2019 Minimum Recommendations for Business Computers in Calgary

Better computers on-a-budget are a reality for Calgary business. Getting more distance out of each dollar is a particular focus for all of us. Here are some recommendation on how to do that.

  • Buy commercial grade desktop and laptop computers. These computers cost significantly more but its not because of bigger margins for resellers. These units have better components that lead to significantly less problems and lower support costs when there is a problem. Look for brands like HP, Lenovo and Dell but stay away from their consumer lines
  • Consider Refubished to save money. Government and larger business turn over their computers every couple years. They still have lots of life in them. You can get these computers at 50% of a brand new equivilent and their still much faster and more reliable than consumer grade computers.

Minimum Suggested Requirements

  • Here is what I think you should set for a minimum computer specs for business:
  • – 6th generation i5 Processor (Current generation is 9)
  • – 240G SSD storage drive
  • – 16GB memory
  • – Commercial grade line from a common brand (HP, Lenovo, Dell, etc)
  • – Windows 10 Pro
  • – Notebook computers should have numeric keypad

Alternatively delay the purchase and make small investment into your current computers. Upgrading memory and installing a SSD storage drive in your computer. will significantly increase the speed and life of your computer.

HELIA does have access to refurbished commercial grade computers as will your current IT support people. If you looking for cost savings, contact your current tech pro or reach out to HELIA.

Managing HyperV Server

I like to use HyperV Server because of its cost and licensing terms. It make for a decent virtualized host environment and uses Microsoft management tools. Its also a major PITA.

If you don’t have Active Directory, walk away now. Trying to use HyperV Server without AD is too much work and too much of a learning curve – seriously. Installing HyperV server is easy enough with the common easy to use wizard that all Windows OS use. Step 2 must be “Join a domain” which is also easy with the TUI that HyperV provides.

Once the HyperV server is joined to a domain, then log out and practically forget about it. All other management is done via the management tools with the standard Windows Server, Windows 10 Pro management tools including:

  • Event Viewer
  • HyperV Manager
  • Computer Manager
  • Remote Desktop Client
  • and practically any other standard Microsoft management tool.

There is one more step. By default, HyperV server is locked down and doesn’t have the appropriate firewall rules enabled and the appropriate features turned on. Here is a list of the Powershell commands you need to run to enable services:

Enable-PSRemoting

Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName “Windows Management Instrumentation (DCOM-In)”
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Event Log Management”
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Service Management”
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Volume Management”
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Windows Firewall Remote Management”
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Event Log Management”
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Scheduled Tasks Management”

Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Windows Defender Firewall Remote Management”

One other thing to consider is that it isn’t just the firewall rules on the HyperV server. The firewall rules on the client that you use to manage HyperV also needs to be configured. Use the following to enable access to the server for Disk management. (Virtual Disk services must be enabled on the HyperV server)

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”Remote Volume Management” new enable=yes

Phone System for Business Centers

For business centers that lease large blocks of commercial office space and sub-let individual offices with receptionists to small businesses, phone systems are essential. Tenant phones are required for:

  • Dedicated business phone number for tenants
  • Intercom to allow reception to alert tenants to waiting clients
  • Calls answered personally and professionally by the common receptionist
  • Business voicemail with a professional business greeting
  • Easy access for tenants to call the business center andministrators
  • Common conference phones for board rooms and meeting rooms
  • Easy to use Group Conference functionality

The Yeastar S100 phone system delivers all of this in a reliable, easy to manage and cost effective package to business centers with up to 80 tenants.

Our Business Center Phone System Packages includes:

  • new phones for each tenant;
  • an easy to use receptionist phone;
  • optional detailed billing module;
  • full installation;
  • advanced training for the receptionist; and
  • group orientation for the tenants.

Learn more about HELIA and phone systems for business centers at:

https://www.yeastar.ca/business-center