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Q: A budge business laptop to buy for my small business

I was reviewing laptop reviews and found Dell XPS 13 to be good with good processing power and battery life. let me know. Cheers.

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I have a client with about 25 End Users. They are looking for a NAS solution. Basically it will only be holding image files for Windows 7 desktops and overflow .PST file. They use Sharepoint and Windows Small Bus. Sever for everything else.

I am leaning toward a Buffalo TeraStation, but any recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks.
 

A:NAS for a small business?

There are so many choices now, Buffalo was not very quality oriented when they first started selling NAS, not sure what the quality is these days.
Performance ratings here
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/component/option,com_nas/Itemid,190

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2354173,00.asp

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I'm looking for a new desk top computer for a very small business and I have do not have any hardware knowledge as to what we need or what is good. Any advice?
 

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Hello,

Fore some very odd reason, everythime I open IE (Internet Explorer), I get a message to install Microsoft Office XP Small Business. It does the same thing when I open anything Microsoft-related. Why is this happening?

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is it a little ie popup? or is it a windows messenger popup?

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Hi all,Would someone please post a picture of the inside of their Business and/or Business Slim Topload case?  Specifically of the laptop storage compartment? Would someone please post a picture of the inside of the other type of case mentioned above (I'm assuming that most of you only have one case, not both a Business Topload and a Business Slim Topload)?  I guess I would like to be able to see pictures of the inside laptop storage compartment of each. What is the difference between the Business and Business Slim cases? Thanks.




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A:can,t attach emails to business or friensds,can,t recieve from business or friends

It may be the firewall you're using? It may block e mails. Also check your account settings and make sure they are not made to block attachments.
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I am having trouble with my Office. As an example, whenever I try to open excel it will pompt me to insert the disc, this doesnt happen for all programs but does for some features with office. I dont have the disc, and the previous owner of the pc also cannot find the disc. Is there any way to fix this bug?

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Hi,

I'm running Vista 64 bit have installed small bus 2007 ok, however when I want to run an application like outlook or excel etc the whole small bus program has to load before you can use the application? also I have publisher but when I receive a pub file, its not recognised by vista although it can be opened when I run publisher? its just as though small bus is supposedly installed (but its not and has to be installed every time you wish to use it) Has anyone else got this? if so can it be resolved or do we have to live with it!

Thanks,

Harry in France

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Hi,
I know very little about networking and was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction. I currently have a couple liquor stores. There's usually about 20 connected devices at a time. The environments are sometimes dusty and there's not a lot of air flow. My old routers are pretty unreliable and require resets about every month which costs money.

Ideally I would like to limit downtime by having a reliable router that I could attach a cheap simcard with lte to as a backup WAN. It would be great if I could access the desktop of my computers from home. Also in a perfect world I require 8 lan ports.

I have the Synology 2600ac at home. Although it is a fantastic router, that meets most of my needs, I am wondering if there is anything more business oriented that I should be considering. Any help is greatly appreciated. I've looked at the Cisco 1100-8P and it seems to have everything I require but I'm not sure if it is a regular simple router.
 

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Can SBS 2003 be setup using a router to do the routing and still be able to use Outlook Web Access and Sharepoint Services?

Also can you have your website hosted on a server with a servername .local and not .com?

If you don't have the answer can you point me in the right direction?

I am setting up a server that doesn't have a static IP address and planned on using dyndns.org as a dynamic updater. I wanted to have a business card website hosted on the server too. I host my own website on my server but have a .com name for my server and cannot get the outlook web access to work. I would like to have my cake and eat it too.
Thanks in advance,
Jerry
 

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I have a small service oriented business somewhat similar to plumbing and heating.

We are a little slow to adapt and still do everything manually on paper.

Payroll
Accounts payable
Accounts recievable
Inventory

All the above done the old fashioned way.

Anybody have some good and simple software ideas. Right now it is so tedious I have not really learned how to work the current system. I could do it but would have to keep at it to remember so am looking for something user friendly that I can figure out along with the secretary that does the normal entries.

Cost is not a big issue. I am more interested in getting a program that is simple to get set up and maintain.
 

