• 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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  • Telecoms

    Skype and SIP

    Many businesses are now using VOIP SIP connections to deliver IP telephony to user desktops or IP phones. However, until recently the popular low-cost Skype VOIP service hasn’t been compatible with SIP telephony, ?without using third-party tools like those from 3CX.
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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.

   
Server

Managing virtual machines with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and PowerShell

Virtualisation is meant to make your life easier. Instead of racks full of humming hot servers, you’ve got much less hardware doing the same work, simplifying your clients’ networks and keeping the power bills down.

   
The Business

Key Partner Programmes

Microsoft Partner Programme https://partner.microsoft.com/UK/

Signing up as a Microsoft partner gives you access to information, technical and pre-sales support, training (online and locally), certification courseware materials, analyst reports, sales and marketing tools

   
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.

   
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.

   
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.

   
ServerTelecoms

Configuring and Using the 3CX Skype gateway

Save money by connecting an IP PABX to Skype for low cost international calls from IP desk phones, not just PCs.

   
SecurityNetwork

Configuring routers correctly

Your client needs a router to connect them to the Internet – but unless it is configured correctly, it could represent a significant security loophole.

   
ServerClient

Spacemonger - pinpoint what’s taking up the space on your hard drives

The best thing about Spacemonger (www.sixty-five.cc/sm, $24.95) isn’t that its intuitive display of how space is used on a hard drive allows you to pinpoint what’s taking up the space on your hard drives in a matter of seconds. The screen area shows a colour-coded and hierarchical treemap where the size of the box for each directory or file is in proportion to the space it takes on the drive. Hover the mouse over any element to see a popup with more detail, and scroll the mouse wheel to zoom down to level of individual files.

   
Server

The Exchange 2007 Management Shell

The Exchange Management Console gives you a quick and easy way of working with your Exchange 2007 server, but it’s the Management Shell that unleashes the full potential of Exchange 2007.

   

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