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SBS 2011 Migration Fails

Migration to Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 (SBS 2011) can fail at an early stage with the error message "Cannot Connect to the Domain".  A further message says "Verify tha... more


Support Scams continue

Support scams continue to threaten computer users.  A common one goes roughly as follows: The user receives a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft or perhaps the user's ISP,... more


Problem connecting smartphone to Active Sync

Many smartphones support Active Sync connection to Microsoft Exchange mail servers, including iPhones, Android and Windows Mobile models.Usually the process of creating a smartphone account for Exch... more


And more hacked Cloud systems

Another month, another round of breaches to online systems.  IMF, Citigroup, Codemasters, Sony again - all have reported significant breaches of security resulting in unauthorised access to data.... more


Cloud Computing Failures

The last few weeks have seen major failures from Cloud computing service providers. A range of websites hosted for third parties by Amazon were off the air for over a day.  Apparently, an ... more


Fake antivirus attack

There seems to be rash of antivirus malware at the moment. The objective appears to be to get computer users to pay money for so-called antivirus software, which is in fact a fake. The first thi... more


Check your ISP broadband package

Check your ISP broadband package Broadband packages, like most other products, change and develop over time.  The obvious changes are to things like download limits and prices.  Less wel... more


Outlook runs only in Safe Mode

Outlook runs only in Safe mode If Outlook will run only in Safe mode, check the Outlook Add-ins.  Anti-virus and other add-ins can sometimes cause Outlook to stop responding, freeze or crash.... more


Choosing a router for VOIP

If you are intending to use a VOIP (Voice Over IP) telephone service, you need to take care to choose the right broadband router. VOIP services can be run over normal broadband*.  Depending o... more


Dont press the reset button

.....on your internet router, unless you know all the details of your account. Pressing the reset button erases all router settings and returns it to "out of the box" state.  In ord... more


Blackberry Desktop Manager problems

Blackberry Desktop Manager version 6.0 has just been released.  It seems to be incompatible with some add-in programs, including CompanionLink (used for synchronisation with ACT!) and some back... more


Beware the SBS POP Connector

Microsoft provides in Small Business Server (both SBS 2003 and SBS 2008 versions) a POP Connector.  This enables the server to collect email from user POP mail accounts. The purpose of provid... more


Blinking cursor on boot

Sometimes a computer will fail to start up and you just end up with a blinking cursor on a grey screen.  It looks as if something drastic has gone wrong - but it may not be.  One cause see... more


Online backup may miss Outlook data

Came across a rather nasty instance of the failure of an online backup service to back up Outlook data.  This particular service, provided by a well-known hosting company in the UK, offers a si... more


Windows 7 - 32-bit or 64-bit

Windows 7 - Should I choose 32-bit or 64-bit? People often ask if they should install Windows 7 in 32-bit or 64-bit versions.  There are three main points to consider: Driver support for... more