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Eric Brophy

The Pros & Cons to Keeping a Hybrid Exchange Server Post Migration

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Are you near the end of the migration journey?

Have all your mailboxes been successfully transferred to Exchange Online?

Customers will often want to turn off the Exchange mailboxes servers but sometimes debate if they should keep the Hybrid Exchange Server in place or not. Interlink typically recommends keeping the Hybrid Exchange Server in place becasue there are more pros than cons. We have outlind those below:

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Max Donaldson

Azure Pricing – How to Get Your Best Deal

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 Azure pricing can be confusing...

Paying for what you use is typically a great concept, but many companies are struggling to understand how to get their best deal when running Azure workloads. In this article, we’ll discuss the three major ways to get a programmatic discount on Azure. These include Windows Server Hybrid Use Benefit, SQL Server Hybrid Use Benefit and Reserved Instances.

About a year ago, Microsoft announced a price cut on Azure which made the licensing pricing between the various licensing vehicles all similar. Then they also gave guidance to their sales teams not to discount Azure until the customer commitment was in the millions. So, it is critical to take advantage of these programmatic discounts to get the best deal possible.

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Mike Wilson

Don’t Be Left Unprepared for Microsoft Windows Server & SQL Server End of Life Deadlines

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The clock is running out for Microsoft Windows Server 2008/R2 and SQL Server 2008/R2.

The good news is that you have options that you previously never had. Microsoft has announced they are discontinuing free security updates on clients using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 as well as SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

  • Windows Server 2008/R2 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end January 2020
  • SQL Server 2008/R2 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end July 2019
  • Windows 7 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end Jan. 14, 2020
  • Office 2010 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end Oct. 13, 2020
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Todd Shafer

Azure Resource Manager: Simplify How You Manage Your App Resources

Azure Resource Manager: Simplify How You Manage Your App Resources

When you are deploying applications within an environment, they are usually made up of many different components. Perhaps an application utilizes a virtual machine, a database, and a storage account. Currently, you see these components as all separate entities instead of being grouped up into a single entity. In this classic deployment model, you must manually track which resources made up your solutions and remember to manage each of them individually. To deploy that solution, you have to create each resource individually using a portal of some sort or create a script that deploys these resources correctly. To delete that solution, you’d have to go one by one and remove the resources individually. Azure Resource Manager gets rid of this headache by enabling you to work with resources as a group to deploy, manage, and monitor them all together.

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Mike Wilson

Device Management | Comparing System Center Configuration Manager vs. Intune vs. Hybrid

Device Management | Comparing System Center Configuration Manager vs. Intune vs. Hybrid

In the modern workplace, chances are that your employees are using their in their own devices for work, which often results in unsecure access to company files. This creates a challenge because organizations need to be able to secure their company’s data on these devices without violating personal information. Also, if an employee leaves the organization, it’s important to have a means to avoid wiping their personal information from their devices.

With your company’s valuable data in mind, Microsoft has created two device management services that allow you to secure your organization’s data - no matter what device is being used. Microsoft Intune and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager are both good options for device management, but it can often be hard to determine which option is best for your business. Sometimes it’s better to run a hybrid of them both.

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