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I'm looking for intelligent software or hardware (rather have software) to setup web filtering for a small business. I don't want employees to be able to go on any social networking sites, pornography sites, etc. Just want them to be able to go on certain sites pertaining to general business. If somebody could point me in the right direction, that would be great.

A:Small Business Web Filtering

There are many ways to solve your problem. Not only hardware/software, but also just configuration: use a DNS that filters, like OpenDNS.

A well know commercial provider of web filtering lists is Websense.

Take a look at this Wikipedia list:
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/List_of_content-control_software

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Hi there, no idea if this is the right forum for this or not. If not, just let me know.

I'm an owner in a small business. We have 30 people. The people live all over the country and could be working in North America or South America. Right now, we all have Windows machines. We use all cloud based tools to support the business. For example, hosted exchange, Pipedrive CRM, Egnyte file sync (similar to Dropbox), LogMeIn, etc. I'm basically the computer guy, even though I don't have any background.

I have a computer image that I load onto new machines, then mail them out. Everyone logs into their respective cloud apps and away they go.

The problem becomes that people don't really like the file sync program. We used to use Dropbox, but with the limited features it had we went away from it. Egnyte is great, but it syncs more slowly.

I guess, what I'm after here is, I only know what I know. Is there some other type of configuration or setup that would be better for our company? We don't have a network, VPN, active directory, etc. and the cost of the email cloud hosting is getting to be pretty pricey ($350 per month for 50 mailboxes). Same with Egnyte sync, $15 per user per month.

I like the cloud stuff because it syncs things locally and gives everyone access to everything in a very quick manner. However, there can be file conflicts. I'm just looking for any advice on what I can do to improve our process. I feel like we're getting big ... Read more

A:Small Business Setup

You have to examine what you're future growth will be. I never like cloud based services but that's just me. I like to control the data and not let anyone else have physical access to it. Plus when you want to migrate off of some cloud based services, good luck in getting help from the cloud service to do this.

Depending on your future growth and what the central office (if you have one) has set up, you'll probably be staring at a large initial capital expenditure to do what you're asking which will have a long term pay off. Again this is something you all have to determine if it's acceptable.

My initial stab at this is to have data hosted at a central office either through centralized file sharing or through something like Share Point. I like Share Point as it allows change management control over all files loaded up on it. Doing it this way and depending on the performance with file transfers, you can layer on WAN acceleration devices which you will NEVER have as an option on any cloud based service. WAN acceleration helps a business better utilize existing bandwidth pipes reducing the need for a business to purchase more expensive pipes. WAN acceleration does this in a number of ways with techniques such as compression, data duplication, caching, TCP optimization, and in some cases UDP optimization. A company called Riverbed has WAN acceleration devices which also has mobile clients to extend the benefits to remote/laptop users. Typical WAN accel... Read more

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Will Office XP Small Business run on Vista? Forgot to get Office on the new laptop when I ordered it, DUH!, but have copies of Office XP from other machines, laptops and PCs I have. NOT bootleg copies genuine Microsoft that I either got when I purchased the machines and a copy I bought from the pc store.

I'd just like to make sure if this will run before I try to install it. Then I won't have to come back here to find out how to repair the machine!
 

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Hi

I have just signed up to the forum as I have questions of which nobody seems to be able to give me a straight answer.

I have some basic computer knowledge but not current. I have been recommended a NAS box with something called VPN to access the files remotely.

I will have 4 remote users who will need to access the business files on the NAS.

I'm sure with a little guidance I will be able to set this up myself. So my questions are as follows:

1) Can anyone recommend a good manufacturer/supplier for the NAS server?
2) Do I need to purchase hard drives separately? If so can I use any or do they have to be a certain spec?
3) What is the basic procedure to set up and do I need extra software to run the NAS (if so does this need to be installed on each machine that will be remotely accessing.
4) How do I go about setting up the remote access and what exactly is VPN?
5) I have been advised to get a line with a fixed IP address, and also can only get a max broadband speed of 5mbps (poor area) will I be able to run my NAS still?
6) Do I need to buy any licenses etc?
7) How can I set up this RAID thing to back up automatically and do I need extra software?

