This is a troubleshooting tip that only applies to a few people – but those few people are very glad to have an answer.Read more
Microsoft Office 365 has been tremendously successful so far, certainly from a sales perspective (millions of subscriptions, although the exact number is kept under wraps), but more importantly it’s also been successful from a technical perspective. There has been no downtime for the last few months. My clients are ecstatic that I can set passwords not to expire. […] continuedRead more
A few days before Christmas, Microsoft delivered the “Office 365 Integration Module for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials,” a long awaited add-in that integrates Microsoft’s new server software for very small offices with its hosted Office 365 service.
In some respects this is what SBS 2011 Essentials should have included all along, and the combination is a compelling choice for many very small offices considering their first onsite server or a replacement for an aging Small Business Server 2003 tower. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has done more than anyone else to promote remote access to small business networks. Almost ten years ago, Small Business Server 2003 opened up Outlook Web Access and safe remote desktop access to small businesses for the first time. SBS 2008 and the various iterations of Windows Home Server refined that first portal to make it easier and cleaner and more likely to work properly. […] continuedRead more
Small businesses are finally in a position to set up Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, the perfect server for many small businesses with fewer than 25 users. Today’s technology world does not offer any one-size-fits-all solutions but SBS 2011 Essentials should at least be closely evaluated by almost anyone with 2-25 users looking either for a first server or a replacement for a dusty server in the closet. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Press has two quite useful books for you to download, absolutely free. The books are in PDF format, fully searchable and easy to read onscreen. (Don’t print them. It misses the point.)Read more
On August 10, the main data center for Exchange Defender suffered a catastrophic power failure. Clients using the spam filtering service had their incoming and outgoing mail interrupted or massively slowed for most of a day, and hosted mailboxes went offline for as long as two days.Read more
In April, with little fanfare, Microsoft released three new server products to manufacturing and to the hardware vendors: Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Windows Home Server 2011, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.
Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is so well-designed and fits its niche so perfectly that I expected that it would become the standard platform for many very small businesses, as ubiquitous as SBS 2003 was in its day. […] continuedRead more
The final piece of Office 365, Lync Online, is tough to summarize. The focus is on communications with co-workers as well as people outside the business. […] continuedRead more
Sharepoint Online sets up an online portal that a business can use for a number of different things:
Office 365 Part 1 – Overview
Exchange Online is the compelling piece of Office 365 for small businesses and law firms. Even the smallest business should be considering the advantages of using Exchange to run its mail system, and Office 365 is now the most effective way to get the benefits of Exchange. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Office 365 is now available for small businesses. It is the most visible part of Microsoft’s efforts to migrate from shrink-wrapped software to services delivered online – “cloud” computing, in the current catchphrase.
There is something of interest in Office 365 for almost every small business. I expect this to occupy much of my time in 2011 and 2012. […] continuedRead more
Tomorrow morning at 7am PDT, Steve Ballmer will host a webcast announcing the general availability of Office 365, Microsoft’s next generation of online services. This is a huge undertaking by Microsoft to convince small and medium businesses to move their mail, documents, and communications to hosted servers run by Microsoft. […] continuedRead more