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For many people, navigating between IT products and services can feel like a labyrinthine effort. At Windows Management Experts, we are committed to meeting you where you are to customize an IT solution that works for your business, and make sure you understand the capabilities of your investment. 

One of the most common questions we get from small- and medium-sized businesses is, “What are the differences between on-premise and cloud servers? Which one do I need?”

While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, a fundamental understanding of the options will help even non-technical decision makers know what they’re investing in.

This month, January 2021, Microsoft announced a few new features and capabilities for Microsoft Teams. The latest additions include a dedicated app for sending and signing off on documents that require approval, aptly called Microsoft Approvalsmajor improvements to Microsoft Forms; and changes to the enterprise social networking service Yammer.

Here’s what you need to know about the latest Microsoft Teams apps and updates.

Recently I set up Microsoft Defender for Identity (formerly known as Azure ATP) with a requirement to use a group managed service account (gMSA). I wrote a blog about a year ago that detailed the setup for Defender for Identity, but I used a regular user account for the setup. That blog can be found here: Enable Azure ATP – (windowsmanagementexperts.com) 

This blog will focus on the steps necessary to configure this with a gMSA. During the setup, I encountered a few oddities that are not addressed directly in the Microsoft documentation. This blog is meant to compliment my previous blog.

As the New Year anticipation “hangover” wears off and resolutions become reality, many business owners are revisiting their business plans, profits and loss statements, and budgets. More pandemic-related stay-at-home orders many be in store, prompting many companies to extend their work-from-home plans indefinitely through the end of 2021. These companies are also making difficult decisions about cutting resources that may be underutilized during the pandemic. Employee wellness programs and benefits are one area in which business owners should avoid cutting costs, if possible.

Many managers understand the strain employees are under, as they likely face the same challenges juggling home life and remote work in the same space. Nonetheless, there is still a stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace. Employees at every level of your organization may be experiencing challenges you may have never known about before. They can be especially afraid to ask for help in these times due to a precarious economy and job market.

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