I have been quoted £1412+VAT for a guy to supply a 2 bay NAS box 500GB, the VPN router, licenses and set up etc... Is this price good? How much realistically could I save if I done it myself? I don't think 500GB will cut it for too long in our business. I know of people that have several TB and rate it well for a... Read more

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Hi. My simple question is how do i set up a wireless network (to share files and programs) between a desktop and a laptop both running windows Vista??? I have tried the numerous network options Vista provides, but neither computer will recognize that each other exists. Yet they are both connected to the internet through the same wireless router.

I would appreciate your help. Thank you.
 

A:Small business network help?

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Confused!!!

We were down the road with the installation of a server at our small office for back-up, storage and remote access by engineers on the road. The IT company we were using folded, but luckily we had all the kit and licences.

However after much searching we got another small IT company on board who have been fantastic in all our IT support needs but for one element, they are suggesting we install a NAS system with VPN rather then take the server with Windows Small Busines Server forward.

Their reasons are just the NAS is much simpler to manage, over a business server???

I'm not convinced and would like some impartial comment/help if someone out there has any? If the NAS via VPN is the correct way then we will pursue this. The cost of the exercise is not really relevant, just moving the process in the right direction is paramount. If we do not use the server, not an issue and it will not go to waste.

The majority of our demand on the server will be remote access via Internet, with the office adding administration of reports etc. The server is set-up with 2 x 500Gb RAID HD's with a smaller drive holding the operating systems. We still need to decide on our offsite back-up strategy but feel this is probably easier to achieve with the server solution?

Thanks in advance for any assistance...by the way I've hijacked my son's profile
 

A:Small Business Sever

I'm tending on agreeing with the new IT group. A NAS would be a much simpler setup than a full blown server running as a NAS/fileserver. A full blown NAS acts just like an appliance. The OS it runs has been stripped down to do only what it needs to...namely serve up files for clients. A server running as a NAS would require more care and feeding as there are always patches which need to be applied and such.
 

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Physicaily the server is setup and the client computers are connect to switch and server.
I needs to learn how to setup domain , the groups, the users, security,and the printers on the server.

Thanks!
rick
 

A:Small Business Networking

People spend months learning about this, that's why they have all those networking classes!
 

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I would like to set up a small business network that has at present only 3 computers. At present there are only 2 requirements, first all must have internet access, and second I want to run an accounting program ( I have already purchased a multi- computer software package) were all three computers can share all the same information. Could someone point me in the right direction? I need type of hardware needed, any additional software, and any other information you think I might need. Thank you!
 

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We have several Networks with Windows 2003 Small Business Server, and a variety of Operating Systems. So farWindows XP is the only problem. Day by day more people are being disconnected from the network. They get a message saying they're no longer connected to servername, yet they can still get internet. We have My Documents rerouted to the user folder. The only way to get the user back onto the domain is to unjoin them from the domain, and rejoin the domain. This started happening when SBS 2003 first came out, and weren't that many patches. It's starting to be seen on more then a hand full of computers now. We thought it may have been patches, but it wasn't. On the computers we replaced the network card, didn't work. We replaced the cabling, and that didn't work. We're at a loss, and can figure this out. We've looked it up on google, and saw it's happening to several people, and no one ever found a reply back. Windows 2000, and 98 have nver been disconnected, only the XP computers. Your help would me most appreciative.
 

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What is the DNS on the workstations?
 

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Hello!

I have a friend that is starting his own business and he needs to set up a server where two computers can access the same software. Microsoft Office and Bankruptcy software are the two applications he needs the two client computers to have access to. What would be his best option to accomplish this? I have looked into MS Small Business Server (and Essentials) or Terminal Services but I am not sure what would be the best option. Or is there anything else out there I should consider.

I am an IT support tech for a company but have most of my experience in hardware.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Patrick
 

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Hello all,

I am in need of some advice and possible recommendations in regards to Full Data Encryption for a Small Business in our particular situation. My boss isn't overly tech savvy and does not currently have Data Encryption setup for any devices (IE Desktops, Laptops) in our office. In our profession that is a big no-no ever since Malware, Ransomware, and Hacking has come into foreground of the public's eye. As the youngest guy in a four person office I have been tasked with choosing a way to Fully Encrypt every computer/laptop in our office (total of 5). Current setup on all Devices is as follows:

Windows 10 Home Edition, No Shared Network between Devices (we use DropBox/Agencybloc) McAfee Antivirus.

