Category: Software

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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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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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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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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21 CN is Here

21 CN the 21st Century Networking from BT is finally here in Edinburgh, well the Waverley exchange anyway. The upgrade took place over a month ago and while most of our clients at that exchange were cutoff for 25 hours, they now have a faster and cheaper service. Looking back over ADSL in the last …

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Windows 2008 RemoteApps

With Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Microsoft and simplified the ability to run a single application on a terminal server. This was previously available though locking down with group policies, but it is now very much a push direct to the end user. Once again Microsoft have shifted the way network administrators will use their …

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Vista SP1

Now its here we can all talk about Vista’s Service Pack 1. Having istalled it on a number of machines we have had no problems and are pleasantly supprised with the results. Machines are running faster and are more stable. Even those machines with driver problems are now running fine. So now it’s just a …

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