• 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.
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  • Network

    Should you move customers to 802.11n?

    802.11n has been ratified. And best of all, the release contains no incompatibility with the draft versions. Many laptops and other network devices have implemented 802.11n draft for the past couple of years. So should you upgrade any remaining 802.11g or 802.11b devices in customer networks?
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Network

Optimising wireless access for the small business - tips for site surveying and analysis

Most people share the same idea of Office Hell. A plain, bland and featureless big room, with open desks that give no privacy or peace. At best, a maze of little cubicles with walls no higher than five feet eight, no door and no ceilings.

   
Fluff

The Case of the Headless Corpses, Part 2

In which a crime is solved – and then unsolved again thanks to a piece of mouse fluff.

   
Network

Airmagnet Wireless Spectrum Analyser

AirMedic is spectrum analysis software designed to help you plan a Wi-Fi network deployment by identifying nearby sources of radio frequency activity which may interfere and affect network per-formance.

   
Server

Monitoring servers remotely

Staying on top of customer servers without making a visit using logs, scripts and consoles – and how Windows Server 2008 helps

   
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

   
ServerNetworkClient

Managing networks with System Center Essentials 2007

Microsoft’s System Center tools manage everything from updates to virtualisation. Now there’s a version that will help you manage an entire SME from one screen.

   
Fluff

Dirtection Inc: episode 2

fluff-headerThe secret history of fluff - now it’s war...
People often ask me if it’s boring. The job, I mean – cleaning other people’s computers. “Boring?” I say,
“Is white-water rafting boring? Is tightrope walking over Niagara Falls boring? Is swimming naked with man-eating sharks boring?” If they are being honest, they generally say “No,” or “Probably not”. At which point I snap my fingers, affect a smirk of superiority and say, “Pah! Dull as dishwater compared to cleaning computers!”
   
NetworkClientTelecoms

Managing Skype in business

Skype means free or cheap calls but it’s based on peer-to-peer file sharing principles. How can you tame consumer VoIP tools for use in a business network?

   
TelecomsThe Business

Unplugging the PBX to sell a VoIP installation or hosted VoIP

Unless your clients have just returned from a stint on Mars, there is every chance they will already have used VoIP, though they may not call it that. VoIP, or Internet telephony, has been one of the undoubted technology success stories of the last few years. Skype alone claims 200 million users, many of whom work in small and mid-sized businesses.

   
ServerThe Business

GFI tools for management

Keep track of customer servers and workstations with this remote monitoring and management software.

   

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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
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