The musings of an IT Consultant:

July, 2010


July 31, 2010  11:16 PM

Save money using Exchange hosting



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, Exchange hosting

Hi folks! These days there is a huge need for the collaboration abilities of Exchange. However most small businesses can't afford the costs of managing and maintaining it. What do you do in these cases? You can host your email at an Exchange hosting provider. Believe it or not, a lot of people...

July 31, 2010  11:11 PM

Exchange DAG to the rescue!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
DAG, Database Availability Group, Exchange

Hi folks! So you are looking at that new daunting Exchange migration that you are thinking about doing and you're wondering if it's worth it? Well I say it is! With Exchange 2010, there is one overriding reason to migrate to Exchange 2010 from your old Exchange 2003 setup. That reason is DAG!...


July 31, 2010  11:06 PM

Cisco 890 series routers



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco 890 series, Cisco 891, Cisco 892, routers

Hi folks! Looking for a new router? Your old firewall giving you headaches? Look no further than Cisco's new router line! As I mentioned last month, there are a lot of new routers from Cisco like the 2900 series. However the 890 series is more than enough for most small businesses! The new 890...


July 31, 2010  11:01 PM

Cheap videoconferencing for the network administrator



Posted by: Raj Perumal
HD cam, Logitech, Skype, video

Hi folks! So let's say that you manage many networks across the country. Say you have to meet with these people at different sites on a regular basis. Travel costs are expensive, how do you keep them down? Video conferencing of course! Video conferencing need not be complicated or expensive....


July 31, 2010  10:56 PM

Video/Picture log your remote datacenters



Posted by: Raj Perumal
data center, documentation, video log

Hi folks, here's a common thing that I love to do. You see a lot of administrators have remote data centers. They fly out and set them up, they document everything and then fly back to their office. After that they manage everything remotely. Well sometimes you might have forgotten something,...


July 31, 2010  10:53 PM

Great time to pick up old iPhones



Posted by: Raj Perumal
buy old phones, iPhone, used

Hi folks! So now with the iPhone 4 being sold, this is a great time to pick up a used smart phone. But buyer beware! Buying used always comes with risks and there are always people waiting to take advantage of you. Make sure when you buy a used phone that you get a chance to test it out and make...


July 31, 2010  10:49 PM

Application Performance Monitoring



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Application Performance Monitor, NBAR, netflow, Orion, SNMP, Solarwinds, WMI

Hi folks! So you need to perform some application performance monitoring from a single dashboard, how do you do it? Well this is obviously easier said than done as there is more than one way to accomplish this. In my mind it's best to take a blended approach. You need to have network gear that...


July 31, 2010  10:43 PM

Lost your phone? There’s an app for that!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
BlackBerry, lost phone, Where's my Phone?

Hi folks! So as you know, there aren't many great apps for the BlackBerry as compared to the competition. But fortunately there is this one great app to help out those users that have BlackBerries and have lost them. The app is called Where's My Phone? and I have to say it works wonders! The app...


July 31, 2010  10:36 PM

Benefits of SSD Drives



Posted by: Raj Perumal
gaming, hard drives, mobile applications, moving parts, notebook, performance, SSD, workstation

Hi folks, every now and then I am called in to help out on the desktop side of things. Items for end users, or even home pc's for executives of customers we service. One of the more common questions these days are on the benefits of SSD drives. Should you get one or should you stick to the...


July 31, 2010  10:14 PM

Time to switch smartphones



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, RIM

Hello again folks! So the time has finally come. For what you might ask? Time to switch phones! For the past many years I have been an avid BlackBerry user and fan. But I have to say enough is enough. Now is the time for me to switch. I will be switching my phone to an iPhone 4 as soon as Rogers...


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