Category Archives: Reviews

A Customer Service (or not) Story

Generally speaking, I don’t write about problems I encounter in purchasing goods or services whether on-line or in a retail store. Stories are just not that interesting as they usually involve a little inconvenience in the time and effort it … Continue reading

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Test drive Veeam Endpoint Backup (Beta)

Veeam recently announced an additional backup product to compliment their Availability Suite V8 solution. It’s called Veeam Endpoint Backup (VEB). As of this writing it is Beta Release. VEB is a standalone backup solution for physical computers.

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Ghost in the Wire – Book review

I found the book, Ghost in the Wire” by Kevin Mitnick, Steve Wozniak, William L. Simon, when reading a review by Tony Howlett in a blog entry through an email subscription I have with WindowsIT Pro magazine. The link to … Continue reading

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Netgear Powerline Adapter – AV200

I had been having sporadic problems with the wireless connection in the residence for quite some time. Everyone knows the drill. Boot up a laptop and try to make a connection. Some days/times it works other times it does and … Continue reading

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Gmail-Outlook Calendar/Contact Sync

In an earlier post, I described how to integrate Outlook 2010 with Gmail using IMAP. I described the calendar and contact synchronization and mentioned a third-party tool that’s been suggested by a number of individual in forums across the Internet. … Continue reading

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Packing for Mars – Book Review

I became aware of the book, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach while reading Time Magazine. The review just hocked me on the spot, so in no time I downloaded the book to … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2008 Database Mirroring

This post is going to cover SQL Server Mirroring. SQL Server 2005 will support mirroring, but it’s best to have SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise installed on your servers. The Level 7 Tech Group lab is … Continue reading

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Windows Failover Clustering

As a Business Intelligence (BI) Build Engineerworking in Microsoft IT Services, I was brushing up on SQL Server 2008 High Availability options when I found two books on the subject in the Microsoft Library on the subject and checked them … Continue reading

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POP3 – Outlook Calendar Sync

This is a companion piece to the gMail – Outlook 2010 Calendar Sync post where I discussed calendar synchronization between Outlook 2010 and the Gmail Calendar. This piece will focus on Hotmail’s Outlook 2010 Synchronization tool called the Hotmail Outlook Connector.

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Application Server Evaluations – Hyper-V Failure

I’ve prepared the L7TG virtual domain to evaluate 2 new “on-premise” Microsoft Server technologies: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010. I’m running Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Hyper-V in a Workgroup on a black box Intel E3400 3.0GHZ, … Continue reading

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