• The Business

    Partner Focus: D-Link

    IT Expert spoke to Andrew Mulholland, marketing manager at D-LINK, the networking equipment vendor, and asked this channel-focused company how it is winning business from the big names, and how it is boosting its channel programmes.
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  • The Business

    Partner Focus: Robert Epstein, Microsoft

    A good working relationship with Microsoft is often the lifeblood of any IT consultancy or reseller business. Microsoft still sells the vast majority of its products through the channel, but recent moves into cloud-based services have led some firms to worry that Microsoft might bypass them, and sell directly to SMEs.
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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.

   
ServerNetworkBusiness Continuity

Raid 6 Storage

If two drives fail in a RAID 5 array, you lose data. RAID 6 promises more protection and better performance.

   
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.

   
ClientTelecoms

Setting up Google Gmail Mobile in Google Apps

With Google Apps businesses can combine the Gmail service with their own domain names. Here’s how to get it up and running and provide mobile email without a mail server.
   
ServerServer Resources

What you can do with the second SBS server licence

Small Business Server Premium Edition comes with a licence for a second server (running Windows Server 2008 rather than SBS).

   
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?

   
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.

   
The Business

Microsoft Support Lifecycle

Microsoft Support Lifecycle
When a new service pack is released, Microsoft will provide either 24 months of support for the previous service pack (for Windows) or 12 months for all other products. Keep an eye on what will need updating when, to stay in support.

   
The Business

Business Intelligence for Small Businesses with SQL Server

In these times of economic uncertainty, it is vital for your customers to understand how their business is performing. Are they losing customers? If so which ones, and are they gaining others? What do the new customers buy?

 

   
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).

   

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