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Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade or Migrate to SharePoint 2016

May 31, 2016

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15 Questions About Migrating to SharePoint 2016 Answered

May 23, 2016

SharePoint is here to stay. Businesses looking to increase their collaboration, sharpen their efficiency, and save time in their daily operations will not be disappointed with SharePoint 2016. Microsoft has confirmed that there are more versions for on-premises customers coming.

The SharePoint experts at fpweb.net did a webinar recently about migrating to SharePoint 2016 and have compiled their answers to all of the great questions received.

  1. How long will my migration take?

It really varies because each migration is different. The time and intricacies involved depend on the size and contents of each farm.

  1. Can I migrate my on-premises farm to a hosting provider?

Absolutely. Our engineering team would take a look at the scope of the project and put together a migration plan, but it is not an issue at all. Fpweb.net has done that countless times for customers.

  1. What is the alternative for foundation version in SharePoint 2016?

Aside from staying on SharePoint 2013 Foundation, Office 365 is a great alternative for budget-conscious users.

  1. What difference in service do you provide when compared to other vendors like Metalogix, etc.?

We have the ability to perform manual migrations and also use a majority of the third-party tools such as Metalogix and Sharegate. We are essentially a one-stop shop.

  1. I use BCS to backend our database. Will I be able to move it to a hosted environment?

Easy answer? Yes. We would need to discuss specifics to determine what your exact needs are here, but this is definitely a possibility.

  1. Do workflows migrate well from 2010 to 2016?

Out of the Box (OOTB) and SharePoint Designer (SPD) workflows typically migrate seamlessly. Nintex workflows require a bit of a manual migration similar to the SharePoint content migration. Third-party tools such as Metalogix and Sharegate have the ability to migrate OOTB, SPD, and Nintex.

  1. What is the Windows server version required for SharePoint 2016? Any other pre-requisites?

Windows Server 2012 R2 or greater is required. SQL Server 2014 SP1 or greater, or SQL Server 2016 when available. Regarding hybrid – you have the ability to integrate Office 365 sites with SharePoint. This also includes OneDrive. View sites on Office 365 while on your on-premises farm. You also have the ability to search your on-premises SharePoint content directly from Office 365.

  1. Can we migrate directly from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2016?

Only with third-party products such as Metalogix, Sharegate, AvePoint, etc.

  1. If we have some web parts deployed in SharePoint 2007/2010/2013, then will those web parts migrate into SharePoint 2016?

It depends on the web part itself. If it’s third party, then you will need to check with the vendor for a compatible version. If it’s custom code, then it may need to be updated.

  1. Can we migrate Lotus Notes to SharePoint 2016?

Third party tools are the best ways to accomplish this. Here’s a link that provides a bit more detail.

  1. Did you say that SQL 2014 or above is required?

Yes, SQL Server 2014 SP1 or greater is required to migrate to SharePoint 2016. SQL Server 2016 will also work when available.

  1. What additional things do we need to configure manually when migrating from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016? Which third-party tool do you prefer?

Each migration is its own animal. Assuming a standard out-of-the-box SharePoint farm, all that really needs to be configured is the new 2016 source environment with web applications and service applications provisioned and created.

  1. Can you migrate to Microsoft Office 365? Do you recommend this as a way to use SharePoint?

Yes, we can migrate to Office 365. Office 365 will address many needs, but many companies also need the control and scalability that comes with the on-premises version. Office 365 comes with much more than just SharePoint, so it essentially comes down to SharePoint online vs. SharePoint on-premises.

  1. Migration for free? Really? Any conditions apply?

If you trust the SharePoint experts at fpweb.net to manage your SharePoint environment, then we’ll perform your migration to SharePoint 2016 for free. If you are a current hosted customer, then we can perform your migration to SharePoint 2016 for free. If you are currently a customer on-premises looking to move to hosting, then we can perform your migration to SharePoint 2016 for free. If you are an on-premises SharePoint farm that is looking to stay on-premises, but needs help from fpweb.net to manage that farm or provide support, then we’ll do your migration for free.

  1. Is migrating SharePoint 2010 on-premises to hosted SharePoint 2016 covered under the free offer?

Absolutely! Please contact us to discuss details.

Leave a comment with any additional questions about migrating to SharePoint 2016, send us an email, give us a call at 866-780-4678 or 636-600-8960, or start a chat with us on our website. Trust the SharePoint experts at fpweb.net to manage your SharePoint environment, and we’ll perform your migration to SharePoint 2016 for free! Fill out this quick form to get started.

 

Why SharePoint 2016? Faster Performance and Easier Maintenance, That’s Why!

May 20, 2016

Microsoft made history in March when they launched SharePoint 2016, the latest game-changer in businesses of all sizes worldwide. Those who have migrated to SharePoint 2016 simply don’t know how they functioned beforehand. With a plethora of new features and improvements, once-difficult business operations become a snap.

Perhaps the best parts about SharePoint 2016 are its incredible performance and simple maintenance procedures. SharePoint 2016 has reduced feature activation overheads and uses the copy operation at the content database level to improve the site collection creation performance. Once you apply the “Create From Site Master” parameter and template to the PowerShell CmdLet, you can use this awesome new capability. You can also take advantage of the faster upload times, increased list view thresholds, and enhanced security compliance.

System updates can be frustrating, to say the least, especially if you need to take it offline for a while. With SharePoint 2016, you won’t need to go offline during an upgrade or patch. Larger file patches are broken into smaller files using a dependency model with specific order. This is something that you can’t experience in the earlier versions of SharePoint!

