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Upcoming Changes to Microsoft Open License Program

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Microsoft created an Open License program over 20 years ago. The program targets small and mid-sized customers to help them purchase multiple uninterrupted software licenses at a volume price. However, Microsoft is making changes to simplify licensing to allow small and medium organizations to enjoy greater flexibility and predictable software licenses costs. 

Starting January 1, 2022, it will no longer be possible for commercial customers to renew or purchase new software licenses through the Microsoft License Program. Customers will have to go through partners on the Cloud Solution Provider program for any new license-only purchases. 

The company expects to make further announcements on its plan to have other agreement plans in the coming months. It also makes it clear that the changes do not in any way affect the Open Value Subscription programs. Organizations with these programs will continue to enjoy full rights and access to the perpetual software licenses they buy through the Open License program. 

We know that these changes will impact several industries, but we also want to know how it affects MSPs and their clients. Therefore, we reached out to various industry leaders to find out what they think about the impact of these changes. 

Impact of the Changes on MSPs

“Microsoft is canceling the Open Business license program,” says Troy Drever, President at Pure IT. What it boils down to is Microsoft is moving away from perpetual software without maintenance, support, and upgrade rights. 

However, they are still offering Open Value, which spreads licenses and Software Assurance costs over three years. They are also offering most licenses via the Cloud Solution Provider program. Drever says that his company has been working on transitioning most of their client’s licensing needs from Microsoft to the CSP program. As such, this move shouldn’t be much of a problem to the company or their clients. 

Ilan Sredni, CEO and President at Palindrome Consulting, says that this change will impact MSP procedures but not their clients. According to him, this is the most important thing.  

Ian Brady, Managing Director at Steadfast Solutions, agrees that the change will impact nearly all MSP and clients, but the impact will be very small. “Since the Open Licenses has been around for 20 years, they got lost in the system in terms of management. It was an email with a license key that generally got used once and lost. All the renewals got lost along the way,” he says. 

A New Way of Doing Business

Joe Cannata with Techsperts in New Jersey is happy with the changes. He says that his MSP generally didn’t use Open License, mainly because of its complexity. Simplification of Microsoft’s licensing programs is always welcome, as they tend to be overcomplicated. Having the ability to sell and renew their clients’ licensing through the existing CSP portal would make things much easier for MSPs and their clients.  

His thoughts are supported by Ravi Jain, Founder of Technijian. Jain says that the new arrangement makes sense as Microsoft is getting away from on-premise licensing and looking towards hybrid licenses. CSPs like his will, therefore, be able to sell under this program as well. 

However, Kyle Kalleitner from happier IT is of a contrary opinion. He believes that the changes will not affect MSPs but will affect their clients. 

Impact of the Changes on MSP Clients 

When asked how the changes will affect MSP clients, Hodge says she doesn’t foresee any problems. Since over 90% of their clients are currently on the cloud, the change is a welcome move. However, for their clients not on the cloud or using hybrid solutions, OnPar Technologies is ready to discuss with them what to do with their licensing. The move aims at preventing any potential disruptions to licensing, and making the move as smooth as possible for these clients. 

While this will be an adjustment for those not in the cloud or who are not currently working with a Microsoft Partner, this move makes sense from a security and reliability standpoint. The increased security benefits will be worth the transition phase. They will prevent end-users from keeping the same outdated OS for 10 years, which is more susceptible to breaches. 

Kalleitner says that they expect many of their clients not to be happy about this decision. Purchasing and not “owning” the license is how many brands and subscription-based services operate. However, that doesn’t mean clients will adjust happily. 

Jain feels that the move could impact users looking for long-term stability in the software as they base their products on top of it. For the majority of clients that use the software, it should make it more cost-effective. This means that it will turn capital expenditure into operational expenditure. 

What Options Do Clients Have?

Emily Hodge, the Sales and Marketing Assistant at OnPar Technologies, says that businesses have options as far as purchasing Microsoft Licenses is concerned. She says that:

  1. The Microsoft Open Value program is still available and an excellent option for those who still want to purchase Software Assurance. For any business that buys Software Assurance via the Open License program, this is a great alternative.
  2. For businesses purchasing perpetual software licenses, Hodge says that they can continue doing so from a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider.

