IT Merger Project

October 15th, 2013 by AGM Networking

One of our larger customers with about 500 employees merged with a smaller company of about 100 employees at multiple locations. AGM Networking was responsible for both the IT merger and and the combination of the VOIP (voice over IP) phone systems of these two companies into one seamless system. We installed and configured an EVPL circuit (Ethernet Virtual Private Line) between several locations and set up multiple VLANs using QoS to prioritize VOIP data. AGM Networking also provided on-site training, assisted staff in learning the computer usage culture of the merged company, and showed staff how to use the new systems differently. We transitioned each of the 80 workstations into “thin clients” using Citrix XenApp Version 6.5 to access all applications and printing. We also implemented Citrix’s profile management which greatly improves upon Microsoft’s roaming profiles. The two remote sites were connected directly to the central location’s Mitel phone system. In order to implement this scenario for phone calls, an E911 software solution needed to be created, enabling each phone to give out accurate location information in the event of a 911 call. AGM managed a multi-vendor coordination in order to setup and program this E911 system for the merged organization.

SharePoint Upgrade Project

November 12th, 2012 by AGM Networking

The project involved the upgrade of a Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 system using an internal database to SharePoint 2010 Enterprise version with a dedicated SQL Server 2008 R2 database. We always create a step-by-step plan to enable the migration/upgrade to go smoothly. Since we were using new servers, we were able to do extensive testing before the actual upgrade. Part of our process is to test upgrade more than once and acquire new skills along the way.  As policy, we always run Pre-Upgrade Check which allows us to deal with and solve any minor issues prior to the upgrade. Since some sites use permission inheritance and some do not, we created a spreadsheet to itemize the permissions and then manually set up permissions in the new SharePoint to match those in the old SharePoint. At one point, we moved from one SQL Server to another. This forced us to devise how how to create new configuration databases without having to reinstall SharePoint. We created all the SharePoint databases without the GUIDs at the end of their names and used Alternate Access Mapping and DNS to point the old portal name to the new portal. Overall the upgrade and migration went very smoothly, with little need for troubleshooting after upgrade.

What is Cloud Computing?

October 3rd, 2011 by AGM Networking

You may have heard the term cloud computing or ‘the Cloud,’ but could you describe what it is? There are so many definitions flying around that you wouldn’t be alone if you struggled to define it. Cloud computing is simply a set of pooled computing resources and services delivered over the web. If you were to diagram the relationships between all the elements it would resemble a cloud.

Cloud computing involves the interaction of several virtualized resources. Cloud servers connect and share information based on the level of traffic across the entire network. Cloud computing is often provided “as a service” over the Internet, typically in the form of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or software as a service (SaaS).

Cloud computing can eliminate the need to raise the capital to purchase, manage, maintain, and scale the physical infrastructure required to handle drastic traffic fluctuations. These traits of cloud computing—elasticity, flexibility, and efficiency—allow organizations to focus on promoting their sites and services without needing to constantly monitor traffic fluctuations. The scaling is built in to the solution! Engineering for peak traffic becomes a thing of the past.

Have questions or want to discuss a cloud computing solution? Feel free to call us at 617.826.9708

Welcome to AGM Networking’s new website!

October 1st, 2011 by AGM Networking

AGM Networking is pleased to announce the launch of our new website! The site embodies AGM’s forward–thinking vision and commitment to the growing needs of its new and existing clients.