Uncle Marv's IT Business Podcast

Uncle Marv's IT Business Podcast

Are you a System Administrator, Managed Service Provider, or even a Solo Tech running your own IT Service Company? Tune in for products, stories and tips to help you run your business better, smarter and faster!

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May 19, 2022 65 min

This episode expands on what I mentioned last episode where I helped a fellow MSP with a network discovery audit. I used both the NetAlly EtherScope nXG and a Domotz box to scan the network.  We do a deep dive into my audit and what I provided my client afterwards. 

For prospects, you can assure them that you won't need a password to "see" their network.

With the EtherScope you can do all this in just a few minutes:   

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    How do you bill a client when they ask you to be available all day, but then you only are onsite with them for a few hours?

    I explain how I used the Netally Etherscope nXG to help another MSP with a network discovery audit.

    Please give me your advice for running a virtual server and file server on the same Synology NAS. I also want to mix solid state and NAS drives for each storage pool. Please let me know what you've done. Let m...

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    If you don't have a local recycler, give MSP Disposal a try. They offer pickup just about anywhere in the lower 48  states and make it easy with the new FedEx Freight Box Program. Just like a moving pod, you get a box delivered to you, pack it  then arrange for pickup at your leisure. 

    For reference, MSP Disposal works with Kaseya, Broadcam and hundreds of MSPs. They also supply "rage rooms" with inventory.  What is a sm...

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    Akarsh shares his journey that was inspired in 2017 and has finally resulted in his speakers being produced and ready for shipment this year.  A major difference in bringing a consumer hardware item to market is the amount of work that goes into creating the concept, coming up with a prototype, and approaching the big boy manufacturers to help produce it. 

    Some of Akarsh's tips to  getting started include:  

  • Learning to de-risk
  • Yo...
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    April 28, 2022 46 min

    We start with  the joy of a client visit where we brought in a cable tech to help cleanup a server closet and move about 30 cables from one side of the room to another. Ugh!

    The show received email from Tom and Diana asking about Synology. Tom wanted to know if Synology could be monitored through N-Able RMM and Diana wanted to hear about Synology features to replace an on-premise server.

    Looks like I got spammed by Podstatus, a websi...

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    April 21, 2022 59 min

    Uncle Marv's IT Business Podcast - Presented by NetAlly

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    PitchIT: Join the PitchIT Accelerator Program  to share your innovation that solves a need in cyber security, finance, or another practice area. 

    Modes Theory Assessment: The Mode Mindset combines how you define success, manage your service delivery offerings, lead your teams, build systems and develop partnerships.

    Techutainment: a word ...

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    April 14, 2022 56 min

    Uncle Marv's IT Business Podcast - Presented by NetAlly

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    Nerdio: Ron is currently moving two clients to AWS using Nerdio. 

    Synology: We talked about using Synology boxes as file servers and backup appliances. Snapshot Replication and Hyber Backup have been our applications of choice. I brought up using the Synology Directory Server  package to setup domain services for a client. 

    Techcon Unplug...

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    Uncle Marv's IT Business Podcast - Presented by NetAlly

    In this podcast, Stan shares some of his tips and philosophies to reaching his goals.

  • Sell product to get service; service makes the most money
  • Bill based on value, not hours.
  • Invest in processes and standardization to work smarter, not harder.
  • It takes the same amount of energy to go after big clients as it does to go after smaller clients. Go after the big ones.
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    Techcon Unplugged: Join me for the 2022 Annual Conference this September in Chicago hosted by techs for techs.

    NetGuard Plus - Cyber Liability:  Find the different application and renewal forms 

    The majority of this episode focused on the NetGuard Plus Application that businesses are now getting when they apply for or try to renew their cyber insurance. 

    Intermedia: Our preferred VoIP provider, a...

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    March 31, 2022 44 min

    === Notes from the show

    Techcon Unplugged: Join me for the 2022 Annual Conference this September in Chicago hosted by techs for techs.

