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Microsoft Licence Sales

Licence sales are not a big part of our business anymore (we focus on database and BI system design and implementation), as you can often get them cheaper from retailers via the EU, and Microsoft don’t think that’s a problem worth bothering about – although customers miss out on experienced system solution providers like us, Read More

Where’s that Darned Licence Server?

So you added the Role for Licencing Server (on same or preferably another more dedicated server) and even the additional Remote Desktop Session Host role on the one users are accessing. But they still get that pesky “You have 119 days” message. Embarrasing. Where on earth do you tell this server where to contact the Read More

Big Microsoft Price Increases in Jan 2017

You may have heard Microsoft are raising prices to “rebalance” the US to UK/EU exchange rate (especially after Brexit impact), ie putting our prices up! They did similar to the Swiss Franc and Norwegian Krone in April this year. We have now had confirmation from our distribution network together with further details: The increases will apply Read More

Windows Server 2016 out now!

Windows Server 2016 is finally released to the public after development testing releases – is it worth it? Well, the big shock was that Microsoft moved it to Core based licencing, rather than the previous CPU based. So more like SQL Server – and we know how expensive that can get if unfettered! So plenty Read More

SharePoint 2016 – On-Prem is not dead!

Contrary to rumour, on-premises SharePoint is not disappearing just because Microsoft want to bring in new functionality on Office 365 Sharepoint first. In fact, on-prem will always be the way forward for businesses who want to keep control of their data and keep it backed up properly. We still haven’t heard of a replacement for Read More

Open Value – Surprisingly good for spread payments

There are 2 things which hit us hard with perpertual ownership licencing: Big upfront cost; Stuck to Version, eg 2013/2014, (no upgrade to 2016) especially these days of quicker releases. This is especially true with SQL, SharePoint and Windows Server – these systems need to keep up with a more connected landscape. Frankly, it’s rare for customers to Read More

SQL proving Expensive or Awkward? Try Azure!

You may be quite shocked at the high cost of SQL Server these days. Once you’ve broken past the free SQL Server 2012/2014 Express limits of 10GB Databases, 1GB RAM etc, you’ll be yearning for SQL Server Standard, BI or Enterprise – but with a painful trip to finance or the bank (even though we Read More

SharePoint 2013 Licencing…

SharePoint Server 2013 can be delivered through Office 365 at extremely low and spread cost, but often the need is for on-premises installations – for controlled configuration, maintenance, performance and security. This can get expensive, but we’ll try and help keep cost down. SharePoint Foundation is free and runs on Windows Server 2008 onwards, and Read More

OneDrive For Business – is it worth it?

OneDrive For Business (formally SkyDrive Pro etc) seems too good to be true – cheaper than DropBox.com, or Box.com (and not Google Drive…) and fully integrated with Windows and Office. It’s even been boosted to give you 1 TeraByte instead of 25GB. Finally, you can automatically sync your files to a Cloud, ensuring offsite backups Read More

SQL Server 2014 is here!

SQL Server 2014 is now available in all editions! Well, apart from Enterprise non-core, because similar to SQL2012, there is no User/Device CAL based edition of Enterprise – it’s only available as a Core edition, so licences the server processor and doesn’t need CALs. This is good and bad – it usually works out cheaper Read More