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Getting to grips with Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

DaaS is a cloud based service in which the virtual desktop infrastructure is hosted on the cloud be a service provider.   Using a multi-tenancy architecture; which is a fancy way of saying a single instance of a software image, in this case the desktop (virtual machine) is served to multiple customers, also known as tenants. Each tenant is given the ability to customise their user, like the desktop wallpaper, or their default browser (as

Containers… Docker… What’s all the fuss about?

No Doubt you’ve heard many of the major companies offering cloud based services, going crazy and throwing around buzz words like Docker, CoreOS or Containers; in fact Microsoft has announced it will be integrating containers in their upcoming Operating System, Windows server 2016. Indeed containers really have become the hot topic of discussion recently.   But what exactly are containers and why should you care?   I’ll attempt to answer this questions within this post; we’ll explore the basic concepts of

Hath hell frozon over…? SQL server on Linux?

This morning when I walked into the Conscious IT Office, a crowd gathered around a small figure laying on the ground. He seemed to have passed out moments before I  had arrived. I asked the guys what had happened, and one of them simply pointed to a monitor.     ‘Announcing SQL Server on Linux’ it read on the most recent entry on Microsoft’s blog. Ill be honest with you, My knees almost buckled, I had to support my self

Citrix launch secure browser product family

Citrix feel they have found a simple yet effective way for I.T companies to securely deliver web and SaaS (software as a service) applications to any current browser.   While browser based applications have been going strong in the enterprise, they also come with their own set of complications. For instance, organisations still use web apps which were custom developed and made only for Internet Explorer, rendering their use unreliable for other browsers. Also these modern

Getting Rid of that annoying Windows 10 update reminder for good!

Seriously Microsoft, some of us are happy with our machines the way they are. Plenty of windows 7 and 8 users world wide are being plagued by the windows 10 reminders that pop up every time they turn on their machines. It almost feels like it’s not even a choice anymore. The worst is there have been reports of windows 10 automatically installing without any authorization.   For those of you who don’t know (where have you

Microsoft Overhauls Office 365 admin center, At last!

Right now gathering usage statistics in the office 365 admin web portal can be a tad difficult, and with Microsoft adding new applications regularly to office 365 its becoming a nightmare.  As backend support we need to determine which features users are consuming and how they are consuming it.   The Office 365 Admin Center is the web portal from which a support engineer can manage user accounts and settings for each of the Office

What is Amazon Web Services and why Should IT Professionals care

Amazon Web Services (AWS) was released in 2006, it gives companies the opportunity to rent computing resources which run on a planet wide network. You could rent a server on AWS to configure and secure like you would a real world physical server, but the beauty of this service is  you only pay for the virtual server  while it runs… And without the costs of maintenance.   An additional plus is your server can do things a

Microsoft changes its mind on windows 7 updates on new Intel CPU’s

In January Microsoft said they would only offer software updates for “security, reliability, and compatibility” fixes for Windrows 7 on the intel i7 and i5 processors until july 2017, that basically meant if you weren’t using the new windows 10 Operating system on new Intel hardware by that point then you will be treated like a third class citizen. No doubt this caused some uproar with IT departments through out the land; There are many Cooperations

Finally! The Release Of FlushPRF

    We have been excited to announce this project for the longest time. Our developers have been cooking up some magic in the Conscious IT Ltd Labs. FlushPRf has been a product of love for all of us here, created to help make another task us IT workers have to perform that little bit easier and quicker .     In short FlushPRF makes removing windows user’s profile a peice of cake. And currently we have

The Evolution Of Storage Through The Years

This is part 1 of a multi-part article series.   The realm of storage has transformed over the years, all the way from Punch cards to today’s cloud based storage. The main functions of storage when it comes to architecture is all about speed, size and latency, basically how much data can be stored and how speedily it can be accessed. Gather around children, I am going to tell the story of how far storage has come.