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MPR IT SOLUTIONS – OFFICE MOVE

by Nicki Dowsett in General, Helpdesk, Office Move

MPR IT OFFICE MOVE

We are pleased to announce we are almost ready to move into our new offices. As of 1st April 2019 our new address will be:

MPR IT SOLUTIONS
FRASER HOUSE
HENWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
HENWOOD
ASHFORD
KENT
TN24 8DT

Our telephone numbers will remain the same: 0800 030 20 30

Please ensure you update your records accordingly or should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

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New Office – Server Room

by Nicki Dowsett in Audio Systems, cabinets, Design Inspiration, Engineers, fibre optics, General, IT Support, IT Systems, MPR IT Work, Office Move, Server cabinet, Strcutured cabling, TV Distribution, Wireless networks

New Office – Server Room

As you will probably be aware MPR IT are preparing to move to our new home.  Our new offices will be based at the Henwood Estate in Ashford, and will accommodate our expanding team. We are currently in the process of recruiting for our Technical Help desk and with the extra room we will have there should be no issue for desk space.

The project to refit the new office seems to be running very quickly and we can start to see how the office will be once it is completed.  Our team have worked hard to install structured cabling throughout the entire space for work spaces and AV.  However the cables need to have an endpoint and so this week we are working on the server room.

As you can see before we could consider any installation, we first needed to make the room a clean space.  With walls decorated and new flooring installed our team had the perfect space to work with.  The new space is light and cool – the correct environment for server cabinets.

With the comms cabinet in place the team have been busy connecting the cables in an orderly fashion.  Not only does this mean everything is neat and tidy, it also means that we can identify each individual cable.  Work continues on the server room and we plan to have everything completed in there shortly.

With the end in sight for the project, it is now starting to look like home for MPR IT.  Here is one part of the office space with some furniture starting to go in along with the new carpet. Looks so bright and fresh, we can’t wait to move in.

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Windows 7 Support Ending

by Nicki Dowsett in General, IT Support, IT Systems, Microsoft, Windows 10


Windows 7 Support Ending

Windows 7 software has been available since 2009, and Microsoft will be ending support for this on 14 January 2020.  This means they will no longer provide any updates, patches or general support to the software.  Whilst you will be able to continue to use this version of Windows, you will be vulnerable to security risks.  With the constant threat of Cybercrime, it is vital that you consider the options available to upgrade to Windows 10.

If you are using Windows 7, either on a personal computer or at your business, now is the time to consider upgrading to Windows 10.  However, before you make the move, it is imperative that you consider any 3rd party software programme installed on your pc/laptop and hardware such as printers, scanners etc. as these may not be compatible.  You will also need to consider the hardware resources available, as Windows 10 is a powerful operating system and therefore requires a large amount of RAM installed. Our team of experts can audit all of your software packages (e.g Sage) and hardware (e.g RAM, printers and scanners) to ensure these are compatible and where they may not be.  To upgrade without taking this into consideration, you may find that it becomes time consuming and more costly to rectify the issues.


Why Upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 10 was released by Microsoft in July 2015, and is now one of the most common used pieces of software on the market.  With many similarities to previous incarnations, it is very user friendly and easy to navigate with a number of enhanced functions.

  • Cortana – Windows 10 comes with Cortana, a voice-activated personal assistant. Cortana can set reminders, inform you of the weather, search the internet and much more.
  • Live tiles – Customisable, live tiles on Windows 10 allows you to have a personalised experience. Just about anything can become a tile, from websites to apps and the tiles can then be resized and moved around as required.
  • Continuum – For a seamless user experience, Continuum lets you carry on working from desktop to tablet and back again. This helps to create a modern, flexible and fluid working style as expected by today’s workforce.
  • OneDrive – OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service which is built into Windows 10. It lets you sync files across PCs and OneDrive devices.
  • BitLocker – BitLocker helps you keep your files safe while BitLocker Go gives you the same functionality while you’re on the move.  It features:
    • Sign in with face or fingerprint – a fast, secure way to sign in
    • Lost or stolen device – remove confidential business information immediately
    • Windows Information Protection – control how employees use business data
    • Windows Defender Antivirus – protects you against malware threats

Windows 10 combines the Windows you already know and adds great improvements you’ll love. Technologies like InstantGo1 let you boot up and resume quickly. And Windows 10 has more built-in security features than ever to help protect against malicious software.

