• 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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The Business

Let financing take the strain

Customers are looking for alternatives to bank loans and retained capital to fund IT purchases. Leasing and vendor finance is one option, but how should IT consultants navigate the financial maze?
   
Server

How, why and when to defragment your Windows Server disks

Servers are particularly susceptible to file fragmentation as they deal with multiple requests from a wide range of users and often have more complicated drive setups such as RAIDs and SANs.

   
Business Continuity

Backing up Exchange

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

   
Client

Supporting Office 2007: top tips for compatibility and how to make the most of the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar

It was a shock when Microsoft unveiled Office 2007 at its Professional Developers Conference in 2005. The reason was the new ribbon user interface (officially called the Office Fluent User Interface), not supplementing but replacing the old drop-down menus. According to Microsoft, the new UI was the outcome of years of research, as described in detail by Group Program Manager Jensen Harris on his blog. Nevertheless, response to the ribbon has been mixed: some users love it, some never get used to it, and pretty much everyone experiences a period of frustration during which familiar features are hard to find.

   
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.

   
The Business

Death and ever-more complicated taxes

January 1, 2010 saw the first of five sets of annual changes intended to cut down on VAT fraud and ease cross-border commerce within the EU. Ignorance is perilous…

   
Business Continuity

Designing a backup plan

Work through these steps when you first engage with a customer over a backup plan.

   
The Business

Hardware Recycling: Making money from green

Dealing with end-of-life hardware can be a burden for it consultants, but managing recycling and trade-ins for clients provides a business opportunity, as well as a chance to help the environment.

   
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.

   
Server

Solid State Hard Drives for database performance

Solid State Disks (SSDs) aren’t just for netbooks: they have the potential to transform server specification, especially for database systems. SSDs aren’t much in the business eye at present but we expect them to become a hot topic over the coming year.

   

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