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Information Technology plans for the New Year





Now is the time to plan for your IT upgrades for 2010.  What should you upgrade or update?  I never recommend updating for updating sake. However, most of the time updates fix bugs, which you may or may not have already experienced. If you haven’t experienced the bugs yet, it doesn’t mean that you won’t in the future.  Keeping your servers patched is always a good idea to reduce problems. 

Overall, these features will increase productivity, enhance stability, improve auditing, correct problems and reduce power consumption, reducing your electric bill and making you greener. 


The criteria I use to decide whether to upgrade is, does it 
1. Improved reliability?
2. Improved performance?
3. Add needed features?
4. Reducing operating costs? 


Using this criteria, if I were to prioritize the upgradeslist, here is the order:

1.Upgrade your Windows Servers (Install R2 on your Windows 2008 64 bit server)
2. If you have Citrix install Citrix Feature Pack 2
3. Install Windows 7 on your clients computers (hurry and do this first if they are on
4. Upgrade your Exchange from 2007 to 2010


I’ve already detailed why you should upgrade to Windows 7.  In the upcoming weeks, I will be detailing why you should upgrade to the other packages as well. 
Let me know your IT plans for 2010.

For more info: Please write to me Don Farris at  I'd love to hear from you. 
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  • Bill S. 5 years ago

    Sounds like reasonable criteria to use in deciding whether or not to upgrade. You list sounds good to me.

  • Joel Siegfried - San Diego Airport Examiner 5 years ago

    From what you are saying, it might be time for me to upgrade from my Windows 98 SE operating system. Bummer. I was hoping to squeeze out another year of service. Just one question. How do you get so many points on Farmville?

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