September Maintenance week 2019

Throughout the week of September 9th 2019, we will be performing maintenance on DataYard’s infrastructure and customer servers. This will include performing updates to all managed server infrastructure, including tasks that require reboots/shutdowns/service interruptions.  Maintenance will begin at 2:00AM EST and will be completed by 8:00AM EST throughout various days this week. Making IT Better!

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat: 1.800.982.4539 or support@datayard.us. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@datayardtechops & @datayard)!

August Maintenance week 2019

Throughout the week of August 12th 2019, we will be performing maintenance on DataYard’s infrastructure and customer servers. This will include performing updates to all managed server infrastructure, including tasks that require reboots/shutdowns/service interruptions.  Maintenance will begin at 2:00AM EST and will be completed by 8:00AM EST throughout various days this week. Making IT Better!

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat: 1.800.982.4539 or support@datayard.us. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@datayardtechops & @datayard)!

July Maintenance week 2019

Throughout the week of July 8th 2019, we will be performing maintenance on DataYard’s infrastructure and customer servers. This will include performing updates to all managed server infrastructure, including tasks that require reboots/shutdowns/service interruptions.  Maintenance will begin at 2:00AM EST and will be completed by 8:00AM EST throughout various days this week. Making IT Better!

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat: 1.800.982.4539 or support@datayard.us. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@datayardtechops & @datayard)!

June Maintenance week 2019

Throughout the week of June 10th 2019, we will be performing maintenance on DataYard’s infrastructure and customer servers. This will include performing updates to all managed server infrastructure, including tasks that require reboots/shutdowns/service interruptions.  Maintenance will begin at 2:00AM EST and will be completed by 8:00AM EST throughout various days this week. Making IT Better!

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat: 1.800.982.4539 or support@datayard.us. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@datayardtechops & @datayard)!

May Maintenance week 2019

Throughout the week of May 13th 2019, we will be performing maintenance on DataYard’s infrastructure and customer servers. This will include performing updates to all managed server infrastructure, including tasks that require reboots/shutdowns/service interruptions.  Maintenance will begin at 2:00AM EST and will be completed by 8:00AM EST throughout various days this week. Making IT Better!

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat: 1.800.982.4539 or support@datayard.us. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@datayardtechops & @datayard)!

April Maintenance week 2019

Throughout the week of April 8th 2019, we will be performing maintenance on DataYard’s infrastructure and customer servers. This will include performing updates to all managed server infrastructure, including tasks that require reboots/shutdowns/service interruptions.  Maintenance will begin at 2:00AM EST and will be completed by 8:00AM EST throughout various days this week. Making IT Better!

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat: 1.800.982.4539 or support@datayard.us. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@datayardtechops & @datayard)!

How can I connect to my DataYard VPN tunnel?

How can I connect to my DataYard VPN tunnel?

If you have services provided to you by DataYard that allow you connect via VPN, this walk through will take you through the setup of your VPN client.

We recommend Shewsoft VPN Access Manager, which can be downloaded from their website: https://www.shrew.net/download/vpn.

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Once you have downloaded the client, you will first need to import the .pcf or .vpn file provided to you.

You will do this by going to File, Import and then browse your computer for the file.

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Once you have the file imported, you should see it in your main screen.

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Now just click the file and choose ‘connect’

You should now be prompted for your username and password, this was provided to you by DataYard Staff.

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SPLA Licensing Explained

SPLA Licensing Explained

As Microsoft partner and service provider, DataYard has the ability to provide Microsoft software licenses for our VIP and VDC services through a Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) program.

This licensing model differs from traditional Microsoft licensing models in several areas.

In this article we explain how consumers typically purchase Microsoft licensing, explain how the SPLA program differs, provide a pricing comparison, and briefly explain other licensing types.

If at any time this becomes overwhelming, which dealing with Microsoft licensing has the tendency to do, please feel free to contact us for more information regarding our VIP service and SPLA licensing by emailing sales@datayardworks.com or calling 1-800-982-4539.

OEM and FPP license models

Typically consumers and businesses purchase Microsoft licenses for server software and applications through an OEM license of as a Full Packaged Product (FPP). When purchasing software through these licensing models; a license is bought for the software itself (now considered per processor with Windows Server 2012) AND Client Access Licenses (CAL). Every user or device that accesses or uses the Windows Server software requires the purchase of a Windows Server Client Access License (Windows Server CAL). Additionally, if a Microsoft application such as Exchange Server 2013 is utilized, a license for that software needs to be purchased as well as CALs for that specific application.

SPLA Licensing

With our SPLA program, we can offer you a much simpler pricing model. DataYard customers have the ability to take advantage of a “Windows Server License” which is one flat fee of $24/month regardless of the configuration. The only caveat to this licensing model is for those wishing to take advantage of Remote Desktop Services (RDS – formerly Terminal Services); which incurs additional licensing costs in the form of a Windows RDS SAL ($4.50/month per user).

With SPLA, the software usage is reported on a monthly basis. A nicety of this model is that you only pay for the number of licenses that are actually being utilized. Additionally, consumers of the SPLA licensing model receive software assurance, allowing upgrades of software to the latest versions at no additional cost. Also, as you can see in the pricing comparison below, paying the upfront costs for licensing can require a significant capital expenditure.

