April 2015 Newsletter

Includes New Software Release information on WMware vSphere 6, Skype for Business, Windows Server 2016, Visual Studio 2015, Symantec BackupExec 15. 

Articles on reselling your redundant Microsoft Licenses, Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 end of support information.

Tips & Tricks:  Office Licensing and the difference between Office Standard & Office Pro PlusNewsletter April 2015 – digital

Windows Server 2003 : End of Support 14 July 2015

What does this mean?
Basically, there will be no patches or security updates, putting your applications and business at  risk. New threats won’t be addressed and your Windows Server 2003 systems will become a security risk.  Are you planning to upgrade and / or replace your Windows Server 2003 installations?

Do you have an action plan?

In most cases your best and most logical option will be to migrate and upgrade the physical server.  It’s likely the server itself is several years old. Start with your action plan, and start as soon as possible.  Best practice planning for your Windows 2003 server migration should include phases for project scope (technical and project management), resource allocation, capability (i.e. programmers and testers), and budget.  There will be more granular components to your planning, but this will be a good start. Are you able to fully test your applications on the upgraded server before they go live to ensure there are no functionality errors?

How can The SAM Club help you?

  • Work with us to get your Server Summary spreadsheet up to date within your SAM Workbook which will help review the operating systems within your physical and virtual servers. We will optimise your licenses in the most efficient way taking into account what you actually own and are entitled to use.
  • We can help provide budgetary figures for new licensing and can obtain licensing quotes to upgrade your servers. We will make sure you are covered.
  • We can help you with your cash flow to ensure your orders are only placed when the licenses are required.