Infrastructure Redesign & MAS90 Upgrade


Fox Valley Farms is a specialty dairy distributor serving Chicago, Northwest Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. They specialize in high quality soft serve dairy mixes and hard pack ice creams.Systech was able to provide a stable IT infrastructure for Fox Valley Farm’s allowing them to achieve additional capabilities and versatility in their growing business.


Fox Valley Farms was faced with aging MAS90 software system running on an aging Windows 2003 Server. This began to affect operations as the client-side software for MAS90 was difficult to accommodate on systems newer than Windows XP. Therefore, addressing the issue of upgrading MAS90 to Sage100 became an issue which was necessary to maintain productivity and the organization’s revenue potentials. The customer also had a POP3 email system hosted by their telecom vendor which was limited in capabilities. Systech analyzed the situation with the Dan at Fox Valley Farms and concluded that the most effective methodology to accomplish their goals was to design a new Windows 2012R2 Server and use this as a Hyper-V host. This host would support two Virtual Machines; A new Domain Controller and an Application Server for the new Sage100 application. Systech prepared this hardware in our lab environment for testing to ensure a smooth on-site deployment. Systech used the existing Fortinet firewall to create two separate physical networks at the site so that the technical personnel who would handle the MAS90 to Sage100 transition had the ability to migrate data between the two networks. This allowed our technical staff to perform live testing of the new Sage100 system. With testing successful, Systech moved the new network equipment to its rightful location and removed the former equipment. Technical staff then eliminated the secondary testing network and began the migration from POP3 hosted email to Microsoft Office365. This allowed for additional capabilities and room for future growth.

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Stable, Scalable Infrastructure

With the completion of this project, Fox Valley has a strong foundation with room for future growth.

A No Downtime Project

Since the project was planned alongside Fox Valleys seasonal business valleys, we were able to get their organization on new infrastructure without any negative impact to their end user’s productivity.

Hosted Email means less cost, more capabilities

After migrating away from an on-premises Exchange Server, Fox Valley now has the capabilities to connect with applications and data, and people to get work done anywhere. Plus, they no longer have to maintain an in-house server and was able to avoid a large capital expenditure by not having to purchase Exchange Server licensing.

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