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Windows Support Ends for Windows 7 & 8

on June 3, 2019 No comments

Windows Support Ends for Windows 7 & 8, in fact, it actually ended a while ago.

What does that mean to you? If you simply can not bear to learn Windows 10, I am here to tell you, in the most gentle way possible, that it’s time to get over it.

Windows 10 can be made to look more like Windows 7 or 8, and if you are like most end users, the software is not a radical change from previous Windows versions.

What it has changed is the level of protection it offers from the slew of new viruses and malware that crop up out in the world. If you don’t update your software and your servers with the latest version of operating systems, you are asking for trouble, plain and simple. We understand that man of the features other than virus and malware protection, are not ones you might be using if you aren’t working on a tablet or a touch screen computer.  But all the same, you need to make the change.

If you think we are being alarmists, you have decided to take your chances and not upgrade to Windows 10, just  take a look at what the Microsoft support page has to say:

An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These updates include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—such as new drivers for your hardware.

Will I still be able to use Windows after support ends?

Yes. If you continue to use an unsupported version of Windows, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.

For full details about the support policy, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ.”

We are happy to help you upgrade your software with you. Call us at Unified Technology Solutions for an appointment.

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Windows 7 and 8 Support Are Going Away Soon But..

on May 16, 2019 No comments

Most of the companies we work with have now embraced the Windows 10 operating system, but there are some who, just like with Windows XP, are just not willing to upgrade to the new operating system.

There are some writers out there in the world who would say,” Why do users get so attached to a specific operating system and refuse to change”? 

I can only give you my opinion, and it’s a straight forward one. Business owners and employees, for the most part, aren’t all that interested in new, fancy features within an operating system. They just don’t care all that much.

What they want and need is a reliable operating system, upon which they can safely and securely operate the software programs they need in order to fun their business. Period. Learning how to navigate a new operating system just takes time away from the job they are being paid to do, which is to keep their employer happy, or keep their employees working, and to make a profit. Plain and simple.

 
 

Well, as of January 14, 2020, that decision to stick with the operating system they know and understand will be taken out of their hands. For users other than those in certain environments, support for Windows 7 is going away, for good. Why? I came across an explanation at PC Magazine, that explains the reasoning.

“Support for Windows 7 is set to end on Jan 14. 2020, but access to Windows updates may end in March if you don’t allow your Windows 7 machines to download and install Microsoft’s next patch.

As MSPoweruser reports, Microsoft needs to ensure that the operating system updates end users receive haven’t been tampered with. It does this using SHA-1and SHA-2 hash algorithms to authenticate the updates. The problem is, the SHA-1 algorithm has a weakness and can no longer be relied upon.

As Windows 7 SP1, Windows 2008 SP1, and SP2 all rely on SHA-1 encryption, they need updating with support for SHA-2 as future Windows updates will require it. So next month Microsoft is rolling out an update to add support for SHA-2 encryption for its oldest supported operating systems. If you’re a Windows 7 user and don’t install this critical update, wave goodbye to any future Windows patches.”

The update that is referred to went out in March, so if you didn’t get the memo, you are out of luck. It’s time to get on the bandwagon and prepare your systems and personnel for Windows 10.

Unified Technology Solutions is prepared to get things installed and up and running smoothly for you over the next six months. Please, don’t wait until the last minute to build your install schedule. That’s when things can go wrong. It’s best to build a plan and prepare now.

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Upgrade Your Computer Network

on April 30, 2019 No comments

 

Network Diagram, it solutions for companies, vero beach IT support for networks, VOIP support for companies, non-profit it support,Your business has outgrown your current computer systems. Now’s time to upgrade your entire office and network. Because the network affects everyone, targeted communications must detail the impact of the upgrade. Understanding how end users access and leverage the network for their specific job role is important when explaining how an upgrade will impact their duties both during the maintenance window and after the upgrade is complete.

Determine a rollout strategy

A rollout strategy should finely balance the speed of deployment with the risk of making mistakes that bring down the network. Your goal should be to find the optimal comfort level for the organization such that the upgrade can be performed in a reasonable amount of time without taking any major risks. Unified Technology Solutions is experienced in building just such a strategy for companies.

Have a back-out strategy

Just as the rollout plan is critically important, so too is a back-out strategy. Spend just as much time figuring out a back-out strategy as you do an implementation strategy. Even though you might not ever need it, you’ll be very happy you spent the time and effort in the event you do.

