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.

   
Security

All-Access Pass

Good security requires good passwords. But good security is as much about ensuring access by authorised users as it is about preventing access by interlopers. Recovering, resetting, or removing passwords is sometimes a necessity. Here’s how.

   
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.

   
ServerClient

Application control with Windows Group Policy Preferences

Get total application control with Windows Group Policy Preferences.

   
Security

Dealing with a Data Breach

It’s the call no-one wants to get: your client has experienced a data breach, and is worried that customer data may have leaked from the business. It is your job to fix the problem as best you can, and give the client peace of mind. There are four key steps in incident management.
   
Client

Do Macs love Exchange?

Snow Leopard finally promises native Exchange connectivity for Mac users; here’s how to make it manageable.

   
ServerBusiness Continuity

Install Virtual Server 2005 R2 with our 16 step tutorial

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 is a good introduction to the world of virtualisation. It’s a free download, and it’ll run on most current hardware — and will support a wide range of legacy and current guest operating systems.

 
   
ServerServer Resources

Using vCenter Converter in standalone mode

Taking physical machines and making them virtual is a complex task. That’s why you’ll need tools like VMware’s vCenter Converter to handle the conversion.

   
NetworkClient

Macs in a Windows world

Helping your Apple users become full-time network citizens – without doing a lot of extra work

 

We IT professionals are seeing more and more Apple Mac computers on our comfortably Windows-based networks. In the past, it’s been easy to ignore them – after all, in many cases they belonged to just one or two users, none of whom tended to be an influential manager or executive. But today it’s just as likely to be the boss with a new Mac.

   
ServerTelecoms

BlackBerry without BES

RIM’s little smartphones are some of the most popular devices on the market – but BES is complex and costly. How can you get customers online without the cost of a full BlackBerry server?

   

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