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Automating Windows Update for Business

Download the script pack here. We are waving the white flag The year is 2009, here at Virtual Administrator we are running several on-premise Kaseya servers. These pre-date the Kaseya cloud offerings and since their on-premise servers weren’t originally designed for multi-tenancy we have a unique perk available to us: we can control Windows Updates for our partners. Those who remember the good’ol days will recall that this was a fantastic service that we have been able to provide over the years and those who are still on our Hosted Kaseya servers (yes, they still are a fantastic option, even now in 2021) have had nothing but great things to say about our Windows Update services. But here in 2021 with a new major version of Windows coming at the end of June, things have long since soured for RMM management of updates.   No longer can you pick and…

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Time Tracking 101 -- Why and what to track for MSPs

Time Tracking for IT: 101

Time tracking is one of those things that everyone is expected to know but few really talk about. I saw a discussion about this pop up on reddit this week and while the discussion hasn’t had a ton of interaction just yet, I thought it might be worth to take a closer look at the…

Overcoming the Fear of Selling Managed Services – 7 Tips To Selling As a Small MSP

Overcoming the Fear of Selling Managed Services – 7 Tips To Selling As a Small MSP

An MSP will not grow without customers. And customers will not buy unless you sell them on Managed Services. If you’re a small MSP you are probably wondering how to best sell your service. I have been running a professional services small business of some kind or another for decades now, and what I have…

5 Ideas on how to train your customers to email tickets instead of calling in

5 Ideas On How to Train Your Customers To Email Tickets Instead of Call

Your customers want a dedicated resource to help with their technical troubles. Who wouldn’t? I can certainly appreciate wanting immediate support when I’m struggling. But as an MSPs, you need to be an expert at resource management. And two of the most expensive resources for MSPs are telephone and/or in-person support. Before I dive into…

Behind the Scenes — A Day in the Life of Virtual Administrator

Virtual Administrator is a unique animal compared to most other companies. Since we are often working as the middle-man our company is dealing with vendors and clients alike on a daily basis. Most of this occurs through our support board. I figured I’d share some (generalized) tickets that we have open right now so you…

What is “Managed Services”?

Managed Services is one of those things that IT People know about as a title but most don’t really spend the time to really grasp. Chances are, you are probably fairly competent in working with computers. Perhaps you are skilled in fixing broken machines, setting up networks, and/or security and business continuity. Managed services kind…

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The Secret To Incredible Testimonials for your MSP

“Get Testimonials”, “Build Authority”, “Become an Influencer”. These silly little business quips that make their way into every startup self-help book all sound great but they leave out a difficult step in the process. You know, the part of HOW you actually do it. Usually when we write blog posts we share some technical information,…

Managing Local Admin passwords with Kaseya

One of the challenges we had on our MSP side is dealing with how to setup and manage a local admin account that can be used by our techs.   Historically there are a few ways to handle this. Use a Domain Admin account. –   This is fine in most cases, since the Domain Admin is…

Windows 10 Update Script

How to Keep Windows 10 Versions Current Using Kaseya RMM

One of the questions we consistently get asked is “Why is my version of Windows 10 not up to the latest feature release?”. The answer is simply that Microsoft doesn’t push these feature updates out via the traditional patch management process, so all your patches can be up to date, and you can still have…

Protect Against Phishing with a Creative Mailprotector Filtering Rule

These days it can be difficult to see the difference between real and fake emails. Spammers, hackers, and phishing have gotten more and more sophisticated. Now, instead of sending casual “You got money from a Nigerian prince” emails, malicious senders are starting to research their targets and send much more believable emails. They’ll probe for…

Controlling Notification Emails From Mailprotector

By default Mailprotector sends notifications up to three times per day depending on if new spam is waiting in the quarantine for you. This can add up rapidly if you have several distribution lists associated with your account since, by default, you’ll get a notification for each distribution list along with your email account. Controlling…