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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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Microsoft Scams as a Service

I just call from a company called Commandra telling me that this was a FREE checkup call for all Microsoft Windows users (bless). John was ringing me to let me know that they wanted to check that my computer did not have lots of “malicious parts” corrupting it. Now I have had a lot of …

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SMB MVP Community Roadshow

We have been proud to assist in the organisation of the SMB MVP Roadshow which landed in Edinburgh this week. Taking over the Corn Exchange for the day we had about 50 IT professionals from as far as Aberdeen and Liverpool attending to give our visiting MVP’s a warm welcome. The tour now continues across Europe …

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SBS Virtualisation – the hard way …

So the Raid 1 pair on our main server (sbs08) had an error – which got worse when the UPS failed in a spectacular fashion resulting in the rebuild sticking at 99.83% for a week. This would have been fine it not for the fact that everytime the backup process ran it triggered alerts every …

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Only a Rootkit?

Every day we are seeing machines with more and more insidious spyware and some items are rootkits. We are getting machines handed into our Edinburgh workshop all the time in various states of infection. A rootkit is a program designed to silently take control of a machine and then do whatever the installer wants on …

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Windows 7 and Virtualisation

Now that Windows 7 is now almost fully ready to go we are getting asked about the system requirements. While the requirements for basic functions are similar to Vista, the reality is that with a more substantial machine you will get a much better experience. Now with the new version of Virtual PC there is …

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IE7 Security

It’s not very often that it happens, but when Microsoft stops everything to work on a security issue then we should all take notice. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-078.mspx So what do we do? Well within an hour of the release we started to deploy it for testing internally and after some testing we continued to deploy the patch …

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Dell at Tesco

It’s been a while now that you could buy Dell machines from Tescos and PC World and a lot has been said both for and against this. I must say that while doing my weekly shop I saw a rather interesting sight, a Dell box on Sale. It seems that Tesco’s are having to come …

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