Blog

$10 / User IT Service? The MoviePass Argument

Earlier this week there was a huge announcement made by the company MoviePass. For those unfamiliar with the service, MoviePass offers all-you-can watch movie tickets (with a few stipulations) for one monthly price. It sounds mighty familiar to the MSP’s mantra of “All-you-can-eat” service contracts. However, at the beginning of the week, MoviePass did something unprecedented and it has been making waves across the nation. They lowered their monthly price from a respectable $35 / month to just $9.95 / month. This means that it is cheaper to see one movie per month through MoviePass than it is to just straight up buy the ticket from the theater. But if you go watch more than one movie in a month then the savings on movie tickets just get silly. So what does this have to do with Managed Services? Well, it got me thinking. Often markets are redefined by the…

Read More
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…

Review

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…

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…