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NMT Online Backup

NMT Online Backup


We are excited to announce our own cost effective & secure online backup to Microsoft’s cloud storage with redundancy in multiple data centers.

Get a reliable disaster recovery plan where you can see your companies data in the cloud and actually afford to back up everything up daily. If your server fails, you could even fire up the backup copy as a virtual server in the cloud.

Get daily graphical reports of the status of your backups so you can rest assured that your data is safe.

Call us for more info at 916-966-6440.

Exchange – Display other user’s Contacts as an Address Book

I have been struggling with this for weeks. In small companies, typically the boss’s contacts are the companies contacts that need to be shared. For some reason this is not simple with Exchange Server anymore.

The downside of this method it that the entire mail structure (inbox and all) from the boss’s mailbox will be shared. So that means zero privacy! Ask first.

I found this article at Slipstick.com which I trust for Outlook and Exchange issues. http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/contacts/display-other-contacts-in-address-book/#displayother

This got the job done, but it needed an update.

1. Create a new Outlook profile (in Control Panel | Mail) with the other user’s (boss’s) mailbox.

2. Open outlook. Right-click the other user’s Contacts folder, choose Properties and verify that on the Outlook Address Book tab the Show this folder as an e-mail Address Book is checked. Under the Name of the address book, change the displayname to something like Joe’s Contacts.

3. Close Outlook.

4. In Control Panel | Mail bring up the properties for the new profile you created in Step 1. In the E-mail Accounts tab add the Exchange main mailbox (employee’s) and click the up arrow to bring that account to the top of the list and then verify that it is checked as default.

exchange with shared contacts









5. Restart Outlook, using the new profile again. The Exchange profiles in the folder pane in the left of the Outlook window will have the Mailboxes in the wrong order. Simply drag the primary mailbox (employee’s) to the top, above the secondary (boss’s).

6. Be sure to set the new profile to be the default in Control Panel | Mail.

Nokia Wireless Charging DT-900 Plate

Okay I found a wireless charger for my phone that does not go beep in the night.

See my previous article if you are curious: http://nmtechno.com/wirelesscharger_wcp-700/

If not, just know that this one is a little small to set a large phone on, but otherwise it works perfectly.













I found it at Amazon:



How to install Windows 7 on Sapphire Edge HD3 mini PC.

How to install Windows 7 on Sapphire Edge HD3 mini PC.

Sapphire Edge HD3 is a great little mini PC with decent power for a great price.

I had a little trouble getting Windows 7 installed. The BIOS will see the front USB 3.0 ports, but they cannot be easily used to install windows.  My solution was to connect a USB hub to one of the rear ports and connect keyboard and mouse cables to that hub and use the other port for the USB install media.

You can see a discussion of this at: http://www.sapphireforum.com/showthread.php?28122-How-to-install-Windows-7-Windows-8-on-your-Sapphire-Edge-Mini-PC&p=269225#post269225

My comments are currently at the bottom of the page.

New HP MicroServer

I am not sure how I missed it in December. Okay wait, I know it has something to do with the holidays.

In December HP finally released an update the the MicroServer line with some important new features:

2.2 GHz dual core processor

2 x PCI Express slots

It’s the same case, but with mild upgrades. It is still a great small server at a great price.

Now I do not have to choose between the Remote Access Card and the USB 3.0 card.

Get more info at:


A great case for Server 2012 Essentials. In fact I have mine all loaded up with an SSD and 2 x 2TB drives mirrored.


One correction, I could not get the USB 3.0 card to be stable. I ended up uninstalling it.


Verizon Wireless Charging Pad WCP-700 goes beep beep beep beep… make it stop!

I am trying out my first wireless charger for my new awesome HTC Droid DNA android phone which I will write up at a later date.  Wireless charging is a great plan, just lay down you phone on the pad and it charges. No more fussing with  trying to plug in the USB connector.  The Droid DNA makes this espescially important because the USB carging port is behind a little door, that you will either have to break off from the phone or futz with it every time you want to charge the phone.






I have two problems with this wireless charging solution:

1) Why doesn’t anybody make wireless charges for your car.  You could just set in the console of your car, and it would always be charged up.

2) This Wireless Charging Pad WCP-700 beeps every time it starts or starts charging. Sometimes it cycles on and off four times within a couple of minutes.  When the charger is by your bed, this is awful.








