• 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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  • 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.
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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.

   
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?

   
Server

Using SharePoint for document management for the small office

Project management, version control, group calendars, no more duplicates… SharePoint offers the small business a lot more than fancy file sharing and often it’s free. Julian Jordan from London based  IT support consultancy Network Fish shows them how to get the most from it.

   
Fluff

Dirtection Inc: episode 4

In which a bit of fluff leads to a deadly encounter...

   
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?
   
Network

Managing and migrating firewalls

Firewalls can provide you with a host of information about what’s going on inside and outside your customer’s network. But that information isn’t necessarily easy to manage and analyse.

   
Network

Dealing with spam in Exchange 2007

Spam isn’t just annoying - it’s a security risk and a prime source of malware and phishing attacks. The new version of Exchange has more effective tools to keep it at bay.

   
Business Continuity

Sponsored feature - The Paperless Office – what’s stopping you?

Over the years, the phrase ‘Paperless Office’ has become something of a distant dream to many businesses.

   
ServerNetwork

Virtualizing Small Business Server with Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

The challenge and reward of running SBS 2008 on Microsoft’s free Hyper-V Server platform.

   
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.

   

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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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