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Microsoft Windows Virtualization

“Green” computing and simple administration in an environmentally responsible manner

Managing resources and looking out for our environment is quickly becoming critical in today’s world. Environment-friendly initiatives have grown to an industry-recognized and budget-influencing requirement. Technologies like virtualization and server consolidation are tools for lowering power waste, getting more out of your hardware and software.The idea of “green computing” means workstations require less processing capability since it leverages the computing capability of the server.

In the past we talked about our new web-based Document Console, which can now be executed and run over a network in a browser based environment. The process in which web-based products work is on a “Client-Server” model or in the old days a similar process was used for ‘terminals’.  In short, it means that the server will do all the work, meaning the workstations (or clients) will be more a messenger between the server and the client.  Much like searching for something on Google, the user is required to input the search item, and then the browser will return the results.  In the same way the user would login to an application and the server machine would send the necessary data over for the client to run the application on their end. Over the next year you will be hearing more about Windows Virtualization and Windows Server. Continue to read our news and information articles as we examine new technologies from Microsoft and others.
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Document Security, Accessibility & Productivity

Reviewing PIPEDA, the federal government’s new Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, one becomes aware of how much this law will change the way many practices manage personal information in their care.
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Why should I keep my Microsoft Windows Operating System up-to-date?

The Internet has rapidly become a part of our daily lives. It has erased borders between communities and has changed the globe by becoming a single entity. It is a significant tool offering an unconstrained quantity of information and services from around the globe. Knowledge is what keeps you surfing safely, and protecting your information, and so ignorance of the hazards is no excuse. Remember that your Windows Operating System is only as good as its last update. Keeping current with Operating Systems, like Windows XP SP2 or Vista SP1 (32-bit) tightens your system security. To get complete protection, you must update regularly with the latest patches and fixes. An unwanted problem can harm hardware, software and productivity. Learning how to browse the web safely, keeping informed and protected is always the best policy.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Reaching the next major milestone in virtualization development, Microsoft made broadly available a feature-complete release candidate of Microsoft Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization software available with various versions of Windows Server 2008. A beta of Hyper-V was included with Windows Server 2008 when it launched last month, and this release candidate provides updated, near-final code.

Hyper-V provides customers with efficient and cost-effective virtualization infrastructure software. It enables customers to reduce operating costs by increasing hardware utilization, optimizing infrastructure and improving server availability.

Looking for information about Windows Server 2008? Microsoft Windows Virtualization and Hyper-V

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2006 Issues
September 2006 Web Applications 101
2005 Issues
March 2005 Why Update? Why Not!
2004 Issues
December 2004 Internet Use and EDT
September 2004 Using Photo Printers for Office Work
June 2004 Document Security, Accessibility & Productivity (PIPEDA)
March 2004 OFHN & OFHG
2003 Issues
December 2003 Office/Home Networks
September 2003 Using DVD Technology For your Backups
June 2003 Wireless Networks and Security
March 2003 Security Issues: Measures Being Considered In Canada
2002 Issues
December 2002 The Data Storage Evolution
September 2002 What is Microsoft .NET?
June 2002 The e-Physician Project
March 2002 Networking
2001 Issues
December 2001 Windows XP... Is It The Real McCoy?
September 2001 Computer Technology 101
June 2001 Educate Yourself ... And Take Nothing for Granted
March 2001 A look into the future: Quantum Computers
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