Connecting to Gconnect Hosted Exchange from a Linux Desktop

If you are looking to connect to the Gconnect Hosted Exchange platform from an open source desktop such as Ubuntu, Mint or CentOS then try Exquilla with Mozilla Thunderbird. From the Mozilla Thunderbird ‘Tools’ menu, Exquilla can be installed as an add-on. After that a menu item called ‘ExQuilla for Microsoft Exchange’ appears in the ‘Tools’ menu, from which you can configure the account. In addition to the email, ExQuilla also synchronises the address book, making the solution even better! Open-source is great, but sometimes we need to combine it with enterprise applications that businesses use, and at Gconnect we are always looking to offer the most appropriate solutions.

The ExQuilla project 
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Ubuntu Desktop  :  CentOS  :  Linux Mint


Work Diary: Redhat and CentOS

This week we’re working on a project for a customer to replace their very old, very poorly Linux Redhat 4 server with a sparkling new server running the latest Redhat 6. During the transition the customer has a temporary cloud backup solution for protecting critical data as the tape drive has failed. We have built a new CentOS based storage appliance on the customer site to keep 7 days worth of full backups using rsync over SSH and will change the Cloud Backup solution over when the new server is commissioned. Another requirement is to provide an CIFS share for the windows network using Samba – this if for the MS Exchange server to write backup jobs to. Its an interesting project combining open source software, proprietary software and cloud technology, yet still keeping backup data where the customer can ‘see’ it.

Gconnect Cloud Backup products
Gconnect UNIX/Linux Consultancy
Linux Redhat
CentOS Linux

Gconnect are “Cisco Powered”!

Gconnect have now achieved Cisco Cloud and  Managed Services Express Partner with ‘Cisco Powered’ MPLS-VPN status. What does that mean? Well, Cisco sent down some auditors to check out our processes and procedures along with our technical setup to ensure we are operating in a manner that meets their standards. In order to start the process we also had to meet other pre-requisites such as certified engineers and a proven track record in delivering Cisco based services. Gconnect are the smallest Cisco Cloud and  Managed Services Express Partner in the UK making us the ideal partner for companies wanting the assurance of third party audit and the responsiveness of  small dynamic ISP.

Gconnect MPLS and connectivity products
‘Cisco-Powered’ Information
Cisco Cloud and  Managed Services Information


Citrix XenApp 6.5 Feature Pack 2 released

The release of XenApp 6.5 Feature Pack 2 brings a host of enhancements to existing XenApp 6.5 deployments. One notable feature is local application integration. Current versions of XenApp are unable to interact with locally installed applications. This has prevented some of our customers moving to a hosted desktop solution due to licensing restrictions. Local application integration addresses this by allowing applications installed on the local computer to be accessed from within the hosted desktop environment.

Other features include:

  • Clientless Receiver experience renders apps and desktops in a browser
  • Accelerated application P2V migration with AppDNA
  • Support for Microsoft® Lync® 2010

Further information can be found here: