Warning Notice to Vendors and Distributors

Body: This warning notice needs to be conveyed to all vendors and distributors that hope to sell their products to and through the SMB IT Reseller channel. SMB IT Resellers tend to be a talkative lot.  They get most of their business through word of mouth.  They talk to each other about the ups and downs of running and business focused on the SMB channel.  As such when a vendor or distributor starts to do the wrong thing by us, news travels fast.  When the vendor continues to do the wrong thing despite attempts by the community to correct the … Continue reading Warning Notice to Vendors and Distributors

Battery Life tips for Toshiba Portege R500 – Part 1

Body: I’ve been in a MCT Conference this week in Sydney getting the lowdown on Windows Server 2008.  I’m using my new laptop and trying to see just how much life I can get from the battery.  Yesterday I got about 6 hours out of it and that was with about 4 hours of using my Vodafone VMC card too.  So here’s a few tips so far on how to get battery life from it when your at a conference. Ok – so here’s where it’s at right now after 1.5hrs of use without the VMC card… Not bad – … Continue reading Battery Life tips for Toshiba Portege R500 – Part 1

Things I love about my new phone

Body: One of the cool things that came with my new phone is a copy of CoPilot Live v7.  This software uses the inbuilt GPS antenna on the TyTn II to guide me from site to site.  One of the really cool features though is that it allows my family to login to a webpage and see where I am.  The blue dot below is me on the way home today.  It updates my location to the website every 5 minutes.  Whats more is that via the website, my family can send me a message direct to the TyTn II … Continue reading Things I love about my new phone

So you want Exchange 2007 in your SBS Environment- really?

Body: By the look of it many people just can’t wait for SBS Cougar to be released, therefore they want to get onto Exchange 2007 right now.  Let me tell you people don’t bother.  Wait for SBS Cougar instead as you’ll find everything will work in the SBS way. The SBS Blog has info on how to get Exchange 2007 into your SBS 2003 environment right now.  It’s here http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2008/01/10/exchange-2007-in-an-sbs-2003-environment.aspx However things that are not 100% clear that you need to be aware of include… 1. You will need to install a second 64bit server to host your Exchange 2007 … Continue reading So you want Exchange 2007 in your SBS Environment- really?

Interesting W2003 SP2 Side Effect

Body: I was onsite earlier this week helping out a friend with his SBS 2003 installation.  He had done the install himself and all things looked pretty much ok.  He had applied W2003 Service Pack 2 as well.  I showed him how to setup computers and all worked well – he added the computers to the domain and proceeded to use the server for a week or so without problems.  His server is a 2 NIC installation and he was running SBS 2003 R2 standard ie – without ISA 2004.  I visited site to help do the ISA install and … Continue reading Interesting W2003 SP2 Side Effect

Vodafone – 5GB Data Bundles – Misinformation abounds

Body: In December, Vodafone announced a 5GB Data bundle for $39.  This included a 24 month contract and a free data card.  As we were a reseller, I was aware that these were coming and we had discussions with Vodafone about this back in October and were advised that we would be able to attach these data plans to our existing mobile phones which were part of a Business Cap plan.  That is a very significant advantage indeed we thought as I currently pay $29 per month for 100MB on my mobile phone and $99 per month for a separate … Continue reading Vodafone – 5GB Data Bundles – Misinformation abounds