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One day a year isn’t enough. The cloud can make every day feel like System Administrator Appreciation Day

In honor of System Administrator Appreciation Day (yes, we know it was officially last week, but hey, we think everyday should be sys admin day), we thought we would clarify a few things about how the cloud can make a sys admin’s job easier by eliminating many of those tedious day-to-day tasks you’d rather not be doing anyway.

In this article, we look at how sys admin tasks change after migrating to a cloud-based email environment such as Microsoft Hosted Exchange with an experienced hosting provider like SherWeb.

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Our 6 helpful and very easy tips on managing your Outlook 2013 calendar

Wish you had a better handle on time management? If your Microsoft Exchange environment uses Outlook 2013 as its email client, there’s a lot you could be doing to better organize tasks, projects and meetings.

Because the Outlook 2013 calendar fully integrates with email, contacts, and other features, you can set reminders for meetings, use categories to prioritize tasks, and share your Outlook calendar with people inside (and outside) your organization so that everyone can see your availability.

You can also set up and update recurring meetings, and keep your appointments and meetings always in view by pinning your calendar to any view in Outlook.

Here are 6 helpful—and very easy—how-to’s to get started with these great time-saving features.

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See how the big 3 rate for business use.

With the growth of cloud computing, it seems ridiculous to have employees email files to themselves just so that they can open them at home. And USB keys and external hard drives have seemed obsolete for a long time.

Being able to store and access files from anywhere at any time using any computer or device has become a necessity for most organizations. Fortunately, there are several good options for cloud storage. The trick is figuring out which one will best serve your current and long-term needs.

We routinely get calls from customers asking us about SharePoint, Dropbox and Google Drive. Our typical response is that they are all great products, but designed for very different purposes. Take a look:

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The detailed step-by-step process in place to ensure a smooth migration to the cloud

Let’s just come right out and say it: Moving can be an exhausting process rife with fear and anxiety. Whether it’s moving to a new office or simply switching service providers, changes tend to wreak havoc on our nerves. We’ve all experienced this feeling, and it is no surprise that professionals feel the same way about migrating their email or collaboration solution to the cloud.

Fortunately, there is a silver lining. An experienced provider like SherWeb already has a thorough step-by-step process in place to ensure a smooth migration to hosted Exchange or SharePoint services.

Still feeling that knot in your stomach? This brief rundown of the four steps a typical SherWeb migration might reassure you.

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See how SkyNox is simple, automatic and more secure.

As the demand for data integrity, physical site security, and application security grows, so does the demand for online backup and recovery solutions.

In this article, we describe the key technical aspects of our SkyNox online backup and recovery system, and how they ensure optimal data security.

Feature #1: Individual Password Protection
What it means: Each user has his/her own password that only he/she knows and can retrieve.

Each user has an individual account and password, and therefore a unique encryption key. Passwords are encrypted before they are stored in our database. At no point is an administrator able to retrieve a password, or able to set a password to a known value.

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Just a few simple changes will make you love your inbox

François Gamonnet is a control freak. And he wants you to be one, too. In fact, he’s made it his mission to make the world a cleaner, tidier place—one email inbox at a time. Because let’s face it, most of our inboxes are out of control. It’s not that we ever intended it to be that way. It’s just that things got busy and before we knew it… well, let’s just say it’s not a pretty sight.

If you spend a good chunk of every Monday morning just dealing with emails, this article will at the very least save you a few hours a week. And if you downright fear your inbox after a week’s vacation, you’ll be building a shrine to François on your desk by the time you’re done reading this.

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Security is our (and your) priority

Ask any organization what its main priority is when it comes to business data, and there’s a 99 percent chance you’ll get the same answer every time: security.

And when organizations sit down to re-think their servers’ infrastructure or to consider cloud computing, the issue of security is inevitably raised. Those leaning towards staying in-house have to ask: “Do we have the resources to ensure our critical data won’t be compromised?” And the million dollar question for those considering the cloud is: “Can the cloud keep our data secure?”

The average in-house solution usually meets the basic requirements for securing data: firewalls, server maintenance and monitoring handled internally, etc. Some SMBs are lucky enough to also have an Intrusion Protection System (IPS).

But is this enough?

The honest answer is: maybe, but probably not. Granted, it depends on the type of data your business deals with. But the truth is, to really safeguard critical business data, you need much more security than that.

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Put down the Tylenol, and start managing teams and projects with SharePoint lists.

Suppose your company is gearing up for a new product launch. You and the product team have a long list of tasks to complete in preparation for the big day. Four weeks in, the CEO announces he wants to realign the strategy. This changes several key deliverables, brings in new people, re-delegates certain responsibilities, and generally wreaks havoc with your carefully established deadlines.

In an ideal world, we could use an Excel spreadsheet to create a single task list that would never need to be changed. Everyone would get their work done—well and on time. Approval would be swift and simple, and the outcomes would exceed the set objectives.

How quaint.

But even in a “best-case” scenario, using a SharePoint list makes a lot more sense. Here’s why (and how to use one):

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See why SkyNox is a better solution for Mac users

We all know that small and medium sized businesses can’t afford to be lax when it comes to safeguarding their data. Because of the potential unreliability of physical disks to adequately safeguard data—and their poor track record regarding data recovery, more and more businesses are turning to online backup solutions.

And now that more and more SMBs have already moved to the cloud for other business processes such as email and team collaboration, they have already seen how migrating can help them combine scarce resources and reduce IT infrastructure costs. For many businesses, online backup solutions are simply a smarter, more cost-effective and user-friendly solution for safeguarding critical business data.

But what’s the best online backup solution for Mac users? Take a look at the main features and benefits of SherWeb’s SkyNox online backup and recovery solution

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What are the SharePoint end-users requirements?

With more and more businesses choosing SharePoint as their corporate web platform, a growing number of sys admins are finding themselves having to figure out how to make this platform meet the organization’s needs.

Whether you’re planning to deploy a basic out-of-the-box SharePoint environment or a highly customized solution that doubles (or triples) as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application or an advanced Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, it’s important to start with the end-user requirements.

Here are four key end-user requirements for SharePoint 2013.

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