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Mike Talon

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If I had to classify the questions I get on a routine basis, among the first in the list would be “Why should I buy software for reason X when Microsoft has built it in free. X could be anything from firewall software for desktops through availability tools for SQL Server. It’s absolutely true that Microsoft builds a ton of great tools into their products these days, but that doesn’t mean you should rule out the need for 3rd-party solutions, and here’s why. Let’s take the case of anti-virus as an example. Windows 7 – Microsoft’s upcoming desktop OS platform – will not have a built-in anti-virus solution. However, Morro will be released by Microsoft as a no-cost anti-malware (anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc) that will be available free of charge. So, why are other players in the Windows anti-malware area still in business? First things first, not everyone will meet ... (more)

The Case for Continued 3rd-Party Support of Exchange Server

Exchange 2010 has been released to the public, and with it comes a whole array of compliance, archiving, redundancy and other features. While this would – on the face of things – appear that Microsoft is crowding out vendors who create 3rd-Party solutions for Exchange, under the surface lies a set of opportunities for those same vendors. Of primary concern is legacy support. Microsoft is famous for limiting or eliminating support for earlier versions of Exchange with each new release, and 2010 is no exception to that paradigm.  Support for Exchange 2000 is completely discontinued... (more)

Of SCR and CCR – Double-Take and Things

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax– Of cabbages–and kings– And why the sea is boiling hot– And whether pigs have wings.” – Lewis Carol, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There Over the course of the last 18 months, many more clients have been experimenting with the new data protection technologies in Exchange 2007, most notably Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) and Server (or Standby) Continuous Replication (CCR).  These tools were included with Exchange 2007 RTM and SP1 respectively, and celebrated a milest... (more)

Tips for Disaster Recovery Planning

1. Getting Started Typically the first step of getting started with business continuity planning (BCP) is to organize the BCP stakeholders and get executive buy in to the concept. There are several exercises moving through this process and it all depends on the level of executive support you have for this type of program, and how much you have to sell them on the concept. It is important to be prepared, as you will need to cost justify by presenting some number that identifies the cost of downtime and how much company revenue is at risk if business systems become unavailable for ... (more)

Into Each Engineer’s Life, Some Migration Must Fall

Into each engineer’s life, some migration must fall. What started out as a simple necessity when something broke; has evolved over the years into something that gets done about once every three to five years. Hardware doesn’t break as quickly as technology changes, creating a double-edged sword for the folks on the front lines of the technological revolution. Instead of an easy and manageable flow of workloads from one platform to another, we’re instead faced with a mad dash to get everything onto the new hardware platform before 1) the old one gets so outdated nothing works pr... (more)