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When to (NOT) Outsource Your Helpdesk

For those of you who don’t know, we worked as a channel partner with Live Virtual Helpdesk for several years in the past. They are a good helpdesk solution and we still forward partners to them when they’re considering outsourcing or augmenting their internal helpdesk. I still get calls even though we stopped directly offering helpdesk services almost a year ago now. And there are some pretty consistent thought processes MSPs often exhibit which I would like to address in this week’s blog post. I am overworked so I’m hoping a helpdesk will reduce my workload. Since Virtual Administrator often deals with smaller MSPs, this is a common discussion that I have with partners who are calling in on the phone. One-man-shops, or people with less than five employees often find themselves still highly intertwined in the day-to-day workings of their MSP. Last week we talked about the implications of…

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Is Your Account Secure? Security in an MSP World

In the past month there have been numerous articles about cities and MSPs who have gotten busted with cryptoware. Damages vary from a few hundred thousand to tens of millions in lost time and revenue. As MSPs we are in a sweat-inducing position of not just being responsible for our own machines, but also the…

5 Step Patch Management Health Checkup

With yet another Wannacry scare out in the wild it is a good time to take a second and check if your machines are patching properly. Many of our partners take advantage of our automatic patch policies but they aren’t available across all of our servers and not all of our partners are even using…

Mailprotector For Email HIPAA and Other Compliance Standards

This is a question we get a lot here at Virtual Administrator. Does Mailprotector work with X Compliance requirement. Could be HIPAA, could be a certain datacenter or other industry compliance. It is important to know what you are getting and what you aren’t getting with Mailprotector. In fact, almost all security and compliance questions…

Bracket — The Service That Sells Itself

Bracket email encryption is an awesome service because of how easy it is to use. But there is an added benefit to how Bracket operates because of how visible it is. Many IT related services try their best to stay out of the way and hum quietly in the background, but not Bracket. Bracket is…

Secure Your Endpoint Admin User Account Without Locking Out Your End-Users

The constant struggle between giving end-users control without giving them the ability to blow up their machines has been the bane of Managed Services for decades now. It seems like there are a thousand ways to lock up a machine but few offer the freedom of allowing clients to do what they wish while still…

Etiquette For The Easiest Mail Encryption Service In The World

One of the most popular offerings we have right now is Mailprotector’s Bracket Email Encryption service. And for good reason, Since its release Bracket has gotten so popular because it allows you to send encrypted messages without the need for a username / password or the requirement to download special software or install certificates on…

Putting Kaseya Into Stealth Mode (Hide Kaseya From End User)

Tired of answering your client’s questions about “What is Kaseya?”, “What is this icon?”, etc. Then stealth mode might be for you. Use the following guide to completely hide Kaseya from the end user so you can still do your work without worrying your client about the software choices you are making to provide your…

CloudJumper 3 Years Later

It is hard to believe that it has been 3 years since we announced our “MSP 4.0” model to the world. Our partnership with CloudJumper has been one of quiet resiliency over the last three years. But we have been taking a close look internally at the service and if it has been worth it…

Announcing Our Dell Warranty Check Agent Procedure

Kyle, our scripting guru has come up with something truly special for all of us this week. We’re releasing a new script which is available now at ClubMSP and on our Kaseya servers to check and update Dell Warranty information on all Dell endpoints checking into Kaseya. Why Use a Script Like This? The benefits…

The Spectre/Meltdown Fiasco Continues

The fallout continues from Intel’s Spectre firmware update coupled with Microsoft’s patch cycle. Microsoft just released a new patch that disables Intel’s firmware update citing random reboots as an issue with the Spectre patches. So, where do we stand now? While Spectre and Meltdown are considered pretty massive security flaws, there aren’t any reported exploits…

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