2012-02 Spiceworks Event

02/10/2012
  1. User Recommendations:
    1. research free office interns from St. Louis Community College.
    2. DFS Direct - http://www.dfsdirectsales.com/ Has good deals on used laptops/desktops.
    3. Chris Hanna, Microsoft MVP for SBS, offered assistance for any SBS related issues.
    4. Reported issue where Spiceworks is reporting existing hardware and software as new in the Monday report.  It was recommended to perform a fresh install as this was resolved in newer versions.
    5. One user recommended using Rules to auto-assign tickets to a specific technician.  He also said there is a pending request to implement ticket approval.
  2. What is a good solution/product to address the need to archive data from users on Google Hosted Apps?
    1. Use their outlook, as it might already be connected to their data, and simply perform an export to PST (but this can lead to very large PST files, which could become corrupt).
    2. One user recommended Thunderbird to export to IMAP?
    3. No other recommendations were made.
  3. What is a good product to help with using Office files stored in Google Docs with locally installed Office Products.
    1. Cloud Connect - http://tools.google.com/dlpage/cloudconnect
    2. Insync - Simply keeps a local copy of the contents of your Google Docs folder in Microsoft Office format -  https://www.insynchq.com/
  4. What is a good solution for Google Hosted Apps to share Contacts?
    1. http://www.cloudsherpas.com/
  5. What is a good File Sync application:
    1. SugarSync - let's you customize certain folders (not required to all be Children of a single folder)
      1. Click here to get started - https://www.sugarsync.com/
      2. Has iphone & iPad clients
    2. Dropbox - now supports selective sync.  Currently offering a beta program
      1. Click here to create a new account - http://db.tt/ezv1y1p
      2. Click here to read about the Beta Program for new and existing customers - http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=53808&replies=353
      3. Has great iPhone & iPad apps
      4. Has great photo album sharing features
      5. Can quickly create a URL to a file for public sharing and even shortens the URL for you
    3. Mesh - Microsoft offering - supports system to system sync (not required to store files on their servers). Supports website access. http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials-other-programs?T1=t4