Yearly Archives: 2018


Business Continuity from Vantage IT Support. Maintaining the stability of your business in times of trouble can be achieved with a reliable business continuity strategy.

Business Continuity from Vantage IT

Can your business continue to run in the event of failed server hardware? How would it affect your business if you could not use any of your IT equipment for several days? Backing up your data regularly is highly advisable, although depending on your IT equipment, it could take several […]


Are You Still Using Windows 7?

Windows 7 is still working hard on many computers used in businesses, even though it is almost a decade old. Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system was first pushed out globally in July 2015. The new system introduced a number of changes over older versions of Windows.   However, despite some […]

Are You Still Using Windows 7? Windows 7 launched almost a decade ago and has been replaced with Windows 10, but it is still going strong on many PCs.

Benefits of a MicroServer for Small Businesses. An HPE ProLiant MicroServer is ideal for small businesses wanting the benefits of owning a quality server but at a more affordable price.

Benefits of a MicroServer for Small Businesses

Company directors often understand the benefits of introducing a server to their business. However, if you run a small business or are just starting out, you could be inclined to operate without a server due to perceived costs. Indeed, you might be tempted to simply use laptops or PCs to […]


HP Secure Printing to Ensure IT Security

IT security is vital for all companies and this must include secure printing. Have you taken steps to safeguard your network-connected printers? An unsecured network printer can lead to a data breach in your company. Using HP’s well established secure printing solutions, Vantage IT can make security concerns a thing […]

HP Secure Printing to Ensure IT Security from Vantage IT Solutions. A secure printing environment is vital to ensure your entire IT network is safe. Do you safeguard your network-connected printers?

Is Buying Refurbished IT Equipment a Good Idea? Refurbished IT equipment sounds a great idea when you look at the initial cost savings, but are these genuine savings or a false hope? Buy cheap, buy twice?

Is Buying Refurbished IT Equipment a Good Idea?

Refurbished IT equipment sounds appealing with its cheaper price, but does it really offer benefits over buying new? Does the adage of ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ apply? When meeting new customers, we sometimes find they have purchased refurbished PCs or servers at some point. However, these are not always positive […]


It Just Keeps Getting Hotter! Is Your IT Prepared? Do you have a system in place to alert you of a cooling system failure? If not, what do you think will happen to your critical IT equipment?

It Just Keeps Getting Hotter! Is Your IT Prepared?

With the fantastic weather due to continue for the next week or so, it’s worth remembering that your air cooling systems are working harder than ever to maintain a consistent environment. Do you have a system in place to alert you of a cooling failure? If not, what do you […]


Is Your Broadband Good Enough? Broadband and leased lines from Vantage IT Solutions. If you use cloud services, you are relying on your internet connection. Is standard broadband sufficient or would a leased line be a better alternative?

Is Your Broadband Good Enough?

Your broadband connection is vital. In recent years, the use of cloud services has increased dramatically for most businesses. You may be using a Hosted Exchange service for your emails, Xero for accounts and Dropbox for cloud storage. You may even make calls on a VoIP (Voice-Over-IP) telephone system. When […]


APC Releases UPS with Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries (Li-ion) are more normally found in portable electronic devices but APC has just released some uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) using the technology. Li-ion batteries have much improved specifications when compared to traditional lead-acid batteries found in most UPSs. These will allow for better performance at higher temperatures and […]

APC UPS with Li-Ion Batteries from Vantage IT. APC has developed UPSs with Li-ion batteries. These have better specifications than traditional lead-acid batteries and are more normally found in portable electronic devices. The use of them should improve the overall performance of the latest APC range.

Bad Weather IT Support from Vantage IT. Adverse weather conditions can have a devastating affect on your business. Don't become a victim to bad weather. Protect yourself with environmental monitoring and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Vantage IT will provide the help you need.

Are You Ready For The Weather?

When storms hit, is your vital IT hardware safe? You need to know that adverse weather conditions will not affect your business. The storms in recent weeks have caused power cuts and flooding. Both of these occurrences are not favourable to sensitive IT equipment!   Water ingress will clearly damage […]


Life After SBS

Many small businesses have been enjoying the benefits of Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS) since its introduction over 20 years ago. The last edition Microsoft introduced was SBS 2011 which first appeared in December 2010. Many SMEs still use the software today. However, are you aware that Microsoft will […]

Life After Microsoft SBS Help From Vantage IT Support. Are you enjoying the benefits of SBS? Microsoft will not support Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 beyond 14th January 2020. SBS is comprised of these two components so needs to be replaced in the near future. Vantage IT can supply the Server alternative you need.

Is Your Monitor Slowing You Down? Get help from Vantage IT Solutions. How many hours do you spend looking at your computer monitor? You should not be struggling with a small, old monitor that slows you down. Large, modern monitors provide a much improved viewing area and have reduced in price. Multiple monitor setups offer great advantaged to your work.

Is Your Monitor Slowing You Down?

Do you struggle with a small, outdated monitor on your desk? When you spend so much of your working life looking at a computer screen, you need to be sure it is the most appropriate tool for the job. If perceived cost implications have prevented monitor upgrades, you could be […]


Moving Office?

If you have an upcoming office move, we hope the following proves helpful and prevents it becoming a major headache. If you have moved office in the past, you will be aware how much there is to organise, particularly in terms of your IT infrastructure. Thankfully, this does not need […]

Moving Office? Need IT Support for Your Move from Vantage IT Solutions? If you have moved office in the past, you will be aware how much there is to organise, particularly in terms of your IT infrastructure. Thankfully, with the help of Vantage IT this does not need to be stressful. Our IT support service will provide all the assistance you need.

