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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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How NOT to share your screen

We have just had a sales call from YELL and the guy was really pushing and adword campaign. He even did a remote session to show us what they could do for us. Now remembering that we are an IT company and have been building web sites since about 1993 it was interesting that he …

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Managing through a Power Outage

On Friday night (13th) there was a localised powercut at about 11pm and we got to see if all the APC kit worked as intended. In our main server room we have a number of systems including Hyper-V Hosts and NAS devices. After first finding a candle I walked into the office heard that distinctive …

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SBS Essentials 10 User Limit

With SBS Essentials there are some specific rules: 1) Thou shalt have no more than ONE SBS Server 2) Thou Shall follow ALL the Wizards 3) Thou Shalt have no more than 25 users 4) Thou Shalt have no more than 25 concurrent connections. Now this is all fine until you hit an error implying that …

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