• Telecoms

    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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  • The Business

    Social networking for your business

    Once considered a fad for teenagers, social media tools have become accepted components of any business’s marketing strategy. Dell is on Facebook; SAP is on LinkedIn; IBM has a large presence on the animated virtual world Second Life. Should you be there, too?
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ServerNetworkBusiness Continuity

Setting up SANmelody to create your own Storage Fabric

Setting up SANmelody to create your own storage fabric


When you install the operating system on the storage server do not format the disks you will use for storage, just initialise them. The storage software will take care of everything else.

   
Server

Small Business Server 2008

By the end of this year, the SBS 2008 portfolio will finally officially be out, and it will change some of the decisions that you have to make on your customers’ behalf.

   
Client

Managing virtualisation for the desktop

Microsoft’s Desktop Optimization Pack includes two virtualisation tools, one for Windows itself and one for individual applications. what is involved with setting these up, and what are the benefits and downsides?

   
ServerBusiness Continuity

Virtualising SBS in the SME: choosing a hypervisor and planning a virtual infrastructure

Virtualisation is a powerful tool. You can use it to consolidate multiple applications on a single piece of hardware, or use several different operating systems at the same time. Often seen solely as the province of the enterprise data centre or the development lab, virtualisation is rapidly becoming a powerful tool for the SME as well, providing new routes to disaster recovery, and helping future-proof legacy applications.

   
ClientClient Resources

Lock down shared PCs with Windows SteadyState

When you’re responsible for the smooth running of computers in a small office, one problem you’ll quickly encounter is that of people making changes that cause problems.

   
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.

   
Business Continuity

Staying up while you recover: Double-Take Cloud provides easy server protection

Building a backup and disaster recovery service can be time consuming and costly. You need access to a data centre where you can site racks, servers, storage and have sufficient bandwidth to support the service. Alternatively, you could just take advantage of the cloud and leave your cloud supplier to take care of all that.

   
ServerBusiness Continuity

Turn DPM and Windows Storage Server into an appliance

Combine windows storage server and add windows system center data protection manager and you can get a backup and dr appliance you can build – or a service you can sell.

   
ServerTelecoms

Managing Mobile Devices: Anywhere, Anytime

Remote support is one of those bugbears that is never going to go away. At least with PCs and laptops you know where you are, and remote desktop tools make it easy to log in and take control of a user’s PC. You can grab logs, check files, and see just what your users see.

   
ServerTelecoms

Upgrading Small Business Server 2003 to Exchange 2007

For clients who have outgrown SBS 2003, or who just can’t wait any longer for Exchange 2007, migrate them to a new server that’s 64-bit. Microsoft has made a lot of changes with Exchange 2007. The biggest is a switch to only supporting a 64-bit version.

   

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leave When you add a new user and their email address doesn't show up in the Global Address List, work through the tips and suggestions in the ever-useful Exchangepedia Blog: http://exchangepedia.com/blog/2005/11/new-user-does-not-show-up-in-gal.html
Bulk-add new users with the script here (http://www.exchangepedia.com/blog/2006/11/exchange-server-2007-bulk-creation-of.html) or give existing users mail access (http://exchangepedia.com/blog/2006/12/bulk-mailbox-enabling-users-exchange-shell.html - this also has details for adding multiple meeting rooms as resources). And when an employee gets replaced, the steps at http://exchangepedia.com/blog/2006/03/how-to-reconnect-mailbox-to-another.html make it easy to connect the previous user's mailbox to the new user account so that mail for that job role keeps going to the right place. Reject spam with a custom message Just in case the message you're rejecting comes from a real person, you can have Exchange send a less cryptic message that the default error; it will make your customers look more professional. This blog post http://mostlyexchange.blogspot.com/2006/12/exchange-2003-sp2-imf-tuning.html
explains how - but make sure to keep the 550 error code at the beginning.
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