Archive for October, 2009

Live Communications Server Snap-in failed to start service (2009-10-28)

Did your LCS/OCS server go down? A client recently lost LCS functionality. They are running Live Communication Server 2003.  The event viewer showed these errors: Event Type:    Error Event Source:    Live Communications Server Event Category:    (1000) Event ID:    16417 Date:        10/27/2009 Time:        3:56:35 PM User:        N/A Computer:    ——- Description: Unable to initialize […]

Windows 7 Released (2009-10-23)

Microsoft released Windows 7 yesterday. As the OS gets good reviews I expect many businesses to quickly migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 in 2010 driven by a hardware refresh. Beware of leaning too heavily on Windows 7’s XP Mode as we’ll discover it does not integrate as seamlessly as advertised. Printing and port […]

Announcement – Something New (2009-10-15)

On November 3, 2009 we’ll announce something new and big. It’ll be posted here at so set your calendars and save the date.

AOC Video – Managed Services Video (2009-10-14)

The YouTube Video: The same video at Vimeo: Co-Managed IT Services for Nonprofits from Mike Pasatieri on Vimeo. AOC – Nationwide Managed IT Services for Nonprofits Alpha & Omega Consulting (AOC) provides co-managed IT services. Co-managed IT services means that your IT department and our engineers pull the weight together. A co-managed IT services partnership […]

The CIO in Crisis Mode (2009-10-8)

A very interesting and honest, even painful self-analysis for CIOs to endure, piece at CIOs over large institutions find themselves in a tough situation. Economically speaking the recent historic stock market rally is government backed and not sustainable. Besides the US manufacturing base is weak and the consumer carries too much debt. We believe […]

Information is Beautiful (2009-10-7)

Two interesting pieces at Information is Beautiful. For CIOs and COOs the Hierarchy of Digital Distractions may answer the question. “What are my employees doing today?” Another interesting piece on government debt is The Billion Dollar Gram. Makes me wonder, can we really afford the war or health care or not taxing illegal aliens? Enjoy.

Economic & Business Justification of Managed IT Services – Part 1 (2009-10-6)

Why managed IT services? What are the benefits? Can they help? You may have lots of questions about managed IT services so over several posts we’ll offer insight to help determine if managed IT services is a good fit for your organization. First, about our service, AOC offers co-managed IT services, which is related but differs […]