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Recommendations

The recommendations following are based upon many years of experience in supporting large environments of business workstations and servers as well as years of experience upgrading and expanding computers. These recommendations can change at any time because we stay updated on the current technology. So it is beneficial to you to check this site each time you are on the market for hardware or software. As always, contact us with any specific questions.

1/6/2014 - update

Q+ now recommends Trend Worry Free Business Security Services to clients. The minimum license buy is two seats. With that, the end user not only has two licenses for regular workstations like their laptop or desktop, but they also have two mobile seats. This means they can also install the software on their Android or iOS smartphones or tablets.

Please listen to the Breakfast Bytes shows on Trend Worry Free Business Security to learn all about why the product is the best.

1/23/2008 - Author: Felicia

I often get questions about which antivirus tool is the best. There are a number of factors that affect that answer. I aim to explain all those factors to you so that you can make an educated decision for yourself. Let’s start with some general understandings.

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Where you buy your equipment and software depends upon your comfort level with Internet purchasing and the amount of anonymity you desire. QPC is a Dell Solution Provider and passes to clients the discount on items purchased from Dell through our volume purchasing account. QPC works closely with clients to ensure that the right solution is procured to meet the client need. Engineering is done at the procurement phase. This is one of the reasons why no technology-related purchases should be made without the approval of the IT department.

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How long should you keep financial records? The list below can help you determine how long to keep documentation. Be sure to properly destroy any documentation with personally identifiable information on it. Documentation should be shredded or burned to avoid identity theft issues.

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Last updated: 1/5/2014

American Power Conversion Corporation, APC, is the industry leader for UPS and surge suppression hardware. http://www.apc.com/

When shopping for UPS units, pay special attention to how many outlets on the device are actually UPS protected versus just surge suppression protected. If you are planning to use the UPS to protect your computer, then be sure to purchase one that has the capability to talk to the PC and shut it down in event of an extended power outage.

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There are a multitude of reasons why you may not want to use your ISP-provided email account. Certainly, if you are in business, you need to have an email address that matches your domain. You don't want to lose your email address and have to incur the expense of changing all your marketing materials when your email address changes.

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The built-in Windows firewall is very good in Vista and Windows 7. The firewall in XP could be very good as well if it was configured properly. If you are using good antivirus like Trend, you don't need to purchase another firewall product. A lot of people think you need to buy the "internet security" suite product made by the antivirus vendors.

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1/5/2014

Over the years, we have used a lot of different website hosting solution providers. We don't like using the same hosting provider for email, DNS, domain, and website hosting. Listen to this special two-part Breakfast Bytes podcast for more information as to why. QPC currently suggests two different website hosting providers depending upon your needs.

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For servers, we recommend Microsoft Windows 2016 Server. This is inherently a 64-bit OS. The question then becomes do you fuss with buying multiple licenses for standard server or do you just buy a datacenter license. As a rule of thumb, if you are going to have 7 VMs on a server, then you should just buy datacenter licensing.

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