Infrastructure And Application Services

We primarily focused on bringing value-add to customer’s day to day operation to optimize operational efficiency with the help of IT Solutions, Design/reDesign, Consulting, Migrations, Health Checks, Cleanup, Support, Licensing, Disaster Recovery, and Managed Services. Our Primarily focused Infrastructure applications are Office 365, Exchange Server, Active Directory, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Azure, Amazon Web Services, Networks, and Security.

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Why Golden Five Consulting?

  • Our team comprises of professionals having worked on diverse Microsoft products and technology both in consulting and PSS groups.
  • We have Microsoft MVP awardees in our team working closely with Microsoft Product teams. This enables us in having a direct line of communication with Microsoft and firsthand knowledge on bugs and other product related matters.
  • Our team has over 10 years of experience and their certifications include MCSE, MCITP, Charter member for Windows, Exchange 2019/2016/2013/2010/2007/2003 and Office 365.
  • We have working knowledge of having Architected and deployed Exchange and Directory services for Fortune companies like Accenture, VMWare, Hackensack Hospital, BroadRidge Financials, EMC, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, CJIS Solutions, SCCCD etc.
  • We like to stress on our model of providing cost effective onsite/remote deployment model and round the clock support for any outages during our engagement.
  • Our chief architect will be deployed to this project with undivided attention and will take ownership of this project.
  • Overall our team has worked with almost all IT giants in this world and handled projects in the past for Microsoft Consulting and Dell Consulting Services.
  • We are a partner with Microsoft and multiple IT product companies and service providers. This always helps our customers because we are in a position to save the customer’s cost by recommending the correct product or license rather than just selling the product.
  • We are a Microsoft Tier 1 Cloud Solutions Provider and reseller. Golden Five Consulting is a rising Microsoft Top Level Cloud Partner with the backup of excellent and quality skilled employees.
  • We have worked in the similar projects many times and many projects are being discussed.
  • Our focus is 100% customer satisfaction. We believe in delivering accurate and perfect solutions to our customers using the best skills. If you are our customer then our work satisfaction will keep you with us forever. We look forward to working with you on this project and others in the future.

Our Services includes the following:

  • IT Assessments, Health Checks and Advisory
  • Consulting for New Deployment, Upgrade, Migration
  • Development & Automation
  • Support, Break-fix, & Monitoring
  • IT Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Disaster Prevention & Recovery
  • ERP, Clouds, Networks Implementations
  • Building and Managing Private and Public Clouds
  • Managed Services
  • Project Management
  • Private and Public Cloud Deployments
  • Molecular Biology Scientific Consulting
  • Managed Service Provider

Golden Five Standing on Office 365 and Azure

Microsoft has done a great job in thinking out of the box by providing office 365 to user with Exchange, SharePoint, Teams, Security, Flow, Power Automate etc. Office 365 has facilitated email, chat, file share to many organizations in very low cost and free to many non-profits, schools, government.

When it comes to the deployment and migration then most of the organizations finds it is difficult to get a right resource to do this job. If you don’t get the right resource, then whole deployment can cost you more than double of the expected cost. For sure Microsoft and Dell changes are way high but we can work through them as well.

Now here comes Golden Five Consulting as a champion because our consultants have delivered such services to the MCS and DCS customers at their best with 100% satisfaction.

Our offering will ensure the cost effect solution with the service level of Microsoft and beyond. We are not only reselling Office 365/Azure/Dynamics 365 licenses but also work provide IT consulting so, we recommend the correct license and share how can a customer leverage all available applications.

We are GCC approved Tier 1 Cloud Solutions Provider. We are also Authorized Education Partner so We cover all 4 customer categories, Government, Academic, Charity, and Corporate.
We are a trust cloud partner with the backing of Microsoft MVPs.

Messaging Services

Microsoft Exchange server is a Microsoft’s proprietary messaging and collaboration service. Evolving from its earliest release 4.0 to the latest and greatest Exchange 2019/Online, today it serves as the preferred email platform for many organizations worldwide.

