Center for Translational and Basic Research

About this Project

Implement a Microsoft Windows Server 2012 solution to converge cloud based services, Windows 8.1 Pro, Office 365, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure.

This project required the upgrade to Windows Server and server consolidation for other services, such as DHCP, DNS and Exchange Services.   This consolidation should be scalable, well supported, cost effective and efficiently by providing remote access to local services.  Also, there should be compatibility with other Linux-based servers already part of the network.

As a key component of our Hybrid solution we proposed the implementation of Windows Server R2 which already includes virtualization services.  This helped consolidate services  to manage a smaller number of servers.  We also implemented a replication policy as a recovery solution in order to keep all services backed up and ready if disaster strikes. Contrary to traditional backup, our disaster recovery solution keeps replicas of entire servers, including applications which can be restored very easilly in a matter of minutes.

Remote users wanting to connect to local resources can now do so from their home desktops, laptops and mobile devices.  This access contributed to employee satisfaction and retention, enabled real-time collaboration across multiple platforms, and provided access to the same storage repositories which avoided versioning conflicts or lost items.  Because all the data is centrally located, remote users were not responsible for any data breach as a result of lost or stolen items.    

Our basic solution least to a higher scalability and performance, uptime availability of services, disaster recovery implementation, enhanced and centralized storage, and easily managed remote access.  On the local desktops we implemented trusted boot, fingerprint support, device encryption and Bitlocker to prevent any type of unauthorized access by anyone else except the organization's employee.    Mobile devices were also secured using various methods, including fingerprinting, password access, and group policy access at the server level.

Currently our team supports and monitors this implementation remotely and make adjustments as new requirements arise.

Additional Info

posted by:

Carlos Lijeron

Carlos Lijeron is an Information Technology generalist and IT project manager.  He holds over 25 technical certifications and has over 20 years of experience in the field implementing solutions for network services, data storage, video conferencing, security, cloud computing, virtualization.  Currently he is managing a High Performance Compute Cluster at Hunter College, CUNY for Bioinformatics Analysis.