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  • Blog Post: Partners – How do you want your training?

    Microsoft provides a huge amount of training, information, product data, sales guides, technical guides etc on a huge range of products and services and consuming this in it’s various formats is a challenge.  Blogs, Live Meetings, Videos, Podcasts, Powerpoint Presentations, Face to face events,...
  • Blog Post: Making IT Work for you

    I maintain that small businesses have the biggest opportunity in the shortest amount of time to leapfrog their competition by using Small Business Server and get IT on their side.  I frequently talk to customers about Infrastructure Optimisation and SBS is a great way of getting to a more mature...
  • Blog Post: Essential Business Server videos

    Some of our MVPs have been busy making some quite amusing videos that help explain the different between our standalone server product and Small Business Server (SBS) and Essential Business Server (EBS) our new product for mid sized companies.  Hat tip to Oliver for finding these.
  • Blog Post: WESS Learning Paths are online

    <Fanfare> We’ve just launched the Partner Learning Paths for WESS – that’s Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008.  There are technical and sale tracks available and more content is coming very soon. Check them out here SBS 2008 Sales EBS 2008 Sales SBS 2008 Technical...
  • Blog Post: Moving your business to a client/server environment

    I've said before I really like the Smart Business Newsletter that Microsoft produces - there's really useful information in there and I would recommend you take a look if you are a small business and are making IT decisions or want to do smart business using IT. This month I'm actually part of the action...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 Bristol and London TechNet events

    Just wanted to highlight the TechNet events in Bristol and London that the IT Pro guys are putting in October.  These are essential for anyone that deploys/migrates/maintains SBS and (in the future) EBS and I would recommend attending to get a heads start on these new technologies. I know Andrew...
  • Blog Post: Forefront for Exchange on SBS 2003

    I received a question today on whether you can run Forefront for Exhchange on SBS 2003.  Turns out it's tested: “Whilst Microsoft haven’t yet made any public statements about the Forefront server Products – we can confirm that Microsoft Antigen 9.0 has been successfully tested...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 Pricing Announced

    We've just announced the pricing for the versions of Small Business Server 2008 and the brand new Essential Business Server 2008.  You can read the full press release here , but essentially these are important bits you need to take away: Windows Essential Server Solutions pricing* is as follows...
  • Blog Post: Running Terminal Services on SBS 2003

    I just had a customer question routed to me about running Terminal Services on SBS 2003.  Quick answer is to check out the official deployment guide on how to achieve this: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0a06e845-57ef-43eb-802f-f274fd937400&DisplayLang=en
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 Click thru demos

    I’ve been taking a look today at some SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 that are part of Microsoft’s Demo Showcase   Small and Medium Sized Business Edition ( championed by our very own Chris Parkes in the UK ) and like these new demos a lot.  They highlight some of the reasons why SBS 2008 and EBS 2008...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 RC0 public release

    Roll up, roll up come and get your copy of the RC0 of SBS 2008 for your pleasure! Directly from the SBS Official Blog comes this: After extensive development and private evaluation, I’m pleased to announce that a public preview of Windows Small Business Server 2008 RC0 is now available. Windows...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for Small Business Server 2008

    Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 (formerly Windows Server Code Name "Cougar"), the latest version of the award-winning, integrated server solution, is coming in the second half of 2008. The enhanced platform--part of the new Windows Essential Server Solutions family--is built on the...
  • Blog Post: SBS Partners - when do you want training?

    We've just been debating whether partners want Sales and Technical SBS training to be released in a specific order.  Based on experience from the Server 2008 launch most partners wanted sales training to be released first to understand the value prop to close a deal and then invest in technical...