Do I need to upgrade?
As you may already be aware, Microsoft Windows XP and Small Business Server 2003 (or SBS 2003) reached their end-of-life in April 2014. (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/end-support-help). So what does this mean? Well, both operating systems will continue to function but Microsoft will no longer be providing updates or security patches for these operating systems. This can be a concern for businesses that want to keep their data safe and secure.
Typically, a PC that is running Windows XP or a server that is running Small Business Server 2003 will not be capable of running the latest operating systems due to aging hardware. Therefore, we would recommend that you budget for a complete upgrade of the hardware and software in your office.
Will this cost a lot of money and involve lots of downtime and disruption for my business?
No, we can source new PC’s and server hardware at reduced rates and our daily consultancy rate is very competitive. Therefore, you can upgrade all of your critical business systems at a very reasonable cost. Just give us a call and we would be happy to provide you a free, no obligation quotation.
We have a great deal of experience in upgrading our clients systems and have developed many techniques over the years to reduce the amount of disruption involved. Don’t take our word for it. We can provide you with testimonials from our existing clients to see what they thought of the process to give you peace of mind.
Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8.1 Professional?
This question will likely raise its head during the upgrade process. We have some clients who prefer to stick with Windows 7 Professional and some who like to use the very latest Windows 8.1 Professional operating system. The reasons can vary and sometimes you will be limited by specialist third-party software you may be running. However, you can have the confidence that support for Windows 7 will not run out until January 14th 2020 (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/lifecycle). Most of the systems we provide that come with Windows 7 pre-installed, also come with a free upgrade to Windows 8.1 should you wish to upgrade in the future.
Small Business Server 2011 (SBS 2011) or Microsoft Server 2012 Essentials?
This question will also likely raise its head during the upgrade process. Microsoft have made the decision to discontinue the “Small Business Server” family of server products. The advantage of that family of server products were that it included all of the business components that a small business would need out of the box. Microsoft Exchange for on-site e-mail capability. Microsoft Sharepoint for on-site collaboration tools.
From the 2012 server family onwards, Microsoft recommend that small businesses use the Microsoft Server 2012 Essentials operating system. It doesn’t include Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft Sharepoint anymore but the price reflects this. Instead, Microsoft want small business to start using their Microsoft Office 365 on-line e-mail and collaboration platform. This is a subscription based service rather than the on-site service of previous generations.
Based on your unique and bespoke requirements, we will recommend either Small Business Server 2011 or Microsoft Server 2012 Essentials when upgrading your server. Our recommendations will be fully explained in non-technical jargon so you understand the reasons behind the decision.
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