2015-12-22T20:22:01+00:00December 30th, 2014|News|

FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH., – December 30th, 2014 – Coretek Services, a nationally recognized IT consulting and systems integrator, is honored and humbled to partner with local families, community organizations, and charities around the globe to make a positive difference and give back in any way that it can.

This holiday season, the employees of Coretek believed that no child should go without celebrating the magic of Christmas morning and having gifts under the tree. For this reason, Coretek supported Goodfellow’s “No Child Without a Christmas” adoption program for its second year in a row, as a way to connect with local children and families in need during the holiday season.

The “No Child Without a Christmas” program is designed to allow organizations to help purchase clothing and gifts for needy children across the area. This year, Coretek went above and beyond their goal of adopting 20 children, and were able to fulfill the holiday dreams of 23 deserving children.

“Our employees and their families are extremely generous,” President and CEO Ron Lisch said. “This year we were able to adopt 23 children, providing each one with a variety of clothes, toys, and stocking stuffers. It was our goal to make sure no child goes without a present this Christmas and we are grateful to our employees for helping to make this a dream come true for children in our area.”

Coretek Services makes it a point to volunteer in their community and consistently serve ongoing needs. They currently serve a wide variety of local charities, including the Forgotten Harvest, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and more.

“Whether it’s handing out presents to kids at Christmas, helping raise awareness, or providing computers to kids in Africa, everyone here has a direct impact on making a difference,” Lisch said. “For us, it’s proof-positive that great people working with great people can do great things.”

Happy New Year…

2017-07-27T00:01:00+00:00December 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Happy Holidays, and best wishes for a prosperous New Year to you!

I thought I’d take an alternate approach to this year-end post, and post some quotes that some of our Coretekers hold dear.  You see, each Friday morning, we start our company-wide call with a few questions from a team member and his or her favorite quote, and we capture them on our internal Yammer site.  I thought it’d be neat to grab a handful of them from the course of 2014 to share with the world. 

Enjoy, and see you in 2015….

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” Abraham Lincoln

Matt K.:
“No regrets.” – Source unknown

“Better than yesterday…” – Some dude at a Gym in Columbus

“Always be who you are because the people who matter don’t mind and the people who mind don’t matter.” – Sean’s Mom

“Believe you can and you’re half way there.” – Source Unknown

“Not all who wander are lost…” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Ben Franklin

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C.S. Lewis

“I live my life a quarter mile at a time.” From the movie, The Fast and the Furious

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Source Unknown

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.” – Jon Stewart




Server 2003 EOS, Part 1.

2017-07-27T00:01:00+00:00December 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|

As you surely know, the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family is quickly approaching its End of Service (EOS) date. 

Side note: Coretek is absolutely ramped-up and ready to assist you in your migration to Server 2012 R2 (on-premises or Cloud-based), including the possibility of Microsoft funding for assessment and other exciting options.  But that’s not why I’m writing today….

Like the XP EOS frenzy early this year, these big-impact EOS timeframes end up causing some strange feelings for your friendly neighborhood server technician.  What I mean is, as a consultant, I spend a great deal of my time staying current on bleeding-edge technologies and building automations to eliminate manual installs and deployments, etc.

But today, I needed to test some odd behavior I discovered in preparation for an application migration, and I actually had to perform a manual install of Server 2003 — that’s right, manual — for the first time in what must be years.  And because of that, I’m suddenly awash in memories of where I was all those years ago.

But you’re wondering, why a manual installation?  Well just to clarify, I’ve long-since deleted all my VMM templates for Server 2003, or any VHDs that I might have had lying around to “hydrate” and test.  I searched, trust me.  So for this particular test-bed, on this particular evening, I figured it was just quicker to attach the the old CD-sized ISO to the virtual DVD drive, and on I went through that old blue initial setup screen. 

And then it hit me…  What was different about my life the last time I saw and walked through this setup screen? 

It must’ve been around mid-2008, I’m thinking, based on my memory of the day.  I think I recall the situation correctly — I had a different president, different employer, different car, different family arrangement, and on and on…  Basically a very different life.  I guess this setup screen is a bit like a time capsule of memories, like an old song that brings back a day long forgotten.  Or maybe I’m just melancholy as the holidays approach…

You know what else I had forgotten all about?  That “continue on CD #2” thing.  Remember that?  And Hyper-V issues like not having the mouse integrations, having to ctrl+alt+left-arrow all the time, and needing “integration Services” installed manually before it can communicate.  Ah, how quaint.

Will I ever walk through the blue setup screen again?  Surely; after all, I’ll probably be setting up some test beds for other folks like me who long-ago deleted deployment images and templates for Server 2003.  But I’ll tell you one thing, the next time I do the install, it will be for building a template in my VMM lab so I don’t have to do it again. 

Server 2003 might be antiquated and End of Service, but at least I can pull it forward into the future kicking and screaming just enough to help hasten its demise.