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Free Tools for Lock-down

With our office still closed and remaining so for a few more weeks we thought it would be worth reminding people of the free tools that have been making our life easier when travel is blocked. Quick Assist Need to help your Dad sort his email password? Quick Assist is built into Windows 10 and …

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Remote Wireless Surveys

Whenever we install a wireless network we always do a survey first. In general the reason people need us is because the simple kit does not work, and the reason the simple kit does not work is because the site is not simple. In the last few weeks we have shipped out a number of …

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Working through a Crisis

With all IT projects there are constraints: CHEAP, FAST, GOOD – pick any TWO. During the last two weeks we have had to help a lot of clients in ways we might not normally do, but it is important to keep businesses functioning. A good example of this is remote access. There are lots of …

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Broadband in Edinburgh

Broadband in the UK and in Edinburgh in particular is very variable. Some areas have multiple oftions of 4G and fibre, while other areas struggle to get ADSL. As the majority of Broadband is provisioned via BT Openreach there is plenty of scope for things to go wrong. We have recently been involved with a new …

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Goodbye XP

With this weeks patching we say good-bye to Windows XP. It seems like only yesterday when we got access to the early beta code and started downloading the discs over a dial-up connection. We have been asked by many clients about what they should do with their existing XP boxes and how to ensure they …

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Office 365 Mailbox Size Increase

All users of Office 365 have just had their mailbox sizes doubled from the standard 25Gb to 50Gb. At the same time the kiosk accounts have gone up to 2Gb as well. New Primary Mailbox Size: 50 Gb New Shared Mailbox Size: 10 Gb New Resource Mailbox Size: 10Gb For more information see the Exchange …

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CompTIA IT Business Trustmark

CompTIA IT Business Trustmark

We are pleased to announce that Drum Brae Solutions have achieved the CompTIA IT Business Trustmark. The Trustmark is designed to validate an IT company’s ability to demonstrate sound business practices and provide quality service. The credential validates that an IT company follows industry best practices related to service agreements, standard operating procedures, and systems and …

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Windows 8.1 Preview

Now that Microsoft have release a Preview of Windows 8.1 we have been installing it and evaluating it across a number of devices. The overall experience has been great and now we are eagerly anticipating the final launch. As a company who have been selling Windows 8 for a while (we sold our first machine …

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Windows 8 Server

After a great evening with James Akrigg at Microsoft on Thursday I spent the weekend really pushing Windows 8 Server. The test rig is an HP Microserver with 4x2Tb drives and 2Gb Ram. The Ram will get increased later – but I’m to lazy to open up the case again at the moment. Issues we …

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