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Hi!

We, Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd are one of the leading Microsoft Gold Certified and Cloud Accelerator Partner. We are also one of the few Cloud Deployment Partner of Microsoft in India.
We believe in guiding our clients use Office365 effectively so that the productivity of users increases.

Today, we will walk you through Administration center of Office365 (the way it looks as on 13 Nov 2014). Hope it will help you in understanding the value Office365 can deliver to your organization.

Contact us - +91-7276000222 | [email protected] if you have queries and I would be happy to assist you without any cost.

Introduction

  • Office 365 - Admin Center
  • Dashboard
  • Domain Setup
  • Users and Groups
  • Service Settings
  • Service Health
  • Reports
  • Support

Office 365 - Admin Center

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based service for businesses of varied sizes that helps them create SharePoint sites to share documents and other data, Exchange mails, Lync unified communication, etc. Instead of installing and deploying SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013 and Lync 2013 on premises, organizations can sign to SharePoint Online to provide employees with collaboration and information management capabilities that work with familiar Office applications.

To administer, manage and monitor Office 365 with SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013 and Lync 2013 for an organization, we need a one stop location administrator. Microsoft has provided us Admin Center for Office 365, where administrator can control SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync 2013 and other relevant products of Office 365.

The Admin Center is the central location for all the corresponding components of Office 365, SharePoint, Lync and Exchange, etc. The Global administrator users of the Microsoft Online Services Portal will have permissions to manage service licenses, users and groups, domains, and subscribed services.

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The Admin Center page provides links for managing licenses and general system configuration. You can check on planned maintenance, enter a service request, and verify billing information. The first user created when the account was set up is configured as a Global administrator role. This gives them the ability to set up and manage additional user accounts as well as general account configuration. In the later part of the article, we will see how to create and add new roles and users.

Dashboard

The Global administrator users will be having the dashboard view of Microsoft Office 365 environment. The following screen capture will show the dashboard view and some of the key areas have been highlighted.

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Let’s see what the key areas highlighted in are with numbers in the screen capture.

  1. Navigation links to all key areas to manage and administer Office 365 environment.
  2. Service Overview will show service health, inactive email users and service requests.
  3. Based on the Service Overview option user can have the corresponding information.
  4. Shortcut URL to administrators for managing Office 365 environment.
  5. Admin link to specific service SharePoint, Exchange and Lync, etc.

Domain Setup

Office 365 also provides an Enterprise solution that is prepared towards larger and more grown organizations. This kind of organization will likely already have an on-premise solution and want to move to a cloud-based solution. Here in this section, we will setup the Office 365 for our organization.

Here, we will see how to connect to existing domain and active directory details will be synced and reused with Office 365. Here, the administrator will have two options to setup the domain and build the platform in the Office 365 cloud for the organization. The following are the two options for the domain setup.

  • Basic
  • Custom

In the following screen capture, you will visualize how the setup page will be for administrators.

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Basic: The basic setup option is mainly focused on for the organizations who wanted to create new users and mailboxes in the cloud, and can import the emails to cloud and make it up to run with minimal effort.

Custom: The custom setup option is for migrating on-premises messaging systems. Basically for large or complex IT environments to Synchronize directories, Deploy Active Directory Federation Services, single sign-on, set up hybrid messaging with Exchange Server, Support shared address book and messaging coexistence with an on-premises email system.

Here in this demonstration, we all see how to setup using the basic option. Now click on the basic setup button as referred in the following screen capture image to proceed further.

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Now you will be navigated to the next page with list of all the configuration activity listed out with navigation hyperlinked. The following is the screen capture for your reference.

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  • Add a domain.
  • Add users, assign licenses, and create mailboxes.
  • Help your users get set up.
  • Configure your domain for email delivery.
  • Import user data (Optional).
  • Lync Online and your SharePoint team site are ready to use.

Adding a domain is the first step. Only domain names that you own can be added to the domain list. If you don't own a domain name, you can purchase one from a domain registrar, and then return to add it to Office 365. Here in this demonstration, we’re adding a domain name called ‘agcindia’ to the domain list.

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Once after adding the domain name, the next step will be the domain verification page. One should be the owner of the domain, which is about to be added in the Office 365.

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Next is the verification process, to begin the verification process, we should add a specific record to the DNS records at your domain registrar. We then look for the record to verify ownership. Each DNS provider supports different features, so we provide two ways that you can verify ownership: by creating a TXT record or an MX record.

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Once after all the verification process is completed, the user will be navigated to the domain list page. Where you can manage multiple domains; edit, troubleshoot, and DNS settings, etc.

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Users and Groups

Users and groups help the global administrator to manage users profiles, security groups, bulk import users, etc. Let’s start exploring options available in the users and group section.

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Here in the above users and group section, you can see the users listed under the active users section. First let’s see how to add single user using add option '+' highlighted in the above screen capture.11-office365-sujata-computers-pvt-ltd


Fill in the mandatory details as listed in the above screen capture, the additional details are optional to fill in to create user.

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For the same user, we can provide the administrator role based on our need. Just select the Yes option under the Assign Role and greyed ‘Select a Role’ drop down list will show you a list of different administrator roles available.13-office365-sujata-computers-pvt-ltd


Next step will be assigning the license for the user under the Office 365; we can assign users to specific set of the products under the Office 365 environment. Here in the following screen capture, you can see for my account; I no longer have any more licenses to assign for the specific user. In this case, the user will be created in the Office 365 cloud with no products to access in the Microsoft Office 365.

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Now let’s see how the groups are created and managed in the Office 365. To create new security group, use the add option highlighted in the below screen capture.

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When you click a report name, you will see a report graph. You can:

Filter the data: To see only the data you are interested in, use the drop-down filters above the graph, or the time-span indicators below the graph.

See related information: For some reports, there will be additional information in a table below the graph. In addition, related reports are linked to from the thumbnail-sized pictures to the right of the main graph.

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Next year Microsoft is releasing its new operating system and its next Windows iteration will not be Windows 9 or Windows 8.2. Instead it has skipping straight to 10. A lot of people are making fun of this. People like order, and skipping numbers bothers the kindergartner in all of us.

According to me some plausible reasons for skipping directly to 10 might be:-

  1. Christening new windows OS as windows 9 will send the message that it is merely upgrade of windows 8.1 and there is nothing new in it
  2. In June 2015 Apple is going to launch IOS 9 and MS just to prove its superiority, jumped to number 10.
  3. The Japanese consider 9 to be an unlucky number because it sounds similar to the Japanese word for pain. What's Mr. T's prediction for Windows 9?

Anyways let’s see some salient features of windows 10.After using Windows 10 for almost a week, I’ve discovered some neat little changes and features that Microsoft hasn’t yet discussed — smart tweaks that, if you’re a mouse-and-keyboard user looking for a reason to upgrade from Windows 7/8.1, you will be very pleased with. Let’s dive straight in with my favorite secret/hidden features of Windows 10.