Brady and Hodge feel that the best option is for customers to reach out to their Microsoft Partner to see what they need to do to make this licensing transition effortless for their business and needs.  

According to Kalleitner, several options exist for clients. These include the Open value and other licensing programs that MSPs can recommend. “It isn’t the end of the world, but an abrupt change that deals with more expenses annually is never met with the happiest response from businesses, especially in today’s economic climate,” he adds. 

Clients at Technijian also have several options. For example, the company has an SPLA program that allows it to charge based on usage per month. There are also the options of CSP for the month-to-month hybrid licenses and fully cloud licenses.

Final Thoughts 

The changes to Microsoft Open License Programs seem to provoke mixed reactions among MSPs and Cloud Service Providers. However, what most people seem to agree is that the changes will enhance the commerce experience. 

If all this sounds too complicated for you right now, you may need an expert who understands to walk you through. You’ll be in a better position to know what help to extend to your clients. Reach out to us at Ulistic, and we will be your support partner. 

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Everything you need to know About water pump bearings

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Water pump bearings are one of the essential accessories of a car engine. Especially nowadays, advanced cars are trying to minimize noise and heat production. But, alongside better and eco-friendly machines, companies can not compromise with the sole goal. We are talking about mileage and speed here. Minimum engine heating with a maximum running rate is a very tough goal to achieve. Water pump bearing manufacturers companies made it possible for the car industry. A water pump bearing is nothing but an elongated part that blocks overheating. The mechanism is simple. Pump bearings will run cold water through the engine and prevent heat leakage In the engine surface by creating an effective seal. Here in this article, we will discuss the building design of water pump bearings. Also, we need to understand the primary mechanism of action of these pump bearings.

Built-up design

A water-bearing pump has two screws on both sides to provide an adequate water seal. There is a wide spacing between two screws to provide enough space to roll. One side of the water-bearing has a ball-to-ball variety of joints. The other side has a ball-to-roller type coordination with the stem. Usually, there is a groove of attachment in the middle of the shaft. This groove will help the bearing stay inside the engine and prevent coming out during shock or heavy forcing on the machine. The post has a very calculated and safe gravitational point. It allows the shaft to be stable and prevent breakage under high pressure. Also, after staging the bearing in space comes the high functioning seal that holds the grease leakage inside. Otherwise, the grease will come out and interfere with the water cooling process. But, oil is also essential to prevent heat leakage and to overheat the engine. So, mainly we use triple lip seals nowadays to ensure a high-quality barrier. This seal helps to cool the machine with cold water on one side. On the side, the grease will prevent overheating. So, it is essential to choose an excellent quality water pump bearing for your car. It is a necessary investment if you want to run your vehicle longer without any complications.

Other bearing varieties

Once we solve the issue of overheating and engine cooling, then comes the noise issues. Engine noise is one of the most important sectors to grab the car market nowadays. Famous brands are offering almost zero sound Interruption during the drive. At least these companies are trying to achieve zero noise protocol. Let us know the ways a car can reduce engine noise while driving. Fag bearing manufacturer has the answer. Ball bearings help you to achieve less noise with maximum engine capacity. There are two varieties of ball bearings available in the market, depending on the outlook. One is the deep groove ball bearing, and the other is the axial ball bearing. The deep groove ball can have a single or double row on the shaft. A single-row deep groove bearing is more helpful in racing grounds, and It can take moderate to very high speeds. The double grooves are generous when the single tracks can not accommodate the pressure anymore. Usually, the single grooves are capable of taking both the axial and radial forces while driving. But, if the radial forces increase over the threshold limit, then the double rows work better. FAG also manufactures axial ball bearings. These axial bearings can have both single and double axial designs. While deep grooves are susceptible to radial pressure, axial ones work better for the axial pressure angles.

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A Mother’s Memoir About Prison and Living With Her Husband

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Avielle Janelle Hernandez is currently the subject of many conversations. Most notably, her controversial “Coco Chanel and Her World” series caused a sensation in both fashion worlds. For the past few months, she has been criticized for posting pictures on her blog showing her with her mother, father and two other women. The pictures were purportedly taken in countries such as Morocco and India. The controversy began when bloggers claimed that the woman in the pictures was not really Coco Chanel.

