Situation:  The managing partner at a law firm based in the St. Louis metropolitan area decided it was time to move himself and his team to Macs. He was accustomed to using a Windows operating system and had grown tired of frequent crashing, confusing interfaces and other issues. Brightsource IT worked with the law firm’s…Read more

Situation: One of our small business clients was recently audited by Microsoft. Microsoft sent third-party auditors to verify that our client paid for all the Microsoft products that they use. The audit ranged from server software through Microsoft Office products, and everything in between. As you can imagine, our client had purchased these products over…Read more

Each month, St. Louis Small Business Monthly features a Best in Business list.  November’s issue featured Marketing Firms.  As I’m reading the December issue of SBMON, I get to page 12 – Best IT Firms list.  With pride, I see Brightsource IT. We are #4 on the alphabetical list of the major IT companies in…Read more

We recently upgraded a Mac server’s operating system from Mac OS X Server 10.7.5 to Mac OS X Server 10.8.2.  After the upgrade, Server.app refused to connect to the server.  Instead, Server.app would display the error, “An SSL error has occurred and a secure connection to the server cannot be made.”  Without Server.app, you can’t…Read more

Kerio Technologies released Kerio Connect 8 this week. We are excited about upgrading our Kerio Connect customers to take advantage of version 8’s new webmail client and enhanced security. For those unfamiliar with Kerio’s products, Kerio Connect is an excellent alternative to Microsoft Exchange. Kerio Connect provides email, calendars and contacts in a package that…Read more

As you may have heard, Apple recently announced a new feature called “Fusion Drive” along with new Mac mini and iMac computers.  Fusion Drive combines a solid state drive (SSD) and a traditional hard drive to provide SSD-like performance with hard drive-like capacity.  Unfortunately, Apple didn’t provide many technical details about the Fusion Drive.  If…Read more

I just finished Mike Weinberg’s excellent book on sales, “New Sales. Simplified.: The Essential Handbook for Prospecting and New Business Development.” I recommend this book to anyone involved in new business development. As a Systems Administrator and a Network Engineer, I have never read a book about sales. In fact, as a tech guy I’ve…Read more

The movement of software to the cloud is one of the hottest trends in Information Technology.  I am amazed at how often small business clients ask us about moving to the cloud even before we suggest it. One of the biggest obstacles to moving applications to the cloud is connectivity.  When you move your critical…Read more

  Brightsource IT is happy to announce a new name for our bundled Information Technology services: Brightguard. In the beginning of 2012, we started bundling our most popular IT services into full service plans available for a fixed monthly price.  This type of bundling is known in the industry as managed services.  Since then, our…Read more