Pricing Comparison

Below is an approximation for licensing costs based on traditional licensing programs and the SPLA program. In this scenario, we will be licensing an Exchange Server for a Small business with 10 mailboxes:

Purchase from Vendor or Manufacturer

  1. Windows Server Standard Edition (includes 1 CALs) – $969
  2. Windows Server Additional CALs – $39 per CAL
  3. Exchange Server Standard – $645
  4. Exchange Server CAL – $71 per CAL

*For a business with 10 employees, this will cost $2,714 for licensing.

SPLA

  1. Windows Server License – $24
  2. Exchange Standard SAL – $2.60 per user

*For a business with 10 employees, this will cost $50/month

Conclusion

If you do the math, the point in time where the two programs become equivalent would happen at approximately 34 months in this scenario. However, every scenario is different. After that point in time the SPLA pricing would actually exceed purchasing the licenses through OEM, FPP, etc.

Please keep in mind that our VIP service also offers physical redundancy. Therefore, you can take the outright licensing costs and double them or even triple them if you are going to build a redundant cluster of your own, making our VIP service very appealing. For more information regarding pricing, please contact our sales department.


More reading: Microsoft License Types Explained

Full Packaged Product
Full packaged product (FPP) refers to the shrink-wrapped box of licensed software sold through the distribution channel to resellers. The consumer usually acquires the product from a reseller. Each FPP generally contains one license per box, along with media and documentation, and is designed to meet low-volume needs.

OEM System Builder
An original equipment manufacturer (OEM) system builder is usually a computer manufacturer who sells their hardware with preinstalled software. An OEM license is often the easiest and most economical way for customers to receive their Windows operating system software.

Downloaded Software for Consumers
Customers can obtain some types of software by downloading them from the Microsoft Download Center. The downloaded software is subject to the usage restrictions of the online end-user license terms, which is displayed when the software is being downloaded.

Microsoft Volume Licensing
Microsoft Volume Licensing programs serve the needs of organizations that acquire multiple licenses, but don’t need multiple copies of the media and the documentation, and don’t want to keep track of numerous individual end-user license terms. Volume Licensing offers the potential for substantial savings, ease of deployment, flexible acquisition, varied payment options, and other benefits such as ongoing maintenance.

Microsoft Solution Provider Agreement
The Microsoft Solution Provider Agreement (SPA) grants resellers the right to place orders with a Microsoft Regional Operations Center for certain Microsoft business-management solutions software licenses and related services. This is the only way resellers can distribute Microsoft Dynamics licenses.

How can I manage my Windows Fusion site using Core FTP?

How can I manage my Windows Fusion site using Core FTP?

How to install and use coreFTP to manage your Windows Fusion website.

Along with IIS 7 Manager and WebMatrix, Windows Fusion also offers FTP capabilities. Below you will find information on how to connect and manage content with Core FTP.

If you do not already have a copy of Core FTP, it can be downloaded here http://www.coreftp.com/download.html

Once installed, open it up. You should see something like this:

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The folders on the left are the folders on your local machine.

Now, click on File followed by Connect.

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This will open up the Site Manager window. Click on New Site.

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A new, unnamed site should have been added to the list on the left side. You should now name your site and fill in your FTP connection information.  Try to avoid naming it “my website” or anything like that to avoid confusion (especially if you manage multiple sites). For this example, my site’s name is ‘windowsfusion.donet.com’ so that’s what I named my site within Core FTP. Here’s what the completed FTP connection looks like:

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Another great thing about Windows Fusion is that, if you want to use an encrypted connection, you can! To enable this feature in Core FTP, select “Auth TLS” from the Connection drop-down menu.

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After clicking Connect, you will be connected to the web server, and the directories belonging to your user name will appear on the right side of Core FTP (your local desktop will be on the left).

The /php directory is where the PHP configuration (php.ini file) is stored, the /www directory is where you will upload your site content, and the rest of the directories can be ignored unless otherwise instructed.

For additional documentation, FAQs, tutorials, etc., please visit the Core FTP website.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact DataYard support.

How can I restore my files from my server or VIP with Ready backup?

How can I restore my files from my server or VIP with Ready backup?

Restoring files from Ready Backup using the Ready client installed on your server.

You will need to have the following information available, which was provided to you in your Welcome Letter.

Web Portal URL: https://ready.datayardworks.com

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Username: username@/clients/domain
Client Path: /clients/domain/servername
Password: The password provided to you

You will first use the above information to log into the Avamar portal at https://ready.datayardworks.com

Once logged in you will see the following on your home screen:

Calendar

This calendar shows you all of the available dates that have restore points for your files.

For example, this calendar shows the following dates have available restores: September 16th, September 23rd, September 24th, September 25th, September 26th, and September 27th.

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This will vary from server to server, so don’t worry if yours does not look exactly as the one shown.

As you select a backup by sequence number below you will see the corresponding directories that are available for backup from that backup. Once you see the backup showing the drive you wish to restore from you will select that drive.

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After selecting the drive, you will then see a list of all files that are available for download

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Selecting the blue arrow icon will download this file to your local PC.

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From there you can restore the files to the appropriate directories needed to replace lost data.

Please Note the following

  • If you are trying to restore a file or directory that is larger than 1GB you will be unable to do so using this service. If you are unable to restore the file yourself, please contact DataYard support.
  • Downloading the file from this service does not automatically restore the file; you are only downloading it to your local PC and still must upload the file where necessary.