Monthly Archives: July 2015

Microsoft Server 2003 end of life and how Mozy can help

If you haven’t already heard, Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. If you’re running Windows Server 2003, be prepared to take action, if you haven’t already. Microsoft is no longer issuing security patches for any version of Windows Server 2003, which could open up your business to potential security risks. You have a number of options:
   •     Deprecate the applications you are currently running on Windows Server 2003
   •     Migrate to a newer version of Windows Server (Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2)
   •     Purchase extended custom support from Microsoft for Windows Server 2003
   •     Migrate to Linux

Whichever option you choose, be sure you’re backing up with Mozy! In addition to backing up Windows, Mozy backs up common Linux distributions, including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Red Hat, and Ubuntu.

Migrations even under the best of conditions can cause glitches, including those caused by user error. Again, whether you choose to migrate to a newer version of Windows Server or to Linux, be sure that your data is backed up to the Mozy cloud.

If you have questions about backing up with Mozy, please contact Mozy Support. For more information about Mozy’s Client Software Upgrade and Retirement Policy, click here.

Use the cloud to help create your wedding day

In recent articles we’ve highlighted a few industries that have benefited from cloud computing. Although the cloud is beneficial to SMBs and enterprises, there are many ways that consumers take advantage of the cloud. Let’s take a look at preparing for a wedding.

Today you would be hard pressed to find a Rolodex in any of our homes, thanks to the digital age. To avoid having to reach out to each of our friends and family for their information, consider taking a Wikipedia approach to collecting the mailing information for your wedding guests. I suggest using Google forms to address this need.

Google forms allow you to create a free “survey” where prospective guests can fill out their information. Google even has created some great background theme images that you can use. Once the survey is customized to your liking you can then send a link to your friends. In this case I suggest sending it in a message via Facebook (because that’s where most of us have connected with our closest friends). Once the guests enter in the info it’s compiled in an easy-to-access spreadsheet, which can be shared with your future spouse and can also be exported and sent to your local print/copy shop for printing invitations. Ten minutes to create the form can save hours of contacting each and every person.

What about the cloud and wedding gifts? Each new couple needs a few sets of matching bathroom towels, but how do you avoid getting duplicate gifts? Set up a gift registry! Target and Bed Bath & Beyond have thoughtfully created an easy way to register for the gifts that you need. The recently engaged couple can add gifts via the company’s site or by going into the store. The updated list is then accessible at any of their stores or via the registry on the company’s site. The company even stores your address for guests that are out of town and won’t be able to attend the wedding.

Helping all those involved in the wedding visualize what you want on your special day is crucial. If you or your loved one has collected hundreds of images of the perfect fairytale wedding, be sure that you have access to them anywhere you go. Mozy’s mobile app lets you sync your files from your computer to your mobile device without having to use the storage space on your phone. Within seconds you have instant access to images of the ideal bouquet or wedding dress. Why leave it to chance? Use the cloud help you create your special day!

Threats to Enterprise Businesses – Infographic

We got to thinking about the enterprise and how it’s often thought of as a modern-day venture. But the enterprise has been around a long time. In fact, historically, enterprise-sized companies have come and gone for any number of reasons, primarily because they weren’t prepared for the unexpected or they underestimated economic indicators. And today’s enterprises are no less immune from threats than yesterday’s enterprises. Whether man-made or natural, internal or external, there are persistent forces out there ready to take down any enterprise not properly prepared or protected. If you’re looking to protect your business from data loss, take a look at MozyEnterprise by EMC, a cloud-based solution that protects data and provides data restores. We’ve been around a long time and we’re here to help you do the same.

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Mozy Summer Photo Contest 2015*

Is your camera already capturing your summer fun activities? If not, now is the time to focus on entering your favorite snapshots in the Mozy Summer Photo Contest 2015. Show us all of those magical summer moments at the beach, park, mountains, desert (well, maybe not the desert in the summer time!), pool, waterpark, backyard kiddie pool…. Well, you get the picture. Yes, there will be prizes for the best photos (more on that later). And while your picture doesn’t have to involve water, it does need to say “summer fun.” Photos will be judged on the following criteria:

•   Originality.
•   Has a distinct summer feel.
•   The “Aww” factor, as in “Aww, cute!” or “in awe” of the scene…or maybe just “AWSOME!” You get the idea.

To submit your summer photo, please follow these steps:

1. Make sure the photo you submit is your own original work. Water is cool, copycats are not!
2. The photo should be appropriate for all ages.
3. In the comments section below, give your photo a title and then click on the photo icon below the text box to upload your photo.
4. You will also need to sign in to post. You can use your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, or Google login.
5. Then just wait! Your photo will be reviewed and then posted.

Once it’s live, you may also want to share it with your friends and family. Photos that have more “likes” will certainly get our attention. And you want to get our attention because here are the prizes we will be awarding for the best shots: $25 gift cards (three lucky winners!) and…drum roll, please…a $50 gift card for the grand prize winner!

Entries must be submitted before August 31, 2015. Winners will be announced in the September 2015 MozyHome newsletter and posted on this blog.

Good luck! We’re excited to see your amazing photography skills!

 

*Void where prohibited by law. (Yeah, we have to say that.)