Train support staff

The same people who design, architect, and deploy the new network upgrade may not be the same people supporting it once it goes into production. This is especially true if you work for a large organization or hire outside consultants to handle the upgrade. Proper training is critical to the care and maintenance of a network upgrade from day one and beyond.

Document, document, document!

The step that is most often skipped over – yet is absolutely critical to the success of a network — is to thoroughly document the upgrade, how the new technology works, and how to maintain it once it’s in production. Documentation should also be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. A network upgrade that includes detailed documentation is far more likely to be considered successful when support staffers have the information they can refer to for help.

Just remember that proper planning, communication, and training can help ensure a successful network upgrade. If you don’t have an IT Department of your own, or even if you do, we can work with you to put a comprehensive upgrade plan together and it can make a systems upgrade much less painful.

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I.T. Support and Your Company

on March 8, 2019 No comments

All too often, I.T. is treated like secondary concern by small business owners who’ve recently made it through the lean, DIY startup years. They might see IT support as an option rather than a necessity. But what happens when something goes wrong? What can you gain from technical support that you may not notice? Maybe the bigger question is, what can you expect to receive from your technical support service?


Issue Resolution – This goes without saying; after all, it is the bread and butter of technical support. More than likely, this is the main reason you use support. If you’re in a pinch, they are there to bail you out.  The peace of mind you get knowing that tech experts who already know your systems are available to get your systems back up and running quickly. Having someone knowledgeable to resolve tech issues to your people doing what you’re paying them to do. Instead of fiddling with a malfunctioning printer or some software issue for an hour or more “hoping” that something will start working as they stab in the dark trying to fix it.

Expertise – At UTS the support technicians you work with can be considered an expert in the software they are supporting due to hours and training involved. Most technical support service companies require their support techs to have technical certifications or extensive experience with the product they are supporting. They are in the field, working with hardware, software and technical issues all day every day. This expertise provides you more insightful tidbits of knowledge and quicker resolution times.

Peace of mind – One of the best values provided by a technical support service is the peace of mind. Should all your systems fail, or even just one computer, it’s no matter, You don’t need to worry because UTS can find and fix your issues. Peace of mind is a service we don’t list on our Website, and probably should because it’s one of the most important services we provide at Unified Technology Solutions.

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Tech Support For Companies

on January 25, 2019 No comments

You’re a business owner and you’ve been doing just fine without a huge staff or a dedicated IT guy. So far, so good. Like everything else these days, your business depends on technology: email, databases, documents and spreadsheets—maybe even software unique to your industry. What happens when things stop running smoothly?

Perhaps you and your staff are becoming frustrated with computers that aren’t working properly, and network that’s too slow and you’ve been troubleshooting computer/printer/router problems—your business needs IT support. In fact, we think it need us, UTS.

As you pile more and more work on an older system, it will slow down. At some point, it will heave a sigh and stop working all together. It’s important to perform preventative maintenance on the components of your network. It’s also important to ensure you are using the type of computer, servers and network equipment that is made to handle higher volumes of data.

Rather then waiting until something catastrophic happens, let us go through your current configuration and make recommendations. Adding new devices to your network may seem easy, and in some cases it might be, but it’s not always the case. It is a delicate process that needs to be done by professionals to ensure that it is set up right for the sake of your business.

As the new year begins, it is the very best time to re-evaluate your tech operations, and if your business doesn’t already have an IT strategy, you might need to consider finding  an IT partner as soon as possible. We hope that will be Unified Technology Solutions.

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A Thought For The New Year

on December 31, 2018 No comments

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
― Ellen Goodman

All of us here at UTS wish you and yours a Happy New Year.

We are going to be here, ready to help you patch any cracks in your IT structure. To upgrade your phone system, to replace old, worn out computers. And to help you move forward into a productive and successful 2019.

Brian and Michael

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Managed IT Services Offered by UTS

on December 13, 2018 No comments

 

Cloud Computing, Managed IT Services for Vero Beach Florida Area.The holidays are coming up fast. We are almost at the very end of what was, for many here in Vero Beach, one of the busiest and most productive in their company’s history. And we want to do that again next year. What about you?

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Tech Trends for 2019

on November 20, 2018 No comments

 

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Technology as we knew it even 10 years ago is evolving much differently than any of us would have imagined. Our smart phones have more computing power than many of the devices we owned when we were younger.