Sadly Windows 10 Home does not include BitLocker, which would be an easy fix for our problem. So basically I am looking at either an Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro or the installation and use of a Third Party App in order to encrypt our files. The cost, at least from what I have reviewed so far, is fairly similar (unless Open Source is the better route). So this really comes down to the best "fit" given our business size, devices in use, and how the Encryption App is managed. I will be likely handling any problems that would arise with any would be product. I would not consider myself a Tech Expert by any means, but I'd say 95% of any issues I have ever encountered on a computer I've been able to Research, Problem solve, and Fix. Thus I need some... Read more

A:Best route for FDe for Small Business

First and foremost it would help to know what kind of pc's you currently have (prebuilts like dell or custom builds). Secondly if you have custom build pc's they may not have the TPM to even use bitlocker. If you were using free open source to encrypt I would highly recommend Veracrypt VeraCrypt - Home, and use whole disk encryption.

I have only ever used bitlocker and veracrypt. I cannot speak on behalf of those other endpoint encrypt programs.
 

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would windows 7 professional be enough as an OS for a small business server?

server mainly for:
file backup
file sharing
printer connection
simple website hosting

A:small business server OS

Others may not agree, but I'm always in the mindset of using the proper tool for the job. It sounds like Server 2012 Essentials would do the job nicely.

As for website hosting, given how cheap 3rd party hosting plans are, I wouldn't consider running one inside my network anymore.

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What is the difference between Norton Small Business vs Norton Premium. I installed both and they look the same. Premium seems to have more features and is cheaper.
 

A:Norton Small Business vs...

I would complete the thread title to help yourself and the members assist you with your question.
 

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I inhereted an IT admin position as a second portion of my job because I seem to be the most qualified around here. Right now we have several computers with norton (some out of license time), and others with some various free software.

We don't mind spending some money, but it seems like every time I research this topic all the sites are paid by the antivirus companies to push their product. I need a few recomendations of programs.

I want to be able to push out updates or force updates from the server. I also want to monitor/control the antivirus software on all networked computers from the server. Deployment from server is nice but not necessary... there're only 20 employees.

Thanks!

A:Small Business Solution

I believe that to run an Anti-Virus program on multiple computers you need a paid Anti-Virus program.By 20 employees, do you mean 20 computers as well? If so, you may want to take a look at avast! Anti-Virus Standard Suite. They also offer avast! Professional Edition for 1-10 PC's, but it doesn't include server protection.

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Hello everyone,

I have recently started a job where i'm taking over this small business network. The guy who used to work has not left any information for me and now i've to find all about the network myslf. The network is based on Windows Small Business Server 2003 and a symantic backup system, SCO Unix machine (i dunno whats its used for, maybe mail server or web). it has wireless and wired access points everywhere.

I want to design the existing network but i want to find out all information about the DHCP, DNS, workstations, access points and everything. Do you know about a software that would automatically detect it and generate a report?

thanks
 

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I'm hoping for quick help here!
I'm trying to get a small business network set up, so that all computers can read/write to and from each other.

there are 05 computers on the network,
01, 02 are running Win7 Pro
03, 04, 05 are running Win7 Home Premium.

My problem is this. All computers can see each other on the network, but joining them in the same homegroup isn't working.
not all the computers can see the homegroup. Currently I have 01, 02 and 03 all joined on the homegroup, but 04 cant seem to join the group. It wants to create a new homegroup. I haven't tried joining 05 yet (this time around).

Even the computers that are on teh same homegroup dont recognise that they are all on the homegroup. 01 currently thinks its alone in the homegroup, 02 thinks that 01 is on the homegroup with it, and 03 thinks its alone with 01 on the group.

I've tried making all computers leave the group, and starting over a couple of times, with more or less the same result: all of the computers show up under Network, but they are never all in the same homegroup, and the ones that are show only a selection of the others that are in it.

I know this sounds really confusing, and it is. Hopefully someone can follow along to this point to help me!

I've tried the network and homegroup trouble shooting, but it doesn't seem to help anything.