Our expertise at Golden Five Consulting spans across the entire spectrum of Exchange versions. The team has been involved in planning, designing and architecting complex messaging solutions for over a decade to a boastful list of Fortune 500 companies.

Many of our consultants have transitioned from Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) divisions and are Subject Matter Experts. They bring in years and years of best practice guidelines on migration and implementation of Exchange designs. Their deep technical knowledge and broad experience can benefit any migration scenarios. Be it from Exchange to Exchange or any Third-Party solutions like Lotus Notes, GroupWise and Gmail.

The team also comprises of consultants who were previously engaged in Microsoft Exchange Product Support. We have worked on entire spectrum of Exchange issues and are well equipped to solve the most complex and daunting issues during migration. Having been actively involved in the Messaging community have earned many of the consultants with the coveted Microsoft Value Professional (MVP) award for Exchange. This award is presented by Microsoft to top-notch technology experts who make outstanding contributions to the communities.

Our Messaging Services include Consulting, Management and break -fix support for Microsoft Exchange Server (Exchange 5.5 to Exchange Online) Upgrade, Deployment, Cross-Org, Resource Forest, Hybrid, end to end high availability implementation including disaster prevention and disaster recovery.

Exchange Hybrid configuration comes into play when we would like to migrate our data from on-premises exchange server to Office 365. We are the expert in the hybrid deployments and our consultants are teaching the world and even correcting Microsoft product groups mistakes in big events like Ignite 2016.

We also provide Messaging Hygiene, Health Checks, Unified Messaging Services, Send mail, other mail system consulting, reselling, management, and break-fix.

We have migrated Unified Messaging including Auto Attendant, call queue, Voice mails from on-premises servers and Exchange to Cloud Voicemail in Hybrid with Skype for business and AnyNode.

Messaging is one of our core services which is our passion. This is our premium service.

Directory Services - Active Directory, DNS , DHCP , GPO , Trust

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is the cornerstone of every Windows domain network. It stores information about members of the domain, including devices and users, verifies their credentials and defines their access rights. The server running this service is called a domain controller. A domain controller is contacted when a user logs into a device, accesses another device across the network, or runs a line-of-business Metro-style app sideloaded into a device. Microsoft started Active Directory with windows 2000 and it is still going on. Our teams have more than 20 years of experience. Our team has Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 MCSE. Overall, our team has handled most complex, multi-forest Active Directory infrastructures, migrated and upgraded to newer versions, migrated from FRS to DFSR, DNS clean up, Tombstone clean up, DHCP clean up and high availability scopes, GPO consolidation, OU consolidation, Forest Trust, OU Level permissions delegation, ADLDS deployments, ADRMS deployments, ADRAP, Health Checks.

Identity & Access Management Services

Microsoft Identity Manager, Forefront Identity Manager, MIIS, ILM, ADFS, SecureAuth, Ping, Okta, OneLogin, Shibboleth
Microsoft Identity Manager, Forefront Identity Manager, MIIS, ILM:

Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) builds on the identity and access management capabilities of Forefront Identity Manager, MIIS and ILM. Like its predecessor, MIM helps you manage the users, credentials, policies, and access within your organization. Additionally, MIM 2016 adds a hybrid experience, privileged access management capabilities, and support for new platforms. With MIM, an organization can simplify identity lifecycle management with automated workflows, business rules and easy integration with heterogeneous platforms across the datacenter. MIM enables the organization to have the right users and access rights for Active Directory for on-premises apps. Common MIM scenarios include:

  • Automatic identity and group provisioning based on business policy and workflow-driven provisioning
  • Integration of the contents of directories with HR systems and other sources of authority
  • Synchronizing identities between AD Forests, directories, databases, and on-premises applications through common APIs and protocols, Microsoft-delivered connectors, and partner-delivered connectors

We have been using MIM from the days of MIIS and ILM. We have implemented multiple MIM for multiple customer acquisitions and mergers for gal sync which is the most common use, we have also used MIM for process automations.

Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS) is Microsoft federation software which provides single sign on between multiple cloud-based applications, systems and other applications located across organizational boundaries. It uses a claims-based access-control authorization model to maintain application security and to implement federated identity. Claims-based authentication involves authenticating a user based on a set of claims about that user's identity contained in a trusted token. We have multiple customers with ADFS configuration as it is Microsoft’s free software to configure federation. It is recommended to keep the ADFS server inside the DMZ and we should use ADFS Proxy (WAP) in the DMZ to face the front-end ADFS request to protect ADFS servers. ADFS can interoperate with SAML based federations as Shibboleth. It is mostly used Microsoft based Single Sign On application.

We are partner with Okta and OneLogin, however we support SecureAuth and Ping Identity as well. These all are non-Microsoft federation providers which can provide Single Sign On.

Shibboleth is another federation and Single Sign On provider but it is an open source and not owned by any company. This is one of the widely used federation provider for community colleges. We have configured Shibboleth for a community college district in California. Overall, we have been using different identity & access management and single sign on solution with the different customers where we have used one or the other solution in previous or current deployments.
IAM is one of our core services which is our passion. This is our premium service.

SharePoint Services

SharePoint and SharePoint Online List, Flow, PowerApps & Development

SharePoint is a web-based collaborative platform that integrates with Microsoft Office. Launched in 2001, SharePoint is primarily sold as a document management and storage system, but the product is highly configurable and usage varies substantially among organizations. SharePoint Server is provided to organizations that seek greater control over SharePoint's behavior or design. This product is installed on customers' IT infrastructure. It receives fewer frequent updates but has access to a wider set of features and customization capabilities. There are three editions of SharePoint Server: Standard, Enterprise, and Foundation (free) which was discontinued in 2016. These servers may be provisioned as normal virtual/cloud servers or as hosted services. Latest SharePoint server is SharePoint Server 2019.

We have recently migration over 90 sites from blackboard to 5 SharePoint Online and 5 Azure Web sites. This had involved a lot of customization which was developed by our team. Currently customer uses automated sub site creation in SharePoint Online created by us.

We have implemented multiple on-premises SharePoint servers and troubleshooted issue, we have reported multiple bug fix to Microsoft.

We have been integrating SharePoint Online lists with Power Automate for multiple automated flows like timesheet, leave, travel app, approval app and etc.

Latest we have added custom Solution in SharePoint Server 2016 for end user idle time out.
SharePoint is one of our core services which is our passion. This is our premium service.

Unified Messaging Services - Voice & Instant Messaging

Skype for Business, Skype for Business Online, Cloud Voicemail, and Microsoft Teams

With over 10+ years of experience with Skype and Teams, our team of engineers can assist in everything from designing to delivery of various type of unified messaging projects and support, Be it new Deployment of unified communication or migration from previous version (OCS or Lync) to latest version of unified communication (Skype for Business). We have experts who can assist with any kind of support you need on IM and Presence, Voice, Audio/Video conferencing, federation etc. We have deployed Skype for Business 2019 in Hybrid with Office 365 Cloud Voicemail.

We have configured skype for Business on-premises and online voice and IM. We have also deployed Microsoft Teams Voice with number porting and extension dialing.

We have written and reviewed Microsoft Teams book which is available in Amazon here.

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Windows Server & Client Upgrade Services

The process of upgrading to a newer version of Windows Server can vary greatly depending on which operating system you are starting with and the pathway you take. We use Upgrade, Installation, Migration, Cluster OS Upgrade, and License conversion terms to distinguish among different actions, any of which could be involved in a new Windows Server deployment. Every application works differently where some of them will be ok to do an in-place upgrade and others would need new installation or a Migration. We have been helping customer’s upgrading the OS, Applications, Migrations, Cluster OS Upgrades and license conversions for different applications from Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory, FIM, etc

Windows 10 is a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft and released as part of its Windows NT family of operating systems. It is the successor to Windows 8.1. There was a time Microsoft offered free windows 10 upgrades. We are always helping customers to upgrade client OS which is a major task for any organization. Here are the features of windows 10 which will encourage you to upgrade to windows 10, the most important security feature is windows hello and Azure AD joined windows 10.