Does anybody know circuit boards well enough to know where the speaker is on this board, so I can remove it? If so please shoot me a message at info at nmtechno dot com .




I found the Windows 8 Start menu (kinda).

In trying out Windows 8 preview, I will admit that I have been struggling with the loss of the Start Menu from the last six or so versions of Microsoft Windows®.

If you hit the Windows key on the keyboard to bring up the Metro Start screen and then start typing the name of the program you are searching for such as “PDF”, Windows 8 will bring up a list of programs (and Windows apps) with names that start with PDF. I you do not see what you are looking for, then hit the Esc(ape) key to bring up every program installed with folder name grouping similar to the old Windows Start menu.

Looking for a high power yet low cost wireless access point?

Are you looking for a high power, yet low cost Wireless Access Point (WAP)?

What is a WAP? If you already have a firewall or router that does not have wireless (Wifi) capabilities built-in and you either love it or are stuck with it, then a WAP is what you need. It does not act as a router blocking traffic, it just bridges (pass-through) your wired network to your wireless network.

I have been searching for a while, and finally stumbled into one. The setup takes a little extra effort, but it is worth it considering the bang for the buck that you get. I started with a Amped Wireless R10000G.


I chose this device because of reviews, price and the quoted range is 10000 square feet! My location is not 10000 square feet, but we do have multiple floors. It easily covers our space.

If you look at this product you will say, hey that is a router not an WAP! But I found out how to bypass the router functionality and get a WAP for less than $200 that actually works!

Setup as WAP steps:

  1. Plug PC into LAN – ‘Wired Devices’ port, and power it up.
  2. From that PC, browse to http://setup.ampedwireless.com
  3. Bypass the setup wizard, and click on ‘more settings’ –> ‘network settings’ and set the following 4 fields to match your LAN.
  4. Static IP address (for the WAP on your LAN), Subnet mask, Gateway (of your LAN), and finally disable DHCP.
  5. Choose ‘reboot now’ and wait for the countdown while the device reboots.
  6. While you are waiting, label the WAP with this IP address now before you forget it!
  7. Plug a network cable from your LAN to another ‘Wired Devices’ port on the WAP. Do not plug into the ‘modem’ port because that is where the router functions originate. Unplug and ‘re-plug’ the network cable to your PC to get it to see the LAN and get an IP address on the LAN.
  8. Browse to see if you have internet access. If not you may have to reset the device to factory settings by pressing the ‘reset’ button until all of the lights come on and then reboot and start the process over again. It did take me 2 tries to get this process right which is why I am documenting the process now.
  9. Browse to the WAP setup page using the IP address recorded earlier in steps 4 and 6.
  10. At this point you should setup the wireless and security for the WAP.
  11. Set a new admin password under ‘more settings’ –> ‘management’ –> ‘password’
  12. Set a new SSID and pass phrase under ”wireless basic’ and ‘wireless security’.
  13. I also chose to set the wireless WPA encryption from mixed to WPA2. WPA(version 1) has security risks. This is also under ‘wireless security’.
  14. I chose to turn off wireless WPS as a security risk also under ‘Wifi protected setup’.
  15. If all else, fails they have US based helpful phone support 8am to 5pm pacific time, even on Saturdays! I love Saturday support!

Microsoft kills SBS and Windows Home Server

The news is out and Microsoft is killing Windows SBS Standard and Premium as well as Home Server.  The only server offering remaining in this area is Windows Server 2012 Essentials which is a replacement for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. The change will leave a giant hole for either small businesses that want the mail server on site or small businesses over or approaching the 25 user limit built into the Essentials product.

For more details from the Home Server front check out http://www.wegotserved.com/2012/07/05/microsoft-draws-windows-home-server-era-close/ .

From the SBS side check out http://www.winsupersite.com/blog/supersite-blog-39/windows-server/windows-server-2012-skus-revealed-143615

and http://channelnomics.com/2012/07/05/microsoft-kills-sbs-windows-server-2012/.

We use Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials for most of our clients anyway, but I am concerned that Microsoft is trying to force their Office365 on the small busineses, whether it is the right product or not.  There are other cloud based exchange servers and other onsite Exchange compatible mail services out there like Kerio.

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