Resolved: Regular Blog Posts in 2017

I was just looking at some interesting statistics that demonstrate that only 8% of those of that make resolutions for New Year’s actually succeed. However, it is worth noting that people that explicitly make resolutions are 10 time more likely to succeed over those that do not make explicit resolutions.

So – Starting in January, we will have regular blog posts at least every month. Look for our new blog starting next week. We are certain that the posts will be informative and we look forward to getting your feedback.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Microsoft Just Ended Support for Windows 8

Microsoft Just Ended Support for Windows 8

As of Jan. 12, 2016, Windows 8 is now considered to be “unsupported” by Microsoft, meaning the company will no longer issues hotfixes or security updates for the operating system.
What this means to you: No More Security Patches and the serious potential for hackers to attack your system.

Should I panic: No, but you need to upgrade any Windows 8 systems to Windows 8.1.

Ok. How soon should I do this: You should do this immediately.

Can you help: Absolutely. The Atteberry Group can help you. Give us a call today at 213.393.5060 and we give you a free consultation on which of your Windows systems need to be upgraded and a plan for doing so.

Support for All Older Versions of Internet Explorer Ends January 12

Support for All Older Versions of Internet Explorer Ends January 12

After January 12, 2016, Microsoft will only support Internet Explorer 11 and later.

What this means:Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates for their older browsers.

What this means to you and your company: If you are not using IE 11, your computers will be more vulnerable to security hacks.

Time to panic: No. but you need to upgrade, even if you don’t use the browser because the IE browser brings with it a bunch of software components that are used by the operating system for various purposes.

What if I am running Vista or XP: IE 11 can’t run on these operating systems and we should be discussing a migration strategy to Windows 7 or later.

What should I do: Call The Atteberry Grouptoday at 213.393.5060. We can provide you with a free consultation to determine how to best move your organization to IE 11 with the least amount of effort.

Windows 10 Migration Anyone

Windows 10 Migration Anyone

In a recent article from Redmond Magazine, https://redmondmag.com/articles/2016/01/01/2016-marching-orders.aspx, the author laid out the theory that Windows 10 migrations would be a large part of IT work in 2016. But with support for Windows 7 running until January of 2020, I am not seeing a large number of Windows 10 migrations yet.

Gartner is predicting that 50% of enterprises will be migrating in 2017, which seems reasonable. By that time, several issues will be resolved and adoption can proceed.

The key to migrating to a new operating system remains your company’s needs. Here are several reasons to upgrade, but if your organization won’t benefit today, then waiting might make more sense.
• Simpler secure sign-on via Azure Active Directory
• Improved mobile device management (MDM)
• Greater control over updates
• Increased security

The Atteberry Group can help you assess your readiness and help you plan a migration strategy that focuses on your needs. Call us today at 213.393.5060 for a free consultation.

Why I am Recommending Against Migrating to Windows 10 For the Moment

Why I am Recommending Against Migrating to Windows 10 For the Moment

We are all aware of Windows 10. Many of you are aware that you can upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 for free.

What a much smaller number of people know about, but are starting to report, are the networking issues that exist in Windows 10.

Issue #1 – VPN Software does not work with Windows 10. Older VPN software, such as the Cisco client, won’t work without some serious tweaking. So, with Windows 10, you can no longer access your work network easily.
Issue #2 – Virtual Adapters may not work. If you work with virtual machines, you may experience some serious issues with trying to use those virtual machines.
Issue #3 – Even after you fix these problems, the next round of Windows Updates will most likely break you networking again. I experienced this three different times in 2015. The automatic update broke my networking fixes. At which point, I went back to Windows 8.1.

Is your Outlook 2010 acting strangely?

Is your Outlook 2010 acting strangely?

This week, Microsoft released a patch that causes Outlook 2010 to open in safe mode. In safe mode, the screen looks different, the reading pane is missing, sounds are not working (such as new mail notification, and other views no longer work.

If this patch has been applied to your computer, you can easily remove it. See the instructions below.

However, if this patch is on all the systems in your company, you should consider how much time you are going to spend going computer to computer. The Atteberry Group can assist with mass removal of this patch. Please feel free to call us at 21.393.5060 and we will come evaluate your situation at no charge and help you decide on the best course of action.

Instructions for do it yourself removal:

  • Go to Start, enter View Installed Updates in the Search Windows box, and then press Enter.
  • In the list of updates, locate and then select update KB3114409, and then select Uninstall.

  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then select Search. If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then select Search.
  • Enter windows update, select Windows Update, and then select Installed Updates.
  • In the list of updates, locate and then select update KB3114409, and then select Uninstall.

  • Go to Start, enter Run, and then select Run.
  • Enter Appwiz.cpl, and then select OK.
  • Select View installed updates.
  • In the list of updates, locate and select update KB3114409, and then select Uninstall.

  • Go to Start, enter Run, and then select Run.
  • Enter Appwiz.cpl, and then select OK.
  • Select the Show updates check box.
  • In the list of updates, locate and select update KB3114409, and then select Remove.

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