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.

 
   
Client

Is Windows 7 Ready for Small Business

The Service Pack 1 rule is a good one for most operating systems, and not because a new version of Windows usually has as many bugs as benefits.

   
ClientClient Resources

The architecture of VDI

The architecture for VDI is really very simple and the basics do not differ between the various VDI vendors. 

   
Telecoms

Bridging PBX to VoIP using a hardware gateway or VoIP enabled router

The simplest way to bridge between VoIP and conventional telephony systems is by installing a hardware gateway, or a VoIP-enabled router.
   
SecurityThe Business

Getting ISO27001 Certification

The requirement for information security certification is spreading from large organisations to small ones. What’s involved, and do you need it?

   
Client

GPO for IE8

If you’re using Active Directory and Group Policies to administer computers on customer networks, suggest they adopt Internet Explorer 8 to get more than 100 new Group Policies that you can use to maintain a stable configuration.

   
ServerThe Business

GFI tools for management

Keep track of customer servers and workstations with this remote monitoring and management software.

   
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?

   
Server

Monitoring servers remotely

Staying on top of customer servers without making a visit using logs, scripts and consoles – and how Windows Server 2008 helps

   
ServerNetworkThe Business

Planning an Upgrade with MAP Toolkit 4.0

Keeping up with technology changes is a challenge for both consultants and their customers. Server virtualization is now fully integrated into Microsoft’s platform, with the advent of Hyper-V in Server 2008.
   

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If you're supporting en users who need to transfer files by FTP occasionally, explaining how to use FTP every time can get frustrating. Map an FTP site as a custom network location and they can do it through the familiar Explorer window. If you only have a couple of machines you can choose Tools >Map Network Drive… in Explorer and click the link 'Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures' to open a wizard that creates a network location. Select 'Choose a custom network location', type in the FTP address and fill in the user name and password. You can also create mapped drives and network places on the Environment tab of the user's Active Directory object - but if you have a lot of users to set up, put it in the logon script for the user profile under Active Directory Users and Computers.
If you're running into problems with Group Policy Objects, check this handy summary of the rules at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555991/en-us. read more

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