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Azure AD Connect – Take Action!
What is it? Azure AD Connect is a Microsoft identity tool used by organizations with on-premise Active Directory infrastructure and Microsoft 365 environments. It makes sure that identity data such as passwords and user accounts are in sync – which generally improves your productivity all around! Your organization may be using this in a situation commonly referred to as a ‘hybrid model.' If you are in a hybrid model and have Azure AD Connect installed as an in-between, this software is critical to keep both on-premise and Microsoft 365 linked together . . . oftentimes going unnoticed until something goes wrong and suddenly your password for Outlook is no longer accepted by your laptop to sign-in or you keep having to remember two separate passwords for what is supposed to be one unified ecosystem. What a pain . . . has this happened to you? What do you have to […]
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. […]
Break Up with Your On-Premise Server, Fall in Love with Azure!
Dear on-premise server: It’s not you, it’s me. I need more stability, the ability to grow, and I want more money in my wallet! I’m breaking up with you and moving on… While some breakups are difficult, some breakups are needed. The computing world is moving on, and if you don’t break up with your on-premise server, it might soon break up with you. On-premise servers suffer from failing software and hardware, inability to provide services to meet your customer’s demands, and more. Don’t wait for your server to break up with you, move on to Microsoft Azure. Why Azure? Microsoft Azure provides an enterprise-grade cloud platform that you can use to get up and running quickly, thus immediately improving your bottom line. Your ability to easily and quickly spin up new projects, move old infrastructure, and be dynamic in your decision making can give you a powerful tool at your disposal. With […]
Taking Your Partnership to a Higher Level: FMT Consultants as your New Cloud Solution Provider
  Everyone wants to be in the “Cloud,” but the thought of working directly with a large vendor may be intimidating. Dealing with multiple support agents and large annual commitments may be concerning to your small/midsize business. If your company currently uses Office 365, Azure, or CRM Online, why not work with a local partner who can accommodate your business needs? This blog will review key benefits of partnering with a Tier 1 Cloud Solution Provider and the seamless steps to make it happen. Like the clouds in the sky, the benefits are endless! Support from familiar faces Continue working with the same consultants who have successfully implemented other projects for your company. We understand your business and your IT environment. Consistency is key and this will reduce the time spent onboarding new resources. Billing Forget about the annual agreements. CSP offers month-to-month plans with no commitments. FMT also offers […]
Optimizing SQL Server Files and File-Groups Made Easy
Recently I had the opportunity to work with a client on a very large Web Application; the database for this application was composed of hundreds of tables, indexes, file-groups, and files; including a dozen partition-functions and as many partition-schemes, spanning both clustered and non-clustered indexes. The client was requesting to improve performance in their database as they moved this massive application to Azure Services. In order to accomplish this, I had to complete three of the following tasks: Move all clustered indexes into fewer file-groups, with a minimal number of files in each group. With a current configuration of 150+ file-groups the client was looking for a better management strategy, which aligned the number of file-groups with their Azure hardware. Clean up the file and file-group naming conventions and make recommendations on best practices. Over the years many developers have created new SQL file-groups, with no clear convention in mind, […]
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