I blogged about the 2 suites within the Windows Essential Server Solutions brand, a few months ago – for those of you’ve who’ve forgotten, you can read all about Small Business Server 2008 here, and Essentials Business Server 2008 here.  You should also know that they are both launching in November.

So, what’s the training all about?

Core Technical Training

Today’s small and midsize businesses (SMBs) have many of the same needs as enterprise customers - security, up-to-date technology, and remote capabilities—but typically, enterprise products are too complex and costly for smaller entities, requiring dedicated staff and expertise to manage. Windows Essential Server Solutions is a new family of integrated server software designed to help you and your SMB customers overcome these challenges. The family includes Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) 2008, both of which will become available in the second half of 2008. By expanding the selection of Microsoft integrated server solutions for SMBs, Windows Essential Server Solutions provide partners like you with new ways to serve your customers; stay relevant in a competitive, ever-changing marketplace; increase revenues; and deepen customer relations.

You can learn about these exciting new products with two comprehensive 8-part technical readiness series, one for Windows SBS 2008 and one for Windows EBS 2008.  For each product, you will learn about:

  • Planning, Design, & Installation
  • Migration
  • Management, Health, & Reporting
  • Messaging & Remote Access
  • Security & Backup
  • LOB Support, Extensibility, & Troubleshooting
  • Virtualisation

So, for SBS Trainings’, you have (over 4 days):

  1. WES02PAL: SBS 2008 - Part 1 of 8: Introduction August 21, 2008 from 10-11am (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  2. WES03PAL: SBS 2008 - Part 2 of 8: Planning & Installation August 21, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  3. WES04PAL: SBS 2008 - Part 3 of 8: Migration August 22, 2008 from 10-11am (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  4. WES05PAL: SBS 2008 - Part 4 of 8: Mgmt, Health, & Security August 22, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  5. WES06PAL: SBS 2008 - Part 5 of 8: Messaging & Collaboration & Mgmt August 25, 2008 from 10-11am (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  6. WES07PAL: SBS 2008 - Part 6 of 8: Remote Access & Computer Mgmt August 25, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  7. WES08PAL: SBS 2008 - Part 7 of 8: LOB Support & Troubleshooting August 26, 2008 from 10-11am (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  8. WES09PAL: SBS 2008 - Part 8 of 8: Virtualisation August 26, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

Remember, UK guys, you’ll have to add on 7 hours to these training times, so the latest ones will finish at 8pm, but you can still get your tea (and a Simpsons/Hollyoaks combo) in between the 2 sessions 5-6pm and then 7-8pm.

For EBS Trainings’, you have:

  1. WES10PAL: EBS 2008, Part 1 of 8: Introduction September 04, 2008 from 10-11AM (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  2. WES11PAL: EBS 2008, Part 2 of 8: Planning, Design & Install September 04, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  3. WES12PAL: EBS 2008, Part 3 of 8: Migration September 05, 2008 from 10-11am (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  4. WES13PAL: EBS 2008, Part 4 of 8: EBS Mgmt, Health & Mgmt September 05, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  5. WES14PAL: EBS 2008, Part 5 of 8: Security, Group Policy, & Backup Sept 08, 2008 from 10-11am (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  6. WES15PAL: EBS 2008, Part 6 of 8: Messaging & Remote Access September 08, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  7. WES16PAL: EBS 2008, Part 7 of 8: LOB Spt, Extensibility & Trblshootng Sept 10, 2008 from 10-11am (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
  8. WES17PAL: EBS 2008, Part 8 of 8: Virtualisation September 10, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

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