The original blogs stated that the woman in the pictures was actually an employee of the Chanel fashion house who had worked with Avielle for the past 18 years. The woman in the photo alongside Avielle was identified as Mrs. Yaphet, and Avielle claims that she is a former Miss America contestant who is now an executive assistant to her mother, Mrs. Yaphet. According to the blogger who started the original thread, Yaphet gave birth to Avielle in Thailand five months ago. She then went on to say that the two are now living in New York City.

While it has been established that Yaphet was present during the birth of Avielle, there have been indications that she may be the instigator of the entire situation. Initially, Yaphet posted a status stating that she was in town to tend to a sick relative but then posted a picture of herself and villa on Instagram. When asked about the image, the mother of the two denied any knowledge of Yaphet and promptly removed the photo from her Instagram page.

Avielle Janelle Hernandez was quick to take advantage of the situation and use the opportunity to promote herself on both Instagram and her own website. She has already released several songs off her upcoming album, which include sample verses from her “amarie” song where she sings about meeting her lover in jail. Her own website states that she will be releasing another song called “Tears” on Tuesday, the same day as the original release of her first song, while several other songs from her new album have been shared across the internet.

It seems that the real motivation behind the racy pictures and posts was a need to attract more attention to the singer. The original post included a plea for someone to find Avielle and bring her home to America. There is no suggestion that the woman in the photograph is in actual fact the mother of the star, nor does anyone know if she is an American football player or an actress. There are however many people of interest in the arrest of this woman including American football team coach Urban Meyer. Reports suggest that Meyer is consulting with the prison authorities to try and get his star player out of the country.

Whether this woman is innocent or not remains to be seen. While posting degrading and sometimes racist pictures online may seem like an innocent enough thing to do, she has been doing it for quite some time now. She has also posted pictures of herself in the same prison as Neiman Marcus’ David Beckham. While it is unclear what exactly she wishes to do with her celebrity status, she is certainly not spending millions of dollars a year on a private jet to fly around the world to see her children.

It seems that Avielle Janelle Hernandez is using her fame to get out of a tough situation. She may be using the prison letters, to get back at her former lover by posting degrading and flirtatious pictures as a way to stir up gossip, as well as a way to try to get her former lover to stop contacting her and keep quiet about the problems that she is having in her marriage. While this is probably a good strategy for her and one that is likely working to some degree, it will not help her in trying to come to terms with her problems as a whole. Hopefully, after reading her recent autobiography, it will make more sense of what went wrong for Avielle Janelle Hernandez and let her begin to work through the problems that she is facing.

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Does Your Site Need Enterprise SEO?

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To understand whether your site needs enterprise SEO, you need to understand the true meaning of an enterprise company. Any huge corporation with more than a thousand products is known as enterprise companies which can be a global 2000 or fortune 1000 company. But it is not the company size that affects the enterprise, but if your website has more than a thousand products to be displayed, then it requires these services. Any reputed organization of SEO in Sydney will help you to implement it if your site needs it.

Is Enterprise SEO Really Needed In Today’s World?

It is not necessary that all the major industrial companies should possess a big and intricate website. Many medium-sized websites include about 600-700 indexed pages that fall under fortune 1000 companies. Many skilled webmasters or SEO practitioners remain confused about whether to call these sites enterprise websites because these smaller sites can also benefit from enterprise SEO techniques, but they are not big websites.

Maximum of these sites contain fully functional pages on financial reports and press releases. The opposite statement is also true that you don’t have to be a big profitable company to benefit from enterprise SEO as smaller companies are using and benefitting from these techniques.

You can even consider the classic example of T-Mobile that has a dedicated page for each of its mobile phones. So, it is not the size of the company but the huge website with thousands of pages that make it an enterprise site. To determine the line between non-enterprise and enterprise websites, another huge point is holding authority. Naturally, a site would pass onto deeper pages with higher PageRank if it has authority factors like external links.

