April 2012

In this issue. . .

~ Microsoft Security Alert
~ Spring Cleaning for your PC
~ New Certifications
~ Business Continuity Seminar

Save the Date: May 3rd

We're hosting another breakfast event on Thursday, May 3rd at Microsoft! The subject is Business Continuity Essentials. Are you doing everything you can to protect your most valuable asset, your data? Our CTO, Frank Vincentelli, will be explaining how to avoid downtime through various disaster recovery/business continuity methods.

This seminar will be highly informative and will give you a chance to ask all of your backup and business continuity questions. Be on the lookout for the invite in your inbox soon!

Happy Spring!

"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.'"

~Albert Einstein

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Important Microsoft Security Bulletin

Microsoft has announced a critical remote code execution vulnerability in the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) affecting all supported versions of the Windows operating system (CVE-2012-0002).  RDP allows users to administer Windows systems in a manner that displays the remote Windows desktop locally.  This vulnerability may allow an attacker to gain remote access to Windows-based systems.  Microsoft has released an update to address this vulnerability and they “strongly encourage you to make a special priority of applying this particular update.”

Integrated IT Solutions has been testing this patch and it is ready to deploy. If your business has a Managed Services plan from IITS, your servers will automatically be patched with this update during the regularly scheduled patching process and you do not need to do anything. If you do not have a Managed Services agreement with us, we would be happy to schedule time with you to deploy this patch to your servers. Please call 781-742-2200 option 2 or email us right away to setup a service appointment.

Spring Cleaning for your PC

Spring is the perfect time to clean up your PC! Here are some quick tips to maximize an older PC's performance.

The easiest thing to do is to see how you can free up disk space: you probably have a lot of old multimedia (movies, music, pictures) files taking up space. You may have duplicate files you can delete. Other cleanup ideas:

  • Get rid of software you never use and games you don't play anymore.
  • Run the Windows Disk Cleanup tool and defrag your hard drive.
  • Empty your web browser cache: over time you'd be suprised how much space it takes up.
  • Consider running CCLeaner, a tool for Windows that can remove clutter from your PC, such as temporary Internet files and cookies.
  • Check for updated hardware drivers for components like graphics cards and printers. Updated drivers often fix bugs and improve performance.
  • Clean the inside of your computer. Dust buildup inside your PC could result in shorter lifespan of some components, like the cooling fan.

And while you're cleaning, don't forget to wipe your monitor and clean and disinfect your keyboard and mouse! Studies have shown that keyboards have more bacteria than toilet seats!

Engineer Certifications

Congrats to David Perez for receiving his Microsoft Exchange 2010 certification this month. This exam is particularly challenging, so well done David!!

Office 2010 Tip of the Month

Utilize the "Search Folder" in Outlook

An underused feature in Outlook 2010 is the "search folder"—a virtual folder that displays all messages that fit specified conditions. Outlook comes with four search folders built-in; you can find them in the navigation pane under "Search Folders." You can create a new search folder either by right-clicking on the Search Folders folder on the navigation pane or by going to the Folder tab on the ribbon and clicking New Search Folder.

In the dialog box, create your new search folder by specifying the criteria for the messages that you want to see inside the folder—for example, messages to and from your boss might go into a search folder named Urgent Mail.