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  1. My google skills are extremely lacking for some reason. I'm hoping someone here has run into this:

    My bosses want to send a winter closing notice as a fax blast and I don't see 'Fax' as a document type on the mail merge wizard.

    I have a SQL server that, as part of the production software that runs on it, has a physical fax modem installed on COM1 (faxing order acknowledgments, invoices, etc...). For purposes of this business need, I also have a copy of office 2007 installed on that server as well. Faxing from within Windows works just fine.

    I have looked at




    both of those articles have been suggested many times on the web, but neither have helped. I have installed the fax transport service in outlook, but I can only pull in outlook contacts. These contacts exist in our accounting system (QuickBooks Enterprise).

    Has anyone successfully merged to fax from the built-in software? They don't want to have to go out and purchase a 3rd party program to do this.


  2. you would need some kind of VPN connection. If you're going to access something from the outside, you want to make sure only people with the right key gets access to the castle. That might mean investing in a new firewall, or possibly setting up the VPN connection from within Windows Server (I assume you have that setup if you're using sage and you're considering terminal server).

    Once they're in, they can use all programs just like if they were sitting at their desk. VNC wouldn't be a neccessity unless there was a need to access the desktop of another computer and remote desktop wasn't an option for some reason.

    Less expensive would be to look at LogMeIn (pay) or Hamachi (free). Each creates a VPN that's always on that can be connected to from anywhere once they software is installed.

  3. How soon after a power outage do you have the APC shut your computer down? If it doesn't run all the way down, then as you've noticed, it rides out the outage. If you have it run all the way down, it shouldn't have enough power to ride out the outage and should shut off... that will create the power failure your PC needs to see to have the BIOS option kick in

  4. Am I missing something here? Prathapml, have you tried the "On" option in the BIOS? I don't have the BE650's, but in my office we have Smart-UPSs (SUA1500RM2U), and I set up a schedule where each night they automatically shutdown the servers, then turn themselves off. Before we arrive in the office the following day, the UPSs turn back on, and in turn the servers turn back on as well because I set the BIOS option to "On" after power fail.

    The Power State after Power Failure will react even if the OS was shut down properly because power failure on motherboards occurs if the motherboard loses power, not the OS. That's why you have a "Last State" option - if the PC was already off, leave it off... if it was on, turn it back on.

    Give the ON option a shot and see how that works out.

    The only scenario where this won't work is if the Battery Backup shuts your PC down, but the power comes back on before it shuts itself off. Since the computer hasn't lost power, the Power Failure option won't kick in.

  5. I think you might be making this way more complicated than it might need to be. So I'm going to make a suggestion, and you tell me if it will work based on what you physically see.

    I assume you have a modem provided by your Internet Provider. Connect that to the DSL-504T's WAN port. Connect your wireless router to one of your DSL-504T's switch ports (there are 4).

    Set the wireless router to use DHCP for getting it's address. That should automatically force your wireless router to inherit the DNS settings from the DSL-504T. If not, you may need to manually change those. Set DNS 1 to whatever the DSL-504T's IP address is.

    Next is to change the range of IP's the wireless router doles out via DHCP to something other than what your DSL-504T give out. I.E if the DSL-504T gives out 192.168.1.x, change the wireless router to 192.168.2.x so you won't have any conflicts.

    If you need more wired ports, connect the DES 1008D to another one of the DSL-504T's ports.

    After that: communication between segments. You will need to fish around the wireless router's interface, but you should be able to turn off the firewall, and that should allow pings and general communication between wired and wireless clients. If after turning off the firewall you can't ping from one side to the other, you may need to set up a static route. Check your wired router documentation for how to do that.

  6. rendrag, why would you recomend cat6 over cat5e? Future proofing?

    Because I happened upon a great deal is the only reason I picked up cat6, otherwise I would have just used cat5e. It is a small measure of future-proofing, but not a great amount.

