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Retirement of Windows XP and what it means for security

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Experts are expecting the amount of malicious attacks directed at Windows XP to drop off for the remainder of this year and early next as the hackers will probably wait until it is officially retired, and therefore no longer receiving security patches or updates, before they launch any attacks.

If you are still relying on Windows XP for your business you should seriously think about upgrading to at least Windows 7 prior to April 8th 2014.

Office 2003 is also being retired ...

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Exchange 2010 and Entourage on Mac – User can’t send or receive email

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Had a problem today with a client who couldn’t send or receive email on his Mac since the upgrade from Exchange 2003 to 2010.

Traced the problem to a permission that had been incorrectly copied across.

You need to ensure that under ‘Manage Send As’ permissions that NT AUTHORITY/SELF is applied and it will work fine.

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Migration to Virtual Machines

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We spent today visiting one of our clients various satellite sites gathering data off of their users hard drives ready to take up to the server to be uploaded onto their virtual machines.  We needed to make sure that the process was as seamless as possible to avoid disruption.  Once we have transferred the data onto removable storage devices, we hot footed it back to the head office so that we could input the data onto the server and place ...

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MCITP Training

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Today I have been going over the mock examinations in my course and looking at what areas I need to hone in order to go forward for the 70-680 exam.  It would appear that I need to know a little more about the USMT (User State Migration Tool), and the other utilities associated with the WAIK (Windows Automated Installation KIT).  I have downloaded the WAIK Software from Microsoft which comes in the form of an .ISO file, and installed it ...

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Studying for the 70-680 Windows 7 Exam

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Today I have been studying further towards the 70-680 Windows 7 Exam, The main subjects covered today were Mobile Computing, Bit-Locker and Bit-Locker to go functions of Windows 7 Enterprise & Ultimate editions, Offline Files, Transparent Caching, Power Configuration.  I have also covered Monitoring Systems using Event Log, and got a good understanding of some of the enhanced features of the Task Manager functionality.  Hopefully enough of the information will have stuck as I am doing my mock examinations soon ...

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CCTV Fault with GeoVision GV Loop Card

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We went to a client today who had a problem relating to their CCTV system.  The images from all were constantly distorted, and individual camera links were being lost and dropping out for short periods before reappearing (albeit still distorted).  We initially disconnected all of the cameras and reconnected them in sequence to see if we could ascertain whether an individual link could be causing the problems.  This didn’t help us narrow down a specific problem, but at least we ...

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Server setup for Virtual Desktops using Citrix

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I spent today out on site with a client who has just installed a new Server in order to facilitate their move over to Virtual Desktops for both their head office staff and those at their various satellite offices.  We were there to help train the IT department in how to setup a standard users Virtual Desktop using Citrix Server Software.  The Citrix server software provides a great platform to create a standard users desktop with Windows 7, Microsoft Office ...

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Studying for my 70-680 Windows 7 Exam

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Today I have been studying towards the 70-680 Windows 7 material in preparation for my impending test.  I have been learning about NAP Remediation which is basically a quarantine zone where users trying to access your system, such as mobile staff who have been using public networks and carry a risk of infected laptops etc, can be placed upon the server pending checks to ensure that their protection/health levels meet those specified by your organisation.  These could include ensuring the ...

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Kent 2020 Exhibition

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I went to the Kent 20/20 Vision Live event at the Kent County Showground at Detling near Maidstone.  Kent 2020 Vision LIVE is the largest business-to-business exhibition in the South East, bringing together 300 exhibitors and nearly 4,000 visitors each year.  The event is full of exhibitors, seminars and workshops aimed at bringing the Kent Business Community together.  Thankfully I managed to miss the rain for the most part!  I went up to get an idea of what our competition might ...

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The IT Blame Culture

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The IT Blame Culture

As a company you are probably running business software, either off the shelf or a specialist package. In most cases you will have a support contract to ensure continued usage and updates. However, it is probably also safe to say that your support company does not look after your servers and pc’s.

Hopefully, you have never been in the situation where a problem arose and your software company blamed the hardware company and the hardware company blamed your software company!

If you ...

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