• Network

    Network monitoring is good for business

    What you need to keep customer networks running; free network management tools perform basic tasks on smaller networks but pay-for tools give you more data and customisation options.
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  • Security

    All-Access Pass

    Good security requires good passwords. But good security is as much about ensuring access by authorised users as it is about preventing access by interlopers. Recovering, resetting, or removing passwords is sometimes a necessity. Here’s how.
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Telecoms

Skype and SIP

Many businesses are now using VOIP SIP connections to deliver IP telephony to user desktops or IP phones. However, until recently the popular low-cost Skype VOIP service hasn’t been compatible with SIP telephony, ?without using third-party tools like those from 3CX.

   
The Business

Automated sales tools

Marketing collateral, sales tools, and automated reports can save a lot of time in preparing quotations. But will they alienate your customers or win you business?

   
Server

Handling virtual and physical servers together

Microsoft’s own tools don’t support clustering between physical and virtual machines. This means that customers can end up with spare servers that they don’t believe they need.

   
NetworkClientThe Business

Saving power, saving money with a green energy audit: cut printer costs and create power plans

Cold mornings and the clocks going back are going to put up heating and lighting bills for businesses as winter draws in, but increasingly IT is putting up the electricity bill too. Power prices have increased significantly this year and it’s not yet clear whether they have peaked. Offer customers a power audit that covers printing, servers, desktop PCs, storage and peripherals or include it when you’re planning a new deployment to sweeten the deal — and try it out in your own office to find out how much you can save by managing IT power.

 
   
Network

Exchange 2007 safe list aggregation

You can give Exchange 2007 a little spam-fighting help by enlisting all the copies of Outlook on your client’s network.

   
Server

Dell Remote Access Controller 6

iDRAC6 and Dell Management Console combine into a powerful remote server management tool.

   
Server

How, why and when to defragment your Windows Server disks

Servers are particularly susceptible to file fragmentation as they deal with multiple requests from a wide range of users and often have more complicated drive setups such as RAIDs and SANs.

   
ServerSecurityClient

Centralising anti-virus protection for business

Disinfectant for the desktop, with less swabbing. Many small businesses’ anti-virus software strategies are a mess: here’s how you look after it for them, with minimal fuss.

   
ServerClientThe Business

Windows 7 upgrade tools

Windows 7 is proving as popular as Microsoft could have hoped and you can expect to have customers ask you to upgrade them. What tools are on offer to help you to help them?

   
Server

Considerations when installing or upgrading SharePoint

Choosing a server
SharePoint in all its forms has several dependencies, including ASP.NET, IIS and SQL Server. It becomes the default Web site on the server where it is located.

   

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