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Dedicated Lan Solutions moves to Microsoft Office 365 in the Cloud

November 28th, 2014 | Posted by Michael in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Dedicated Lan Solutions moves to Microsoft Office 365 in the Cloud)

Dedicated Lan Solutions have moved their entire in-house Exchange 2010 infrastructure onto Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud, this process involved the creation of a two way link between the in-house Exchange 2010 servers and the Microsoft Office 365 cloud, migrating approx 75 Gb of data in the form of User Mail Boxes, Shared Folders and Public Folders. All this was achieved with zero downtime for our users over a 4 week period. Call us to discuss your migration plan to Microsoft Office 365 today.

 

It’s Official: Windows 8.1 Will Feature Start Button And Boot To Desktop Option

July 19th, 2013 | Posted by peter in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on It’s Official: Windows 8.1 Will Feature Start Button And Boot To Desktop Option)

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Windows 8.1 Start Menu

Windows 8.1 start menu showing the apps default

Windows 8.1, which will be available for download in a preview version on June 26, will feature the good old Start button in desktop mode. Users who dislike the new Modern UI/Metro interface will also be able to boot right to the desktop. While rumors about the return of the Start button had long been making the rounds, Antoine Leblond, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Windows Program Management, made the official announcement on the Windows Blog this morning.

Given all the criticism Microsoft had to endure for removing the Start button, it’s not a huge surprise that it will return in Windows 8.1. Microsoft assumed that touchscreens would be a bit more mainstream by now, I think. Leblond notes that Microsoft has recognized that there are still many non-touch devices in use today. That’s a bit of an understatement, of course. The reality is that most Windows PCs don’t have touchscreens. Leblond especially stresses that this is true for commercial settings.

So to help mouse and keyboard users, Microsoft is making a few more changes beyond bringing back the Start button in desktop mode. It will be on by default, but if you don’t like it, you will be able to remove it.

Leblond doesn’t say this in the blog post, but a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to us that you will have the option to boot directly into the desktop, too, without having to go through the fullscreen Start menu first. You will also be able to boot into the Modern UI, but with the Apps list view open as the default.

The Return Of The Start Button – But Not The Start Menu

One question that was probably on many people’s mind, though, was what the Start button would actually do. This may come as a bit of a disappointment to many, but a click on the Start button will take you to the regular Start screen. There’s no Windows 7-like pop-up menu that appears.

If you have personalized the Start screen to the app list view, however (another new feature in Windows 8.1), you will see that instead of the usual live tile view. This view will give you one-click access to all of your apps.

Microsoft will also change the Windows 8.1 Start “tip,” which appears when you move your mouse into the lower left corner of the screen, to be the usual Windows logo and not, as it is today, a representation of the Modern UI Start screen. In addition, you will be able to change what each of the screen’s corners will do.

via It’s Official: Windows 8.1 Will Feature Start Button And Boot To Desktop Option.

Ultrabook, round two: can Intel control the future of the laptop? | The Verge

July 19th, 2013 | Posted by peter in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Ultrabook, round two: can Intel control the future of the laptop? | The Verge)

Ultrabook inspired by IntelThere aren’t many companies that can set a new direction for the entire computer industry. Right now, three come to mind: PC manufacturers march to the beat of Microsoft’s Windows drum, and many follow Apple’s design. The third is Intel, which influences the market behind the scenes with ever more powerful processors and aggressive marketing campaigns.

In 2011, Intel told every PC manufacturer that it needed to have an answer to Apple’s MacBook Air, and offered $300 million, among other persuasions, to help OEMs develop and market new designs. Intel called it the ultrabook, and specified a set of ultrabook requirements in terms of thickness, responsiveness, and battery life. The manufacturers complied. While some PC vendors champed at the bit by selling machines that were visually identical to existing ultrabooks but that didn’t meet the specification, the new laptops still made a splash at first.

“Intel is pushing the ultrabook slightly beyond its Apple inspiration”

Now, for the first time since its inception, Intel is pushing the ultrabook slightly beyond its Apple inspiration. Specifically, with the new Haswell chips due in late 2013, Intel will require that every ultrabook have a touchscreen. They’ll need to support Intel’s proprietary Wireless Display (WiDi) screen-sharing technology. Intel’s promising all-day battery life as well, and a feature called Connected Standby that lets apps check email and pull down updates even when a computer is in sleep mode. With these new features, Intel is all but mandating what the high-end laptops of the future will look like in 2013 and beyond.

via Ultrabook, round two: can Intel control the future of the laptop? | The Verge.

SonicWALL Mobile Connect for Google Android – Dell SonicWALL, Inc.

July 19th, 2013 | Posted by peter in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on SonicWALL Mobile Connect for Google Android – Dell SonicWALL, Inc.)

SonicWALL Mobile Connect for Google Android

The SonicWALL™ Mobile Connect™ unified client app for Google® Android™ provides Android device users with superior network-level access to corporate, academic and government resources over encrypted SSL VPN. SonicWALL is the only vendor to provide solutions for full malware scanning of the SSL encrypted traffic and application control for Android devices.

Easy deployment and centralized management.

Users can download and install the Mobile Connect app easily via the Android Market. The app provides secure SSL VPN connections across Dell SonicWALL SSL VPN appliances including Dell SonicWALL Aventail™ E-Class SRA, SRA for SMB and Next-Generation Firewall appliances, delivering ease of management and deployment.

Sonicwall Mobile Connect Interface

Dell Sonicwall’s mobile connect platform for ios and android devices.

 

Mobile Connect enables administrators to pre-configure web, remote desktop and VNC (Virtual Network Computing) bookmarks and web links that are automatically downloaded by users upon authentication. Mobile Connect also adds URL Control, allowing customized applications that require a VPN tunnel to automatically launch Mobile Connect, further enhancing ease of use.

via SonicWALL Mobile Connect for Google Android – Dell SonicWALL, Inc..

Microsoft Unveils SQL Server 2012

November 8th, 2011 | Posted by peter in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Microsoft Unveils SQL Server 2012)
Microsoft SQL 2012

Microsoft announced pricing and licensing models for their SQL 2012 release sheduled for Early to Mid 2012. Client access licenses up by 25% and a move away from per cpu pricing to per core licensing for Cal-less enterprise product.

Only benefit seems to be up to a 400% increase in performance for transaction based loads, but something tells me that the majority of users will not see this result without some serious optimisations to their structure and code. See more info here. Microsoft Unveils SQL Server 2012 Licensing and Pricing — Redmondmag.com.

 

Shop With Dedicated LAN Solutions

November 8th, 2011 | Posted by peter in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Shop With Dedicated LAN Solutions)

Did you know that you qualify for special pricing when you arrange an account with us on our online shop?

But you don’t need an account for just looking, and the biggest bonus is you can have items shipped direct to your door including online tracking.

Pop over and have a look, or use the link on our home page.