Server

Building clusters with Windows Server 2008

Microsoft has upgraded the Cluster Service in enhanced-capability editions of Windows Server 2008 and the whole process of creating and managing clusters has been made much simpler.

   
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.
   
Fluff

Dirtection Inc: episode 2

fluff-headerThe secret history of fluff - now it’s war...
People often ask me if it’s boring. The job, I mean – cleaning other people’s computers. “Boring?” I say,
“Is white-water rafting boring? Is tightrope walking over Niagara Falls boring? Is swimming naked with man-eating sharks boring?” If they are being honest, they generally say “No,” or “Probably not”. At which point I snap my fingers, affect a smirk of superiority and say, “Pah! Dull as dishwater compared to cleaning computers!”
   
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.

 

 
   
NetworkClient

Macs in a Windows world

Helping your Apple users become full-time network citizens – without doing a lot of extra work

 

We IT professionals are seeing more and more Apple Mac computers on our comfortably Windows-based networks. In the past, it’s been easy to ignore them – after all, in many cases they belonged to just one or two users, none of whom tended to be an influential manager or executive. But today it’s just as likely to be the boss with a new Mac.

   
Telecoms

Skype and SIP

Many businesses are now using VOIP SIP connections to deliver IP telephony to user desktops or IP phones. However, until recently the popular low-cost Skype VOIP service hasn’t been compatible with SIP telephony, ?without using third-party tools like those from 3CX.

   
Client

Blackberry Apps Top Picks

1. If your clients rack up the airmiles then WorldMate Live is an ideal travel companion. It’ll help manage itineraries, keep track of exchange rates and weather and (if you’re using the premium version) even find alternative flights.

   
Security

Dealing with a Data Breach

It’s the call no-one wants to get: your client has experienced a data breach, and is worried that customer data may have leaked from the business. It is your job to fix the problem as best you can, and give the client peace of mind. There are four key steps in incident management.
   
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.

   
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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