Explorer now has a “Home” tab

In the last few versions of Windows, opening My Computer or a new Explorer window would
show you your computer’s various storage locations and shortcuts to default folders like
Documents and My Pictures. In Windows 10, you now end up in a new view called Home, which
shows Favorites, Frequent Folders, and Recent Files.

You can finally put the Recycle Bin on the taskbar Rather than having to poke around Explorer or minimize everything and find the Recycle Bin icon on the Desktop, in Windows 10 you can now add the Recycle Bin to both the taskbar and the Start menu. Yes, that is the sound of many brains exploding as they catastrophically realize the enormity of this change

The Windows 10 Start menu is resizable

This one is a bit odd: You can make the Windows 10 Start menu as tall or as wide as you like. If
you want to have a Start menu that takes up the entire left side of your screen, or a narrow strip
across the taskbar, then that’s now possible. The taskbar itself is also resizable, which means you can do weird stuffs. I am not sure if this is second bit is intentional or not. A resizable Start menu is quite cool, though! Cortana is almost definitely coming to Windows 10

After a little bit of poking around (searching for “Cortana” in Explorer) I found a lot of references to Cortana in Windows 10 Technical Preview; there’s even aWindows.Cortana.dll, just sitting there in the System32 directory. You also get a bunch of Cortana-related hits if you search for “Cortana” within the Registry Editor.None of this is to say that Cortana is definitely coming to Windows 10 — there are lots of other reasons for those files/registry entries being there, such as the ghost of an early internal test — but I’d say it’s pretty likely. We should hopefully see Cortana in the next beta of Windows 10.

Notifications and toasts in Windows 10
While Windows 10′s rumored Notification Tray isn’t yet in the Technical Preview, there are some new pretty toasts/notifications that pop up in the top right corner of the screen. These notifications appear to replace the speech bubbles that used to pop out of the system tray (the bottom right corner of the taskbar, unless you’re one of those heathens who has moved the taskbar to a non-standard location).

The Command Prompt is getting so much more than just Ctrl-V
Somewhat unbelievably, despite the Windows 10 unveil event being only 40 minutes long, Microsoft actually dedicated a couple of minutes to Windows 10′s Command Prompt (cmd). At the time, Joe Belfiore told that Command Prompt is finally gaining the ability to paste with Ctrl-V (previously, you had to right click > paste). It turns out, there’s a lot more, too. If you right click Command Prompt’s title bar and head to Properties then Experimental, you get a bunch of new options (see above). In fact, you have to turn on the experimental options before you can use Ctrl-V to paste. With experimental options turned on, you can also use Shift-arrow keys to mark text (for copying and pasting with Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V). The other options are mostly self-explanatory, though I am still trying to discover what the “extended edit keys” are (let me know in the comments if you’ve found some!)

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts for virtual desktops, improved snapping, task view
One of Windows 10′s bigger new features is virtual desktops — additional instances of the Desktop that you can use to better organize your workspace. There’s also improved snapping, and a new view called Task View that’s kind of like Alt-Tab, but it incorporates your virtual desktops as well. All of these new features have associated keyboard shortcuts to make using them a cinch.
Task View is opened up with Windows Key-Tab. It looks very like the new Alt-Tab interface, but it stays open after you let go of the keys. You can also add, remove, and manage virtual desktops from this interface.
Windows Key-Ctrl-Arrow (left or right) switches you to the next virtual desktop on the left or right.
Windows Key-Ctrl-D creates a new virtual desktop. Windows Key-Ctrl-F4 closes the current virtual desktop.
Windows Key-Up arrow and Windows Key-Down arrow can now be used to snap the current app to the top or bottom of the screen (this is in addition to Win-Left and Win-Right for snapping to the left and right of the screen). Tapping these shortcuts multiple times creates different effects: Tapping Win-Up once maximizes an app; twice snaps it to the top. Win-Down once snaps to the bottom; twice minimizes it. You can also use Win-Left/Right to move apps incrementally across a multi-monitor setup.

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Hello!

Lot of Indian customers are using Microsoft licensed products but are not aware of what those products are fully capable of doing for them and for their businesses in terms of productivity. We at Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd feel sad when we see organizations investing lakhs and crores of rupees in Microsoft technologies but not making their optimum use.

Microsoft themselves sell support services called 'Software Assurance' i.e SA which can be bought along with any product license of Microsoft, of course at some additional 20-30% of the license cost.

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Why You Should Consider Software Assurance (SA) For Your Organization?

There are below benefits of buying Software Assurance along with the product license -

  1. New software versions - You get product version upgrades at a free of cost when SA subscription is alive. For example, if you are using Windows 8 and Microsoft launches Windows 9, you can download and start using Windows 9 without paying a penny from your pocket.
  2. Planning services where you get onsite consulting services to create a deployment plan when you are getting ready to deploy new software. This service is available for desktop products (Office & Windows), SharePoint, Exchange and OCS. You can also use Business Planning services to help you get more efficiency out of your software solution.
  3. Training vouchers for technical, classroom training to help you keep your IT staff up to date. The number of vouchers that customer will get depends upon the number of license and the type of product license. Training vouchers can be redeemed with the help of Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd.
  4. E-Learning is online training to get your users trained on new software to prepare for a new software implementation, or to help them be more productive on current software.
  5. Home Use Program (HUP) provides a license of Office, at a minimal cost, to employees for their home computers allowing them to become more proficient with the software they use at work, when they are using it at home. Microsoft takes the support calls for the home use licenses so it can also help reduce the support calls going to your IT staff.
  6. 24x7 phone and web support to help you keep your IT infrastructure up and running. Customer gets number of support calls depending on number of license and type of product license bought. Each call is worth around $500.
  7. TechNet for Software Assurance subscription to provide a community of information for all of your IT issues and questions.
  8. Microsoft Office Multi Language Pack, which enables you to deploy a single image of Office with support for 37 languages.
  9. Licensing programs like OVL, Select Plus, EA allows you to step up the license edition so as to standardize your infrastructure. For example, you can use Office Professional Plus edition (highest edition available) over Office Standard if you have purchased SA along with Office Standard.
  10. You get an access to Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) which Sujata will help you deploy. MDOP is a set of technologies help manage PCs and make deployments across the network easy.

Do note that entitlement to above benefits will depend on the licensing program under which SA is to be purchased. Details of which licensing program gives what benefits given in below image.

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Click here to find an interactive guide to Microsoft Software Assurance (SA).

Anything Else Customer Should Know About Software Assurance (SA)?
Yes. Below things -

  • Software Assurance is valid for 2 years, it is optional for customer to renew it thereafter.
  • Whatever is the latest version of a product customer has installed, he can still use it after the expiry of SA. It is then recommended to renew the SA.
  • The only way to purchase Windows Enterprise desktop OS license is to purchase Software Assurance along with eligible Windows editions license.