Is Your Old Email System Causing Problems? Hosted Exchange from Vantage IT Solutions will provide the answer. If you frequently experience performance or synchronisation issues with you email system, it could be because you are using old technology and require and update. Hosted Exchange Email from Vantage IT will provide the reliability you require for your business.

Is Your Old Email System Causing Problems?

If your company is using an outdated email system such as POP3, you may frequently experience performance or synchronisation issues. Fortunately, Microsoft Exchange can solve a lot of your problems. Although POP3 has been old technology for some time, it has been a necessary evil for many due to the […]


#TakeTheLead

Attacks on guide dogs are more common than you would realise. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has started a new #TakeTheLead campaign that calls for pet dog owners to help prevent avoidable attacks on guide dogs. For a blind or partially sighted person, a guide dog can be […]

#TakeTheLead, avoiding attacks on guide dogs. Vantage IT Solutions

GDPR and Your IT. Keep Your Data and Business Safe. Vantage IT Solutions. The GDPR legislation is coming. Protecting your data is vital. It is one of the most valuable resources you have. The consequences of not keeping it safe could be disastrous for your business. Don't leave it to chance. Let Vantage IT help protect your network.

GDPR and Your IT

Protecting your data is vital. It is one of the most valuable resources you have and therefore the consequences of not keeping it safe could be disastrous. Vantage IT provides the assistance you need to help you find out where your data is and that it is securely controlled. We […]


Don’t Buy a Printer and Save Thousands!

We always look for ways we can save money for our clients. We would like to share a recent example of a customer with a faulty printer where we potentially saved them £3000! Case Study – Faulty Printer A customer contacted us to say they were experiencing problems with a […]

Don't Buy a Printer and Save Thousands! Advice from Vantage IT Solutions. There are many instances when we advice you not to purchase new equipment if the old equipment will still perform adequately. A customer with a faulty printer was one such case, where we potentially saved them £3000!

Wi-Fi Security Flaw Needs to be Patched. Security vulnerability in Wi-Fi networks secured with WPA and WPA2 needs to be patched. Vantage IT can provide the assistance you need to fix your Wi-Fi.

5 Tips to Improve Your Wi-Fi

How is your Wi-Fi? Is the connection a bit sporadic? If it isn’t as reliable as you would like, here are some tips for improving the situation. Change Your Router’s Location When routers are hidden behind other devices or tucked in a corner, wireless signals can be affected. Many routers […]


Give Your PC a Spring Clean

Despite the weather we have just experienced, spring is almost upon us, so why not give your PC a spring clean of its own? Why a Spring Clean? If your PC takes ages to boot up or respond to your inputs, there is a chance it requires some basic housekeeping. […]

Give Your PC a Spring Clean, from Vantage IT Solutions. Don't spend a penny on your computer to gain performance if you don't need to. Give it a spring clean! Try these tips before purchasing a new PC or upgrade your existing one. This is a bit of DIY IT support, but for the real thing, contact Vantage IT.

Helpful Internet Browsing Tips from Vantage IT Solutions. Internet browsing is something most of us do every day of the week. Vantage IT provides tips to ensure you get the best out of your internet usage, saving time and effort.

Helpful Internet Browsing Tips

The internet is a huge, wondrous world, but are you using it effectively? From browser choices to shortcut keys that save you time, we offer tips so you can get the best out of your internet usage.   Try Different Browsers Many people using Windows PCs will make use of […]


Windows Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Time

We all want to save ourselves time, and that is what Windows keyboard shortcuts will do. Keyboard shortcuts will speed up almost everything you do on your computer. However, long lists of shortcuts can quickly become overwhelming if you’re just getting started with them.   With this in mind, we […]

Windows Shortcuts to Save You Time. Vantage IT Solutions. Windows keyboard shortcut keys will save you time when using your computer, something we all want to do. We have created a useful guide for some of the most commonly used Windows keyboard shortcuts.

2FA - What is it and How Can it Protect You? 2FA or Two-Factor Authentication will add an additional layer of security to your normal login procedures in order to verify your identity.

2FA – What is it and How Can it Protect You?

Many of us regularly log in to online services such as Gmail or Hotmail as well as social media platforms such as Twitter or FaceBook. However, reports suggest that many people still don’t use the available 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) features of these websites, although this is highly advisable. If you […]


WatchGuard Firewalls Gain Additional Feature, For Free

WatchGuard firewalls currently block access to dangerous sites based on a feed of known malicious URLs and also allow customers to block traffic to potentially risky sites. The new service, based on technology called Strongarm, will add blocking based on known malicious domains. Furthermore, by monitoring requests at the domain […]

WatchGuard Firewalls Gain Additional Strongarm Feature, For Free. Vantage IT Support. WatchGuard firewalls will integrate the Strongarm technology to improve security. Strongarm stops phishing and malware attacks and will be added for free.

Why Use Adobe Creative Cloud? - Vantage IT Solutions. Adobe Creative Cloud provides software for graphic design, photography, editing of videos and web development. It is the market leader.

Why Use Adobe Creative Cloud?

Adobe’s powerful suite of productivity software has been around for many years and is the preferred choice for many businesses across the world. Creative Cloud provides software for graphic design, photography, editing of videos and web development. Adobe was one of the first to move from perpetual licenses to a […]


IT Failures

How many times did your IT fail last year? It never ceases to amaze us at Vantage IT how some businesses seem to be so accepting of IT failures, no doubt persuaded of such ‘normality’ by their service provider or internal IT support personnel.   However, IT failures should be […]

IT Failures Should be Highly Abnormal. They are when you use Vantage IT Solutions. How many IT failures did your suffer last year? It never ceases to amaze us at Vantage IT how some businesses seem to be so accepting of IT failures. They shouldn't be!