I should also say that I'm in Australia, and its currently 01:43am on Monday, and I was hoping to have this all working by 9:00 when people are going to come in... Read more

A:Small business network

  
Quote: Originally Posted by KarlLabrada


I'm hoping for quick help here!
I'm trying to get a small business network set up, so that all computers can read/write to and from each other.

there are 05 computers on the network,
01, 02 are running Win7 Pro
03, 04, 05 are running Win7 Home Premium.

My problem is this. All computers can see each other on the network, but joining them in the same homegroup isn't working.
not all the computers can see the homegroup. Currently I have 01, 02 and 03 all joined on the homegroup, but 04 cant seem to join the group. It wants to create a new homegroup. I haven't tried joining 05 yet (this time around).

Even the computers that are on teh same homegroup dont recognise that they are all on the homegroup. 01 currently thinks its alone in the homegroup, 02 thinks that 01 is on the homegroup with it, and 03 thinks its alone with 01 on the group.

I've tried making all computers leave the group, and starting over a couple of times, with more or less the same result: all of the computers show up under Network, but they are never all in the same homegroup, and the ones that are show only a selection of the others that are in it.

I know this sounds really confusing, and it is. Hopefully someone can follow along to this point to help me!

I've tried the network and homegroup trouble shooting, but it doesn't seem to help anything.

I should also say that I'm in Australia, and its currently 01:43am on Monday... Read more

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So, one of my employees has been surfing the web and downloading on my computer that I run my POS on for my store. The computer got infected with Windows Pro Police. I removed all of the files and stopped the processes. I installed Malware bytes, but cannot get it to run. I cannot get Norton Anti-Virus to run either. I ran combofix based on instructions from a friend. It sort of worked, but I still cannot run malware or any other security. I cannot get on the internet either. I have the combo fix log results if that helps.

A:Need Help Please- My Small Business Computer

If you cannot get into safe mode w/networking. you can use a thumb drive or burn to a CDWe need to get at least one of these two scans to post in the HJT forumWe Need to check for Rootkits with RootRepealDownload RootRepeal from the following location and save it to your desktop.Direct Download (Recommended)Primary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorZip Mirrors (Recommended if you have a slower connection or if the Direct Download mirror is down)
Primary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorRar Mirrors - Only if you know what a RAR is and can extract it.
Primary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorExtract RootRepeal.exe from the archive (If you did not use the "Direct Download" mirror).Open on your desktop.Click the tab.Click the button.Check all seven boxes: Push OkCheck the box for your main system drive (Usually C:), and press Ok.Allow RootRepeal to run a scan of your system. This may take some time.Once the scan completes, push the button. Save the log to your desktop, using a distinctive name, such as RootRepeal.txt. Include this report in your next reply, please.------------------------------And / or:1. Download Win32kDiag from any of the following locations and save it to your Desktophttp://ad13.geekstogo.com/Win32kDiag.exehttp://download.bleepingcomputer.com/rootr.../Win32kDiag.exe2. Double-click Win32kDiag.exe to run Win32kDiag and let it finish.3. When it states "Finished! Press any key to exit...", press any key... Read more

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What is the best IT Infrastructure for a Small Business? Hi All,

Can I possibly have your advice on the 'best' IT infrastructure for a small business, ie; a solution that would include;hardware, software, Backup, security, Internet connection, Database, Exchange .....just the complete IT infrastructure... ie without the need for a full time administrator going mental...

This is a business which consists of less than 10 PCs.
The usual Hardware & Software used are:
Windows XP, 2000 Pro, MS Office suites, Accounting application...
Approximately 10 PCs (inclusive of 3 laptops), Scanner, Wireless Router/network...
I was thinking of MS Small Business Server?

I mean the choice out there is huge and it is just impossible to get unbiased advice from sales people...

I would greatly appreciate any advice....Many thanks
 

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I have about 45-50 PCs/Notebooks that I need to have Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware protection for. We are currently using Norton Internet Security 2010 (10-user packs). I am trying to figure out whether I should stay with Norton or switch to something else, but I'm not sure what else to consider (she says with chagrin). The computers are all running Windows XP (Pro and Home) SP3. We are fairly lenient with Internet access. I would think I need a firewall, real-time anti-virus (and anti-malware?) protection, schedulable system scanning among other things. But I'm not sure what those other things are. Could anyone give me some suggestions are to what I should look for/look at? I am considering Trend Micro, Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton, and MS Security Essentials or AVG Free version.

