The Industry Insiders

Insight from the heart of the IT industry

April, 2005

  • A fresh approach to a technology refresh

    Mark did some work for a local authority in the UK when they were going through their technology refresh recently. His article briefly summarises what would normally be a multi page case study of how a customer brought technology to bear in order to reduce...
  • A Medium Sized Customer Undertakes a Technology Refresh – and a Fresh Approach

    Mark Arnold, MVP This article briefly summarises what would normally be a multi page case study of how a customer brought technology to bear in order to reduce the total cost of IT ownership, achieving more through a process of business change, technology...
  • Mark Arnold, Technical Design Authority, Capita IT services

    Mark is an Infrastructure Architect working for Capita IT Services, part of the Capita Group of companies which provides Business Process and Technology Outsourcing, Consultancy, Training and other services to a range of customers in both the Commercial...
  • Jeremy Moskowitz

    Jeremy Moskowitz is the Chief Propeller-Head of Moskowitz, inc . He runs GPanswers.com and WinLinAnswers.com , two community forums to help answer people’s tough questions about Group Policy and Windows/Linux integration. Since becoming one of the...
  • Windows / Linux Integration -- Making sense in the enterprise

    Jeremy Moskowitz , the author of "Windows / Linux Integration Handbook" due for publication around September this year has published a great article based on an excerpt from that book. If you want to understand more about this topic area and can't wait...
  • Windows / Linux Integration -- Making sense in the enterprise

    By Jeremy Moskowitz © 4-5-2005 Jeremy Moskowitz Windows History Windows has a rich history of being easy to use -- when working with other Windows systems. However, what many administrators often miss is Windows’ ability to interoperate with other...
  • Practical Exchange Service Delivery Reporting

    David Sengupta, Exchange MVP With e-mail at the core of corporate communications today, gaining deeper and broader reporting insight into the operations and usage of your corporate Exchange environment is becoming critical for effective Exchange...
  • Practical Exchange Service Delivery Reporting

    David has written an article and discusses operational and business unit reporting within the realm of Exchange management reporting, with examples of Key Performance Indicators. He touches on solutions from Microsoft and Quest software which provide...
  • An Overview of the Active Directory Design Process

    In this article, Dan outlines vital considerations when planning and designing an Active Directory implementation. Dan covers the process end to end - from initial business decisions such as why you are undertaking the implementation, to high level...
  • An Overview of the Active Directory Design Process

    Goals and Gathering Information The first thing to do is ask yourself why you are about to install Active Directory. You will need to research the various features and evaluate exactly how some of these features will benefit your business in some way...
  • Dan Lewis, MCT

    Dan is an independent MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) in the UK. He spends the majority of his time running a variety of technical training courses for Microsoft Partners and academic institutions, primarily focusing on Windows Server, Active Directory...
  • Implementing BlackBerry in an Exchange Environment

    In this article, Kim talks about the challenges he faced implementing Blackberry in his organisation. I asked him whether he'd done a bakeoff with the Smartphone and he told me: About the smartphones...no we didn't do a bake off. BB came in as it does...
  • Implementing BlackBerry in an Exchange Environment

    In many large organizations, the infamous BlackBerry has almost become de rigueur among executives. Increasingly, Exchange organizations may find that senior management has requested them get BlackBerry up and running--quickly. In this article I will...
  • Kim Berggren, Messaging Engineer

    I have been working as a messaging engineer for a US-based international hospitality and travel company for the past nine years. I spend a good deal of my time in a test lab working out the details of the next messaging project. I work with Exchange,...
  • Gordon McKenna MCSE, MVP-MOM

    Gordon McKenna MCSE, MVP-MOM Principal Consultant Microsoft Management Technologies Inframon After leaving school, I embarked on an illustrious career with the Royal Air Force that saw me take in the four corners of the globe, meeting lots...
  • David Sengupta, Product Manager, Quest Software

    David Sengupta, Product Manager, Quest Software David Sengupta is a Microsoft Exchange Server Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and a Product Manager in the Windows Management group at Quest Software ( http://wm.quest.com ) . He has been a Microsoft MVP...
  • MOM - a solution for the SME Managed Service Provider

    Microsoft Operations Manager A Solution for the SME Managed Service Provider Background The expansion of broadband availability in the UK is having a significant impact on the complexity and penetration of IT systems and technology in the...
  • Why do we test?

    Andy Taylor A few years ago I was working for a major UK outsourcing company and I was involved with a key account within large UK organisations. I was given a project to upgrade a customers McAfee virus scanner to CA’s eTrust version 6 (like I...
  • Andy Taylor, Principal Consultant, 1E,

    Andy Taylor, Principal Consultant, 1E, Having worked in IT for the past 15 years, from being a junior IT support technician in a General Hospital through to my present post as a lead consultant in Microsoft Management, one thing has always been...
  • Simply Fed! Develop a simple data feed from a third party database. By Tony Rogerson

    Tony Rogerson , SQL Server MVP Chairman, UK SQL Server Community tonyrogerson@torver.net Torver Computer Consultants Ltd http://www.sqlserverfaq.com Introduction There have been many occasions where I have been asked by clients to do some...
  • Tony Rogerson, SQL Server MVP

    Tony Rogerson , SQL Server MVP Torver Computer Consultants tonyrogerson@torver.net Tony started programming when he was 12, his first program mastered the bubble-sort on the ZX Spectrum. He left school in 1986 and progressed his long career...
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  • A warm welcome to the IT Insiders blog!

    We created this blog as a home for in-depth technical and business articles written by independent IT experts around the world. There’s no shortage of detailed technical content dotted around the www.microsoft.com site. But we hope this blog will bring...
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    The Industry Insiders are all technical professionals who work in the IT industry. They design, implement and maintain their own IT systems and because they are passionate about technology they want to share their insights and knowledge with you. You...