Zach Saltzman, Author at FMT

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Best Practices for Organizing Teams
In our day-to-day business lives, I think we could all enjoy the ability to make decisions more quickly! To do that, you need to eliminate organizational roadblocks such as analysis paralysis and disjointed workspace and create a modern and digital workspace that supports and fosters discussion and collaboration. Read more to learn how FMT Consultants is utilizing technology to align with Microsoft’s digital transformation both internally and for our clients in order to achieve faster decision making and growth from our very own Director of Consulting Services Zach Saltzman.
Managing Microsoft Licensing through FMT’s Cloud Solution Provider - CSP program will cut costs
Navigating the Microsoft Licensing Landscape is difficult to say the least.  Here at FMT, we joke that you need a PhD in Microsoft to fully understand it.  In today’s fast growing business world, if you’re like most growing businesses, you don’t have time to learn everything you need to know.  Thankfully, you don’t need to.  Our team of consultants already have.   In this recorded training session, you’ll you learn how you can right size your licensing to save money,  increase performance, and navigate the complex and changing Microsoft environment.  By the end, you’ll feel confident in your ability to configure, implement, and deploy the licensing that makes sense for your business.      This session, led by FMT’s own Director of IT Consulting Zach Saltzman, walks you through everything you need to know, so you can stay focused on what matters most…  running your business. Here’s what we’ll […]
Microsoft 365 Teams, Skype, Outlook, Yammer, Groups – Oh My!
How do you find the right blend of applications to communicate and collaborate using Microsoft Office 365? Microsoft has been busy at work building out and delivering new functionality in Teams, their self-proclaimed “hub for teamwork.” Have you checked out Microsoft Teams? Perhaps your company is curious about adopting it? At FMT, we’ve heard a lot of feedback on both sides of the spectrum around Teams: some people love it and want to integrate it into their daily workflow, while others haven’t had a good first experience or are a bit perplexed about how Teams fits into the bigger Microsoft 365 picture and into their collaborative workspace. Microsoft 365 offers us at least a half dozen different applications and methods of communication and collaboration, so I understand anyone’s confusion when sitting down to determine what applications to use and when and where to use them. Fear not! Whether you are a […]
Strengthen your Security Posture with Microsoft 365 Secure Score
Editor's Note: This blog was originally published in July 2017. Content was updated in July 2020.  Do you use any of the myriad of services offered by Microsoft 365? If you do, then you should know about Microsoft Secure Score. Secure Score analyzes your Microsoft 365 environment to help articulate your current security posture and provides actionable steps needed to strengthen and improve your Microsoft Cloud Security. After companies deploy Microsoft 365 services, there is commonly a lull or period of administrative inactivity. Maybe the IT team is satisfied with a job well done after a successful implementation or they might be buried in day-to-day workloads, leaving security behind.  Although Microsoft 365 offers much better overall security than most on-premise deployments of email systems or other cloud-based email providers (Gmail), for example, it does not mean that the job is done on a security front. There are still safety configurations […]
Explore New Features and Stay Current with Windows Server 2016
At the Ignite conference in September, Microsoft released an evaluation version for IT professionals to get a look at what the RTM or “Release to Manufacturing” version of Windows Server 2016 will look like. The final version was generally released on October 12th. Like many Microsoft releases, Windows Server 2016 brought a lot of new and expanded features to the flagship server OS software. However, it’s important to keep in mind another important reason to begin planning for your deployment of Server 2016: staying current. Out with the old … In with the new As you probably know, extended support for Server 2003 has ended, and with it comes the end of patches and security updates. I’m sure we all have a few 2003 servers left that are running legacy applications or non-production workloads. While these servers should definitely be addressed, let’s also talk about Server 2008 and 2008 R2. […]
Decommissioning On Premise Exchange 2010 and Office 365 Hybrid Environment
Late last year, Microsoft made changes to Office 365 which broke the ability to manage an Office 365 hybrid environment via Exchange 2010 management tools (the Exchange Management Console aka EMC). Most likely, this was due to the behind the scenes upgrade to Exchange 2016 underlying the Exchange Online offering in Office 365. In response to these changes, customers are decommissioning on premise exchange 2010 and Office 365 hybrid environments. This blog will drill into the changes that were made, how to plan for a hybrid decommissioning, and common questions that are asked. What’s changed? One of the great benefits of Office 365 is that Microsoft rolls out the latest and greatest server-side software to their cloud before they release it to the general public. But there’s a dark side to this practice when unforeseen consequences impact the Office 365 user base. If you migrated to Office 365 in the […]
4 Simple Steps to Upgrade Your Hyper-V 2008 to Hyper-V 2012
Hyper-V 2012 comes with a wealth of new benefits and enhancements which together constitute a compelling reason to upgrade your existing Hyper-V 2008 failover cluster to a Hyper-V 2012 failover cluster. This blog post covers the 4 major steps needed to successfully upgrade from Hyper-V 2008 to Hyper-V 2012. Once you’ve made the decision to upgrade, you need to consider whether you will purchase new hardware or leverage your existing infrastructure. While the easier option is to migrate your cluster to new hardware, budget constraints might impel you to go with your existing equipment. The high level overview of the upgrade is a 4-step process: Configure (or rebuild) OS’s on the Hyper-V hosts Create a new cluster Export existing VM’s Import VM’s into the new cluster Assumptions: You have a SAN hosting a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) for your Hyper-V cluster utilizing iSCSI Step 1 – Configure (or rebuild) OS’s […]
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