• Client

    Buying Laptops for Small Business

    The lowest price isn’t always the best value; paying a little extra for a notebook that’s designed for business could be a better deal.
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  • Telecoms

    BlackBerry without BES

    RIM’s little smartphones are some of the most popular devices on the market – but BES is complex and costly. How can you get customers online without the cost of a full BlackBerry server?
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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.

   
The Business

Selling White Label Services

Reselling services represent a significant – and growing – part of the business for many IT consultants. Margins on IT hardware, and to a lesser extent, software, have fallen steadily. The fees that can be charged for higher-value work, such as code customisation and application testing, have also come under pressure, not least because of competition from suppliers in markets such as India or Eastern Europe and Russia.

   
SecurityBusiness Continuity

Specifying and supporting disk encryption

Encryption is at the top of the business agenda following a spate of embarrassing data breaches. How can you design and implement encryption systems to suit your customers’ needs without making life harder all round?

   
Security

Controlling anti-social networking – a guide to blocking employees access to Facebook, MySpace and more.

Right now, your customers’ employees are looking at Facebook and surfing MySpace. If that doesn’t worry their employers, it should.

Social networking has only gained popularity in the last three or four years, but it is generating the same concerns that instant messaging did at the start of the decade.

   
Security

Dealing with a Data Breach

It’s the call no-one wants to get: your client has experienced a data breach, and is worried that customer data may have leaked from the business. It is your job to fix the problem as best you can, and give the client peace of mind. There are four key steps in incident management.
   
ServerNetworkBusiness Continuity

Setting up SANmelody to create your own Storage Fabric

Setting up SANmelody to create your own storage fabric


When you install the operating system on the storage server do not format the disks you will use for storage, just initialise them. The storage software will take care of everything else.

   
Telecoms

Smartphone data plans for push email and web browsing

Getting a smartphone connected for push email and Web browsing is as easy as signing up for a data plan with an operator and waiting for the network to provision the service. Finding the right data plan for the business can be harder – but it can be more profitable too.
   
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

Set up event subscriptions in Windows Server 2008

Set up an event subscription between two Windows Server 2008 systems

Open the Reliability and Performance Monitor console, right-click on Data Collector Sets > User Defined, and create a New > Data Collector Set. Name the Data Collector and choose to Create manually (Advanced).

   
ServerSecurityTelecoms

Stopping Spam for Exchange Users

Spam doesn’t have to be a way of life; add to the built-in spam tools in Exchange Server with services that can almost banish spam from the inbox.

   

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