• The Business

    Partner Focus: Peter-Hortensius-Lenovo

    The computer maker Lenovo has 9% of the worldwide PC market, and in 2009 it ranked as the world’s fast-est-growing PC company. In the three months to December 31st, Lenovo grew sales by 42%, against an industry av-erage of 17%. We asked Lenovo what that means for small business resellers.
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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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ServerNetworkThe Business

Planning an Upgrade with MAP Toolkit 4.0

Keeping up with technology changes is a challenge for both consultants and their customers. Server virtualization is now fully integrated into Microsoft’s platform, with the advent of Hyper-V in Server 2008.
   
Client

Is Windows 7 Ready for Small Business

The Service Pack 1 rule is a good one for most operating systems, and not because a new version of Windows usually has as many bugs as benefits.

   
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.

   
ServerSecurityTelecoms

Stopping Spam for Exchange Users

Spam doesn’t have to be a way of life; add to the built-in spam tools in Exchange Server with services that can almost banish spam from the inbox.

   
ServerClient

Application control with Windows Group Policy Preferences

Get total application control with Windows Group Policy Preferences.

   
Network

How to spoof a MAC address (and why)

MAC spoofing is one of those odd tricks: it’s not very useful most of the time (and it can be extremely awkward in a well-managed environment) but sometimes it’s the only technique that will solve the problem.

   
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

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.

   
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.

   
ServerClientThe Business

Windows 7 upgrade tools

Windows 7 is proving as popular as Microsoft could have hoped and you can expect to have customers ask you to upgrade them. What tools are on offer to help you to help them?

   

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Are Microsoft hosted solutions actually good for your business? SBS Guy Dave Overton thinks so and he explains why at http://uksbsguy.com/blogs/doverton/archive/2008/07/19/why-microsoft-partners-should-embrace-s-s-and-still-deliver-on-premise-solutions.aspx. Generally, Dave's blog at http://uksbsguy.com/blogs/doverton/archive/tags/Hosted/default.aspx is a great resource for supporting small business clients on Microsoft platforms - if you're wondering how Office Live compares to SBS or how to make money out of SQL Data Services, he has some interesting - through obviously Microsoft-centric-ideas. read more

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