Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

In case you don’t live in the UK, let me tell you it has been snowing here. In fact, there has been quite a lot of snow in the past couple of weeks. So, what happens when you or your staff cannot get into the office? Work from home.

This is the saga of one such unnamed person who found herself needing to work from home quite a bit one week. How do you cope with working from home? With an excellent network management team, that’s how. Ladies and gentlemen, this is how it is done.

First things first, a couple of things need to be in place before you can adequately work from home. One of these is a computer that is up to the task; and other is ensuring that the things you were working on are saved on a centralised server, i.e. not locally. However, if you do save locally (tsk tsk) there is a workaround. It is also helpful to take note of the direct lines to your Network people, you know, just in case.

So, you have a working computer, one of the first things that you are going to be asked to do is make sure that it is secure. Something you might be asked to do is request a certificate using Microsoft Active Directory or another such certification program. This allows you to identify people you communicate with over the Web and sign and encrypt messages. Also, talk to your IT people to find out about a VPN connection. VPN connections use your existing internet connection to connect to your office network securely.

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