• 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.
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  • The Business

    Automated sales tools

    Marketing collateral, sales tools, and automated reports can save a lot of time in preparing quotations. But will they alienate your customers or win you business?
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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.

   
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.

   
ServerNetwork

Mining Logs with Splunk

There’s a lot of information floating around in a network, information that’s being written into log files every minute of every day. Those log files that contain everything you need to know about how the systems you’re managing are running, and how they’re responding to the demands of their users.

   
Security

Setting up a VPN between two sites

Setting up a VPN between two sites for a small business to create a single network; although the interface will be different for every router, the functions are roughly the same.

   
Business Continuity

Backing up Exchange

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

   
The Business

Automated sales tools

Marketing collateral, sales tools, and automated reports can save a lot of time in preparing quotations. But will they alienate your customers or win you business?

   
Fluff

Dirtection Inc: episode 1

There are 322 types of keyboard fluff. This is the story of one of them.

If it hadn’t been for the piece of fluff, the whole business with the horseflies, the vicar and the postmistress might have turned out very differently. It was a particularly interesting piece of fluff, as it happens, which is why I stole it. Well, I’m not sure ‘steal’ is quite the right word, really. More a case of borrowing. I would have given it back if asked. But, as is so often the case with fluff, nobody asked.
   
Server

Getting a SAN certificate for Exchange 2007

Exchange 2007 uses SAN certificates, which allow you to mix several different server names in a single certificate. Generating a certificate can be a problem, as the PowerShell command needed to generate the certificate signing request can be long, and unwieldy – and it’s easy enough to make a mistake when typing in part of a long command.

   
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.
   
SecurityTelecoms

Supporting mobile email on multiple handsets

Everyone wants mobile email - but not every mobile phone is suitable for business email. Use these tips and tools to secure Exchange servers and make them work with more than Windows Mobile handsets.

   

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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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