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  • In today's world, we agonize over whether or not to purchase Microsoft Volume Licenses (with or without Software Assurance) or to pay a monthly note. The math doesn't lie. Microsoft has positioned itself and its pricing so that purchasing licenses for smaller companies isn't a viable solution. There are some complexities to consider. In our case, we have a small business with a limited budget. The owner has traditionally preferred to own everything and avoided monthly notes. The client's business is 100% RDS, Wyse Thin Clients all linked over the WAN.


  • Some years ago, I cannot recall, Go Daddy along with many other SSL certificate providers stopped supporting Subject Alt Names (SANs) that had the local FQDN of your mail server in it. Example: mailserver.domain.local. Email servers today need to have a UCC certificate. There are many places where you can obtain free certificates , such as STARTSLL.com. As of late, Go Daddy was instumental in getting some StartSSL IP address black listed. This issue has been resolved and they are back at it. Obviously, free vs 400/year is a good deal.


  • WannaCry ransomware. The latest in aggravation for IT professionals. IT professionals know what ranware is and what it is designed to do. Its name says it all. There are many free forums out there to free you of this headache. It does take time and a great deal of patience. ATG worked for over 3 months to recover a client's historical data.