• 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.
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  • Server

    Document management with Microsoft Search Server

    Storage is cheap and it’s easy to create documents, so most companies have tens or hundreds of thousands of documents on the computers in their companies. So how do your customers find a document on a particular topic? The worrying answer is probably that they can’t...
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Fluff

Dirtection Inc: episode 3

In which a bit of fluff yields up its terrible secret!

Ethel works in Admin. I generally see her at 11 o’clock in the morning and half-past three in the afternoon. We meet by the drinks machine in the foyer of Building C. The machine dispenses a tasteless brown liquid

   
Fluff

Dirtection Inc: episode 6

In which the vicar delivers a sermon and the rogue cleaning operative delivers the coup de grace.
The keyboard cleaning profession seldom takes one into ecclesiastical circles, so I’m not sure if it is considered normal for vicars to sit stark naked upon gargoyles while delivering sermons through a megaphone.
   
Server

Considerations when installing or upgrading SharePoint

Choosing a server
SharePoint in all its forms has several dependencies, including ASP.NET, IIS and SQL Server. It becomes the default Web site on the server where it is located.

   
Business Continuity

Protecting against power issues in a small office takes more than picking a UPS

Protect computers from power problems and you can extend their working life as well as avoiding downtime and possible data corruption. Losing data on a laptop or desktop is bad enough, but losing a server to a power surge or power cut can be much more severe, potentially even a threat to the business. Losing a mail server or a major database can lead to serious data corruption that will take you time, perhaps even days, to resolve. During that time, your customer’s business is being impacted, and even if they’ve ignored your advice they’re likely to blame you, so you need to explain the danger and convince them to protect their systems.

   
Business Continuity

Backing up Exchange

Like any other database, Exchange needs a little TLC if you want to recover from any downtime.

   
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).

   
The Business

HP Partner Focus, Garry Veale | Video Interview

If you don’t think of HP for storage, think again: nearly half of all the disk drives manufactured worldwide are sold by HP. 

   
Business ContinuityThe Business

Setting rates: should you charge the same rates to all IT clients?

Probably the stickiest moment in agreeing a new piece of work is the one when the client asks, “What do you charge?” The natural temptation is to say, “As much as possible.” How do you really decide on a price?
   
TelecomsThe Business

Bringing VoIP in house

For business, IP telephony and voice over IP is starting to displace conventional phone services. According to industry analysts Forrester, as many as 47% of businesses in Europe and the US have either deployed, or are rolling out, an IP-based phone system.
   
ServerClient

Congifuring SCE to manage a small business setup


1. Run the SCE configuration tools to discover the servers, PCs and network devices on your client’s network, then build them into management groups.

   

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