SBS 2008 – REMOTE ACCESS TO FILES

Outlook Web Access can be used to view or open any file in a shared folder on the servers in an office run by Small Business Server 2008.

Small Business Server 2008 improves many things about remote access to an office network. The main screen for Remote Web Workplace makes it easy to use Outlook Web Access or connect to an office computer, with nothing extraneous to confuse anyone. […] continued

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SBS 2008 – SSL CERTIFICATES

Let me give you a quick overview of the kind of issue that makes it fun to be a consultant.

When you go to a web site where any personal information is going to be exchanged, you’re likely to see the web site address change from http:// to https://. […] continued

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WINDOWS LIVE SYNC REPLACING FOLDERSHARE

There was finally an official notice and some details about the plans to replace Foldershare with a new program named “Windows Live Sync” in December. Here’s the blog post with the announcement today. If you’re unfamiliar with Foldershare, I wrote this description a couple of years ago.

The program(s) do a simple job: they keep a folder in sync on more than one computer. […] continued

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LIVE MESH UPDATE

Windows Live Mesh has just been updated, as of about noon on Thursday 10/30. If you are using it already, you will be notified to install the update; it will stop working until the update is installed on each computer running it. If you are not using it yet, it has been fully opened up to everyone – read about it, make sure you have your Windows Live ID set up, and you are free to sign up. […] continued

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DELL REMOTE ACCESS

Access everywhere! Lots of interesting services are being set up to make it easy for you to have access to files, folders, photos, and computers from anywhere, whether it’s working on an office computer from home or bringing up pictures from your home computer on a mobile phone.

Dell Remote Access

The latest entry comes from Dell, strangely enough. […] continued

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GETTING STARTED WITH WINDOWS LIVE

I routinely set up a Windows Live ID for my clients when they get a new computer. There are many programs and online services in the world; Microsoft’s programs and services under the Windows Live name are well designed, free to explore, and reasonably simple – a good choice for people who want to do some new tricks without being overwhelmed. […] continued

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RESTORING A CRASHED COMPUTER WITH WINDOWS HOME SERVER

Windows Home Server deserves more recognition. It had a nasty bug that took too long to cure but that’s over now and it’s back to being the helpful tool that I described a year ago. It offers safe storage of your files and photos,  easy ways to share your photos and other files, and remote access to your computers from anywhere. […] continued

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SETTING UP LIVE MESH

Microsoft’s Live Mesh service, now in beta testing, has the most promise of any of the online services. With an easy setup, you can make your files available on multiple computers, you can share files with other people, and you can access your computers remotely, all for free. At the moment it only works on Windows PCs but soon it will be possible to add Windows Mobile devices and Macs. […] continued

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LIVE MESH OPEN FOR TESTING

Microsoft is developing a platform capable of lots of interesting tricks. I wrote about Live Mesh a few months ago; now an updated version is ready for testing and it’s quietly been made available to anyone with a Windows Live ID. You can get started at www.mesh.com.

FILES ARE SYNCED ON MULTIPLE COMPUTERS AND ONLINE AUTOMATICALLY

Live Mesh starts with online storage space where you can create folders and store up to 5Gb of files. […] continued

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REMOTE WEB WORKPLACE TRICKS

If you work in a business run by Microsoft Small Business Server, you probably know about Remote Web Workplace, one of the best things Microsoft has created in the last few years. With just a few clicks, an SBS user can bring up the company’s RWW web site and connect to an office computer using Remote Desktop. […] continued

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MICROSOFT LIVE MESH

In 2006, Ray Ozzie took over the title of Chief Software Architect from Bill Gates at Microsoft. Ozzie was instrumental in the development of Lotus Notes and his company Groove Networks was folded into Microsoft in 2005, leading to Microsoft Groove, one of the less well known programs included in the Microsoft Office family. […] continued

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REMOTE DESKTOP FOR MACS

Microsoft has updated its Remote Desktop software for Macs, allowing them to connect to a computer running Windows XP Professional or Vista Business and control the Windows computer just as if sitting in front of it.

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Remote Desktop has been so thoroughly optimized on Windows computers that menus pop up and down, windows appear and disappear at virtually full speed, sounds are played, until it’s easy to forget that the computer under control is in a different office (or across the world). […] continued

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WINDOWS HOME SERVER DATA CORRUPTION

The products developed using Microsoft’s Windows Home Server software do a number of extremely useful things – backups, remote access, file and photo sharing, and file storage – using a very smart mixture of new and old technology.  Here are some notes about Windows Home Server from last year.

Unfortunately, a bug has been identified the causes data on the server to be corrupted in rare circumstances.  It affects a very small number of people and only occurs under very specific conditions, and it has been very difficult for the Windows Home Server team to track down.  But the effect is potentially devastating – especially to WHS’ reputation – because a server that cannot be trusted to save files is useless. […] continued

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FOLDERSHARE UPGRADE

FolderShare, Microsoft’s invaluable free utility for syncing and sharing folders among multiple computers, has gotten a long overdue upgrade.

foldershare Foldershare starts with a free account – just a login name and a password. It is not yet tied in to the “Windows Live ID” that Microsoft uses for other services; that will likely happen at some point. […] continued

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WINDOWS HOME SERVER DEBUTS


Microsoft’s Windows Home Server just arrived on the market – and it’s what you want for Xmas.

I’ll give you a short overview and some links for you to click on, but let’s do some superlatives first. Windows Home Server is the coolest technology to arrive in years! It’s innovative, it’s beautifully designed, it does a lot of exceptionally useful things in elegant ways, and it’s open for third parties to extend it in the future. […] continued

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