    NetGuard Plus - Cyber Liability: The majority of this episode focused on the NetGuard Plus Application that businesses are now getting when they apply for or try to renew their cyber insurance. The form I referenced is available here... it's the first one in the list.

    PortableApps.com P...

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    March 24, 2022 63 min

    === Notes from the show

    IT Glue: IT documentation 

    N-Able: My RMM program. Other products include EDR, DNS Filtering, Passportal and more. 

    Solutions Granted: I use them for firewall monitoring. They also offer SOC as a service and other services. 

    === Other links for this episode

    WizTree: The fastest disk space analyzer that I have found. Faster than TreeSize!

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    March 10, 2022 52 min

    === Notes from the show

  • Can you run a business? 
  • Know your numbers
  • Choose your "hard"
  • ** After the podcast, Dawn mentioned that she should have mentioned Western Governors University. WGU is an online university that focuses on competency-based education that allows you to work at your own pace. You are measured on skills and learning, not time in a classroom.

    Dawn Sizer is the C.E.O. at 3rd Element Consulting, a WBE...

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    March 9, 2022 47 min

    Shanna Utgard is the Success manger at Defendify. Defendify  is  an easy-to-use, all-in-one platform  that makes managing cybersecurity simple. It streamlines cybersecurity assessments, testing, policies and training in one consolidated and cost effective solution. 

    You'll want to hear the answer to my question at the 30:12 mark... "what is the biggest thing lacking among MSPs?"

    If you want to hear more about Defendify, c...

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    Brad's last two podcast episodes caught my attention. So I reached out to him to clarify what fiduciary duty means and why attorneys may be using it to sue us.  

    Some quick points: 

  • Everyone signs a Master Agreement
  • Don't hide your agreement
  • You may want to stop calling yourself a "Trusted Advisor"
  • We also answered a question from the chat asking how to handle a tech that leaves your business and undercuts you to take yo...

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    We share some recent customer stories that you might find enjoyable. A customer "forgets" to tell Matt that they've moved two of their three offices.

    On a personal note - Mom is still doing well. She is on her third week of chemo and dialysis and should get an update on her prognosis next week.

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    Worktime Employee Monitoring & Service: https://tinyurl.com/377rrmp5.
    This is a fai...

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    January 27, 2022 23 min

    The Podnutz Pro Podcast is now Uncle Marv's IT Business Podcast.

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    Light Chain Multiple Myeloma: https://tinyurl.com/43n9u9aw
    Microsoft updates cause DC boot loop: https://tinyurl.com/jwapp8x3

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    Florida Man charged with human smuggling: https://tinyurl.com/4k955w2b
    Florida Man arrested at Waffle House because of bacon: https://tinyurl.com/9rc9mcw3
    Fl...

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    January 17, 2022 11 min
    Please join us as we answer questions regarding personal and family issues affecting the podcast since January 7.
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    January 6, 2022 55 min

    Website: https://oit.co/partners/

    OIT, LLC specializes in telecommunications and distributed networking. OITVOIP has strong channel and white label programs offering best-in-class features, phenomenal responsiveness and a team that stands ready to help you succeed.

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    December 30, 2021 11 min

    The Podnutz Pro Podcast is now Uncle Marv's IT Business Podcast.

    My goal with the podcast is the same... to help everyone run their IT business better, smarter and faster. If you're a System Admin working for small business, the hope is to help you know your network and give the best support as you can.

    See below for all the relevant changes for the website and social media links. then be sure to find and follow the show i...

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    December 23, 2021 96 min

    Guests: Jason & Rachel Miller (Unbound Digital) – Dawn Sizer (3rd Element Consulting) – Chad Kempt (Fast Computers) – Diana Giles (Skyline IT Management) – Mike Pennachi (Network Protocol Specialists) – Lisa Hendrickson (Call That Girl) – Jim Collison (Gallup) – Matt Forman (Local Circuit)

    The Negroni Cocktatil: https://www.liquor.com/recipes/negroni/

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