Bringing Azure Automation to Your On-Premises Environment

Microsoft’s Azure Preview Portal offers a number of additional automation features as compared to the standard management portal. The most interesting to me of these Preview Portal features is the ability to provision Hybrid Runbook Workers (“HRW”) that allow your automation tasks to span both Azure and on-premises systems. For some environments, Azure Automation could even be a replacement...

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How Business and IT Benefit From A Network Monitoring System

Network Monitoring Systems (NMS) are powerful platforms that can deliver monitoring services at many levels if implemented correctly – potentially providing a competitive edge. IT and business leadership often expect to get some sort of silver-bullet when implementing these platforms that will enable uninterrupted service and performance to its end users and customers, alike.…

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How to Delete a Message from All Mailboxes in your Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2013 Organization

Let’s face it: IT fire drills happen. Nobody likes them and everybody tries to prevent them, but yet you’ve found this blog post because you have an urgent need to delete a message from every mailbox in your organization. Maybe there’s a virus infestation, maybe a disgruntled employee sent an inappropriate email to everyone, or maybe HR accidently sent around some social...

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Business System Complexities and What To Do About It

Business System Complexities and What To Do About It Business systems are complex, only becoming more complex, and as such the management of the associated identities has spiraled out-of-control for many Enterprise organizations.  Additionally, it is increasingly more challenging to protect the type of devices that access Enterprise data.  Over the years, this has culminated in business unit...

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The Right Port in a Storm

Imagine if you will, you are the captain of a ship. (I’m from Baltimore, land of tall ships.  Please pardon my nautical references.)   You have been commissioned to deliver goods and passengers from point A to point B.  You are uncertain where point B is but you have 16 years of experience sailing this ship and you earned your title of Captain. …

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Four More Considerations for Your Next Deployment

I recently wrote a post about considerations for an international deployment – key items that need to be planned for or mitigated to avoid trouble down the road. To follow up on that post, I wanted to discuss some additional items that aren’t necessarily specific to an international deployment, but really are more relevant for any migration, large or small, local or global.…

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Notes from the CRONET Team

The evolution of massively scalable, multi-faceted, cloud based infrastructure solutions (think Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and others), has enabled an unprecedented amount of functionality to our clients. Even better, these solutions come at a cost structure unheard of even just a few years ago. Their ease of provisioning and deployment and their extremely low barrier to entry...

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How Delta Dental of Missouri used the power of the cloud to engage and grow their direct to consumer sales

Addressing the rapidly growing individual health insurance market is one of the single biggest challenges—and opportunities—health plans face today. Reforms such as the Affordable Care Act in the US has catalyzed an unprecedented spike in demand for consumer health insurance products. How can your health plan adapt quickly to not only meet this new demand, but differentiate itself from the...

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IT outsourcing: It isn’t necessarily an all-or-nothing proposition

Giving up control of information technology (IT) to outsourcing is always a difficult decision—for a variety of reasons that include staff tenure, critical business support, innovation, perceived strategic value, and the uncertainty of having an outside party perform the work with the same quality or passion. As a result, the pendulum of IT outsourcing has been swinging back and forth over the...

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