21-Feb-2019   |     |   0

SQL SERVER 2008/2008 R2 END OF SUPPORT AND WHAT THAT MEANS

If you are still using SQL Server 2008/2008R2 then you may be at a huge risk. Support for these servers are ending and this means the end of regular security updates…

What is a SQL Server?

Funfact: The original SQL Server code was developed in the 1980s by the former Sybase Inc. and was partnered with Microsoft until 1994, when they took over all development and marketing of SQL Server for its own operating systems.

Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS). It supports a wide variety of transaction processing, business intelligence, and analytics applications in corporate IT environments.

It’s also one of the three top market-leading database technologies out there.

The Risks Involved With This Change

By July 9, 2019 these SQL servers’ extended support are done and ended.

Server Security

With this new change, you will no longer receive security updates. If you are reading this, we probably don’t have to remind you that the #1 risk to an organization is unpatched servers.

Once July 2019 comes and goes, you will be running these servers at your own risk in a world where cyber attacks are extremely common. You must be ready.

Regardless, we have plans in place for our clients to be able to pass through this transition easily and cost efficiently.

Let’s Not Forget Regulatory Compliance

Without regular support there is HUGE RISK for many industries like Healthcare, Finance, and others that are required to adhere to regulatory compliance.

Licensing will also be an issue since SQL licensing is extremely complex. It’s not just costly, but is often the most mismanaged product in an environment.

No More Support Across the Board

Currently, as core product fall out of support; many supporting vendors will also end support.

However, standard security updates for these versions will be offered only to customers who have an extended 3yr security agreement.

On July 9, 2019, support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end. That means the end of regular security updates, so don’t let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected.

How to Prepare for SQL Server 2008 End of Support            

Nearly 50% of deployed SQL Servers are running a 2008 or 2008 R2 version today. This will leave a massive vulnerability in many organizations. Without proper planning, testing, and execution many environments will be at risk or forced to pay for costly extended support.

For now, many SQL 2008/2008 R2 servers can be upgraded to the latest version of server (2017 & SQL 2019) – and in many cases at no extra licensing cost via Microsoft’s Software Assurance. You can also refactor or rebuild your application to leverage Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Execute a Plan

“One of the best options out there for organizations would be to understand the process of migrating to the Cloud (Azure).

Microsoft

Normally, another option that is available to you is paying Microsoft for the extended support. Many at this point would say, “Ah, yes this is a good option”.

Sadly, the extended support is what is ending. Mainstream support for these servers ended July 8th, 2014. Only those with the extended support were able to last until July of 2019. Unfortunately, there will be no more support after July, 2019.

You are encouraged to execute on upgrades and engineering plans as soon as possible for both the SQL servers (2008, 2008 R2) and migrate to a cloud option.

Our Plan For You

 We see 3 different plans to get the job done…

Plan 1: Pay More for Newer Servers

This is a standard path of updating your servers to an newer version of Windows Server and SQL Server. Currently, the latest versions of Windows Server and SQL Server available are Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2017. The only caveat to this plan is the fact that it is purely an on-premise solution. In other words, growth would require more and more servers that have to be managed. Keep in mind, we are good at getting a deal for our clients, but cloud migration is the most cost-efficient route in the end.

Plan 2: Save Money by Migrating to Azure

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of upgrading all your servers to the latest version – this plan is perfect for you. To save the most amount of money, you could simply move your servers to Azure. Lucky for you, it’s very easy for us to do an estimate of the cost based on the current core licenses you have. The only cost you would incur would be compute and infrastructure. Don’t forget about back up and recovery. We will also work with you to have on premise servers for back up and recovery so that you are protected and covered on all sides. Furthermore, you would get free security updates with Azure and existing licenses saves you up to 55%.

Plan 3: Do Nothing and Rely on Standard Security Updates that You Pay For…

This last plan is to not evolve at all. This is a risky and potentially tragic route to go. Naturally, you will be allowed to run the older servers and continue to receive standard security updates since Microsoft announced extended security updates. However, this is often a very costly route and the extension is only good for another 3 years, not the normal 6 years. It also requires a paid agreement.

The Choice Is Yours, Ultimately

But rest easy, we’ve got you covered with new options.

New options are now available to help you upgrade and adopt the innovative technologies you need to carry your organization into the future.

If you go with Plan #2, we will:

Identify

  • -Scan for deployed SQL Servers
  • -Identify licensing entitlements
  • -Reconcile licensing position

Determine

  • -Know what rights you have, to upgrade
  • -Define the most optimized licensing state for your SQL environment
  • -Develop a roadmap for the 2008/2008 R2 SQL

Resolve

  • -Azure Knowledge Transfer
  • -Azure tenant setup/configuration
  • -Design migration plan
    • -Execute migration plan

Wanna know your options? Lets check them out together!

