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A couple of things to think about before switching to Mac

Mac’s are great.  Yes they are expensive but for your money you get a fantastic design, intuitive interface and a system which (in general) tends to be free of viruses.  But moving to a Mac is not as simple as buying one and switching it on.  If you are thinking of making the switch I would strongly suggest you consider the following:

 

Why exactly are you making the switch?

Is it because a friend told you they were better than Windows machines or is there some business reason behind it? Make sure you understand the why before you spend your hard earned.

 

Mac’s are much more expensive than Windows systems.

You would be surprised how many people still don’t understand the difference in price before they purchase one.  Also bear in mind that although Mac’s tend to break less than Windows machines (in general) repair costs tend to be much higher.  Most techs, myself included, don’t tend to fix Mac hardware issues just software ones.  This means the machine goes back to Apple who ramp up the repair cost.

 

Make sure your Windows programs actually work on Mac’s.  

This is the one thing which catches most people out.  Windows programs do not work on Mac’s.  The software you use might have have a Mac variant (eg Microsoft Office) which can be used but a lot of programs still don’t (eg ACT!).  I know of one company in Stirling who were advised by an IT guy to purchase 4 new iMac’s because “they are much better than Windows PC’s” only to discover during the installation that none of their accounting software worked. The solution was to run Windows as a virtual machine which kind of defeats the purpose of buying the Mac in the first place!!!

 

You can get viruses and malware on a Mac. 

Yes you read that correct.  Is it possible to get them but not that often as most viruses and malware are still written for Windows.  If your system interacts with Windows machines (eg on a work network) I would suggest running some form of antivirus as you might inadvertently be passing viruses around the network even though they can’t infect your system.

 

Lastly it is not Windows!! 

The interface and keyboard are different.  You will have to relearn how to access your documents, use shortcuts and even use the delete key (shift + backspace).  This does take time and patience.

So hopefully the above has given you a couple of things to think about before taking the plunge.  What I usually tell clients is that if you are Windows based then stay with Windows.  It is what you know and unless there is a business reason for changing why change?

Yes Mac’s are great but if it isn’t broke then don’t fix it!!

About the Author

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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Cisco, Windows, OS X and Linux based IT Support to small businesses throughout Scotland.

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Configuring vlans on a Cisco switch


Today I will show you how to configure vlans on a Cisco switch.  For this tutorial you will need to establish either a console , telnet or ssh session to your switch and use the following commands.

Configuring a new vlan

Comtech1#configure terminal

Comtech1(config)#vlan 2

Comtech1(config-vlan)#name Working-vlan

Comtech1(config-vlan)#exit

 

Now we need to assign ports on the switch to the new vlan

Comtech1(config)#interface range fastethernet 0/13 – 22

Comtech1(config-if)#switchport access vlan 2

Comtech1(config-if)exit

 

Don’t forget to save the configuration!!!

Comtech1#copy running-config startup-config

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

Follow @Comtech247 on Twitter

 

How to configure a Cisco switch with an ip address


Today I will continue the Cisco theme and show you how to configure a Cisco switch with an ip address.  For this tutorial you will have to connect to the switch using a console session.

Lets start.

Comtech1#configure terminal

Comtech1(config)#interface vlan 1

Comtech1(config-if)#ip address 192.168.1.199 255.255.255.0

Comtech1(config-if)#no shutdown

Comtech1(config-if)#exit

 

Now we need to set the default gateway:

Comtech1(config)#ip default-gateway 192.168.1.1

Comtech(config)#exit

 

Don’t forget to save the configuration!!!

Comtech1#copy running-config startup-config

About the Author

Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

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How to configure basic passwords and a hostname on a Cisco switch


Today I will show you how to configure basic passwords and a hostname on a Cisco switch.  For this tutorial you are going to have to open up a console session to your switch.

First we need to set an enable password:

Switch>enable

Switch#configure terminal

Switch(config)#enable secret c7ed2bd92a (sets enable password)

 

Now we need to set the hostname of the switch:

Switch(config)#hostname Comtech1 (sets the switch hostname to Comtech1)

 

Next we need to configure console access:

Comtech1(config)#line console 0

Comtech1(config-line)#password bob2 (sets console password to bob2)

Comtech1(config-line)#login

Comtech1(config-line)exit

 

We will now set passwords for ssh and telent access to the switch:

Comtech1(config)#line vty 0 15

Comtech1(config-line)#password BigBlue (sets ssh and telnet password to BigBlue)

Comtech1(config-line)#login

Comtech1(config-line)#exit

Comtech1(config)#exit

For the changes to take effect we have to save them in the startup-config file so:

Comtech1#copy running-config startup-config

And that’s it.  Next time you connect to your switch either through a console, shh or telnet session you will be asked for the relevant passwords.

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

Follow @Comtech247 on Twitter

 

 

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