Small Business Susan

Check your backups this week

Windows 8.1 Update May Arrive April 8:
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-windows-blue-undate-april-8,26187.html

“The latest rumor surrounding Windows 8.1 Update 1 is that Microsoft plans to release the upgrade on April 8 to consumers, the same day Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows XP.”

And
http://www.neowin.net/news/yes-windows-server-2012-r2-will-also-get-a-spring-update


If that’s true, here’s my ask for anyone who manages or maintains Server 2012 R2 or Windows 8.1 machines:

This week make sure any Server 2012 R2 or Windows 8.1 machine has a good backup.  A GOOD backup.  For any consumer workstation this means MORE than just the file history.  I would recommend if they do not have a backup provided by an image based backup (Essentials server client backup, Storagecraft, or other image based backup) that they need either buy the consumer version of Acronis http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/pc-backup  or ensure that they backup using the full System image.
(see instructions here : http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/windows-81-tip-use-system-image-backup   )

An external usb harddrive is cheap and a full backup image is just good to have and will always let you be the hero.


Microsoft to Live Stream the Launch of Windows 8.1 Update:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-to-Live-Stream-the-Launch-of-Windows-8-1-Update-434841.shtml