How To Set a A Static IP Address In Windows – Server Basics

A lot of my articles, and IT work in general requires setting a static IP address up for your Windows Server or PC. So here’s how to do it. Note that this procedure will work equally well for Windows 10, and Server 2016. The procedure is fairly similar for Server 2008 and 2012 though it’s […]

Home Routers and Why You Need One

I like to think of modern home routers as your first line of defense against the bad things out there on the internet. They are super important, and everyone with internet access should have one. Most new routers have a lot of features that surpass “route traffic to the internet and back”. Your basic Linksys […]

How To Use ShoreTel Communicator On A Workstation Not On The Domain

Just a quick one today. My Google feeds showed a few people searching for ShoreTel not working on a computer not attached to your domain. This is incredibly simple and easy to set up. You do need to know a few things if you’ve integrated your ShoreTel server with your domain, though. By ‘default’ ShoreTel […]

Export a Wave File From ShoreTel's Auto-Attendant Menu

If you’ve inherited a ShoreTel system from a previous Administrator you may run into the unfortunate situation where they recorded the menus directly into ShoreTel. While not a bad way to record menus, it doesn’t lend well to having a backup or master file to edit for your Auto-Attendants, or Workgroup Voice Mail prompts. Note […]

ShoreTel Communicator On 64 Bit Windows

This is one of those questions I get asked a lot. “Does Shoretel Communicator Work With Windows 7 64 Bit?”. The answer is pretty easy. Yes it does. I’ve got it running on several machines here with just a couple of issues. I checked my settings to make sure I hadn’t added any compatibility settings […]

The Smart Way To Backup Your Stuff Part 3: Cloud Storage, Dropbox and Google

So you’ve got a good local backup, now you can move beyond that and backup nearly everything as you work, and synchronizing it across all your computers and devices. This is what I call a cloud backup. There’s nothing like your stuff being backed up nearly as quickly as you edit it. I’ve reviewed Dropbox […]

The Smart Way To Backup Your Stuff Part 2: Local Backups

I’ve talked about local backups before and how important they are. Let me take a moment to define a local backup before I move on to how to do this cheaply, easily, and quickly. So if you haven’t organized your stuff already go ahead and do that. Just make sure everything is split up by […]

The Smart Way To Backup Your Stuff Part 1: Basic Organization

As an IT professional I have this near legal obligation to tell people to back their stuff up. I think the State of Texas actually tried passing a law that said, “Every conversation with a computer nerd shall include the phrase ‘back your stuff up’ and ‘Han shot first’.” The phrase, “backup your stuff”  really […]