Archive for: March 2011

Data Closet Organization

The server room or data closet can be an intimidating place, especially if multiple tenants in a single building are sharing infrastructure. Over the years, technicians from the phone company, cable company, WISPs, phone system installers, network technicians, CCTV, Access Control, Security, and Fire Alarm companies come in to patch connections, and install boxes and cabling. These technicians generally...

The “Boss’ Nephew” IT Support Model

We come across many small businesses who use the “boss’ nephew” IT support model. The boss’ nephew is good with computers, and comes in every now and then to remove a virus, add a printer, or help with user issues. He works part-time somewhere else, so he can’t make it out during normal business hours. He only comes out...

Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 transition / migration to Server Standard 2008 R2

(First appeared here) This is an action plan from Microsoft tech support.  I’m going to be testing this in my Lab over the next week or so.  I’ll post any significant notes or corrections that I find. 1.       Run ADprep on SBS 2008 with the Windows 2008 R2 disk. ·         Insert the media for Windows Server 2008 R2 into the Small...
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