Licensing Program Under Which Software Assurance (SA) Can Be Bought -

  • Open license (MOLP) - One-time purchase. Software Assurance is optional in most of the products, only in some products SA comes bundled. It is a permanent/perpetual license.
  • Open Value License (OVL) - 3 years contract with price locking. After 3 years, license become permanent / perpetual and SA renewal is optional. SA is built-in along with license.
  • Select Plus - 3 years contract with price locking and bulk discounts. quantity purchase commitments required. SA is optional to purchase in this contract. Recommended when you have equal or more than 250 users and if you don't mind singing agreements.
  • Enterprise Agreement - 3 years contract with price locking and bulk discount. quantity purchase commitments required. SA is built-in along with license. Recommended when you have equal or more than 250 users and if you don't mind singing agreements.

How To Buy It?

Talk to us to decide which program to select if license and SA is to be bought.
Some products come bundled with Software Assurance, for example, Visual Studio Premium, Visual Studio Ultimate, Office365 etc. And for some products you need buy additional SKU along with the license to get the benefits of Software Assurance.

You can buy SA along with OEM license or Volume License. If you have bought only license already, you can add SA within 60 days of it (as of now).

Best regards
Paresh Lodha
Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd
+91-7276000222

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Visual Studio is a complete set of development tools for building ASP.NET Web applications, XML Web Services, desktop applications, and mobile applications. Visual Basic, Visual C#, and Visual C++ all use the same integrated development environment (IDE), which enables tool sharing and eases the creation of mixed-language solutions. In addition, these languages use the functionality of the .NET Framework, which provides access to key technologies that simplify the development of ASP Web applications and XML Web Services Application Migration, like fire fox to asp.net.

It is used to develop console and graphical user interface applications along with Windows Forms or WPF applications, web sites, web applications, and web services in both native code together with managed code for all platforms supported by Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Windows CE, .NET Framework, .NET Compact Framework and Microsoft Silverlight.

Microsoft Visual Studio Available in four different flavours as mention below:-

  • VS Ultimate with MSDN    
  • VS Premium with MSDN
  • VS Professional with MSDN


VS Test Pro with MSDN
Microsoft Visual Studio Capabilities:-
What can you really do with Visual Studio? Following are some of the various applications that can be built using Visual Studio.

Console applications: These applications run from the command line and do not include a graphical interface, but are great for small tools or anything that will be run by another application.
Windows forms applications: These are Windows desktop applications written using the .NET framework; since they are .NET applications, they require that the .NET framework be on any computer that will run the application.
Windows services: Services are applications that run in the background while your computer is running. These are usually applications that will have to perform scheduled tasks or handle continuous network requests.
ASP.NET applications: ASP.NET is a powerful technology that is used to create dynamic web applications, often driven by a database. Many popular websites are written using ASP.NET, including those of e-commerce giants like Dell.

ASP.NET web services: ASP.NET provides a complete web services model that allows you to quickly and easily create web services.
Windows Mobile applications: Windows Mobile applications can run on devices that include the Compact framework; these include Pocket PC devices, as well as cell phones running the Microsoft Smartphone platform.
MFC/ATL/Win32 applications: You can also still create traditional MFC, ATL, or Win32 applications using C++. These applications do not need the .NET runtime to run, but also don't include many of the benefits of working with the .NET framework.
Visual Studio add-ins: That's right, you can use Visual Studio to write new functionality to be added into Visual Studio.
And more: Visual Studio also includes projects to deploy your application, work with databases, create reports, and more.

Visual Studio provides an extensible model for adding new projects to Visual Studio; many other Microsoft applications now integrate directly into the IDE. Some of the most common include SQL Server Reporting Services and Visual Studio Tools for Office.
Microsoft Visual Studio Features:-
All of the above applications could be written using another IDE or some combination of freely available SDKs and your favourite text editor, so why would you pay for Visual Studio? Visual Studio is dedicated to making your development life easier through time-saving and convenient features; here are some of the most compelling of those features.

IntelliSense: IntelliSense is the trademark feature of Visual Studio. IntelliSense simply helps you while programming by showing you the available classes and the methods and properties available on those classes. Can't remember what the name of that class, method, or property is? No worries, IntelliSense will help out.

Designers: Visual Studio includes visual WSYIWYG designers for Windows applications, ASP.NET applications, and Windows Mobile applications. These designers make it much easier to get your application looking just right.

Debugging: One of the most important features of Visual Studio is the ability to step through your application line by line as it is executing. Not sure why you are getting an error? Simply walk through and see exactly what is going wrong.

Organization: Visual Studio is built for developing applications, so it provides intuitive methods for organizing your various code files into projects and your various projects into solutions.

Visual Studio includes way too many features to be listed here; even most seasoned developers don't make use of all of the various features available in Visual Studio.
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Hemant Bhagwat
Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd

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UTM (Unified Threat Management)

UTM represents a significant shift in the evolution of network security technology and equipment. UTM generally refers to a security appliance that consolidates a wide range of essential network security functions into a single device, including next-generation firewall technologies like application control.
As network threats evolve and new threats emerge, network security must change and adapt to protect against such threats. This adaptability can make UTM difficult to define because the technologies included can vary from vendor to vendor. Over time, however, the collection of capabilities associated with UTM has consistently expanded, and this trend shows no sign of tapering off.
As we write this, the best UTM solutions for networks include the following core security functions in their arsenals.

  • Network firewalls perform state full packet inspection.
  • IPS detects and blocks intrusions and certain attacks.
  • Application control provides visibility and control of application behavior and content.
  • VPN enables secure remote access to networks.
  • Content filtering halts access to malicious, inappropriate, or questionable websites and online content.
  • IPv6 support in all network security functions protects networks as they migrate from IPv4 to IPv6.
  • Support for virtualized environments, both virtual domains and virtual appliances.

indexThey also include additional security technologies that organizations can choose to deploy, including

  • Data loss prevention that blocks accidental or intentional loss of confidential, proprietary, or regulated data.
  • Anti-virus/anti-spam protection that prevents malicious payloads or unwanted messages from entering networks
  • Endpoint control that enforces corporate security policies with remote users and devices.
  • Integrated wireless LAN (WLAN) controller to consolidate all wired and wireless traffic through a single device, to simplify policy creation and enforcement while reducing network complexity.
  • Gartner has once again positioned Fortinet as a leader in the Unified Threat Management (UTM) Magic Quadrant for 2014.
  • According to Gartner, “The Leaders quadrant contains vendors at the forefront of making and selling UTM products” and “Vendors in this quadrant lead the market in offering new safeguarding features, and in enabling customers to deploy them inexpensively without significantly affecting the end-user experience or increasing staffing burdens.”
  • Of course, the FortiGate Connected UTM platform supports the comprehensive set of security features you would expect from a market leading UTM solution: Firewall, VPN, IPS, Anti-malware, URL and Application control. But Fortinet’s relentless commitment to innovation takes the FortiGate Connected UTM to the next level. Integrated High-Density Switching (including PoE) and Wireless LAN eliminates the need to deploy standalone switches or wireless controllers, further simplifying your network deployment and reducing management costs
  • Sujata Computers Pvt. Ltd is the Value added Distributor for the Fortinet.
  • I would be glad to answer your queries, you can leave your comments or write to me at [email protected]
  • Warm regards

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Dinesh
Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd
Fortinet Partner & Sub-Distributor

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Hi All!

