Windows Server Expert

Windows server continues to be to the backbone of many companies internal IT.    Large or small, Microsoft offers different levels of licensing to suit businesses and the advantage is clear when you are dealing with 10 or more employees. 

Windows Server and the roles associated with it are critical to unlocking productivity gains and how your operations succeed.  A badly ran Windows Server infrastructure can have the opposite effect.   We have seen many examples of poorly designed or managed server estates and this can hamper productivity dramatically. 

With over 15 years experience through all the versions of Windows ACITC knows exactly how to design, build, monitor and support the applications and critical roles offered by Windows Server. 

Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2 & SBS 2011.    Windows 7 : All End of Life Early 2020. 

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/obs…security-guidance

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/01/09/windows_7_…./

It is important to keep all systems, Windows Desktops, Laptops, Servers, Mac, Routers, Printers, Switches, Access Points, Mobile Devices all up to date.  

Windows itself is the main driver in the business and the operating system life cycles should be adhered to.    Windows Server is the backbone of the infrastructure and critically important to keep maintained.  

Microsoft have published a comprehensive list of features on all server releases here:   https://www.microsoft.com/e…….son

Speak to ACITC and find out how we would be the best choice when it comes to:

  • Upgrading Windows Server deployments to the latest Windows Server 2019. 
  • Configuring Hybrid Windows Server and Azure Active Directory deployments. 
  • Troubleshooting problems with Windows Server. 
  • Designing and deploying your businesses first Windows Server network. 
  • Patching and maintenance of software. 
  • Help with any of the main features outlined below. 

Why does my business need Windows Server?

Microsoft continues to develop and mature it’s Windows Server product in line with the release of the new Windows client (think XP = Windows Server 2003, Vista = 2008, Windows 7 = 2008 R2 , Windows 8 = 2012, 10 = 2016 and so on). 

Once a company has a number of staff or indeed needs to secure and centralise access to data Windows Server offers the following advantages;

  • Centralise the creation, management and auditing of users in the business. 
  • Offer a “log-in from any computer” scenario.  Any Windows computers that are in the Server “domain” will be accessible by accounts created in the server’s “domain”.  
  • Centralise the management and user experience on computers.   For example you can deploy Printers, File Access (mapped drives or shortcuts), set the desktop background and indeed turn up or down the security as necessary.
  • Work with Groups.   By having users in Groups that are managed in the domain we can ease the burden of staff coming and going through the company. 
  • Reduce complexity for managing the Office 365 cloud users and offer password synchronisation between staff logging onto computers and accessing their Email/Onedrive etc. 
  • Create secured and integrated remote access, VPN or remote desktop solutions so your staff can truly work from anywhere.  
  • Reduce complexity for backups and disaster recovery.   Offer an always on solution with multiple servers.  

https://www.lenovo.com….signs-small-business-needs-server/

http://www.practicallynetworked.com/…servers.htm 

We have Windows Server, what help do we need?

Businesses running Windows Server 2008 R2 or older operating systems should seriously consider upgrading their software as soon as possible ( same goes for Windows 7 client or older).   

Other companies maybe are aware of issues and problems with their server infrastructure but do not have the confidence to tackle them head-on.   

Our core foundation of learning Windows Server was through earning Microsoft Certifications and building and supporting IT systems for a financially regulated company.  I did so through many Operating System life cycles.  

Since then I have designed, troubleshooted and rescued many clients in their use of Windows Server.    

We follow the advanced guidance offered by Microsoft, the NCSC and GCHQ to apply the right level of security in all Windows Networks that we design and deploy.    

What about the Cloud?

Virtualisation of Server platforms has been around for a while.   Most companies install Servers using Hypervisors to maximise the investment in the hardware bought to run the server.  Note:  You get two (three in some cases) instances of Windows Server to run per copy.   

The cloud offers an alternative place to host your servers.    Sometimes it’s cheaper but other times there maybe hidden costs associated with running and accessing the data. 

Microsoft Azure offers the ability to run Virtual Machines (your servers on their hardware) but importantly they offer applications under the Microsoft 365 brand that have replaced many of the on-premise requirement of Windows Server.   See the page detailing our insight and services on Microsoft 365 here.