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 is sending out email notices to subscribers about changes ahead for Microsoft Online Services, the service providing hosted Exchange mailboxes for many of my clients. Let me give you some background to understand those notices.
Later this year Microsoft Online Services (aka “Business Productivity Online Suite”) will get a new name, Microsoft Office 365. […] continuedRead more
Feeling confident about your ability to keep up with the pace of change? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
Small businesses will soon have the option to have all of their computing power hosted offsite. No servers in the closet; no workstations under the desks. Onsite you’ll have a monitor, a keyboard and mouse, and a fast Internet connection. […] continuedRead more
I am excited to announce a new service for all my clients – patching and updating your workstations.
Bruceb Consulting Monitoring will review and install updates to Windows, Office, Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader, and other important programs and utilities – automatically and silently.
I will review the updates that are necessary for you to be safe online, and I’ll install them on your computers. […] continuedRead more
Here’s a moderately geeky tip about how to fix a nagging problem when a mapped drive disappears during installation of a program from a shared folder on another computer on the network.
Until a small business starts to use a document management system, it almost always stores business files in shared folders that appear on each person’s computer with a mapped drive letter. […] continuedRead more
Drive Extender deserves another mention before it heads into the graveyard of failed technology.
If you’ve been reading along, you know that Drive Extender was the promising technology built into Windows Home Server to make it easier to manage storage space on a network device. Drive Extender pools the storage on all the hard drives in a Windows Home Server device, with little regard for drive letters, partitions, volumes, RAID, or the other arcana of hard drive management; and it replicates data across the physical hard disks so that no data is lost in the event of a hardware failure. […] continuedRead more
I have a long article for you about an exciting new platform for small businesses scheduled for release in six months. Take your time and read this over the holiday weekend, but don’t get lazy and decide you can skip this one – there will be a test when class meets again. […] continuedRead more
Let’s see if we can keep the big picture in mind while we look at the specific features of Microsoft’s servers for small businesses, starting with Small Business Server 2011 Standard, scheduled to be released in December as the replacement for Small Business Server 2003 and 2008. […] continuedRead more
Some of Microsoft’s best technology has been overlooked for three years, hobbled by a poorly chosen name and a market that wasn’t ready for it. Microsoft is about to take that technology and put it front and center. […] continuedRead more
Previously: The Future Of Small Office Technology
It’s hard to remember how much of an impact Small Business Server had on small offices when Microsoft released the first version in 2000. Until then, nothing had been available that would let a small business run a reasonable mail system or handle security for logons and file sharing. […] continuedRead more
Over the past few weeks, Microsoft has laid out the technology that will power small offices for the foreseeable future.
When these are on the market (likely within the next 3-6 months), the landscape for small businesses will be completely different than anything you have seen before. Each piece is an outgrowth of existing products and services, but each one represents a huge step forward in vision and execution. […] continuedRead more
Previously: Understanding Outlook Slowdowns
If you were following along, you know that Outlook mailboxes run by Exchange Server can slow down if there are too many items in “core folders” – Inbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items, Contacts, and Calendar.
Separately, Outlook performance will suffer if the overall size of the mailbox grows above certain limits. […] continuedRead more
These are important guidelines for Outlook users with mailboxes run by Exchange Server. I will be discussing this with my clients that have busy mailboxes!
Outlook has five folders that are considered “core folders” or “critical path folders.” You will experience poor performance if there are too many items in those core folders. […] continuedRead more
Small businesses should strongly consider having their Outlook mailboxes hosted on Exchange Servers run by Microsoft for a small monthly fee. I’m going to recommend this to a number of my clients and I encourage anyone interested to contact me to talk it through. […] continuedRead more
It feels as if the smartphone revolution has happened overnight. I am simply astonished at the number of business people and lawyers getting iPhones from AT&T and Android phones from Verizon. I rarely saw them in businesses a year ago – they were still perceived as gadgets, not serious business tools. […] continuedRead more