Microsoft has tried to simplify their licensing and have started offering brand new Office 365 cloud services to make professionals more productive in their work.

I will explain plans given in below image one-by-one:

O365 Business is useful for people who want to use Office on their devices, this license subscription allows one to install Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, OneNote, Publisher) on up to 5 devices such as Mobile, Tablet, PC, Mac which traditional Office license does not allow. This is a great offering for people who want to manage their documents through cloud storage, Microsoft offers service called OneDrive in which one gets 1 TB of storage that syncs documents or data across devices with the cloud storage.
In all, one should buy this plan if they want to use office and manage their documents and data on cloud.
Start your free trial of 25 user licenses for 30 days with Sujata for Microsoft O365 business-
https://portal.office.com/partner/partnersignup.aspx?type=Trial&id=dc734ed3-35bf-475e-8a7a-ea86a8e1d4a3&msppid=1531795
O365 Business Essential is an ideal offering for small-medium business that needs email (Exchange) , audio-video conferencing application (Lync), instant messaging application (Lync), document management, processes management and HR applications (SharePoint) and Office applications that can be used online.

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O365 Business Premium gives all the application services that one business needs but has a limit of 300 licenses that can be bought by the customer. It offers Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, OneDrive, Office Online as well as Office that can be installed on the device (PC/MAC/Mobile/Tablet) - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and OneNote on up to 5 PCs or Macs with single user license subscription.
With Exchange, one can configure domain which looks more professional for any business in e-mail communication. Domain can be bought from godaddy.com, net4india.com etc. and the cost depends on your domain name.
Sujata is a Cloud Deployment Partner and Microsoft is running a great offer with us on O365 Business Premium whose price is INR 9000, we can offer it at INR 5400 which brings cost to INR 450 per month per user inclusive all taxes. It is a limited period offer and we highly recommend to our customer to subscribe for at least one license to experience it.
Start your free trial of 25 user licenses for 30 days with Sujata for Microsoft O365 business Premium - https://portal.office.com/partner/partnersignup.aspx?type=Trial&id=ac00b726-4f51-449c-b527-223052e0e621&msppid=1531795

Many customers are not aware that Microsoft sells Office Pro Plus on monthly subscription basis just at INR 720 per user per month including all taxes. This offer works great for customers who work on short-term projects and who want to opt for pay-as-you-use basis. Traditional Office Standard license costs around INR 20,000. We cannot compare that with the O365 Office Pro Plus offering because one gets Access in O365 Pro Plus and also gets free of cost version upgrades under the active subscription.
Start your free trial of 25 user licenses for 30 days with Sujata for Microsoft O365 Pro Plus - https://portal.office.com/partner/partnersignup.aspx?type=Trial&id=291bc63e-5dc6-4be9-8d60-2b5c73a27563&msppid=1531795


With this new offerings, Microsoft have started offering better document collaboration with the help of SharePoint and OneDrive. SharePoint offers some default templates for storing and sharing documents in a structured manner. OneDrive helps synchronizing your documents with cloud storage automatically, it uploads and syncs cloud storage with your device's storage.
Microsoft is also offering great communication-collaboration tool as Lync. With Lync, can do audio and video conferencing from different devices. You can invite your customers, peers, vendors for conferencing or do instant messaging using Lync.

In the next blog, I will write about Enterprise plans that are offered by Microsoft under Office 365. I will also deep-dive technically on the services offered under Office 365. I would also briefly write about how you as a customer can negotiate with us as a partner and Microsoft for Office365 contracts.

 * For more details, you can visit:

India's Microsoft Office 365 Official Page : http://office.microsoft.com/en-in/business/compare-all-office-365-for-business-plans-FX104051403.aspx
Third party research (InfoWorld) comparison between Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 - http://www.infoworld.com/resources/16354/saas/microsoft-office-365-vs-google-apps-the-ultimate-g
Read about all O365 services in-depth : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office-365-service-descriptions.aspx
Our exclusive website for O365 Business Premium Offer, check that out: www.Buyo365.com
Our online e-store for software - www.parto.in

Thanks for reading ! Contact me on +91-7276000222 or at [email protected] for any queries. You can also comment here or on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/followsujata  ) and we will be happy to answer your queries.

Warmest regards,
Paresh
Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd
Microsoft Cloud Deployment Partner
India

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Specialized Competencies available with SCPL
 
We at Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd having more than two decades of experience in delivery and deployment of specialized IT Solutions like Information Security, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Storage Solutions and many more. SCPL is till date able to satisfy the IT needs and requirements of more than 3000 SMB and 400 Enterprise Companies.
SCPL Partnership with Symantec is now almost more than a decade old. In these years we have achieved number of certifications and awards. We have developed extra ordinary competencies in various verticals like

  • Enterprise Security
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SCPL has proven competency and expertise to deploy and configure various solutions like
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Symantec Backup Exec 2014 :
Symantec Backup Exec delivers powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use backup and recovery to protect your entire infrastructure whether built upon virtual, physical, or a combination of both.
Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance :
Backup Exec 3600 Appliances eliminate risk by integrating Backup Exec 2014 software with purpose-built backup hardware to provide an easy, complete, and cost-effective backup solution.
Symantec NetBackup 7.6 :
The NetBackup Platform is a holistic backup and recovery solution that is optimized for virtually any workload, whether physical, virtual, arrays, or big data, and delivers truly flexible target storage options, whether tape, 3rd party disk, appliances, including the NetBackup Deduplication Appliances and Integrated Backup Appliances, or cloud
Symantec NetBackup 5230 Appliance :
The NetBackup appliances are ideal for customers looking for turnkey solutions for their organization. The appliances enable efficient, storage-optimized data protection for the data center, remote office and virtual environments.
Symantec Enterprise Vault :
Enterprise Vault, the industry leader in archiving, enables organizations to efficiently store, effectively manage, and easily discover and retrieve unstructured information as needed for business. As the industry’s most widely-deployed on-premise enterprise archiving solution, Enterprise Vault helps customers deduplicate information at the source to reduce operational costs, manage organization-wide retention and information governance policies, and control the costs of compliance and litigation support.
Symantec Drive Encryption :
Symantec’s encryption solutions enable organizations to deliver data protection with centralized policy management through the optional use of Encryption Management Server.
Symantec Data Loss Prevention :
DLP helps you protect your data from loss and theft, comply with privacy laws, and safeguard your reputation.

In addition to these solutions, we are closely working with Symantec Technical and Engineering Team for getting hands on skills for the upgraded and recent products launched.
Considering the growing competencies of SCPL, Symantec has been recently awarded as Best Emerging Partner of Year 2014-15.

