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The TechNet blog for medium size business IT Pros. In our discussion here, a medium size business IT Pro supports 25-500 PCs and 1-10 servers.

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  • Lock Down Desktops without GP

    Download the beta Shared Computer Toolkit and get powerful new software tools for shared computers in classrooms, school computer labs, libraries, and public places. Managing shared computers can be difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Without restrictions...
  • Connect MOM to your Helpdesk

    To reduce your internal IT support costs you can use the MOM-CRM connector to hook MOM alerts up to your Helpdesk module in the Microsoft CRM 1.2 Customer Service Module. You can read the CRM 1.2 implementation guide here . If you are just implementing...
  • Using Group Policy to Manage your Mid-sized Business IT Environment

    If you are not going to install SMS to automate your infrastructure management, then you will most likely be using GP. Read this paper to get some insight about how Microsoft IT uses GP inside Microsoft, including some insights into designing the infrastructure...
  • Jumpstart Business Advantage with Sharepoint Templates

    If you are an SBS user you may not be getting all you can out of Sharepoint. Check out these new templates that can get you jumpstarted: Absence Request and Vacation Schedule Management The Employee Absence Cover application for Windows SharePoint...
  • W2K Server SP4 Update Rollup 1

    If you are still running one of the flavors of Windows 2000 Server, you should take a look at the recent KB on the Update Rollup 1 for SP4 . Microsoft Watch in this article reports an upcoming update to the Update Rollup, maybe it'll be called Update...
  • Help with Regulatory Compliance

    Read about how the processes and tools Microsoft IT uses to support regulatory compliance in the new IT Showcase whitepaper: Creating a Systemized Approach to Regulatory Compliance at Microsoft . Others who downloaded Creating a Systemized Approach...
  • Microsoft offer for financing for Small Business Partners

    Eric Ligman posts about a Microsoft offer for financing for Small Business Partners, including not only hardware and software, but also IT SERVICES! If your partner doesn't know about this - point them to the Microsoft Capital Home and take advantage...
  • Business Desktop Deployment Updated

    Released today, the Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (V 2.5) delivers end-to-end guidance for efficient planning, building, testing, and deploying Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 edition, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition...
  • SMB Hosted Unified Communications Services Foley'd

    Mary Jo Foley reports : "According to partners, who requested anonymity, a hush-hush Microsoft team known as the Unified Communications Services group is working on the hosted SMB (small/midsize business) bundle. The offering will likely include e...
  • Ballmer on Microsoft's Midmarket Strategy

    The VAR Business site today quotes Ballmer in "Microsoft Stakes Out the Middle". "The midmarket customer is the least well-served customer across a spectrum of people involved in IT today," he says. "They are challenged in dealing with complexity and...
  • Free Basic Networking Training Book for Midsize Business IT Pros

    There is an online book called TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows available here . This book gives a great overview of concepts and principles, including both Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). Perfect for...
  • Christmas in July for Midsize Business IT

    Kevin's blog has all the details for the Windows Server System Promotion for Midsize Businesses .
  • Infrastructure Optimization Blogcasts

    Blogcast Series: Infrastructure essentials Take a look at john's blogcast series setting up the essentials for a typical well-managed infrastructure. The demo network for the casts looks a lot like a typical midsize business IT infrastructure, with...
  • New SBS Support Blog

    Small Business Server support now has a blog.
  • SBS 2003? Get Upgrade Help (US$10K worth) <<Move Fast>>

    Microsoft Small-Biz Promo Bundles Office With Windows XP, Underwrites Services The Microsoft Office Professional 2003 and Windows Small Business Server 2003 IT Consultant Services Promotion wraps Windows XP, Office 2003 and a client access license...
  • ITIL Implementation For Smaller Organizations

    See this article brought to my attention by one of our TAMS, Joseph Michelotti, for interesting implementation information for ITIL geared toward smaller organizations. Read further on the enterprise-focused ITIL and MOF . The writing asumes enterprise...
  • Medium Business Solution for Collaboration Services v 1.0

    Medium Business Solution for Collaboration Services v 1.0 is available for download. Tell then MITPro blog sent you. Quick Description This solution provides guidance that can be used to plan, build, deploy, and operate collaboration services in...
  • Try Server Software Free Before You Buy

    Check out the Trial Software Center . You can download Microsoft sofware you are considering for deployment, and try it out in your environment for free. For example, you can order a free (for 60 days) copy of Microsoft Small Business Financials 8.0....
  • Help With Licensing Hell is Here

    Check out the new Microsoft Product Licensing Advisor (MPLA), nifty new FREE tool that: Provides Volume Licensing program comparisons and guidance. Simplifies Microsoft product selection through a series of questions. Produces a downloadable...
  • Patch Your W2K Pro Desktops NOW!

    The May 11 Security Advisory warns that there is exploit code in the wild for the PNP issue addressed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-039 . Bottom line, drop what you are doing and get your W2K desktops patched ASAP. Read more on the MSRC blog...
  • Windows 2000 Professional Desktops? READ THIS

    Microsoft Security Advisory (899588) , posted yesterday, gives the details, but the bottom line is this: if you haven't patched your W2K destops with the tuesday update for MS05-039 , they may be vulnerable to PNP exploit code recently released. Read...
  • FREE IT Pro Resource Guide

    Check out the .PDF free download of the IT Pro Resource Guide from Barnab y in Canada.It includes a couple of Canada-specific links, but most of the guide will be usefull to you no matter when in the world you work. Worth the look to make sure you...
  • A new version of Windows for POS application

    Product overview: http://msdn.microsoft.com/embedded/getstart/devplat/pos/default.aspx Order an evaluation version: http://msdn.microsoft.com/embedded/getstart/evaluate/default.aspx Windows Embedded for Point of Service Installation Guide: http://msdn...
  • Everything Counts (In Large Amounts)

    Steveb's most recent exec mail pours out roadmap info and special customer love for medium business (50-250 PCs). You can grab the exec mail RSS feed here . Steve and Bill are speaking this week at the Business Summit 2005, read their stuff here. If...
  • Get Free IT Pro TS Resources

    This post has a comprehensive list and lots of tips for using free Microsoft trouble-shooting support resources. For example, this tip on using KB Advanced Search : Pick an “Article Type” Keyword (optional) – Helps pinpoint the specific type of...