. Kudos to Michael Noel, Joel Oleson, Microsoft for permission to use the resources below. Please refer to the links contained within for more information. As you plan through these, why not consider Fpweb for assistance with your architectural designs? We also support what here are referred to as on premises, but ultimately are another type of IaaS, or Infrastructure as a Service.

  • Office 365 SharePoint Online/SaaS
  • SharePoint Hybrid
  • SharePoint in Azure/IaaS
  • SharePoint on premises

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What’s New with SharePoint 2016 recently hosted a webinar called What’s New with SharePoint 2016? It’s almost been a year since Microsoft released its latest version of SharePoint, but many SharePoint users have been waiting to see if there were any bugs that needed to be worked out before they upgraded to SharePoint 2016.

The water is fine. Jump in! Continue reading

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7 Reasons to Install Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint 2016

You’re wondering where to start with SharePoint 2016? Many will install the RTM version and then install the latest CU. We’re saying at a minimum you should seriously consider Feature Pack 1, which is the same as the November CU.

Here are simple steps to deploy a new SharePoint Server 2016 farm with Feature Pack 1 from scratch. Continue reading

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