For any Symantec related enquiries please feel free to contact me on [email protected]  or +91-9011017300.

Thanks!
Sanket Kadam
Product Manager-Symantec

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This is Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd (HQ: Pune, India). We are writing our first blog to introduce ourselves as a company that provides IT services. Sujata was founded in 1994 and today it employs around 200 people serving approximately 3000 SMB customers and 400 enterprise-class customers.

We will be writing blogs to help our readers the latest trends in computers services industry and Sujata's experts would give you tips for selecting right products for your need and will also share experiences to increase your productivity and overcome challenges of the products that you might be using.

I am Paresh Lodha, Deputy Director of Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd introduce the team that will write blogs on behalf of Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd.
We have below members and they will write about their respective brands in coming time -
1. Sanket - Symantec Expert - Sujata is an award-winning Certified Partner of Symantec.
2. Hemant - IBM Tivoli and Rational Expert - Sujata is IBM Tivoli and IBM Rational Certified.
3. Umesh - Adobe Expert - Sujata is Adobe Certified Partner.
4. Sameer T- Microsoft Expert - Sujata is a Microsoft Cloud Deployment and Gold Certified. Sujata has won Microsoft awards for last 8 years consecutively.
5. Pushkar - Microsoft Expert
6. Eknath - IBM Server and Storage Expert - Sujata's division 'Gadgets and Laptops' is award-winning IBM World Partner.
7. Sameer B- HP Server and Storage Expert - Sujata's division 'Gadgets and Laptops' is award-winning HP Partner.
and other who will introduce themselves when they write a blog and share the information with you.

Please feel free to contact me on [email protected] or +91-7276000222 and I will be glad to answer your questions.

I and my team look forward to interact with you.

Thanks!
Paresh Lodha

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headerappliance.jpgSymantec Backup Exec™ 3600 Appliance is the only solution that provides Symantec Backup Exec™ software on optimized hardware integrated into an affordable appliance from the industry leader in backup. Symantec Equipped with integrated data deduplication, granular recovery, and virtual machine protection, the Backup Exec 3600 Appliance manages data growth and effectively reduces rising storage costs while enabling faster backups. Unlike other solutions, the Backup Exec 3600 Appliance reduces downtime with patented Symantec™ V-Ray technology that restores entire servers, critical Microsoft® applications, and VMware® or Microsoft Hyper-V® virtual guests in minutes.

Key features

  • Reduces backup complexity and simplifies data protection with an all-in-one backup and recovery solution that integrates software and hardware from a single vendor.
  • Speeds up backup windows and achieves faster recovery times using disk storage.
  • Dramatically minimizes downtime and data loss by rapidly recovering what you need, when you need it.
  • Includes a wide variety of pre-licensed Backup Exec Options, enabling protection of applications on physical or virtual servers, including Microsoft® Exchange, SQL® Server, SharePoint®, Active Directory®, as well as Lotus Notes®, Oracle®, and virtual instances on VMware, Hyper-V, and more.key benefits
  • Replicates backup data to another Backup Exec 3600 Appliance or managed Backup Exec media server in any location when using the Enterprise Server Central Admin Server Option (included with the Backup Exec 3600 Total Protection Suite or sold separately).
  • The Deduplication Option provides customers with the ability to reduce backup storage by 90 percent or more, improve backup windows, and facilitate better remote office protection.
  • Easy to deploy, configure, and manage through a single console.
  • Protects and integrates with all key VMware and Hyper-V technologies, including VMware vStorage™, vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP), and Microsoft® Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).
  • Offers Microsoft-certified backup and recovery for the latest Windows® environments, including Windows® 2012 and 2008 R2, Microsoft® Exchange 2013 and 2010 SP1, Windows® 7, and Hyper-V.

Key Benefits

  • Simplify backup with an all-in-one comprehensive backup appliance
  • Reduce backup windows and storage by up to 90 percent with seamless built-in data deduplication.
  • Built-in replication with optimized data deduplication
  • Fast and powerful backup and recovery
  • Tape support
  • Proven, reliable, and easy-to-use
  • Centralized management and reporting

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Symantec™ Auto Support
Backup Exec 3600 Appliance provides monitoring of key hardware components and notifies the administrator of faulty events. The hardware monitoring feature ensures your backup environment is working at top efficiency, allowing you to anticipate needs before they become issues. The Call Home feature keeps a watchful eye on a multitude of preset conditions and maintains a history of the product's health with Symantec Auto Support which offers proactive support at no additional charge. The hardware history is available to the Symantec™ Global Support Center to use while assisting with any support cases, providing useful context to resolve issues in a timely manner.

Why Sujata Computers
We are one of very few Symantec partners enabled for deployment of Symantec BE 3600 Appliance. We are the first to conduct the Proof of Concept (POC) at the end customer’s live environment and first to deploy the appliance. Our Team has worked with Symantec Experts in a handshake fashion to get a hands on expertise on the appliance.
SMB Customers can avail FLAT 15% DISCOUNT*

FOR ENQUIRIES AND DEMO PLEASE CONTACT ME ON [email protected] or +919011017300

Thanks

Sanket Kadam

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Virtualization may be defined as creating virtual version of something. In IT industry in case of server virtualization, it is all about creating multiple virtual machines (guest) on a single hardware server (host). Originated in 1960s, it involves logical distribution of hardware resources among different guests. With the passage of time it gained popularity because of following benefits: -

Cost :- When one is planning to erect a datacenter, major investment goes into physical hardware. Apart from that, to run a data center, one needs space, electricity, false flooring, air conditioning, facilities to repel rodents etc: If one opts for virtualization technology one is saving a lot on above mentioned cost. Lesser hardware requirement means less space, less electricity consumption and less cooling facilities. And this boils down to less investment.

Back Up :- The compulsory item of datacenter is back up solution. Taking back up of virtualized server and its redeployment is less time consuming then that of taking back up of hardware server and redeploying it.  Firing up a snapshot is faster than rebooting a typical hardware server.

Testing Environment :- If one has testing environment then virtualization is the best option. One can create virtual machines (in accordance with the licensing policy of software) and can use it for testing purpose. If a terrible mistake happens and machine crashes new VM can be created in jiffy.

Virtualized servers are the best option when high availability is required.
mshv-overviewHyper-V (a Microsoft product) and formerly known as Windows Server Virtualization, is a native hypervisor. It comes as a separate SKU and it comes bundled with Window server 2012R2.
Windows server 2012R2 comes in four editions

  • Foundation – For up to 15 users and no virtual machine (VM) can be created.
  • Essentials – For up to 25 users and only one virtual machine can be created
  • Standard- for unlimited users and only two virtual machines can be created
  • Datacenter – For unlimited users and unlimited virtual machines can be created.
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Hi!

Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali!

Today is the day when everybody burst crackers and Microsoft Azure is buzzing like any cracker in the IT industry. Let's explore what it is and how it can help you and your organization.

Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables developers to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

In simple words, Azure provides you Infrastructure as well as basic software like Operating System (Windows, Linux etc.), Visual Studio, SQL in cloud. For Azure, you pay as per your usage and can avoid huge capital cost that you traditionally invest in building the infrastructure.

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What applications one can build on Azure?
You can develop, test and deploy all kinds of application that you traditionally do in your own on-premise (traditional) infrastructure. You can buy cloud infrastructure as per your applications' requirement and pay-as-you-use for the infrastructure that Microsoft provides in Azure.

What are the example of scenarios in which Azure can be used?
There are many but below are the ones that I have come across frequently -
1.You need scalability in your infrastructure so that if the load increases, you do not have to run to buy and install extra hard-disk or storage, RAM, bandwidth etc. Azure will automatically scale itself up or down depending on the demand of the application.

2.You are going to host the application in cloud. In Azure, you can straight-away start hosting the application as soon as you build it.

3.You are an software outsourcing service provider and your client sits in other country. Azure gives you the flexibility in terms of your client can see the progress of the application development and can make corrections if things are not going as per your client's requirement. Secondly, your client does not have to pay for the whole infrastructure that you might have built traditionally for the development of application. Client will pay only as per the usage of the Azure.

How does the development happens on Azure? Do you need any additional skills to develop an application?
Not really, you should know .Net programming languages to develop Azure application. You can also download latest Azure SDK and use it along with Visual Studio which is available in Azure itself. Because the Azure environment is much like the standard Windows environment, it's easier to create a cloud version of an existing Windows application.

Topics that we will cover in this blog are -

  • How to try Azure?
  • Creating Virtual Machine on Azure
  • Creating and deploying Azure website
  • Mobile apps on Azure
  • Pricing and parameters to be considered while buying Azure
  • Conclusion

1.How to try Azure?

Step 1: To start the trial of Azure, you will require Live ID which can be signed up here, if you don't already have one. It is the same ID that you use for accessing VLSC portal on which your organization's Microsoft license details.

Step 2: You can sign up for free trial here: Note - You will need valid credit card details with you to activate the trial. Contact Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd, if you do not have credit card but want to see and try Azure. As you can buy Azure through Volume License as well.

https://account.windowsazure.com/signup?offer=ms-azr-0044p&WHR=azure.com  

Free Azure account to using the free developer tools, and covers each of the six major offerings from Azure:
Virtual machines
Website development
Mobile Services for authenticating users and storing data
The Cloud Services API development and deployment tools
Data Services, which incorporates SQL, Table, and Blob storage
App services like Service Bus for messaging.

2.Creating Virtual Machine on Azure

Creating Virtual Machine (VM) on Azure for Windows and Linux is almost same and easy as soon as you get an access to Azure.
Provide the public facing DNS name for the Virtual Machine, select from Azure platform supplied list of VM images, enter a user name, password, and the region.

For detailed guide on how to create VM for Windows on Azure click here.

For detailed guide on how to create VM for Linux on Azure click here.

3. Creating and deploying Azure website

Select the New->Websites option within the Preview portal:
Provide the name of the Website you want to create, choose where in the world you want to run it, and then click the “Create Website” button and it will be ready to use in seconds.

4.Mobile Apps on Azure

Please watch below video (approx. 7 minutes) to understand how simply existing windows application can be transformed into Mobile app.  You can also read this blog here.

5.Pricing and parameters to be considered while buying Azure

Taking advantage of resources in the cloud allows you to decrease your costs for building and expanding your on-premises infrastructure. You can also reduce the cost of IT administration because the hardware and its security as well as maintenance is being taken care of for you, off-premises. The cost of creating, testing, debugging, and distributing Web-based applications goes down because you have to pay only for the computer processing time and storage space you need at a given time.
Windows Azure pricing will be based on consumption, with a per-hour fee that's dependent on the size of the instance for Azure computing services and per-month or per-transaction fees for Azure storage services based on data size.

You can purchase Azure through three options -
Pay-as-you-go online

Volume license through Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd - for this, you will not mandatorily need credit card.
Enterprise Agreement (EA), if your organization have one.

Here's the calculator for pricing of Azure in INR (Indian Rupees) -
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/

Conclusion
Having in mind the above mentioned key points in moving application to Windows Azure, I highly encourage you to play around and test. I will post another blog post if something rather important comes out from the deep ocean of Azure knowledge I have. But for the moment, these are the most important check-points for your app.

If you have questions – you are more than welcome to comment!

For More Details, Please Read:

  1. All the videos, documents for beginners are available here - www.windowsazure4beginner.com
  2. Development & Deployment Azure Guide -http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee336122.aspx
  3. step-by-step migrating VMware to Windows Azure -http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2014/07/15/step-by-step-migrating-from-vmware-to-windows-azure.aspx
  4. Guide to create Virtual Machine with Linux on Azure -http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-linux-tutorial/
  5. Expert's blog on Azure and Mobile services - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brunoterkaly/archive/2014/04/13/how-to-create-universal-applications-with-azure-mobile-services-that-leverage-push-notifications-and-database-insertion-and-data-retrieval.aspx

Disclaimer
What I describe here is absolutely my sole opinion, based on my experience. You are free to follow these instructions at your own risk. I describe key points in migrating an application to the Windows Azure Platform-as-a-Service offering – the regular Cloud Services with Web and/or Worker Roles.
Once again, have a Happy & Safe Diwali!

Warm regards,
Paresh Lodha
+91-7276000222

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Starting July 14, 2015, Microsoft will end all support and updates for Windows Server 2003.

As your trusted advisor and partner, we’re hosting an exclusive series of webinars to help you with a smooth transition from Windows Server 2003. The last webinar focused on the process of migration.

The upcoming webinar, to be held on February 19, 2015 will detail out the practical considerations and best practices of migration from Windows Server 2003. We will also take you through the licensing options available.

Register for the webinar now and stay ahead in the game.

Regards,
Microsoft Team

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Hi All IT and Marketing Managers !

Have you ever seen that your colleague has used weird email signature that doesn't only irritates you but chances are that it will leave a bad impression on customers?

Have you ever thought that you can use email signature to do marketing? or its an integral part of marketing but managing it is difficult in your organization?
We have brought the solution for you!

Sujata is happy to introduce itself as an authorized reseller for Exclaimer Signature Manager Exchange Edition which is the award-winning signature software solution for Exchange 2013/2010/2007 that automatically adds professional email signatures to all corporate mail.

  1. Centrally manage all your organization’s email signatures processed by Exchange.
  2. Get consistent signatures on all email with auto-completed details like names, departments and job titles pulled from your Active Directory.
  3. Design the perfect email signature template with logos, legal disclaimers, marketing banners, social media links and more.
  4. Vary email signatures for different teams and departments.
  • Get full HTML signatures on all devices including mobiles (iPhone, Blackberry, Android devices, iPad etc.).
  • Easily update and distribute every signature in your organization with a single click via Exchange.
  • End users don’t have to do anything to receive a new email signature.

