Monthly Archives: December 2010

eLearning – Implementing & Maintaining SQL 2008

Just completed a Microsoft eLearning course collection: Implementing and Maintaining SQL Server 2008. It’s a great skills tuneup and introduces enhancements and additional features from SQL 2005.

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Small Business Server “Aurora”

I saw an article, What You Need to Know About Small Business Server “Aurora,” the Great Windows Phone 7 Debate, IE 9, and More, by Paul Thurrow in the October, 2010 edition of Windows IT Pro magazine about the upcoming Windows … Continue reading

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John’s Kindle

I saw the current generation Kindle, actual size, and color on the back cover of Time Magazine in late Summer. Actual size – my paperbacks fit into that space but the Kindle is much, much thinner. It was cool! Flashback to … Continue reading

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BPOS for ELAP … the results

 Previous posts in the BPOS series, covered: Exchange Online, Office Communicator 2007 R2 and Web Conferencing (Live Meeting) and SharePoint. I’ve come to the conclusion that using Online services is beneficial to the Small/Medium Business (SMB) space. What then is the … Continue reading

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BPOS for ELAP … SharePoint

The previous post in the BPOS series, covered the steps to set up an Office Communicator 2007 R2 and Web Conferencing (Live Meeting) environment for testing. I covered setting up the Communicator client and configuring it to work with the Microsoft Online … Continue reading

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BPOS for ELAP … the other communication services

The Office Communicator is probable the most confusing part of the trial due to the architecture which allows for the incompatibility of the on-premise and online services. Also, depending the the previous steps that have been taken in the trial, the OS on the computer and the version of the .Net Framework currently installed, you will have to rely on intuition and your previous experiences to determine what steps you need to take to get Communicator function. Once installed and configured correctly, Communicator functions as expected. Continue reading

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BPOS for ELAP … Exchange Online

In the previous post in the BPOS series, I gave an overview of the service offering and covered the steps that I took to set up a 30 day free trial of the entire BPOS Suite: Exchange, Communicator, LiveMeeting and SharePoint. This post … Continue reading

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BPOS for ELAP … the trial begins

Microsoft offers a 30 day trial of their Business Productivity Online Service (BPOS) directly or they will put you in touch with a local partner organization. I visited the Microsoft Online Services site at http://www.microsoft.com/online/ to get product information and searched for a … Continue reading

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eLearning – Configuring and Troubleshooting Internet Information Services 7.0 in Windows Server 2008

I recently completed a Microsoft eLearning course collection on Internet Information Server v7.0 in Windows Server 2008. There are twelve courses in the collection including the following topics: Installation, Administration, Security, SMTP, and FTP.

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BPOS for ELAP

A single license (5 minimum) for Exchange Online is $5.00 per month (1 year committment) with a 25GB mailbox and all the other stuff that you get in Exchange including connecting to your Outlook client and the Outlook Web Access application. For a 5 person operation, the yearly cost is $300 for the entire organization.
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