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  • Blog Post: Installing virtualized EBS at home (#3)

    [ Today's post comes to us courtesy of Jim Holtzman] Continuing the saga of virtualizing EBS at home. This weekend, I assembled all the parts and installed them in the case. A brief summary of my experience: Having a big case is an advantage. Lots of expandability and maneuver space. ...
  • Blog Post: How to Reinstall Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway on Windows Essential Business Server Security Server

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Manish Kapoor] INTRODUCTION This article describes how to reinstall Microsoft® Forefront™ Threat Management Gateway, Medium Business Edition on Windows® Essential Business Server Security Server.  This may be necessary as a last-effort troubleshooting...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed - Cutting Costs with Essential Business Server featured at Tech·Ed 2009, May 11-15

    A Cutting Costs with Windows Essential Business Server 2008 session will be featured at Microsoft Tech · Ed North America 2009 , May 11-15 in Los Angeles. Eric Watson , Group Program Manager on the EBS team, will be presenting. You’ll hear updated details on how EBS 2008 can assist you in cutting...
  • Blog Post: Installing virtualized EBS at home (#1)

    [ Today's post comes to us courtesy of Jim Holtzman] Greetings. I'm a technical writer on the EBS/SBS User Assistance team. I want to learn EBS well so I can write about it with some product knowledge. I currently run SBS2003 at home. I love SBS. Really love it. I want to love EBS. EBS and I need...
  • Blog Post: Decommissioned DNS Servers Appear During Replacement Mode Install

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby] When Windows 2008 Essential Business Server is installed, your current DNS servers are stored in Active Directory.  EBS uses this data to configure the DNS settings on a server during a replacement mode install.  If you retire a DNS server...
  • Blog Post: We need your help to plan and communicate useful information

    The EBS team is conducting a survey to learn how to better provide information to our partners and customers. We’d like to learn a little more about you and about the EBS resources you find helpful. Please take our short survey! We’ll use the information to plan what information we provide and how to...
  • Blog Post: EBS TechEd Online Tech Talk - New Windows Infrastructure Solution for Midsized Companies

    A new TechEd tech talk interview, a 10 minute product overview on Windows Essential Business Server 2008, is now live -- New Windows Infrastructure Solution for Midsized Companies . Interviewed is Eric Watson, Principal Group Program Manager for EBS. Microsoft has just released a new product suite...
  • Blog Post: Properly Handling an EBS 2008 Setup Failure

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan] If EBS setup encounters a fatal error and cannot continue, you will be presented with the following window once you cancel: Figure 1: Installation not finished Note the warning: Do not manually delete any objects or settings in Active Directory. The...
  • Blog Post: Choosing an iSCSI Device During EBS Installation

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Kunal Ghotge and Mark Stanfill] EBS setup disables all network cards except for the LAN NIC during installation (the Security Server will enable its external NIC during setup). Hence, a data volume on an iSCSI drive connected through a network card will not be accessible...
  • Blog Post: HP servers supporting EBS

    I recently discovered this matrix that shows the HP servers supporting EBS. 
  • Blog Post: New feature : Adjust the level of protection provided by Security Server in Windows Essential Business Server 2008

    Security is of paramount importance in organization any size; it is no surprise that strong security solutions are deployed to protect various assets that provide the competitive advantage in the ever so challenging medium-sized business (up to 300 users/devices) segment. In many such organizations,...
  • Blog Post: Teched Los Angeles May 11-15 in LA will feature Essential Business Server

    Are you coming to Teched LA in May to learn about Windows Server, Exchange, System Center Essentials, Threat Management Gateway, Forefront for Exchange? I will be giving talks on Essential Business Server there and hanging out in the expo area with other EBS product team members, answering questions...
  • Blog Post: How We Solved Problems With Exchange Running on a Domain Controller in EBS