Solution is best suited for organizations that want to look professional in the e-mail. It can be from any industry.

Cost is very much affordable to enterprise and SMB customers.

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For more details, please call - Mr.Paresh Lodha - +91-7276000222 or write to [email protected] and [email protected]

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We Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd. are specialized partner for Microsoft developer’s tools.

As a developer tools specialized partner we have expertise in providing licensing and solution for below tools.

1. Visual Studio:- Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop computer programs for Microsoft Windows, as well as web sites, web applications and web services. Visual Studio uses Microsoft software development platforms such as Windows API, Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Store and Microsoft Silverlight. It can produce both native code and managed code.
Available Editions –
     a. On-Premise : Professional | Professional Test | Premium | Ultimate.
     b. Online – Basic | Professional | Advanced
2. MSDN:- Microsoft Developer Network is the portion of Microsoft responsible for managing the firm's relationship with developers and testers, such as hardware developers interested in the operating system (OS), and software developers developing on the various OS platforms or using the API and/or scripting languages of Microsoft's applications. The relationship management is situated in assorted media: web sites, newsletters, developer conferences, trade media, blogs and DVD distribution. The life cycle of the relationships ranges from legacy support through evangelizing potential offerings.
3. Azure:- Windows Azure is intended to simplify IT management and minimize up-front and on-going expenses. To this end, Azure was designed to facilitate the management of scalable Web applications over the Internet. The hosting and management environment is maintained at Microsoft data centres.
4. MS SQL:- SQL Server is a Microsoft product used to manage and store information. Technically, SQL Server is a “relational database management system” (RDMS). Broken apart, this term means two things. First, that data stored inside SQL Server will be housed in a “relational database”, and second, that SQL Server is an entire “management system”, not just a database. SQL itself stands for Structured Query Language. This is the language used to manage and administer the database server.
Available Editions –  Standard | Enterprise |Business intelligence edition
5. InfoPath: -An application in the Enterprise editions of Microsoft Office for creating and editing XML-based forms. Formerly known as "XDocs" and "NetDocs," it enables users to build forms that are true XML documents.
6. Biz Talk Server:- BizTalk Server is Microsoft's central platform for Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Business Process Management (BPM) and embodies the integration and automation capabilities of XML and Web Services technologies.
7. Team Foundation Server:- Team Foundation Server is a Microsoft product which provides source code management, reporting, requirements management, project management, automated builds, lab management, testing and release management capabilities.

Why You Should Consider Buying MSDN?
1) Get an access to all past and future versions of Visual Studio for free of cost. Free version upgrade and updates.
2) Get access to different Microsoft product licenses for free for the development and testing purpose without having to pay for any of the individual software. Download details here!
3) Full TFS license and TFS CAL is now included within all levels of MSDN Subscriptions.
4) Get access to eLearning portal – User gets approx. 20-40 Hours of online training per calendar year.
5) Tech Support Calls - Each MSDN includes 1-4 tech support incidents. Worth $500 each.
6) Get Free Azure Credits. MSDN includes a monthly allowance of Azure compute and storage.
7) Get training vouchers. Number of vouchers will depend on the number of licenses and type of licenses that you purchase.
8) Valid for 2 years. Renewal after that is optional.

More Resources for Microsoft Developers’ Tools:
1.Comparison between different editions of Visual Studio – http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/compare-visual-studio-products-vs.aspx
2.MSDN Product offerings for testing and development purpose – please find attached sheet.
3.30-day Trial version of Visual Studio – http://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs
4.Trial for Microsoft Azure – http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/offers/ms-azr-0044p/

Contact Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd for training and demo of any Microsoft developers’ tools.
                                               
Contact us :
Mr. Paresh Lodha | +91-7276000222 | [email protected]
Mr. Hemant Bhagwat | +91-9850362300 | [email protected]

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Dear Customers

Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd as a Autodesk Reseller is happy to bring you great discounts for freelancers. Avail them now. Offer is valid only till October 2014.Autodesk-freelancer-Offer-October2014

Warm Regards
Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd - Autodesk Team
Autodesk Reseller
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Hi!
We, Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd almost everyday get calls from our existing customers and new customers asking for a solution on what to be done when they receive a call from Microsoft's or Adobe's or Autodesk's license compliance team. There are variety of questions customers ask and I will try to address some of the common questions here -

We are naming some of these proprietary software makers just as example, you might receive calls from similar software makers and answers given below apply to them as well.

How come I received a call from Microsoft's compliance team?
It is simple. Either user has activated trial too many times or some users have installed the pirated applications without the permission of IT team.


How does Microsoft know that we have pirated software in our organization?
This is pretty straight forward and before this question comes to your mind, shouldn't you be thinking why to breach someone's Intellectual Property (IP) by using pirated software.
Anyway, chances are when you install pirated applications on your devices and connect them to the internet - it tries to connect with software vendors' servers and ask for updates. secondly, software vendors have all the details of licenses that you have bought in the past so when they 'realize' that you have more users or devices in your premise, it is easy to guess that you are using pirated software. When I say 'realize' that means when they visit your office or when they see your advertisements for recruitments or when they hear the number of users or devices from your security guard or from your receptionist - they come to know!


What are their Licensing Audits like ? What do they do exactly?
Companies can encounter different types of Microsoft audits. The Software Asset Management engagement, also known as SAM engagement, is a voluntary audit. During a SAM engagement, a Microsoft consulting partner like KPMG, E&Y, PwC etc. examines the client’s Microsoft software resources for any misuse. There is often confusion regarding how many licenses are currently installed on devices.  Sometimes the results of a SAM engagement will result in having the company pay for installed programming that is not currently used. They give you the reports of installed applications in your network and the details of breach of IP.

To avoid overpaying, companies should dispose off out-dated and unused software and workstations.
A significantly more serious and involuntary Microsoft audit is the Legal Contract and Compliance Audit, also known as the LCC Audit. An LCC Audit is only administered when Microsoft believes that a serious licensing infraction has taken place, as this type of audit is costly and time consuming. LCC Audits may be issued when a company has consistently refused to undergo a SAM engagement.

So we suggest all our customers to respond to Microsoft's queries and communication. You can take help of Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd to do that.

What to Expect In Audit And After Audit
Microsoft's audit partner will carry out an activity at customer's premise. They will lock down the systems in case customer refuses to co-operate or if customer is co-operating then they will simply use a device through which they can scan customer's network and find out what applications are being used in the organization.

In an audit, Microsoft will want to ensure that every piece of equipment with the capability of running a Microsoft product is appropriately licensed and paid for. Unintentional non-compliance is almost guaranteed due to the intricacy of Microsoft’s licensing structure and because Microsoft does not alert firms when software overuse has occurred. If companies have a highly advanced system allows IT to recognize when overuse is occurring, they may be able to avoid non-compliance.  However, even if a company actually possesses the appropriate licenses, if they cannot show an audit trail that is proof of purchase like supplier's invoices or authentic serial keys, Microsoft can still impose fines.
Companies must understand that they are completely responsible for ensuring that all of their devices are appropriately licensed regardless of the confusion that Microsoft’s licensing structure may present.

