Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner released.

Body: Have you ever had suspicions that your Active Directory environment was not right? Well Microsoft have taken today released another tool that can be used to scan your environment and help diagnose the issues you might have.  It’s called the IT Environment Health Scanner and comes from the Essential Business Server team who originally designed it to ensure that EBS could easily install into an existing network.  I’ve been using it as part of my pre-flight check on my SBS 2008 migrations and it’s great at finding out things that you don’t know. Go download it now from here … Continue reading Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner released.

Free Visio Plugin until June 30, 2008

Body: One of the cool tools I’ve mentioned in my talks around Australia this week and last week is a free tool that works with Visio to diagram your network.  This tool is only available for free until June 30, so you need to act fast to grab it. Check it out here http://www.solarwinds.com/register/index.aspx?Program=583&c=70150000000DWUM Category: Software I use Published: 25/06/2008 4:12 PM

Free security software from Scorpion Software

Body: Yes – you heard right, CEO of Scorpion Software, Dana Epp has released a free security tool to help address one of the often raised security concerns about the Remote Web Workplace in Small Business Server 2003.  By default SBS 2003 allows all users (including administrators) to remotely access their desktops inside the network.  This is via the Remote Web Workplace portal and requires the users username and password.  Administrators can also access your server via the same page.  Dana has for some time had a product called AuthAnvil which gives you two factor authentication for your SBS servers … Continue reading Free security software from Scorpion Software

How to make friends and influence people on Twitter

Body: I’m still not sure about twitter as a business tool.  For the moment, I’m seeing it more as a live discussion tool that I liken to overhearing conversations at a party, you hear scraps of it from the people next to you, but you don’t hear the full conversation unless your following all the people in that conversation.  Mack Collier has just blogged an article about some of the tools you can use to find and link up with people on twitter that might be part of a conversation you want to have with others.  Check out his article … Continue reading How to make friends and influence people on Twitter

Twitter – useful or useless?

Body: Ok – so I’ve heard of twitter, and to be honest, did not get it. I mean what’s wrong with email and IM as a means for communication?  Then in the lead up to the MVP summit in Seattle a few weeks back, someone suggested we use twitter as a way to meet up with who was going where/when etc.  Still – I did not get it.  Email can do that right?  Following the MVP summit, I went to the Small Business Marketing Unleashed conference in Houston, where I met a heap of new people. Social media was a … Continue reading Twitter – useful or useless?

Firewall Dashboard being retired

Body: Dana has had to make the hard decision to discontinue his excellent Firewall Dashboard product that he designed for the SMB market space – specifically SBS 2003 Premium.  His announcement here is to me a major example of the SMB community NOT supporting a vendor who has directly invested into our community.  You the SMB community are using his product for free and not actually paying for it.  You’re using it with the watermark and NOT PAYING FOR IT.  Heck – the product is cheap as chips and provides excellent value for monitoring your ISA installations.  We have clients … Continue reading Firewall Dashboard being retired

What is Xobni?

Body: I’ve been searching for a tool to prove that the illustrious Susan Bradley does indeed sleep.  Finally I found it! I’ve been using Xobni now for about a month and I’m at the point where I can’t live without it!!!  What is it I hear you ask – well – it’s a cool tool for Outlook that will index your mailbox in a totally different way.  Not only will it give you lightning fast search on your inbox, but it displays conversation threads in the way that they were intended to be viewed. It also gives you an idea … Continue reading What is Xobni?

File Sync problems? Try Sync Toy

Body: I’ve used this tool a few times now and find that many people do not even know of it’s existence.  Sync Toy is a cool tool from Microsoft that will allow you to do all kinds of file based synchronisation.  From full bidirectional sync of removable drives to fixed drives, to one way sync only and many variations in between.  Download it here Download the whitepaper here Category: Software I use Published: 18/02/2008 10:53 AM

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

HP Product Bulletin and ConfigureAider

Body: Amongst the software that I use are two little gems from HP.  HP Product Bulletin This is basically a full guide to the HP Product line, both present and past.  It contains all kinds of useful information including tech specs, memory option part numbers and the like.  Really handy for when you need to check certain configurations are valid and the like.  You can download it from here http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/productBulletin.html HP ConfigureAider The second cool tool that I use is the HP ConfigureAider.  This tool is for current systems only and is a wizard based tool that you can use … Continue reading HP Product Bulletin and ConfigureAider