• The Business

    Understanding Licensing

    Software licensing is increasingly complex, but with clients facing fines for under-licensing, you have a duty – and an opportunity - to help
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  • Network

    Should you move customers to 802.11n?

    802.11n has been ratified. And best of all, the release contains no incompatibility with the draft versions. Many laptops and other network devices have implemented 802.11n draft for the past couple of years. So should you upgrade any remaining 802.11g or 802.11b devices in customer networks?
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ServerNetworkBusiness Continuity

Rebuilding a NAS appliance RAID array

Disks fail, and RAID arrays need rebuilding. Be prepared for the worst – and keep your clients’ data safe.

   
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.

   
Telecoms

Unified Comms for Small Business with Office Communication Server

Office Communication Server isn’t for every small business and it isn’t always straightforward to implement, but when it’s a good fit the rich features offer obvious benefits you can sell.

   
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.

   
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.

   
Security

Danger, USB!

USB has given us fast, easy access to devices and files – but it’s also a security nightmare. How can you lock it down for clients?

   
Network

Airmagnet Wireless Spectrum Analyser

AirMedic is spectrum analysis software designed to help you plan a Wi-Fi network deployment by identifying nearby sources of radio frequency activity which may interfere and affect network per-formance.

   
Fluff

Dirtection Inc: episode 3

In which a bit of fluff yields up its terrible secret!

Ethel works in Admin. I generally see her at 11 o’clock in the morning and half-past three in the afternoon. We meet by the drinks machine in the foyer of Building C. The machine dispenses a tasteless brown liquid

   
ServerClient

Congifuring SCE to manage a small business setup


1. Run the SCE configuration tools to discover the servers, PCs and network devices on your client’s network, then build them into management groups.

   
ClientTelecoms

Video Conferencing on a Budget

Video conferencing technology has never been so cheap or so effective: what can it do for your small business customers?

 

   

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