Indian Law For Anti-Piracy (As of Oct 2014). What is the punishment for pirated/illegal usage of software?
If customer is not co-operating and is not ready to purchase required licenses, Microsoft can take customer to Delhi High-Court and chances are that one of the below penalty will be applied to the customer -

  • Minimum imprisonment is six months, maximum imprisonment up to three years and minimum fine of fifty thousand rupees and maximum of two lakh rupees.
  • In case of second and subsequent convictions for copyright infringement and/or violation of any other right conferred by the Indian Copyright Act, punishment for the second and for every subsequent offence is minimum one year imprisonment and maximum 3 years and a minimum fine of one lakh rupees and maximum is two lakh rupees.
  • In case any person who knowingly makes use on a computer of an infringing copy of a computer program shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven days but which may extend to three years and with fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees but which may extend to two lakh rupees

Note - It has been brought to our notice by few customers that there are thugs in the market who come along with the police (mostly fake) usually at night (between 7-10 pm) and ask customers to pay up in cash for using pirated software. These people are not real representatives of any proprietary software makers and customers are robbed by them. We suggest you not to get panic in such situation because no reputed software maker does this kind of unprofessional raids or compliance.

Kindly contact Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd immediately if you come across such incident and we will try to help you out.

How To Avoid SAM or Audit or Compliance and To Prepare for the Audits

Plan Your SAM, and start building exceptional business results from the foundation up.
You can implement SAM in your organization by following four basic steps, Contact Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd for implementing and consulting the same :
Graphical representation of the four SAM steps: Take Inventory, Get Organized, Create Policies and Procedures, Maintain Your SAM Plan
1) Take Inventory
First, you need to know what you already have. Therefore the first step in your SAM program is to take inventory of your deployed software. If your business is small, you might be able to do this manually. If your organization is larger, you might try using any of the automated discovery tools that can easily and efficiently scan your entire network or reach out to a SAM partner.
2) Get Organized
The next step is to take an inventory of the licenses you have purchased. To optimize and manage your software assets, you'll need to find, record, and organize the licenses and documentation for each software title and version. You can easily manage your software license library in a number of ways. Begin by learning what types of documents you will need to keep, how best to keep them organized, Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd will help in the process.
3) Create Policies and Procedures
From software acquisition, use, and retirement, to storage and disaster protection, you can safeguard your software and hardware assets by establishing new standards and guidelines regarding all phases of the software life cycle. You can’t do it alone though, so Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd will give you suggestions on how to create a culture of SAM throughout your organization.
4) Maintain Your SAM Plan
Keep your SAM plan current through frequent spot checks, regularly scheduled software inventories, and ongoing employee training. Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd will help you with SAM Optimization Model in determining areas where you can further improve your return on investment (ROI) through SAM improvements.

Firms can take steps to guarantee that their licensing is in line with Microsoft’s expectations. In fact, Microsoft has made several suggestions to help firms more easily comply with the audit requirements.  Firms must be able to pair all software to their appropriate licenses, and keep to date versions of all software in the case of an audit.

Companies should consistently strive to achieve a culture of licensing compliance far before Microsoft requests an audit. As audits will only be increasing as time goes on, firms should establish an asset management process to stay on top of licensing requirements. This includes keeping all updated licensing information in one central location so that the information is easily accessible in the case of an audit. Companies can create a software and hardware map in the form of a database, spreadsheet, or diagram that details where software is installed on computers. This will ensure that companies stay knowledgeable about their software.

Companies should also adopt a regular inventory schedule to keep track of any new software and license acquisitions. Each time the company acquires new software, they should enter it into their software tracking system. Firms should also take care to regulate their software to ensure that all employees are using the same version.

Finally, firms might contemplate investing in Microsoft’s volume licensing programs. These programs are more reasonably priced, as well as allow for tailored purchasing options and enhanced software management. Microsoft’s Open Value Program enables companies to easily track and manage their licenses, which results in a lower compliance risk. The cost effective program also offers benefits such as companywide licenses, low upfront costs with a yearly subscription and ease of management.

There is a solution called 'LicenseWatch' that helps to gain visibility into your software compliance status, usage metering of applications and to build in one place a asset repository.
Its own database of 1.2Lakhs application will provide you application intelligence and will do the grouping and categorization of the applications.

Should you need more info on the same, kindly revert to us

For more details and preparation, use below tools and you may contact Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd:

Warmest regards
Paresh Lodha
+91-7276000222

Sujata Computers Pvt Ltd

Microsoft Cloud Accelarator Partner |
Microsoft Cloud Deployment Partner|
Microsoft Gold Volume Licensing Partner

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The discovery of the Heartbleed bug in April, 2014 exposed a serious vulnerability in OpenSSL, an open-source cryptographic library often used with applications and web servers like Apache and Nginx. This latest high profile, targeted attack allowed infiltrators access to the memory of web servers running vulnerable versions of the library. Heartbleed quickly compromised the privacy for communications applications on the Web such as e-commerce, banking, email, and instant messaging, and opened the door to the interception of user information, passwords, and identities.
While the world now knows of the widespread havoc Heartbleed has caused to both businesses and individuals, it begs the question, “What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can an organization do to weather yet another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?”
As a worldwide leader in information protection, Symantec not only has a comprehensive suite of solutions to discover and remediate vulnerabilities today––no matter their origin––but also has the thought leadership and world-class expertise to stay ahead of the next “Heartbleed.” With industry leading security solutions coupled with a global team of security engineers, threat analysts, and researchers to safeguard businesses from malicious attacks, Symantec is poised to help protect organizations by helping them discover the vulnerabilities,remediating the damage through effective patching and repair, then helping to further protect critical data and resources from future incursions.
Symantec security solutions include:

  • Symantec Control Compliance Suite
  • Symantec Certificate Intelligence Center
  • Symantec SSL Certificates
  • Symantec Validation and ID Protection Service
  • Symantec IT Management Suite powered by Altiris technology
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection


Symantec has made available both a webinar recording and a white paper to help you better understand how to implement a ‘discover, remediate, and protect’ plan at your organization. Also, stay up to date on Heartbleed news from Symantec, and get at advice on how to limit your exposure.

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Starting July 14, 2015, Microsoft will end all support and updates for Windows Server 2003.

As your trusted advisor and partner, we’re hosting an exclusive series of webinars to help you with a smooth transition from Windows Server 2003. The last webinar focused on the process of migration.

The upcoming webinar, to be held on February 19, 2015 will detail out the practical considerations and best practices of migration from Windows Server 2003. We will also take you through the licensing options available.

Register for the webinar now and stay ahead in the game.

Regards,
Microsoft Team

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