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HDTune.jpg In this section of the blog, each week I'll be sharing with you one of the many software applications (often "freebies") that I find useful in my day-to-day role here at Zen Software. This week I want to introduce HDTune Pro.

We were recently asked if you could recover a Windows Image Backup of a 2008 R2 server taken with BackupAssist directly to a newly created Hyper-V Virtual Machine.  This was something that should work in theory as part of the 'recover to dissimilar hardware' function of Windows image backups, but there are a few considerations that have to be met for a clean restore process. So here is the best way we have found to achieve this.

Pixlr logo I'm quite genuinely blown away by how well this works so I wanted take a couple of moments to share this one with you as I suspect it might come in handy. >> Access Pixlr Photo Editor here << It's possible I'm one of the last to hear about this fantastic little online utility so apologies in advance if you're already familiar with it, but as I produce most of the banners, HTML mailers, brochures and so on for us here at Zen, and as a budding (but quite poor!) amateur photographer, it's one that really appealed to me.

mailStore box shotExciting stuff! One of the leading Exchange resource sites today published a glowing review of MailStore giving it the highest category of praise and their coveted Gold award. >> READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE << The author J. Peter Bruzzes, who's an MVP and director of Exclusively Exchange gave a summary of the install process in his test lab environment. Not that we had any doubts, but we were extremely pleased to read his subsequent feedback which included quotes such as "I liked MailStore Server. I liked it a lot because it was incredibly easy-to-use, extremely flexible, reasonably priced and well supported".

Those of you familiar with using BackupAssist's Rsync plug-in to send data to an off-site location, may well have toyed with the idea of building your own Windows server as the destination, as we do here. CopSSH4.1.0copssh4.1.0 Currently you need two components to achieve this, there's "cwRsync" which enables the server to talk to BackupAssist and there's the optional "CopSSH" which  allows you to do so securely over SSH. The developer (Cortex Labs) currently package these for you so that one installation follows the next as part of the same installation wizard.

[caption id="attachment_226" align="alignright" width="206" caption="MDaemon micro-site"]MDaemon micro-site[/caption] A little earlier this year we offered our trusted partners, who supply, deploy and support MDaemon for their small business customers, the opportunity to win one of five BlackBerry Bold 8900 handsets. The competition marked the launch of MDaemon Email Server, BlackBerry Edition, a powerful but easier to manage alternative to Exchange, which saw the introduction of full "BES-like" synchronisation for BlackBerry users and ActiveSync for users of iPhones, Android devices and Windows Mobiles.
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