System Center & Intune Services

Microsoft System Center is a suite of bundled products to manage, monitor and automate virtualized environments, including private Clouds and Datacenters. Systems Center Products can buy as individually or a suite of system center Products. System Center Suite can simplify the deployment, configuration, management, and monitoring of your infrastructure and Datacenter, while increasing agility and performance. Microsoft System Center is a bundled suite of Systems Management products that offers tools to monitor and automate virtualized environments, including private clouds based on Microsoft Hyper-V.

SCCM: System Center Configuration Manager has evolved since Microsoft originally released it as "Systems Management Server" in 1994.

SMS / SCCM went through three major iterations:

Microsoft’s most popular Systems Management server SMS 2003 went through four major versions SMS 2003 to SCCM 2007 to 2012 to 2016 (CB). From basic Systems Administrations to evolved to Cloud based administration for Managing, Configuring, Securing and deploying infrastructure and Datacenter / Virtualized environments.

We do end to end Deployment and migrations on any version to current version of Configuration Manager Current Branch.

SVVM: We can manage Datacenter and On Premises Virtual machines

DPM: We can take backup of on Premises and Cloud servers to a central storage with a built-in DR capability

SCOM & OMS: Monitor Servers & network in on premises or cloud Infrastructure

Orchestrator: Automate any task in on Premises or in Cloud

Service Manager: We can integrate best practices of ITIL for incident, problem, change and release managements within your IT support

Our team has been working in from SMS 2.0 to current version Configuration Manager Current Branch we do end to end design, architecting and deployments. In other words, our them has 22 years of experience in System Center.

Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that provides mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM). Intune is included in Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite, and enables users to be productive while keeping your organization data protected. Intune provides security and control to the roaming devices which is mandatory in case of remote workers. We have deployed and supported multiple customer with Microsoft Intune.

Database Services

SQL Server high availability design and solutions, migrations, disaster prevention and disaster recovery. SQL Server 2016 offers breakthrough in-memory performance built into the database for your transactions, your queries, and your analytics, delivering faster insights into any data with familiar analytics tools and enabling enterprise-ready Big Data solutions. SQL Server 2016 was designed to work in hybrid environments that span on-premises and the cloud. New tools in SQL Server 2016 make it even easier to build patching, backup, and disaster recovery solutions on Microsoft Azure. These tools provide an easy on-ramp to the cloud for on-premises SQL Server databases, enabling customers to use their existing skills to take advantage of Microsoft’s global datacenters. Rely on business-critical uptime, fast failover, load balancing, improved manageability, and better use of hardware resources with AlwaysOn availability groups. A high-profile client in health domain needed a solution that could offer high availability with automatic failover. Objective was to achieve High Availability with minimum/no data loss. We assessed the situation and suggested client with SQL Mirroring. We were engaged to provide end to end solution design and implementation. A mid-sized company that utilizes SQL Server as a backend for their mission critical application. Client needed a High Availability solution with load balancing for data read. We designed complete environment for the client with Always-On featuring readable secondary for load balancing.

Network Services

Network Firewalls, Router, Mail Gateway, and Switches

Infrastructure technology solution deals with Managed technology solution, IT infrastructure Design services and system integration services. IT solution is backbone of all services and provides end to end solution for application availability, reliability, vulnerability, accessibility and integrity. It has different component layer of support like Networking, Mobility & wireless, Security, Collaboration, Data Center, Analytics, Video, Internet of thing (IOT) and respected software. There are many vendors providing the System for above services like CISCO, Juniper, Alcatel, Nortel, AVAYA, and ARUBA.

Our expertise at Golden five consultancy spans across USA and provide support for Installing, Managing and troubleshooting to deploy the system for over a decade to a boastful list of Fortune 500 companies. Infrastructure technology solution market is robust and keep upgrading for future design and requirement. Hence, it’s needy and beneficial to keep our system updated as per current technology to ensure no production down or vulnerability issue impacting our ECO system.

Many of our consultants have transitioned from End of Support devices to Updated system. We ensure that our design solutions align with your business objectives and growth strategies. Our architecture solutions deliver across-the-board improvements to reliability, maintenance and upgrade costs, performance, and scalability. Our IT Infrastructure design services and IT consulting services will help you finish any kind of projects within the agreed time and increase your performance. Our services include Network Assessment, Design and Architecture, implementation and support.

