WHS 2011 The Cost Effective Server Solution

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Do You Have A Backup/Recovery Plan?

Consider what you would do if you lost your key business data or system. Do you have a plan in place to get you back up and running in the minimum amount of time? What would the impact on your business be if you lost your system for a day, two days, a week…. It can be a very sobering analysis if you don’t have the answers and potentially disastrous if not addressed.

Quite often most homes and businesses consider the addition of a dedicated fileserver to their home or business network to be an extremely expensive option. Generally the cost is seen as potentially running into thousands, with high priced hardware and equally expensive software to run on that hardware.

However for most homes and for many small businesses, many of the bells and whistles of server hardware and software are surplus to requirements. So why is WHS 2011 the cost effective server solution? WHS 2011, or Windows Home Server to give it it’s full title is less than £40 inc. VAT, which gives a 10 user licence. This represents incredible value for money for the home where there may be two or three or more (my own has five) PC’s/laptops to be backed up and amazing value for money for a small business. The title may well say Home but coupled with affordable hardware it makes a truly resilient option for business too. Consider that the next step up in Windows Server software is the SBS. small business server edition selling for £275 inc. VAT. This gives a 25 user licence and much the same functionality, but it is questionable whether it gives £235 more benefit for the cost conscious.

it support worthingSo what hardware do we run the bargain price WHS 2011 on? The Hewlett Packard N40L microserver. This server sells for £255 inc. VAT and currently has a £100 cashback offer, so we have £155 for a basic fileserver with 2GB of Ram and a 250GB hard drive. The only addition we need to make is to add some decent storage capacity and the server has three free hard drive bays. Two 2TB hard drives would give us a whopping 4TB of storage with space to add more should there be a need. For a small business we might also want to boost the Ram so that we can comfortably run Office applications direct from the server.

The Benefits

  • Perform daily backups of every computer on your network, including the server.

  • Restore everything from individual lost files to entire PCs.

  • Easily restore your entire server in the event of a critical disaster.

  • Monitor the condition and performance of each computer in your home or business.

  • Run applications directly from the server minimising updates to individual PC’s, potenially reducing overall licensing costs too.

  • Integrate Internet Cloud storage to your network.

  • Access your data from ANYWHERE.

Example Install Costs

Basic Home install with 2 additional hard drives with full install, under £500 inc. VAT (including £100 cashback)

Small Business Install with extra Ram and 2 additional hard drives under £600 inc. VAT (including cashback) to include up to five client PC/Laptop connection setups.

Small business Install as above but with Small Business Server edition £850 inc.VAT

This represents a cost effective way to secure your important data, whether it be your photos and documents or important business critical information and applications.

If you would like to know more about what a dedicated fileserver can bring to your home or business or would like to discuss your backup/recovery plan then please do not hesitate to contact me here.

Windows 8 Release Date Announced

pc repair worthingThe Windows 8 release date announced as 26th October 2012. The UK pricing is still to be announced. As I posted before I will not be surprised if the UK pricing is a pound to dollar match, so the $40 upgrade price is likely to be £40 but they may just surprise us this time…..Either way it is still a good price to upgrade to the latest version of windows and breath fresh life into your old PC or laptop.

More details on pricing will be released as I have them.

Lloyds TSB Halifax O2 Problems

ACTechUK Internet solutionsACTechUK mobile solutionsNot a good start to the day with Lloyds TSB and Halifax reporting problems today and O2 customers suffering since yesterday afternoon. There is some good information on the links below on the generally excellent MoneySavingExpert.com website.


http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/phones/2012/07/o2-users-how-to-use-your-mobile
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w.moneysavingexpert.com/news/banking/2012/07/lloyds-tsb-and-halifax-customers-report-internet-banking-problems

It hasn’t been a good time for online services recently what with the RBS and Natwest fun and games recently.

Microsoft To Patch 3 Critical Flaws This Month

Good old Microsoft are going to issue nine patches in this Months Patch Tuesday update in addition to its usual Malicious Software Removal Tool. Three of the patches are listed as critical with the other six listed as important so it’s important your computers receive these updates to remain secure. There is more information here

To check your Windows update status in Windows 7 and Vista click the start button and type in Windows Update and then click on the programme. For Windows XP open Internet Explorer and go hereIf you are up to date there should be no important updates available.

 

You should also  be able to see when a check was last performed. If you have any questions on Windows Update then please don’t hesitate to drop me a line here or reply below.

 

FBI Possible Internet Blackout ?

It’s a scary headline and probably unlikely, but for a few hundred thousand people around the world it may be a reality on July 9th 2012.

This relates back to a Malware infection from last year which corrupted DNS settings on computers that were exposed and not protected by decent anti-malware software. DNS stands for Domain Name System, which in English basically means a conversion system when you enter a website address in your internet browser. So for example when you enter www.google.co.uk into your browser the DNS service converts this to numbers in the background, an IP address, which is 173.194.67.94 and other computers then know which page you want delivered to your screen. If this is corrupted then you entering the google address might deliver a page you weren’t expecting.

If your anti-malware is up to date it is highly unlikely you have been infected but there is a website where you can check, http://www.dcwg.org/ There is some more background information and a button to click which gives links to check your system, such as  http://www.dns-ok.us/

If you check and have a problem or are worried you might have a virus or malware please don’t hesitate to drop me a line here or give me a call

Windows 8 Upgrade Promotion

Microsoft are going to offer cheap upgrades to its latest, as yet unreleased in its final form operating system. The price being quoted is $39.99 which is roughly £25. This represents excellent value for money since it reportedly allows you to upgrade from any previous version of Windows. Given that many older PC’s and Laptops will happily run Windows 7, especially if they have at least 1 Gigabyte of ram, the upgrade option to Windows 8 means older machines can have a much extended lifespan since Windows 8 has a very similar hardware requirement,

Now, normally a price in dollars normally means the UK price will be more in comparison, in this case I wouldn’t be surprised to see a price tag of £39.99 for the Windows 8 Upgrade Promotion. This still represents good value.

I will be monitoring this development, but it is likely that I will offer a fixed price upgrade of £40 on top of the licence fee, to get your old computer bang up to date, so watch this space! You could be running the latest Microsoft Operating system without having to buy a new machine, saving you lots of money.

More details on the Microsoft blog here