Keyword Selection For Implementation Of Enterprise SEO

There are certain hallmarks for implementing Enterprise SEO that are followed by any organization of SEO in Sydney. Let’s go on and discuss a few of them. Keywords selection should be made in such a way that it is divided into subcategories and categories and are usually higher or medium-sized keywords. These can be made into long-tailed keywords by combining them with other words.

Why Is Implementation Of Automated Rules Important?

Large enterprises would need you to create a set of automated and flexible rules to load content into multiple web pages. At least the title tags, URLs, navigation links, H1, and canonical tags should be created with automation.

Why Are Templates Required For Implementing Enterprise SEO?

Templates are those blueprints that contain code snippets for your CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. The content management system grabs the right content by identifying the code snippets from a large number of templates present in a database. It is the same when you work with WordPress, as you don’t have to optimize every site page because templates already have predefined metadata, title tag, alt tags, and more.

Empty database sections can even create holes in the created content, which is the last thing that you want in your business website. They need to be flexible enough to adjust accordingly and identify the spaces where data is not present. The site should be compatible enough to fit in different varieties of images for every separate page.

Conclusion

You can get stock content from suppliers to keep your website updated, but many organizations have the same content supplier. So, your website will end up having the same content as several sites on the internet. Any skilled SEO in Sydney would suggest you make new relevant content by rewriting the stock text, which can help increase PageRank. There are many ways in which you can optimize the enterprise site, and these are just a few of them with which you can get started.

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How to Carry Pepper Spray: A Personal Protection Guide

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Not sure how to use your pepper spray?

Getting pepper spray is a no-brainer if you need personal protection. Pepper sprays are inexpensive, with most options costing $40 or less.

Pepper sprays are small and easy to carry and use. It’s legal to carry across all states with some minor restrictions. After all, you can fend off multiple attackers without causing permanent damage.

The problem is the lack of training requirements for this self-defense product. You’re unlikely to know the best usage habits.

You must learn certain practices to better defend yourself. Read on for our guide on how to carry pepper spray.

How to Use Pepper Spray

Pepper sprays are for fending off an attacker. They can distract or incapacitate an assailant and give you time to escape.

However, pepper sprays have no guaranteed stopping power. An assailant can still grab, punch, stab, or shoot you.

The spray will also agitate them. Hence, they’re not as effective when your assailant is either drunk or insane.

Regardless, if you’re walking somewhere unsafe, have your hand on the spray and your finger on the trigger. Most spray canisters have an effective range of 3 to 10 feet. It depends on whether the spray discharges a mist or a stream.

When the situation arises, spray directly at the assailant’s face. Never spray it at a crowd in small spaces.

Be alert whenever you feel the need to use pepper spray. It helps if you grab the pepper spray fast. At the same time, it’s harder for an assailant to surprise you.

After spraying an assailant, avoid contact with them. The spray is oily and might transfer to you. After spraying, run away and call the police.

How to Carry Pepper Spray

It’s best to carry the largest-sized pepper spray around, as long as it’s practical and legal. Most 2 ounce canisters are 4 inches long, with a diameter of an inch. It’s small enough to clip it on a purse or belt.

If it’s somehow inconvenient or impractical, a pepper spray keychain may be ideal. It’s a good setup because you’re less likely to forget it.

You can also carry a pepper spray gun. Check out https://urbansafetysolutions.com/blog/ for more information about the best Mace pepper sprays around.

Avoid carrying pepper spray in your pocket unless you have no other choice. You’re unlikely to get the spray from your pocket fast enough. Another reason is you’re ikely to forget the spray, especially when changing your pants.

Remember, most physical assaults happen in a blink of an eye. Victims often have a second or two to react at most. Timing is a crucial factor in learning how to carry pepper spray.

Here are other great places to keep your pepper spray.

In a Purse

For women, it’s obvious to carry the pepper spray in a purse. However, most forget the right placement for easier access.

Never let the canister sit at the bottom together with your other things. Otherwise, you’ll take time finding and getting the spray. It’s enough time for an assailant to overpower you or steal your purse.

If you’re carrying it in a purse, clip the spray to the front of an inside pocket, divider, or flap. It’s still inside the purse while allowing you to easily access, pull out, and use it within seconds.

Hold the spray inside your purse as you’re walking. An ideal purse has a long strap slung over the shoulder. An assailant might hesitate if they see you’re prepared.