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Why Does Your Business Need A Computer Support Company?

on October 4, 2018 No comments

 

 

If you have ever watched  television sitcom, you would have learned that most people, men or women, make such a tangle out of plumbing, carpentry or electrical work the tradesman actually have to charge them more to fix what the homeowner tried to do in the first place. It’s no different in the tech industry.

I had a client ask me the other day, what is the most challenging thing about running an IT Support company. There are many challenges, and they are different depending upon which day you ask me, but the overall most difficult challenge is when clients try to do things themselves.

We offer computers and VoIp systems for sale, but we have clients who run out to the nearest big box store and grab the first computer they see off the shelf. It may not be powerful enough to run their proprietary software. It doesn’t come with Office, or an antivirus software which is compatable with their network. There are no printer drivers, the network and internet are not configured for their system. I can almost guarantee if they had called us in the first place we could have saved all of us a big bundle of aggravation and stress, not to mention that we probably could also have save them money.

Another is this. Configuring an entire network is not as easy as plugging in a couple of wires, clicking a few software choices and you’re off the to races. Configuring and efficient, high speed network is something we do day in and day out. We don’t have to guess where to plug what, and which software options to choose. Most of that is almost muscle memory for us by now. What could take someone without our training days to puzzle out, could literally take us hours. And it will be done properly.

One of the most important reasons to hire UTS is this. It could earn you money. You heard me right. If you  or your staff are working on installing a new computer system, you are not working on building, marketing or selling your products or services. When you aren’t selling, you aren’t bringing in revenue. It’s as simple as that.

 

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It’s Important To Have a Tech Plan For Your Buisness

on September 18, 2018 No comments

Do you have a tech plan for your business?  At Unified Technology Solutions we are happy,make that eager, to assist growing companies, or startup companies or companies of any shape and size, to create a workable, scalable technology plan. If you have ever read our blog or taken a look at our Facebook page, you already know that we advocate for working with IT professionals to configure your network, phone system, servers before you spend thousands of dollars on systems that may not be right for your computing needs.

We also help companies with Cloud Migration, anti virus software, security and mail servers. I think you probably get the idea by now, but some of you may still be skeptical. To help convince you, I would like to share an article I came across:

David Rabin, guest writer for entrepreneur.com

“1. Make a plan and map your milestones.

Startups and SMBs celebrate the drama of the business plan but can turn a blind eye to its corollary, the technology plan. Every good business plan needs a tech plan, too.

The best way to plan office technology is around business milestones. What infrastructure will you need when you reach 10 employees, or 100? Ten million in revenues, or $100 million? Technology use tracks closely with headcount and revenue generation. Both of these indices are a starting point to help project your future tech needs….

2. Recognize the strategic value.

Startups and small businesses generally focus on investors, customers and cash flow, and can often treat office tech as an afterthought, or simply an expense.

That won’t cut it in today’s hiring environment. More than half of millennials say office technology is important in deciding where they’ll work, according to a recent PwC study. In their personal lives, they’re used to investing their own money on really good tech — the latest phone, tablet or TV — so understandably they expect the same from their employers.

Office tech is a key strategic investment. It goes beyond functionality, as important as that is, and increasingly reflects the caliber of your brand, the appeal of your workplace, and whether your business is truly future-facing.

3. Benchmark against your physical space.

Real estate is usually a company’s greatest expense. The kind of space you have and how your people interact with it is the biggest factor in how you’ll be using technology both this week and next year.  Real estate is also more fluid today than ever, constantly transforming, with more variants than ever – everything from open floor plans, to telecommuting, to hoteling, which eliminates assigned seating and lets everyone just perch where they want.

Making a precise, in-depth inventory of your real estate needs is key. Does your floor plan have offices with doors? Is it mostly unassigned workstations? How many of your people telecommute? Whatever your footprint, you’ll need the right technology tools to deliver what your people actually use. Balancing real estate with IT is a tough trick, but the time spent cracking this part of the code will pay major dividends down the road.

4. Set some rules and follow them.

These days, most everyone is a technology expert, at least in terms of what they know and like. Every company has one person or more who can’t live without their personal laptop and expect the company’s network to configure around it. There’s a fine line, however, between flexibility and dysfunction.

Big companies have IT standards for a reason – it’s unmanageable without them. Small companies that delay implementing standards run the risk of becoming franken-techs. The monitors bought on eBay, the laptop on sale at Best Buy, may make sense at the time but can add up to compromised performance. When it’s time to scale, you’ll likely have to rip out the gear that once seemed such a good value and start over…”

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To read the rest of the post, head on over to https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/318641

 

 

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