Glo Networks Technical Blog (Glo Blog)

Glo Networks team sharing their technical experiences and thoughts.

Recruitment Time

2010 March 31 – 11:36 am

Just in case no one saw the news post on our main site; we’re growing and looking for more team members.

Check out the details and how to get in contact at this link –

Hyper-V Gets Even Better

2010 March 26 – 9:23 am

In the next few months SP1 (Service Pack 1) will be released for Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7. It will contain the usual plethora of hotfixes and some new functions. One of the great new functions that we’ve been waiting on for months is the Dynamic Memory availability in Hyper-V.

We’ve not got our hands on it for testing yet but from reading this TechNet Blog article it looks like it should do exactly what we want / need.

Products go out of support fairly regularly. But what does it actually mean? In a nut shell there will be no further software updates, of any kind, from Windows/Microsoft Update. This means no feature updates, and most importantly absolutely no security updates.

You have to admit, that’s a pretty big deal. Support ends for:

  • Windows┬áVista, without any Service Packs, on April 13, 2010
  • Windows┬áXP, with Service Pack 2, on July 13, 2010

With those dates looming you should probably think about updating or upgrading. Windows XP is a dated Operating System, and even with SP3, considering an upgrade to Windows 7 is a sensible choice.

If you’re already on Vista and you bought your licenced copy between June 26, 2009 and January 31, 2010 you could already qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 7 – depending on what sort of licence it is and where it originated.

POP3 not for Business

2010 March 18 – 11:43 am

There are many ways to receive email to your devices with POP3 being about the most basic one. It’s also one of the oldest internet protocols and is perfect for just getting emails off a server to your PC.

Its problems come from the fact that its about all you can do with it. So when you use your email client to receive you emails they pull them off the server onto your desktop or laptop. That’s then their only location, inside your chosen email client. So how many people bother to backup that local email store ? How many people know where it is ? How many people have even thought about that ? Even when you do think about backups and carry them out it’s a laborious task that gets more complex the more users you have.

Another thought is that all of POP3 is done in plain text. What that means is that if someone (say a college) wants to, they can load a simple network tool to gather information from the network. Not only will they see the content of your emails they’ll also see the username and password you use to connect to it ! (Yes there’s an SSL’ed version of POP3 but it’s very rarely used).

Now consider that you can now get fully hosted Exchange services from ┬ú3.36 per month per mailbox. So for your 5 user business you can get arguably the industry standard email platform with 25GB of hosted storage for only ┬ú201.60 per year ! ThatÔÇÖs fully managed servers with no need to buy a server, no need to worry about backups, no need to think about DR (Disaster Recovery). And of course you get all the benefits of the an Exchange server like shared calenders, Outlook Web Access (Outlook Anywhere), Exchange Active Sync (for iPhone and mobile devices) and many more.

Or there’s the likes of a gmail service for your business. When we last put it in for a customer it was about ┬ú33 per user per year for the Google Apps Premier Edition. Of course there’s also the free gmail account that you could use !

Surely knowing all that you’d say that there’s no place in business for POP3. If you’re still using POP3 for your business emails we’ll happily help you change to something that’s more suited. Ask nicely we may even do it for free !

Happy Birthday .com!

2010 March 16 – 11:49 am

Yesterday was the birthday of one of the most ubiquitous terms of the past 10 years; on the 15th of March 2010 the .com top level domain was 25 years old!

The first .com domain was registered on the 15th of March 1985 by computer manufacturer Symbolics Inc. however this did not mark the beginning of the boom; in fact, in the first year they were available only five other companies registered a .com address. Even by the end of 1987 only 100 .com domains exsisted!

It took over 10 years for the real boom of the .com age, by 1997 there were around a million registered .com addresses.  It was in the two years that followed that the registrations really took off, with over 20 million new addresses being registered!

It was at the beginning of the 00ÔÇÖs that the so called .com bubble was said to burst, registrations of new addresses began to cool off and became steadier (currently VeriSign, who handles .com registry, report half a million new registrations a week).

Here at Glo Networks we handle both our own .com addresses and those of our customers. Though we by no means claim the oldest of the .com domains we do have one that hails from the boom of the late nineties, specifically, registered 1999. When compared to some of the most popular websites of today ( was registered in 2005) it could certainly be considered well matured!