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$500 value? That sounds like a lot. Can you explain?
Yes. We know that we’re selling a specialist service, and although we know we are the best around we need to be able to prove it, hence our offer. It’s common for people to have used other services for years before coming to us- we’d like to take a shortcut and get you on board asap
But $500?
We need to send somebody onsite to do the analysis, and we’re not sending some kid who’s last job was at McDonalds. One hour travelling time, 45-90 minutes doing the survey, and a couple of hours to write up the report and analyse the data. Then another onsite to present the report and make recommendations. Even though we’re not charging for it, you’re getting a lot of value. It’s definitely worth $500
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There is really no obligation. We don’t deserve to work with you in any capacity if we don’t earn it. If it doesn’t work out, we’ll ask for permission to keep you updated with emails. Maybe later you’ll need us. Sometimes the greatest working relationships start out like that……
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We’ll withdraw the offer when we get too busy. As you can appreciate, in a rapidly expanding business there are times when you just can’t do your job properly if you take on too much work. Our existing customers are our first priority, always. So please contact us now while the offer is still open!
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DeployStudio Cram Notes

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in News, Tips | 0 comments

I’ve been toying with DeployStudio for a little while now and am growing to love it. However I find myself referring back to this video a lot because it has a lot of detail without a lot of fluff.   In order to improve the signal to noise ratio even further, here are my shorthand notes on how to set up a DeployStudio server- I made the notes because it is kind of annoying to have to start and stop a 20 minute video all the time, these notes allow me to blast through each step as fast as I can read. OK not quite that fast….....

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Opinion, Security | 0 comments

  Last week I was asked to go onsite and help a lady do some general maintenance on her laptop, and of course a bit of help with iCloud- because for some reason the way iCloud works isn’t well understood by the general public. I’m not immune to this either- they asked some questions I couldn’t answer without more research! Anyway, part of the job was to download some photos off old iPhones, then wipe them and get them ready for sale. She produced 3 iPhones and they all had very dead batteries except for the current one...

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Creating Open Directory Master and Replica in ESXi

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Tips | 0 comments

Had a weird issue this week- in preparation for an overseas trip I am trying to make all of the infrastructure a bit more robust. In doing that I created a new Open Directory Master server and attempted to set up at least one Replica running under ESXi. But no matter what I did, it kept failing. Now I’ve been doing this for a long time and though I had it fairly well polished by now, but obviously something very odd is happening. So I went back and created the server on a real Mac with no host abstraction- and it worked straight away!...

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Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Opinion, Tips | 0 comments

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Servicemax Remote Support for Managers

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in News, Tips | 0 comments

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Virtualising Your Physical Mac Assets- P2V

Posted by on Nov 8, 2015 in Opinion, Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

So I hope you haven’t bothered to read my 2000 word epic about this that I’ve been working on for weeks. It’s essentially a very long laundry list of things that don’t work. After getting VMWare involved I did think however that we might both figure it out, or at least get some pointers. This was until today, when they said ‘oh no, you can’t do that….’ To which I replied ‘yes you can, several people have done it. I just want you to tell me what the easiest or recommended way...

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Virtualising Servers on a Mac ESXi Host

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Opinion, Reviews | 0 comments

I’m writing this one because I’ve faced quite a few gotchas, and I’m still not there yet. The basic theory is to take a whole bunch of servers that I currently run and make them into virtual machines that can be moved around and generally make more efficient use of the infrastructure we currently have. None of the current servers have a heavy workload so it makes sense to do this. Also it might be my last chance to do it in a sensible way with Macs- since Apple introduced the new Mac Mini with only a dual core i5, your...

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SSL Certificates in Mac Mail

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Security, Tips | 0 comments

We use an SSL certificate to increase the trust level around our email servers, one of the most important services we use! Unfortunately, to establish this trust, users are required to take some action when a certificate is renewed, or some host settings don’t match. This is one of the things that causes a huge amount of grief, and here’s why-   What’s the most obvious button to click here? You’d probably click ‘Connect’, and so would I. Don’t click ‘Connect’- it’s a trap!...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Tips | 0 comments

Now this isn’t going to be a normal post where I pretend that I know what I’m doing. However it was time to upgrade our installation of Web Help Desk and I figured I would also upgrade MySQL, because they finally fixed a bug where the the server would not launch on boot. This caused more than a few heart attacks so let’s kick that bug in the guts. You know how they say ‘do your upgrades one at a time and test in between’? Well, I got cocky and figured that I would just do it all at once. The downside of this is...

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Can’t Send Email from Mac Mail?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Tips | 0 comments

We’ve previously gone over the steps needed to set up and configure an email account hosted by Servicemax here, but one thing that seems to happen a lot is people can’t send email after the setup. So we’re doing another guide to try to make this easier, and easier to troubleshoot. If you haven’t set up the email address already, please go to the other article and do that. This guide is ONLY for those having trouble sending emails. Conventions used- 1....

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