Fill out the form below to get more information about moving your servers to a money saving and more secure option.

29-Aug-2018   |     |   0

How do I check that reports are being sent out on the Barracuda Spam Firewall?

If reports are not being received as anticipated, please check to be sure that the communication between the Barracuda and the recipient’s mail server is open. This can be done by performing a telnet test to the recipient server.

  1. Navigate to the Advanced > Troubleshooting page of the Barracuda’s web interface.
  2. Use the Dig/NS-lookup Device tool to resolve the recipient email server’s IP address. This can be done by entering mx <recipient domain> into the Dig/NS-lookup Device field (where <recipient domain> is the domain of the email address expected to receive the report) and clicking the Begin Dig button. You should see the MX record for that domain in the resulting pop-up window. This is the recipient mail server’s IP address.
  3. Next, use the Telnet Device tool to connect to the recipient mail server. Enter <recipient server IP> 25 into the Telnet Device field (where <recipient server IP> is the recipient mail server’s IP address) and click the Begin Telnet button.

If the connection is successful, you will see the 220 banner from the recipient server. If the connection is unsuccessful, you will likely get a “connection refused” error, or the connection will time out. For further assistance, please contact Barracuda Networks Technical Support.

If the Web GUI Syslog has been configured on the Advanced > Syslog page, then reports are being logged. Search for REPORTS in the log to see these entries.

30-Jul-2018   |     |   0

Barracuda launches Barracuda Firewall X100 and X101

Barracuda Networks proclaimed the new spiny-finned fish Firewall X100 and X101, next-generation firewalls designed for tiny businesses. spiny-finned fish additionally discharged new code, version 6.1, which incorporates configuration wizards, moreover as updated security enhancements as well as secure remote access through associate integrated SSL VPN.

Barracuda launches Barracuda Firewall X100 and X101

According to Compass Intelligence, there ar or so twenty two million corporations worldwide with below one,000 staff, and or so 3 million within the U.S. alone. several of those organizations lack the resources of larger organizations with dedicated IT workers and budgets.

Unfortunately, the increasing sophistication of security threats doesn’t discriminate by business size or IT budget. These smaller organizations all have essential business knowledge and wish to implement a security resolution that protects them and fits into their forced IT budget.

“The acanthopterygian Firewall is right for little businesses wherever staff bring their own laptops and should use social media and alternative consumer-facing net applications at work,” aforesaid Stephen Pao, weight unit Security Business, Barracuda. “The new acanthopterygian Firewall X100 series empowers directors, sanctioning those little businesses to safeguard their businesses with comprehensive next-generation firewalling, however while not the rating that breaks budgets.”

Barracuda recently conducted a study among quite a hundred organizations to research the link between easy use, firewall configurations and security gaps. The study found that one out of 2 corporations skilled network period of time as a results of misconfigured firewall rules. This study underpins the importance of delivering powerful practicality that’s additionally simple to line up and manage. Designed with this easy use in mind, acanthopterygian Firewall version half-dozen.1 offers:

New models for small businesses

The new spiny-finned fish Firewall X100 series provides efficient next-generation firewall practicality. The spiny-finned fish Firewall X100, and therefore the spiny-finned fish Firewall X101 with Wi-Fi, appliances embrace 4x GbE copper ports.

Powerful setup wizards

All anthropological Firewalls currently provide configuration wizards as well as multiple networks and multiple up links with link reconciliation. The setup wizard helps make sure that a anthropological Firewall will be put in inside minutes, whereas the network configuration wizard allows activation of essential fire walling options.

Integrated SSL VPN.

The spiny-finned fish Firewall models X200 and on top of change remote users to access internal network resources through a customary applications programmer. The SSL VPN feature may be wont to grant remote users access to net applications, shopper and server applications, likewise as internal network resources reminiscent of Outlook net Access, SharePoint, or perhaps Windows Remote Desktop Services.

URL filtering of HTTPS websites and Web Security Service exemptions.

Barracuda Firewalls can apply URL filtering provided by the Barracuda Web Security Service subscription to websites accessed via HTTPS. Additionally, administrators can exempt user-defined domains or IP addresses from being forwarded to the Barracuda Web Security Service for HTTP and HTTPS.

High availability

All Barracuda Firewalls can be deployed as part of a High Availability cluster, and are designed for organizations of all sizes. The primary unit handles network traffic and security functions, while the secondary unit waits in hot standby mode to take over in case the primary unit fails.