• The Business

    Understanding Licensing

    Software licensing is increasingly complex, but with clients facing fines for under-licensing, you have a duty – and an opportunity - to help
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  • 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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ServerSecurityBusiness Continuity

Backing up: save the data, save the day

All hardware fails – and backup is seen as boring and unreliable. That combination is the perfect opportunity for you to provide a service that provides business continuity and ongoing revenue. But how do you design the right backup system?

   
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.

   
ServerNetworkBusiness Continuity

Raid 6 Storage

If two drives fail in a RAID 5 array, you lose data. RAID 6 promises more protection and better performance.

   
Security

A smart approach to IP-based video surveillance

The trend towards converged security requires companies to keep their eye on physical premises. Here's how to specify and deploy an IP-based video surveillance solution for your small business clients.

   
SecurityClient

Deploying and supporting XP SP3: use our expert tips to resolve incompatibility and installation issues

The third service pack (SP3) for Windows XP was released in May this year and while it’s a relatively stable and straightforward cumulative upgrade, there are some minor installation issues that you’ll want to be aware of before you roll it out — and if SP3 is already there, they might already be generating support calls.

   
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.

   
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?
   
Server

Replicating Active Directory

This is one of the easiest systems to add redundancy to. Active Directory contains all the information about your customer’s users and machines. If this fails, and you have no backup, they have a problem.

 
   
The Business

Selling White Label Services

Reselling services represent a significant – and growing – part of the business for many IT consultants. Margins on IT hardware, and to a lesser extent, software, have fallen steadily. The fees that can be charged for higher-value work, such as code customisation and application testing, have also come under pressure, not least because of competition from suppliers in markets such as India or Eastern Europe and Russia.

   
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.

   

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