A:AntiVirus for Small Business

Has this not been answered here or were you unable to locate your prior thread?http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/330297/best-anti-virusanti-malware-software/

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I've got a new client, small business with 3 desktops, 1 laptop and some networked printers.

He wants a server to support his growing business. I though it'd be a standard SBS 2008 network, patch panel, switch, done.

However, he wants to go completely wireless. In my SBS 2008 admin book, it states that a WAP needs a switch.

I've also read that the WAP should 'hang' off the network with bridging enabled and DHCP disabled.

Ok...I think I'm vastly overthinking this. I need to buy PCI/USB wireless cards for the desktops.

So, one SBS server, connected to a switch with a WAP attached. Am I correct? Does it matter how many ports the switch has? I keep thinking in wired terms, i.e. 24 users on a wired network needs a 24 port switch.

Any advice would be great. Incidentally, wireless ADSL router is not an option as he's based in a business centre with shared Internet Access.

P.S. might add a hardware firewall between server and internet router. Any suggestions/thoughts?
 

A:WAP in small business network

IMO, he's out of his mind going completely wireless if he actually is going to have any volume going to/from that server! Wireless connections are MUCH slower transferring files than wired connections. In addition, having multiple wireless connections to a single WAP will be sharing the bandwidth on a contention basis. Add to the fact that 802.11 wireless is half-duplex, and you have a very slow connection!
 

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I have office pro and Small Business installed (network). I'm trying to upgrade Outlook to Workgroup.

The setup seems to have been criss-crossed, so I un-installed Office Pro. Now when I try to install additional components on Office small business, it still thinks that another version is running/installed.

I cant even un-install it or re-install.
??
 

A:Office Pro and Small Business

Try the Office 2000 Eraser from Microsoft.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q239938

Also, empty all your temp folders out and subfolders of the temp folders.
 

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There are 7 computers on this network. All of the computers are Windows XP and they want them upgraded to either Vista or Windows 7.

There is one main computer that has access to the full version of a program, let's call that program 1. On the main computer they have access to time cards, hours of employees, and things that they don't want other computers to have access to.

The other 6 computers are connected to that computer and run only a small part of program 1. They can see the calendars for booking appointments and that's all.

If you shut down the main computer, all of the other computers shut down. If you close the program 1 on that computer all of the program 1s stop working on the rest of the computers. If on the other computers you close the software, you have to reboot the main computer in order to open program 1 again.

How did they do this? To my knowledge they have 2 accounts on each computer, called admin and user. I believe they are all logged under user on the other computers and admin on the main computer. But they do not have to log in each time they use the computer.

Anyway, when I upgrade them from XP to Win7 I am going to lose the way it is all set up now and have to reconfigure it. Easiest way to do this?
 

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i need to install updates on windows 2000 server, but can't get past the ctr alt del screen. won't log on with any user including administrator.
appying settings then immediately saves settings back to ctr alt del screen.
 

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This question is for you VPN experts out there...

I've got a customer who is starting a small business. Initially, they will have a XP Professional desktop system (acting as a "server") and two XP Professional laptop systems. They plan on sharing communications for their DSL Internet connection via a NAT router. They will implement Windows Workgroup for networking the systems. The laptop users will also need to access their network from home via a VPN connection. So my question is this...

What is the best + easiest + most cost effective way to implement VPN for their small business? I think that they could use the XP Professional desktop for VPN, but I think that this would only support a single VPN connection. Windows Server's VPN is out since they don't have a Windows Server.

I have looked at the Linksys 10/100 4-Port VPN Router (RV042). Would this be a good way to implement VPN for a small business? If so, what VPN client software would you recommend?

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated
 

A:Best Way to Implement VPN for Small Business

This is kind of off track since you are on the right track with a VPN box at both ends. However, DSL providers in this area run through PSTNs ATM network.
If you don't ever plan on using your DSL connections for internet access you can set up an ATM end to end Virtual Connection through the ATM network and not hit the internet at all taking that chance of denial of ping out of the picture.
You'll need to check with your service provider to get connection numbers and details.
 