On a Fanny Pack

An alternative to carrying the spray in a purse is a small waist bag or a fanny pack. The belt of a fanny pack makes it ideal for clipping on a can of pepper spray. An assailant is also less likely to snatch off your fanny pack.

However, if you carrying a spray on a fanny pack, don’t make it too visible. You don’t want to lose the element of surprise. Conceal it with a coat, sweatshirt, or jacket to ensure no one can steal it.

On Your Belt

You can also clip the pepper spray can on your belt. Like with the fanny pack, never put the spray out in the open. Do your best to keep it hidden as mentioned above.

A tip for carrying pepper spray on your belt is to clip it upside down. You’ll find it easier to draw the can downwards from the belt. The upward motion is awkward, especially during dire situations.

Mind the positioning of the spray in its holster. It isn’t ideal for you to turn and reposition the can in your hand after drawing it. When you grab and draw the can, it should already be in the right position for immediate use.

Effects of Pepper Spray

Some describe the pain from getting pepper sprayed as a strong burning sensation. Most victims immediately fall on their knees on instinct. They’ll start rubbing their eyes, making it worse.

Be responsible since pepper spray also has a blinding effect. It’s best not to let your assailant fall downstairs or walk into traffic.

Pepper spray causes your attacker’s eyes to shut on instinct. You’ll sometimes need to pry eyelids open with your fingers. Don’t spray upwind or the spray will blow back on you.

If you get pepper spray on you, quickly rinse it off with cold water. An alternative is tearless baby shampoo to remove the oil.

Practice How to Carry Pepper Spray Today

Pepper spray is small and easy to use. However, practice the right way on how to carry pepper spray. Get the biggest, most practical, and convenient to carry.

Whether you’re clipping the spray in a purse or on a belt, prioritize rapid accessibility. Remember the tips we mentioned above. Practice drawing the can, raising it, and shooting in one fluid motion.

Did you find this article helpful? Read our other posts and learn more valuable tips and tricks soon.

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Tips for Saving Money as a College Student

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Heading off to college can be a life-changing experience, but it needn’t be a budget-busting one as well. Here are some tips to help you save money during your university years.

Share Your Living Space

After tuition, rent is likely one of your greatest expenses as a student. While sharing a place with roommates can keep your housing expenses down, an apartment full of noisy coeds may not be conducive to studying and getting enough rest to keep up with your classes. That’s why many college students are exploring coliving as a money-saving alternative.

In a coliving space, you’ll have your own furnished room for privacy, but you’ll also have access to a full kitchen and spacious common areas for cooking and socializing. Paid utilities, cleaning services, and even free parking are perks offered by many shared living sites that can further reduce your housing costs.

Limit Dining Out

It’s not only the “Freshman 15” weight gain you have to worry about as a student, but also the dent that dining out can put in your pocketbook. Cooking at home is almost always less expensive than eating out, and you can make enough food to provide leftovers for several meals which will save you even more. As a bonus, fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the cheapest things you can buy at the grocery store, so cooking up more produce can keep your costs down while fueling your body and mind during those all-night study sessions.

Take Advantage of Campus Entertainment

Rather than paying top dollar to go to an arena concert or shelling out for an opening-night ticket for the newest superhero flick, look into the free or low-cost entertainment that’s put on by your university. Check the campus newsletter for information about gallery openings, movie screenings, student productions, musical presentations, and more. Sizeable campuses often have something on offer every night of the week, allowing you to fill up your activities calendar just by showing your ID card for discounted or free admission.

Buy Used Textbooks (or None at All)

Spending money on a brand new textbook might be a waste if you’ll never use it again after the class ends. Savvy students hit the campus bookstore as soon as their class load is confirmed so they can snap up discounted used copies. Some even do research to find out if buying a specific book is necessary; it’s not uncommon for professors to test only on the material they’ve discussed in class. If you do need to invest in a few books, take good care of them throughout the semester so you can sell them back for cash or credit at the end of the term.

Attending college gives you a great opportunity to prepare for your future, and if you spend your money wisely during your time in school you may even be better off financially after you graduate. Following these tips should help you keep more money in your bank account while you’re completing your degree.

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