Contact our team today on 0800 030 20 30 option 2, or email sales@mpr-it.co.uk to discuss the requirements for upgrading to Windows 10.

 

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February Team Member of the Month

by Nicki Dowsett in Team Member of the Month

Team Member of the Month

Each month the team at MPR IT are asked to put forward their nomination for Team Member of the Month and their reasoning behind the decision.

Jim Reet has been voted as the February 2019 winner.  Joining MPR IT Solutions in October 2018, Jim has now won this award twice.  He states that he thoroughly enjoys working with the team, and that every day is different and each day brings a new challenge. 

Winning by just one vote, Jim came out on top of a close battle between 7 employees, here are some of the comments from the team:

Getting on with his role, helping sales & helpdesk with issues

Always available to help even when he has his own work to manage

No matter what he is doing, taking the time out to lend advice and suggest alternative solutions.

Congratulations Jim

About Jim

Jim has been tinkering with computers since he was 14, and has assisted the majority of companies he has worked for with their IT.  In 2006, Jim secured a full time role as an a IT Manager, for a Dover based company. He has since gained experience working at several other companies before finally making the move to MPR as a 3rd Line Support / Projects Engineer

Jim brings to the team a number of area’s of expertise that include:

1) Devops (Linux, automation using Powershell and Bash languages and some Web site administration)
2) MySQL
3) Autotask and AEM (Datto) administration, automation and configuration.
4) ESXi and Hyper-V experience.

Since joining MPR IT, Jim has dealt with at least two large Crypto infections and worked closely with Richard on a large project that includes virtualisation some of equipment, and providing support in specialist environments.  Along with assisting one of our customers to start moving their extremely busy website to Azure. This is all along with the general work we do helping our customers to manage their day to day IT challenges and provide improvements to allow their systems to work as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

 

 

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Update on MPR IT New Office

by Nicki Dowsett in CCTV, Engineers, fibre optics, Fire Alarms, General, IT Systems, Office Move, Strcutured cabling, TV Distribution, Wireless networks

Update on MPR IT New Office

MPR IT Solutions, are getting ready to move to our new offices at the Henwood Estate, Ashford.  Since our last update, work has been coming along nicely.  With plans to move during late Spring we are well on the way to meeting the deadline – or maybe even earlier.

After the initial building works were completed, stage two was the installation of the Structured Cabling network.  The network has been designed and installed by our own qualified and experienced team of Engineers.  Installing the network early on, meant fewer obstacles to work around.  The team were able to make fast headway, and the network installation is complete.

With cables in place, our ceiling has now been installed.  It is now starting to look more like an office and less like a building site.  The tiled ceiling means that cables are hidden nicely away.  However should be ever need access to them in the future we are safe in the knowledge that we can easily reach them.  We have worked with many companies over the last 10 years and it is surprising how this often not considered when designing an office and cable network.

Not content with putting in the ceiling, we have also started on the floor, in the main office and kitchen.

Finally we have also installed a screen that will have multi-uses – CCTV, Team Activity & Target updates as well as general information for the team.

We will keep you updated on our progress as it continues and starts to look more like an office.  Once the floors and decoration are complete, it will soon be ready for us to install workstations and make the move.

If you would like more information on how we can assist your office move, structured cabling or CCTV installation please do not hesitate to contact our sales team on 0800 030 20 30 option 2 or email us sales@mpr-it.co.uk

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