    There have been quite a few discussions, blogs, and articles on some of the challenges with deploying and running Exchange on a domain controller. In 2006, Robert Moir wrote a detailed blog titled “ Running Exchange on a Domain Controller .” In his blog, he addressed, at a high level, some of the challenges...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting DNS issues and DNS error (s) with the Preparation Wizard

    Here is a new tidbit on the Preparation Wizard J . Since we announced it back in July , we have a lot of Microsoft IT Pros go check it out. Please spread the word if you can if you find this tool valuable. Provide a link back to this article or any of the other follow on articles we have done on the...
  • Blog Post: Business Value of EBS in Today's Economic Times

    In today's economic times, we understand businesses are re-assessing their strategy, forecasts and budgets. Investing in your IT infrastructure can help you keep your competitive edge, boost productivity, focus on line of business applications such as Microsoft Dynamics , and reduce total cost of ownwership...
  • Blog Post: Launch+1

    Did you find the Virtual Tradeshow useful? Possible, fun? Did you win a prize from Microsoft or one of our vendors? If you missed the event, I posted screen shots of the event on External EBS Product Manager blog . I also included information on the EBS session at Convergence EMEA. Thank you, Chris
  • Blog Post: Upgrading Your Servers? Consider Essential Business Server 2008.

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Becky Lymberis] For many midsize businesses, a day in the IT department is often about putting out fires and running to users’ desktops to troubleshoot issues. Problems like this are not uncommon; with fewer resources than their enterprise counterparts, managing...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Replication Problems Solved with Preparation Wizard

    For those of you who are new to these tools, we’ve talked about the Preparation and Planning Wizards before on our blog . We also have a dedicated page for it here . As well, the team over at TechNet Edge did an article on the tools . These tools are not just for customers with Essential...
  • Blog Post: New IT Trends Bring Change to Mid-Market Product Line

    Four years ago, we committed to building an infrastructure solution for the mid-market. Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) which was the first of its kind to meet the unique needs of mid-market IT pros. Since that time the market landscape has naturally changed. Today, we announced the decision...
  • Blog Post: EBS at Convergence EMEA

    Where in the world is EBS? Follow EBS at Convergence EMEA on the EBS Product Manager's blog and/or on twitter.com (EBS_2008). I will be presenting tomorrow with John Elmer, VP of Finance and Information Technology at Rodgers & Hammerstein . John provides the perspective of both the business...
  • Blog Post: Just in case you can't wait two days for RTM bits

    RC1 bits The RC1 bits have been made available again at the links below but please remember the following about pre-RTM code: As this is not final release code, you may not install the software in a live operating environment. Thus, it should not be used for customer case studies. It should...
  • Blog Post: What’s in a Name? The Remote Web Workplace Users Group in EBS 2008

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] EBS controls access to RWW through membership in the Remote Web Workplace Users group.  For most installations this should be a unique object.  For domains that have been migrated from SBS 2003, it is expected that there will be two...
  • Blog Post: Thank you, MVPs for a great week for EBS at TechEd 2009

    The EBS team wants to extend a HUGE thank you to our MVPs that provided their presence, support and insight at the EBS booth at TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. From custom buttons, informational card handouts, discussions with hundreds of attendees about EBS, "Ask Me About EBS" t-shirts and overall great...
  • Blog Post: Time Zone Issues when Installing Essential Business Server in a Virtualized Environment

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan, Wayne McIntyre, Mark Stanfill, and Chris Puckett] When installing Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server in Hyper-V setup may fail due to issues caused by time zone settings. EBS setup does not expose either clock time or time zone settings...
  • Blog Post: WESS Team (EBS & SBS) Answering Questions at the Virtual Tradeshow

    How often can you chat live and directly to the EBS product team? Visit the WESS (SBS and EBS) booth at the virtual tradeshow by 4pm PST today to speak with us live. See the WESS Product Team in action. ";" galleryimg="no" mce_src="http://blogs.technet.com/blogfiles/essentialbusinessserver...