• 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

    Social networking for your business

    Once considered a fad for teenagers, social media tools have become accepted components of any business’s marketing strategy. Dell is on Facebook; SAP is on LinkedIn; IBM has a large presence on the animated virtual world Second Life. Should you be there, too?
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Business ContinuityThe Business

How to write an IT service-level agreement

A service-level agreement manages expectations and improves communication when you’re starting your relationship with a customer as well as when things go wrong.

 

 
   
Client

Remote Support

The phone rings; “My email isn’t working.” Now you have to decide: do you drive across town to give in-person support, or try to find a solution from where you are sitting? Personal visits for every support request are impractical, but telephone support can be frustrating and, at worst, a waste of time when a visit proves necessary after all.

 
   
ServerBusiness Continuity

Turn DPM and Windows Storage Server into an appliance

Combine windows storage server and add windows system center data protection manager and you can get a backup and dr appliance you can build – or a service you can sell.

   
The Business

Partner Focus: Robert Epstein, Microsoft

A good working relationship with Microsoft is often the lifeblood of any IT consultancy or reseller business. Microsoft still sells the vast majority of its products through the channel, but recent moves into cloud-based services have led some firms to worry that Microsoft might bypass them, and sell directly to SMEs.

   
Server

Dell Remote Access Controller 6

iDRAC6 and Dell Management Console combine into a powerful remote server management tool.

   
ServerThe Business

Selling the first server

A server can make life easier for a small business customer and for you – but how do you convince them of that?

Server installations go wrong for any number of reasons, especially when it’s the first time the business has had a server, and for the strangest reasons. The server was built to specification. The engineer was on time and eager to start. The problem? The customer didn’t like the colour.

   
Security

Security back at the top of the exec agenda

Security back at the top of the exec agenda
In the wake of the recent Sony Playstation hack, Amazon EC2 outage and Epsilon data theft, information security is once again back in the news – for all the wrong reasons.

   
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.

   
ClientThe Business

Managing Customer Relationships with CRM Software

Customer relationships are more important than ever in this business climate, but while even small companies save computerised their order books, far fewer are using the tools available to help manage what they know about their customers.

   
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.

   

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There are plenty of technical discussion sites on the Web, but if you're looking for a community where you have a chance to meet other experts and network in person, check out the list of UK technical user groups at http://www.ukusergroups.co.uk/. The new Active Directory User Group (http://adug.co.uk/) is kicking off with a meeting at Microsoft's London office in October, the Windows Server Team (http://winserverteam.org.uk/Default.aspx) is planning meetings in January and Vista Squad
(http://vistasquad.co.uk/), the Microsoft Messaging and Mobility Group (http://www.mmmug.co.uk) and Windows Management User Group (http://wmug.co.uk) are running regular meetings too. read more

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