• The Business

    Do you get your cut from the cloud?

    Cloud computing stands to be the most significant transformation for the IT industry in a generation. Analysts predict that within a few years, almost all companies will run at least some of their IT in the cloud; a minority will run all their computing that way.
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  • 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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Business ContinuityThe Business

How to write an IT service-level agreement

A service-level agreement manages expectations and improves communication when you’re starting your relationship with a customer as well as when things go wrong.

 

 
   
Telecoms

The latest Windows and Blackberry email handsets for business

Almost any phone does email, and there are dozens of Windows Mobile and BlackBerry models around. But if your clients want the latest high-end handsets, which of them are ready to do business?

   
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.

   
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.

   
Server

Consolidating servers with VMware Server

VMware’s virtualisation tools are some of the most popular around. They don’t have to be expensive either; the free tools are ideal for small and medium businesses.

   
ServerNetworkBusiness Continuity

Failover, not fall over - how to keep running when the hardware fails

Failure is not an option in business and redundancy is the solution. You can offer customers systems that keep running when the hardware fails.

Server failure used to mean widespread panic and a scramble to find backup tapes and a spare server to restore onto. Inevitably this meant business interruption, user frustration and even data loss. Recovering from a backup can take hours; even planned maintenance can take the server down during business hours leaving users unable to work. Today there is no excuse for this situation.

   
Server

Set up Exchange anti-spam features

Move anti-spam settings from one server to another with the Exchange 2007 Anti Spam Migration tool, from Microsoft www.microsoft.com/do.. Run it on the SBS 2003 system to create a PowerShell script that you can run on your Exchange 2007 server to import the appropriate settings.

   

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