How To Recover From A Hard Drive Crash

So, what if you came into the office one morning and heard some clicking sound coming from your server? That clicking sound could be a near heart-stopper for some or another minor irritation to others depending on how well they have planned for such a situation. It is the tell-tale sign that a hard drive […]

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Getting Ready for Windows 7

It’s coming and you know it. As Microsoft gets ready to release Windows 7 to the general public, it is very important for small business owners to start thinking of how to migrate to the new OS. Unlike, Windows Vista, there is no reason why enterprises should not start planning for the move now. Of […]

Cost Cutting and Productivity

The general saying these days is that the economy is in a bad shape, things are tight and it is becoming increasingly difficult to make payroll. For small business owners, this is evident in the rate at which employees are being laid off, or having their hours reduced. The danger in all this is that […]

Benefits of Using Managed Services

The rapid growth in online commerce and the way we interact has great significance for small business owners since it affects our ability to collaborate online, work remotely and engage in transactions with several parties even on a global scale. The underlying glue that makes all this work however, is confidence. We are able to […]

Automation and Small Business Owners

Small business owners are usually forced by budget constraints to do every thing they can to save cost. In order to save on software licensing costs,for example, a small business owner may install the free version of a critical application like a firewall or anti-virus on the business computers. The task of updating these applications […]

Backup Options for Small Business Owners

You’ve heard it a thousand times: backup your data. But I still find it rather amazing to walk into a client’s environment and ask, “so what do you do for backup?” and get a blank stare or “oh, we are doing ok”. The “it will never happen to us” syndrome is prevalent in the small […]

Windows Backup 2008: Another Royal Mess

I am always baffled by the constant ability of Microsoft to take something that was working very well and turn it upside down all in the name of trying to improve the product. The list is long so we won’t even bother. The latest in this list is the supposedly new and improved Windows Server […]

Oracle, Sun and the SMB Market

With the announcement today of the multi-billion dollar acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle, the database market has suddenly been thrown into a state of flux. The earlier rumor was that IBM was interested in buying Sun. This is especially significant because of the myriad of products owned by the merged company. Sun has over […]

Why Small Business Server?

In most of my blog posts and business consultations, I do not hide the fact that I encourage small business owners to consider the offerings from Open Source vendors over the solutions provided by proprietary products from Microsoft etc. However, I am also a realist and recognize that there are just a group of business […]