Computer Networking For Your Business

Network your computers! Transform your business with computer networking.

So what is a computer network? What does it do for your business?

You may already understand the significance of this, but for all of you that want to know that have computers at home and/or at the office, a computer network is an interconnected group of computers. Networking computers basically maximises the usage of your hardware resources.

For example a printer can be shared amongst users thus avoiding the purchase of another printer.

The other main advantage is the sharing of documents, calendars, meetings, internet access and the ability to send and receive email. But best of all you increase your business productivity!

If you are a small business the minimum requirement is two computers. You only need to network two computers. This is a really basic setup and does not offer any security to protect your files.

The best way to go about it, is to get yourself a small business file server. One of the most popular server operating systems is Microsoft Windows 2003 Small Business Server which is a file, print, email server in its basic form. There is also an enhanced version that provide proxy and firewall features.

There are many hardware platforms to choose from, but through experience I found that IBM, HP and Dell provide that most stable and supported platforms. Servers nowadays are not expensive and can be acquired for under $2k for a basic setup.

Then you will need to add an UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to protect your server from power fluctuations and black outs, a tape backup unit and software to save your precious data, extra memory to improve performance, extra hard disk drives for fault tolerance and protect your system from storage device failures.

Since everyone is on the internet today, you will be obtaining a broadband service in the form of cable or dsl type connection, add a router, add a modem and you are nearly there.

You will need to acquire an internet domain by registering it with any of the domain registrars available, a web hosting service for your website.

The internet domain is very important because it defines your internet identity. Your email addresses will be setup according to your domain name.

This projects a professional image in comparison to a hotmail, gmail, yahoo or isp account. The email service can be an in-house type which is the best option or hosted at your ISP.

You will require applications loaded on your server and desktops, configure network security, user profiles, logon scripts etc.

As you can understand, even though it may seem a straight forward procedure, there are complexities in installing, setting up, maintaining a computer network. and would be best to employ the services of an IT specialist.

Ipnotech has been providing professional information technology solutions and services for the last 15 years.

Alfred Buatti is the owner of Ipnotech. Alfred has been a Novell Certified Engineer back in the early 90s and has progressively embraced the latest Microsoft business solutions such as Windows 2003 and Exchange 2003 server to meet current business’ requirements.

He is a Microsoft Certified Professional and has worked for clients such as ANZ Bank, Alitalia Airlines, Commonwealth Funds Management, Bankers Trust Australia and was instrumental in the design, implementation and maintenance of the IT infrastructures of Saeco Australia, CMS Coffee Machine Services, Lonsdale Accounting, Regent Finance and Mortice and Tenon.

Whether you need desktop installations or server deployments, you can rest assured that you are getting an enterprise quality solution and service at the right investment level for your business.

We operate in Melbourne and suburbs.

Our in depth experience can help your business in the following IT areas:

Computer networks, IT infrastructure management, Windows 2000/2003 servers, Exchange 2000/2003 servers, Backup solutions, Terminal servers, Local Area Networks, Router configuration, Internet security Data recovery, Desktop management, Wired and Wireless networks, Wide Area Networks, Domain registration, Web hosting, Remote support, Virtual Private Networking.

You can find us at: http://www.ipnotech.com to get more information.

How to Manage a Voice and Data Communications Network

In order to build a modernized business, you will need to first practice using a standard computer and familiarize yourself with all the functions that your business requires. Once you know the drill, you can then proceed in building a network of computers and start learning how that works and how a server can manage these units effectively. But work doesn’t end after a network is built because networks require administration to function properly and steps are needed when expanding the functionalities of the network. Mastering this yields a great milestone leading to many new possibilities in making your IT business flourish.

One of the possibilities may lead to that network becoming a voice and data communications network. This is a special type of network that has units that are capable of transmitting both voice and data packets as a form of communication. In order for voice and data communication networks to be properly managed, you as a network administrator must do an assessment and see if all the units and network setup are physically capable for these communications. The network size or components of the individual computers in the network may serve as a bottleneck and hinder the overall performance if voice is used. By complying with the requirements through means of research or hiring a 3rd party to help assess, the network should run smoothly without problems.

Managing it is another story because like any type of network, you should make sure that the entire network is secure and that all known vulnerabilities are plugged. It is equally important to keep up-to-date with the latest tech news and see if there are new threats that may cause harm to your voice and data communications network.

Voice in a network is usually meant for the receiving parties to receive and any unauthorized access may affect the whole network and business in many destructive ways. Never underestimate security concerns even if security has never been an issue in the past. You never know what new harmful viruses and trojans may have against an unprotected network.

If your knowledge in setting up a voice and data communications network isn’t that great, try hiring a company that knows how to implement so both the security and performance are taken into consideration. Some companies can identify problems with the network and fix it right away whilst others evaluate all the components of the network and list down all possible items that need upgrading. Hardware plays an important factor in these kind of networks as insufficient requirements may prevent or slow down all operations involved. Voice contains audio data unlike the standard data which is text only making it weigh more in terms of file size and therefore, requires additional bandwidth.

Should you decide to upgrade the network, do some more testing and see if the voice and data operations still run at top performance. If the performance shows some decline, upgrading hardware should fix the problem. Managing a voice and data communications network is all about keeping your components up to date, observing network security and testing if their operations run smoothly.

Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who writes for a number of UK businesses. For information on Voice and Data Communications Network, he recommends Network 24, a leading UK provider of Communication Networks.

Run Windows-Only Applications on Your Mac

Access key Windows applications from the comfort of your Mac. Run your favorite software on your favorite hardware. Run selected 3D games and graphics applications. Explore a whole new world of Windows-only 3D games and graphics applications right on your Mac.

Use your favorite Windows-only devices. Use your favorite in-demand USB 2.0 devices, even if they’re Windows-only. Connect your phone, camera and MP3 player to your Mac!

Run OS X, Windows and Linux at the same time. Run your favorite applications at the same time, regardless of the OS! No more rebooting to switch between OS to use the applications you need.

Bring your PC with you! Move an entire physical or virtual Windows system to your new Mac in just a few simple steps. No losing data, reinstalling software or re-customizing your computer.
Go full Mac at full speed! It’s an intuitive, easy-to-use virtualization platform for switchers who need to run Windows applications alongside OS X. Made the move to Mac? No other solution makes it easier or faster to take your Windows system with you. Keep your must-have Windows programs, files and settings at your fingertips.

Parallels Desktop is currently the best solution for running Windows, Linux, or any of many other operating systems alongside OS X. With the inclusion of (still limited) 3-D graphics support, Snapshots and Undo Disks, virtual appliances, and many other features, it’s a compelling alternative to rebooting via Boot Camp.

Tech support has improved, although you will pay somewhat dearly if you need an answer via phone. Unless you need full 3-D graphics support, or support for some esoteric hardware, Parallels will probably get the job done for you.

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Apple’s New MacBook

If you’ve paid any attention to Apple in recent years then you’ve undoubtedly heard about their MacBook. The MacBook line of laptop computers was released in 2006 as the replacement to apple’s older PowerBook series of laptops. The MacBook has seen much commercial success much like the rest of Apple’s products. The MacBook has undergone some subtle but necessary changes since 2006. Surprisingly, it seems like the biggest change that these computers have undergone are mostly aesthetic aspects or software as opposed to actual hardware components.

Most of the specs of the 2006 MacBook are somewhat comparable to that of the 2008 MacBook. Other than a slightly beefed up version of the same processor and some more ram, you’re pretty much looking at the same computer internally. Externally however, the story is much different. The new (or at least somewhat new) Mac OSX Leopard really does look stunning visually. If you’re a person who really likes to have all the bells and whistles installed on their computer then Leopard is definitely for you. It really is an improvement on the former Tiger OS. Many even say that Leopard completely blows Microsoft’s Vista OS out of the water, and I have to say that after taking some time to use Leopard I completely agree.

This may seem controversial to some, but the fact is that leopard is by far a much more stable OS. Bugs are much less common if not nonexistent while Vista has only been riddled with problems since day one of its release. Overall, Apple’s new MacBook looks incredibly promising as mostly all of Apple’s products do. The blazing speeds coupled with the cool and elegant design of the OS and computer itself really make for a solid one two punch against any of its competitors. Apple always makes great products and I would recommend this one especially. If you are looking to upgrade that old Mac or just want a vacation from that terrible failure of an OS that Microsoft calls Vista, then I would definitely take a look at Apple’s New MacBook. You won’t be disappointed.

MAC vs. PC – The Eternal Debate

The debate Mac vs PC rages on since nearly the down of time. Many Mac users think as Apple a religion and would follow Steve Jobs to end of the world. Obviously this article is not written for these people but more for the PC user who is thinking of switching to a Mac.

First of all, I am self employed and I use an application that is owned by Apple for work. I can only run it on a Mac. So I just ordered my 3rd Mac laptop. Also, in the 80s, my fist computer was a Macintosh SE.

Also, like many others, I have been a PC user since Windows 95 and I used practically all the version of this operating system, including some server versions.

In short, my advice is Go for a Mac only if you have a program that only runs on it.

Doing Photoshop on Mac is throwing money out the window.

Don’t get me wrong Mac OS X is very nice system… based on Unix, which is very nice if you have to interact with Linux machines.

But a Mac will cost you 1.5 times the price of a pc with the same hardware. Furthermore, since Apple as a monopole on all the hardware that can run MacOS X, it’s harder to get a solution that fit exactly your needs.

Many will tell you that you can’t catch a virus on a Mac. While it is true that Macs are less prone to catch them, hackers are developing more and more viruses for Mac as there popularity is rising.

You will also ear that you can run Windows on a Mac. This is true. But you will have to pay between 150$ and 500$ for a Windows license to install it on your computer that already cost you 1.5 times more. And if you don’t really need a Mac and are used to Windows, you will find yourself using practically only Windows. This will have made spent all this extra money for absolutely nothing.

Finally, Apple will charge for a lot more things. For example, since they launch MacOs X in 2001, they release 5 updates. You had to pay at lease 150$ for each update. And in a lot of times, Apple made it so that the update would take a lot of “juice” of older machines to force to change them.

In contrast, Windows XP was also released in 2001. They offered similar updates, which, contrary to the ones of Apple, don’t overload your CPU. They called them service packs and they were free.

In summary, if money is no object, buying a Mac is not a bad idea. If not you should switch to a Mac only if you have a program that only runs on it.
Matthew Deforge
Technical Adviser, Bargain-Predator.com