All these services are backed by our industry knowledge and technology expertise of our CCIE Professionals.

Virtualization Services

Citrix, Hyper-V, VMWare

Citrix Hypervisor is a leading virtualization management platform optimized for application, desktop and server virtualization infrastructures. Consolidation and containment of workloads on Citrix Hypervisor enables organizations of any vertical or size to transform their business IT compute infrastructures.

Citrix Cloud services simplify the delivery and management of Citrix technologies, helping you to extend existing on-premises software deployments or move one hundred percent to the cloud. Create and deploy secure digital workspaces in hours, not weeks, while placing your sensitive app, desktop and data resources on any cloud or hybrid cloud. Golden Five Consulting is a Citrix Partner and Cloud Solutions Provider. Request a Demo today.

Hyper-V is Microsoft's hardware virtualization product. It lets you create and run a software version of a computer, called a virtual machine. Each virtual machine acts like a complete computer, running an operating system and programs. When you need computing resources, virtual machines give you more flexibility, help save time and money, and are a more efficient way to use hardware than just running one operating system on physical hardware.

Hyper-V runs each virtual machine in its own isolated space, which means you can run more than one virtual machine on the same hardware at the same time. You might want to do this to avoid problems such as a crash affecting the other workloads, or to give different people, groups or services access to different systems.

We wrote this.

VMware has been the market leader of virtualization. VMware vSphere is the biggest innovation done by VMware. We support VMware and help customers. Our CTO Prabhat Nigam has migrated VMware to Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online.

Benefits of Virtualization

Virtualization can increase IT agility, flexibility and scalability while creating significant cost savings. Greater workload mobility, increased performance and availability of resources, automated operations – they’re all benefits of virtualization that make IT simpler to manage and less costly to own and operate. Additional benefits include:

  • Reduced capital and operating costs.
  • Minimized or eliminated downtime.
  • Increased IT productivity, efficiency, agility and responsiveness
  • Faster provisioning of applications and resources.
  • Greater business continuity and disaster recovery.
  • Simplified data center management.
  • Availability of a true Software-Defined Data Center

Overall, Virtualization offers great benefit but it is useful when we are not using the server in full capacity.

Cloud Services

Private Cloud and Public Cloud including Azure, AWS, Citrix | Remote Desktop and Email hosted | AWS Cloud Orchestration

A Private Cloud is which is built to support a group of companies or organization as an example organization under the United Nations Umbrella or CJIS Solutions. So, in this kind of cloud, no organization other than the UN group of organization will be allowed.

A Public Cloud is Azure, AWS and Ram Sys cloud. This cloud will be open for all organization s and companies throughout the Globe. Just to understand this, Office 365 is a service under Azure Public Cloud. Azure provides multiple offerings in their cloud. We are Microsoft Direct CSP for commercial and GCC Azure Cloud, AWS, Citrix, Veeam, etc.

Our team have been building and supporting private and public cloud of messaging with DR, System Center, Remote Desktop. So, we are your trusted consultants who has worked on something and offering the same to their customers. Now this is another specialty of our consulting that our team has worked on so many different architecture and designs.

StartUp Consulting Services

We help startup companies to take care of Information Technology, Finance, and HR Operation’s needs, while you focus on core business. Our offerings include the following:

  • Information Technology Strategy Consulting – CIO guidance, right from infrastructure to application.
  • Information Technology implementations of Office 365, Azure, and Support.
  • Finance Operation - CFO guidance to day to day operations, setting up required tools, maintenance, and support
  • HR Operations – HR policies, Day to day HR and Recruitment Operations, setting up required tools, maintenance, and support

Other Technologies :

Linux Unix Sendmail Aws Cloud Orchestration Autamation monitoring services etc.
Our Team is very diverse, we also work on many non-Microsoft technologies so don’t hesitate to reach out for any Linux, Unix, Sendmail, AWS, Automation, Monitoring or even Solaris, DB2 or any other legacy or 3rd party.