08 Oct

Useful Free Web Parts for SharePoint

Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) doesn’t come with a whole lot of web parts out of the box, but here’s a few handy ones we’ve found to spice up some of the home pages we’ve built.  These are all free and work with WSS. Tim Heuer’s RSS Feed Readerhttp://feedreader.codeplex.com/ Only MOSS comes with an RSS reader, and Read more…

06 Oct

Citrix Provisioning Services Part 1 – What Is It?

One of the great features of desktop virtualization (VDI) being touted by the industry is the ability to manage and update all of your desktops from a single central master image. Citrix’s solution to the single image process is accomplished by a product called Provisioning Services (PVS). This software is the result of their purchase Read more…

05 Oct

The Evolution of Exchange High Availability and Site Resiliency: Exchange 2010 Database Availability Groups

High availability and site resiliency have evolved a great deal from early versions of Exchange through Exchange 2007.  While Exchange 2007 introduced the concepts of Single Copy Clustering (SCC) and Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) for high availability and Standby Continuous Replication (SCR) for site resiliency, each had very specific benefits and drawbacks.  CCR gradually became Read more…

02 Oct

Citrix XenApp/Terminal Server myths debunked

With Server Based Computing and consolidation becoming increasing prevalent along with the enormous buzz of VDI, I think it is worth debunking some of common myths of XenApp and Terminal Server.  Below are the most common misconceptions that I continue to hear from IT folks today on the limitations of XenApp/Terminal servers that I have Read more…

01 Oct

Support Practice Group Tech Tip: Beware of “Personal Antivirus”

Move over H1N1; recent months have seen an uptick in a particularly sinister breed of virus, commonly called scareware. This form of malware disguises itself to appear as though it is an anti-virus or anti-spyware program, when, in fact, it is exactly what it claims to prevent. Often, the rogue software will appear as a Read more…

01 Oct

Comparing VMware Fault Tolerance to Microsoft Failover Clusters

With the release of VMware vSphere 4, VMware has released a very powerful management tool called Fault Tolerance (FT).  At a basic level, FT allows you to keep two virtual machines (a Primary VM and a Secondary VM) running in lockstep on two different physical ESX hosts.  If one of the ESX hosts were to Read more…

01 Oct

Using SharePoint as a DMS for a Law Firm

Whether or not SharePoint can be a viable DMS at a law firm has been a big point of contention in the legal community.  A lot of this comes down to the mentality and size of the firm, and the specific requirements that the firm has for document management.  With proper planning and one or two simple addins, Read more…

30 Sep

Microsoft interested in Autonomy?

Reuters is reporting that there are talks that Microsoft is interested in making a bid for Autonomy.   Both companies are not commenting about this yet, but apparently the market is excited about it and Autonomy’s stock enjoyed a boost.   What could this mean for the ECM market?  It would be bigger than Open Text’s acquisition Read more…

29 Sep

Citrix Plug-in 11.2 released! RIP Program Neighborhood

Last month, I posted my findings on the beta releases of XenApp 4.5/5.0 HRP5 for Windows 2003 and the 11.2 Plug-in.  Today, Citrix released the final Citrix XenApp Online Plug-In 11.2 (formally called XenApp client).  See my previous post on more detail on the new features and changes this client; another notable change in this client is the removal Read more…

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