    Would i need anything different if i use cat6 over cat5? different wall sockets, RJ45's?

    Exactly: to be certified cat6, you need different wall jacks and rj45 connectors. I happened to run all my cables into a wall-mount box where I have a 12-port patch-panel, and from there i have patch cords that run into a switch (see my network setup here)

    That said, I didn't use cat6 certified jacks or rj45s. That stuff is all just cat5e, however like you saw in your googling, it wouldn't really make a difference.

  7. 1 You are going to use straight (not crossover) cables in all locations.

    2. This is a preference thing. You note that you don't think you'll use all 4 cables at once, however will you want to go into this cupboard each time that 4th location wants to get online? If not, pick up a 4-port switch for a few bucks and call it a day.

    3. Belkin tends to be very expensive (paying for the name, not the cable). I eBay'd a 500ft roll of cat6 for less than $75USD. As far as the type of cable, you basically have 3 types: Plenum Rated, UTP and STP. Everything else is usually some kind of gimmick.

    $$$ - Plenum rated is for running in air-ducts (see http://www.phonicear.com/learnplenum.asp for more info). Unless you plan on running your wiring through air-ducts, stay away from this cable.

    $$ - STP stands for Shielded Twisted Pair

    $ - UTP stands for Unshielded Twisted Pair

    UTP is the least expensive, Plenum is the most. When you buy UTP in rolls, you're usually buying PVC type cable, which is a little inflexible for making individual patch cables, but is perfect for making runs due to the fact that it doesn't kink or get caught up easy.

    It comes down to this: Use STP if you'll be running cables near lighting (fluorescent bulbs especially) that could cause electro-magnetic interference and interfere with the data running down the cable if it isn't shielded. If you won't be (and it doesn't sound like you will), you can safely use UTP.

    I've bought from http://www.cablestogo.com/categories.asp?cat_id=3500 before, so I'd recommend them, however there are a host of resellers of cable out there.

  8. that's exactly why i haven't gone SLI... the benchmarks i've seen don't really justify the added cost of a 2nd card, and what differences were there, they'd disappear in a year or less as new hardware comes out (unless you spend $1000 USD on 2 ultra high-end cards).

  9. So I've been looking forward to the G45 chipset since March. It was supposedly released a couple months ago, but looking at newegg, there are about only 3 boards (1 each by asus and gigabyte) out there. What I had read told me that intel was really looking to push this new chipset, especially in sff pc's (mini-itx in particular) given the onboard HDMI support. I was looking specifically to build a mini-itx system around this board, but I can't find any supplier other than zipzoomfly selling a mini-itx version.

    Anyone know where all the boards are? I've never followed a chipset release like I have with this one, so I don't know if it's expected that it takes a number of months to come out with a diverse quantity of boards, or if there's something with this chipset in particular. Any thoughts?

  10. a lot depends on the kind of hardware that's now in place. Some routers have the ability to do DHCP reservations. That allows you to specify a particular IP address based on the MAC address for a device (so long as the device is configured for DHCP). That info would sync with DNS and be available to anyone on your network (no hosts file manipulation). If you change IP info (assuming the same hardware), everything will auto-update.

    In the instance where you change hardware, having the printers on DHCP has a secondary benefit of at least already being on the same subnet as the rest of the equipment so you don't have to do a lot of tinkering to get it to work.

    Again, it all depends on what hardware your sister has. If her hardware does not support DHCP reservations, the way your doing it might be the only way.

  11. start off by noting their configuration...

    - how many clients are wireless, how many are wired.

    - the 2pc's that work, are they wired or wireless. how does their setup differ from the pc's that can't connect.

    - is there a firewall. does it have any kind of security that would cause it to block all pc's except the 2 that work, or did the other machines somehow lose their connection to the wireless access point, or have their password deleted

    - is their antivirus on these machines, and is it up-to-date


    start there. if you can narrow the situation down to hardware vs software causing the issue, then that will make your life easier

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