If this isn’t enough to sell you on migrating to SharePoint 2016, consider its improved mobile capabilities. If you ever need to access SharePoint via mobile, you can in a much easier, more intuitive manner than in previous versions. Additionally, you can switch from mobile to PC view, which is also touch-enabled.

Now that you’re ready to migrate to SharePoint 2016, it’s time to trust the experts in SharePoint – Fpweb.net. We make migrating easier than ever when we move your SharePoint environment and secure it, no matter where it lives. Get your free migration to SharePoint 2016 at www.fpweb.net/sharepoint/free-migration, or call us toll-free at 866-780-4678 to get started today!

 

3 Reasons to Add Secure Skype for Business

May 2, 2016

Is your business looking for an easier way to hold safe conference meetings without the hassle? If you haven’t already, you should seriously consider looking into Skype for Business, formerly known as Lync 2013. This application marries the familiar Skype user experience with the enterprise features of Lync, all in one easy-to-use package. Millions of businesses are using Skype for Business, not only for its many technological advances but also because it boasts a familiar, intuitive interface, making learning and implementation a snap. And if security is important to you, you can run Skype for Business in a dedicated private cloud environment to protect you from others eavesdropping on your chats or conference meetings.

If you’re looking for ways to securely collaborate, communicate, and safely share information with your team more efficiently, Fpweb.net’s Secure Skype for Business is exactly what you need. Our secure hosted Microsoft Skype for Business services will make it easier than ever for your organization to experience safe, consistent presence, locked video, private voice, secure instant messaging, and protected virtual meetings.

Here are 3 reasons why you should add Secure Skype for Business to your organization:

Our Web App Makes Private Meetings a Breeze – Need a way to organize a web conference with those customers or suppliers who don’t have Skype for Business? We have the answer! Our Skype for Business Web App allows both PC and Mac users to join in on a Skype for Business meeting from within an HTML5-based browser, giving your customers a full Skype for Business meeting experience without any hassle. This includes voiceover IP, instant messaging, multiparty HD video, desktop, application, and PowerPoint sharing. The Skype for Business Web App will save you and your customers on travel time and costs, all while making it easier than ever to stay in touch, no matter where you are.

Join the Conversation With Persistent Secure Chat – Multiple conversations about one single topic can be time-wasting, to say the least. With our hosted Persistent Chat, you can create topic-specific chat rooms that won’t be deleted. All messages are posted in real time and will remain there, allowing approved users in the group to browse and locate key details at any time. The chat rooms are easy to access and monitor, an ideal way to contain communications, and are excellent for promoting brainstorming. You won’t know how you lived without it.

Make Your Sensitive Meetings Better Than Ever With Protected Video Spotlight – Enhance your meeting experience and capture your customers’ attention by adding our hosted Video Spotlight to your arsenal. This handy application gives you a flexible, controllable platform that allows you to make face-to-face video calls with your contacts. You can focus on one speaker by locking the video spotlight, or you can let each participant choose the meeting view that they prefer. Our hosted Skype for Business services offer you a superior virtual experience, giving you time-saving features that you often don’t experience with a face-to-face meeting.

Say goodbye to your IT headaches – choose Fpweb.net’s secure hosted Skype for Business services! Call 1-866-780-4678 today to get started.

 

Work Smarter With Fpweb.net’s Absolute Support® for Exchange

April 25, 2016

As a business owner, you need to have the ability to be in contact with your clients, employees, and others at all times. Today’s technology has made this demand easier than ever; however, when an outage or a problem within the system occurs, the lack of instant connectivity can feel even more disastrous and nerve-wracking than ever before. That’s why you need to have the right business email hosting solution, and that means choosing the best managed services from the experts at Fpweb.net.

We personally recommend Microsoft Exchange with Absolute Support® from Fpweb.net. If you aren’t familiar with Exchange, it is a powerful and popular business email and messaging tool that makes collaboration easy through email messages, contacts, calendars and schedules, and tasks. Thousands of businesses love it for its integrated mail server, email capabilities, and groupware applications, which include shared contacts, folders, calendars, and more. Better yet, all communication can be unified over your network through Microsoft Outlook, smartphones, iPads, and more via an Internet browser. Absolute Support® means you get a live voice when you call and US-based, 6-minute response support by the Microsoft certified experts at Fpweb.net.

Because Exchange Hosting coordinates your email from one centralized network location, you can check it from any PC with an Internet connection by providing your username and password. This allows you to keep your email and calendar schedule intact from any location. Members of your organization will have constant, easy access to their business communication and scheduling via Exchange Hosting. This is the perfect solution for employees who work remotely, travel regularly, or just need quick, easy, and well-organized access to their business communication.

If you’re looking for hosted Microsoft Exchange services like no other, look no further than Fpweb.net, the expert provider of Microsoft Exchange hosting services. As a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, we are able to provide Dedicated Exchange Server hosting plans so you can work as easily in remote locations as you can in the office. Dedicated Exchange at Fpweb.net gives you the security, performance, and control of in-house Exchange without the expense. And it will integrate seamlessly with other managed Cloud Microsoft applications at Fpweb.net like SharePoint and Skype for Business.

Fpweb.net is dedicated to giving you 100% availability on your hosted services with us, all provided on our secure, hosted network and backed with the expertise of our Microsoft® Gold Certified engineering staff.

Exchange cost savings are significant when compared to in-house expenses, and Exchange hosting with Fpweb.net will save you the time and money involved in hiring IT professionals capable of running and managing a Hosted MS Exchange Server.

If you have a few questions about our hosted Microsoft Exchange services or are ready to get started, give us a call today at 1-866-780-4678 or visit us online at www.fpweb.net!