2017 February

Windows Server 2016 Licensing Changes

Since the Windows 2016 Server release date back in October, Microsoft has drastically changed the licensing model for Microsoft Server licensing. These recent changes will impact your buying decisions as pricing is now based on the number of physical cores in a server. This new licensing also affects Software Assurance customers who can expect to be transitioned to core-based licensing at their first renewal after the general availability of Windows Server 2016. Below you can learn everything you need to know about changes to Windows Server 2016 licensing.

7 Steps to Keep Your Inbox Clean

If you are having trouble finding important information in a sea of email messages you are not alone. This is something that everyone in business grapples with on a daily basis: How can I keep a tidy inbox but still be able to find the information I need – when I need it. Below we have compiled a list of the 7 best email practices to help you manage and locate information more readily from within Outlook by helping keep your inbox clean.

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What Are Managed Services?

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to the definition of managed services – especially as it relates to costs and benefits. I believe that most, if not all, of the confusion surrounding managed services and MSPs (Managed Service Providers) stems from the way IT is traditionally dealt with and looked upon. In the past, many businesses handled IT support services as break-and-fix. This method was very reactive by nature and would lead to extremely variable costs and inefficiencies. So what are managed services? and how is it different than break-and-fix IT?

Who Cares About the Cloud?

I saw an email the other day. The subject line read, ???????You can????????t have a conversation about modernizing your business without talking about the cloud???????. Well I hate to break it to everyone out there selling Cloud Solutions, Systech does as well, but the Cloud is not a panacea for all the technology challenges a company may face. The Cloud is just another solution. Do I agree that we must consider Cloud solutions as options to meet the needs of business?  Yes of course, but you don????????t start with the solution – you start with the problem or challenge. The best cloud for your business might be no cloud at all. So who cares about the cloud? 

5 Dead Simple Productivity Tricks

There are lots and lots of different technologies around today. So much that it can be difficult to know what will help and what will simply get in the way. While different people find different technology helpful in their daily life – there are a few things that are universal to everyone and will boost your ability to get things done efficiently. If you follow our 5 dead simple productivity tricks you could save up to 2 months of time per year. 


The latest news in the IT security industry is all about Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS for short) which is a strain of malware designed to be easy to use, deploy, and infect victims. Ultimately, the goal of these viruses is to collect a ransom in exchange for decrypting the victims files. With RaaS, the host of the malware (where the servers live and are maintained) gets a percentage of the ransom – usually around 5% to 20% – and the remaining cash goes to the RaaS subscriber who actually deployed the virus.