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From what I saw at MS website there are two versions - basic and Pro, with Pro adding support for domains, remote desktop and bitlocker.

Does that mean Basic version will work just fine in small business workgroup environment of up to 10 computers?

A:Which 8.1 vesion for small business?

I am pretty sure that basic can see unlimited local networks.
Domains support its something different from that.

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Hi All,

Can I possibly have your advice on the 'best' IT infrastructure for a small business, ie; a solution that would include;hardware, software, Backup, security, Internet connection, Database, Exchange .....just the complete IT infrastructure... ie without the need for a full time administrator going mental...

This is a business which consists of less than 10 PCs.
The usual Hardware & Software used are:
Windows XP, 2000 Pro, MS Office suites, Accounting application...
Approximately 10 PCs (inclusive of 3 laptops), Scanner, Wireless Router/network...
I was thinking of MS Small Business Server?

I mean the choice out there is huge and it is just impossible to get unbiased advice from sales people...

I would greatly appreciate any advice....Many thanks
 

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I have a person who fears his computer has been compromised, and he's using the "Norton Business Class" (his words, google told me it was Norton Business Suite) software to protect his system. Over the phone, he was able to tell me the firewall detected traffic to his computer after he thought he'd shut it off and gone to work.

I've never used the product, and I'm not finding documentation on how to use the software when I search the net. (I'm finding lots about the service, and standard information about what it includes, features, etc to sell the service. But no particular help documents or user guides.) Does anyone know how to pull the firewall logs from the software so he can send them to me for review?

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Hello,

I work for a small business of five computers. We have a wireless network for internet traffic, and a wired network for file sharing. The wireless network works great for using the internet, but we are having trouble with the wired network.

The issue is being able to communicate with all of the computers on the wired network. The ability to speak with all of the computers on the network is hit or miss. Generally, computer A can speak with computer B, C, and D, but D can only speak with A. All of the letters are interchangeable; the computers are inconsistent in their ability to speak with each other.

Our network is a 100Mbit, circular set up, (at least I think it would be called a circular, or ring setup.)
To be clear, all of our computers are linked by switches, with no defined “master” computer. So, computer A is connected to a switch that connects to computers B and C, and the first switch connects to a second switch that connects more computers. There are no more than two switches between computers. Computers on the network are mostly Windows XP based, but we also have one Vista box, and one Windows 7 box.

I don’t know if this will help, but might as well throw it out there.

Thanks in advance,

Emmet,

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Hi All

Does anyone have a recommendation as to what accounting software package I could use for a small business. I have registered a UK Ltd company and will need to submit regular accounts as a result and want to do this properly of course.

So, I don't really need to spend hundreds on say Sage Accounting, aa I feel I only need a small accounts package. I'm wondering if anyone out there has experience and can offer some advise as to which might be the best software product to purchase.

Thanks in advance....

John
 

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Hello everyone,

I've been asked to setup a small business network. The company currently has two sites, but could be expanding into more sites. The main site has about 40 employees, and the remote site is 10 employees. From what I've gathered, correct me if I'm wrong, this is how a basic network is setup:

ISP modem - router - firewall - switch - Servers/PCs

Would you suggest more than one network for PCs, Servers, printers?

I plan on recommending Dell SonicWall for the firewall but wondering if a dedicated router is needed. What kind of setup would require a dedicated router?

For connectivity between the two offices, thinking about a point-to-point VPN.

What are your thoughts and any suggestions?
 

A:Setting up a small business network

Answer for the first question is yes. How much segregation depends on how tightly you want to manage the overall network. The more gates and functions you add to the network the more complex and ultimately the more expertise/labor is required to maintain it. At a minimum, I would put the servers on a separate subnet segregated on your layer 2 via the use of VLANs. Since you're looking at SonicWall firewalls, you can set up a virtual router interface on each subnet you create and have the firewall do the routing between subnets/VLANs. Having the SonicWall in between the subnets will allow you to create access rules to lock down traffic flow (moreover specific traffic flow) going into and out of a specific subnet. Typically you want to really lock down traffic flow in and out of network for the servers. The nice thing is SonicWall natively supports VLAN tagging.

