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MPR IT’s March Newsletter

by Nicki Dowsett in Audit Reviews, Helpdesk, Industry News, IT Support, Monthly Newsletter, Password Security

 Welcome to MPR

Our newsletter brings you the latest information on the Tech world, this is in addition to our regular posts on Social Media and Blogs that can be found on our website.  Please make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or Instagram to keep up to date fully.

Cyber Crime Seminar

David Keohane (Sales Manager) attended a seminar on Cyber Crime, organised by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with NatWest and Wilkins Kennedy.  This was extremely popular with over 50 attendees.  The general consensus of the day is that many businesses are becoming increasingly concerned at the threat from cybercrime.    Topics covered by speakers Sophie Urquhart and Louise Brittan included, Social Engineering, Malware, Ransomware, fraud and processes that should be in place to protect your business.

 

A Youtube video shared on the day highlighted just how scary this situation can be.   Please check out David the Mind Reader and though this can appear light hearted – it really isn’t.

We covered this issue last month in our blog and newsletter, however since then there have been many more stories in the news of companies and even countries at government levels being hacked.  Please take some time out to read our blog on how best to protect your business and home hardware and data.  We cannot reiterate enough how important it is to ensure you are aware of how easy it is to lose valuable data and even in some instances money.  These criminals are constantly looking at new ways to work around the system.  Please speak to our helpdesk team if you have any concerns on your network security.

IT Audit Reviews

IT Audit Reviews by MPR

IT Audit Reviews by MPR

The year is moving on fast and it’s getting to that time when many companies are planning the new financial year.  Do you have an IT budget in place yet for the forthcoming year?  Please read our blog on IT audit reviews to see how we can help you plan for the new financial year.  Or you may be lucky enough to have budget left over that needs to be allocated.  Many companies don’t plan for the unexpected need to replace new equipment of for support required during the year.  MPR IT can offer support packages to meet your business needs and that sit comfortably in your budget.  We can also assist in identifying areas that will require upgrade over the next year so you can be prepared in advance.

SQL Server 2005 support ending

Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Microsoft announced some time ago that support would be ending for the SQL Server 2005, we have a short blog on what this is and what it could mean for you. There are many different variables in choosing the best SQL server for your business and our team at MPR can help you through the decision process and migration required.  If you are unsure of the SQL Server you are operating please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Fundraising News

The team at MPR like to support many charities and the next fundraising event on the horizon is going to be a team event.  Following on from last year’s successful 5 Peak Challenge in The Lakes by Richard & Tom, this year they are at it again.  This year they have enlisted other members of the team to join them on a 26 mile hike from Brighton race course to Eastbourne Pier on Saturday 11th June.

They will be hiking across the South Downs and through Alfriston Forest.  Before heading out to the coast and Birling Gap and along the White Cliffs of Beachy Head and along the front in Eastbourne. Whilst Richard & Tom are seasoned walkers, the same cannot be said for the rest of the team.  They each need to raise £250 in aid of MacMillan Cancer, this is approximately £10 per mile each.  This is an amazing charity that works so hard to support those sadly affected by this awful disease.  Please support them and give generously – if nothing else just to see them suffer the pain of having to spend the day together out of the office.

Other Team News

Our office refurbishment continues and it’s been a little hectic to say the least, however the end is in sight and we now have more space for the growing team.  Our new apprentice Ben will soon no longer need to desk-hop and have his own space to call home. Ben joined the MPR family at the beginning of February and is quickly settling and learning the role.  Please join us in welcoming Ben to the team.

The help desk team have been really busy last month with over 800 closed tickets.  This is approximately double the amount of last February.  Well done to the team for working so hard to answer all the queries and issues from our customers.  As well handling incoming calls from existing customers, the engineers have also been busy bees with site visits and installations for a number of new customers.  Good job guys – the success is shown in our survey results.  We are achieving an average score of 4.9/5.0 on customer satisfaction. 

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and if you know of any colleagues that don’t receive our newsletter and would find this of interest please forward their details to us so we can add them to our database. If any of the news stories we have on our site may affect you please let us know or if you wish to discuss the services we currently provide to your business please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help

 

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SQL Server 2005 – support ending

by Nicki Dowsett in General, Helpdesk, IT Support, SQL Server

From researching this subject there are many blogs, reviews and pages giving information on SQL Servers and the end of support.  As well as the many different options out there to replace the 2005 version.  Much of which washes over my head and confuses me more.  I am sure the same could be said for many people out there.  When I write our blogs, my aim is to make a subject simple and easy to understand.  Thankfully I am not at MPR for my tech expertise, I leave that to our helpdesk and engineers.  That’s their speciality, they have it down to a fine art of understanding and reviewing all products on the market.  So here is what I have learnt about SQL servers in normal simple terms that you & I will probably understand.

SQL server

Microsoft SQL server is a database server developed by the Microsoft Corporation back in the 90’s and has progressed as with many things over time with various new releases.  The time has now come that Microsoft will stop providing updates and support for this particular version, as with many of their older systems. We have previously experienced the end of support for various Windows operating systems, such as Windows 2003 server in July 2015.

In basic terms a SQL server is mainly used to fetch the data requested by any other software from the data stored in the server itself.  The software, which requests the data from the server, could be on the same computer or either could be located away on a different computer connected remotely via the internet.

Microsoft SQL 2005 a.k.a. Yukon was launched in October 2005 by the Microsoft Corporation.  At the time of its launch, it consisted of some advanced and extra features which the preceding version didn’t have. The same is for the new launch of any new product.  Since its launch there have been further versions released as time has gone on that have been more advanced and effective.

From 12 April 2016, if you are running the 2005 version you will no longer receive any security updates from Microsoft and so could be at risk to attack or loss of your data.  Microsoft are now recommending that you upgrade your SQL Server 2005 to either SQL Server 2014 or to Azure SQL Server to maintain security and compliance.

Our team at MPR can help you make the decision between all the options available based on your business needs and help to plan the upgrade and roll out to your business with minimal disruption.  There are many different variables to help make the choice between SQL servers, whether cloud based (Azure SQL Server) or on-site (SQL Server 2014) MPR will investigate which of the options are most suited to your business.  Additionally giving you the peace of mind that the upgrade has been carried out professionally along with any additional support you may require.

Please contact the team at MPR if you are running SQL Server 2005 or if you are unsure of the SQL Server version you are operating to discuss your options.

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