A dedicated router would be dictated by the layer 1 hand off and also by any pure routing functions which firewalls don't typically support. An example is if your ISP provides you with a T1, DS3, OC192, etc connection. Routers have the ability to support these unique WAN type connections. Also the specific protocols you need to run for your environment would dictate the need for a true router such as MPLS/VPLS, GRE, and any routing protocols such as BGP and OSPF. While SonicWall firewalls do have support for OSPF routing, I wouldn't trust a SonicWall to effectively handle an OSPF deployment with a large ... Read more

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I had to close my business last year for personal reasons. I have the server my no longer have the password to 'open' it up. I'm desperate and have tried everything today...have to access my QuickBooks files. Everything was backed up to Mozy, but don't have that password either.
Also, I have a MyBook sitting here, which may have the files I need, but don't know if it does, how I would hook it up, etc.

Any ideas?? Can I somehow bypass the 'login' of the server (I researched online and apparently I can, but would have to have two Internets running...maybe I could do that with my router?)

It's complicated, but maybe someone can help.

Tammy
 

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Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to figure out what the best antivirus software to buy for a small business office. We have about 15 pc's some new and some old and a server all on 1 domain. Some of the old pc's are slow and I need something that does not take a while to load or run in the background. Any suggestions?
 

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It might help to read my previous post found in a different forum: http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?p=2611011#post2611011

This is just to clarify on what I was told in response to my previous thread.

For my small business, I have another company located in a different part of the country that will need to remotely access my server and use it as if that computer was sitting directly in front of them. The problem is I need multiple users to work on this computer at the same time.

In response I was told that I need to have a Terminal Server. I have the box that I would use the Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition software on, here are some specs:

CPU: P4 2.8 Ghz
Ram: 1 GB SDRAM (cant confirm speed at current moment); can upgrade ram if need be
HD: 160 GB

If I bought the Windows Server 2003 SE for $999; and then bought a 5 pack of TS Client Access Liscenses for $749....would at LEAST 5 users from this partnering company be able to access the computer at the same time as if the computer were sitting in front of them, and are the specs of this computer enough to manage those 5 users without too much distraction?

Is the box even fast enough? Or do I need to invest in a more powerful server?
 

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This is probably a really easy configuration problem with the IP settings in small business server or something but I hope someone can help. I work at a local doctors surgery and was asked by the boss to upgrade the LAN and WAN with a new router modem that had wireless (being the only one in the office with an computer knowledge).

BEFORE:
The network consists of 4 computers, 2 run on small business server and 2 on windows XP. Originally, the network was running off a D-Link 4 port router modem, with a LAN cable running from the D-link to a 8port hub (don't ask why as only the 2 computers running small business server were plugged into it). Anyway the original network was configured, I'm assuming, using small business server (I have only worked on home networks using XP or lower). The gateway the network is using is 192.168.0.1.

AFTER:
My boss asked me to change the D-Link router modem to one with wireless capabilities (I got a DSL-G604T) as he was sick of the cables running everywhere. I unplugged everything, changed the router modem over to the new wireless one, installed wireless cards in all the computers that would need a wireless connection (3 of them) and run the software, and plugged everthing in.

PROBLEM:
All went well, except the problem is, when I try and run the DSL-604Ts set-up wizard I can't access the 10.1.1.1 in the browser to do so, on any of the computers. I figure that if the network was originally configured in small business server on a... Read more

A:Small business network trouble!

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It's been some time since I've had a class in IT, but I seem to remember studying some outdated definition of the word "workstation" as a input / output station networked to a larger, more powerful, aplication server of sorts.

I'm trying to create a network, for business purposes; in my home, and want to keep a reasonable budget. However, each user's workstation (2-3 users tops) will be running a large amount of graphics in four different applications. I know the graphics cards will have to be top of the line at each desk, but my question is simple:

Does it sound like a viable option to have a very powerful "application server", ($5,000 budget for this machine) with users situated throughout the office, or should I just get seperate machines for each user, and keep a more traditional network environment. Also, is it possible to just "beef up" the graphics card on the apps server, and run all graphics from there?

***Keep in mind, the network will eventually expand to include a few more users. Any thoughts? - anyone?
 

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