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  • Blog Post: Introducing the Windows Essential Server Solutions Family of Products

    Today Microsoft is announcing the Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products.  The family includes Windows Small Business Server 2008, formerly known as code name "Cougar" and Windows Essential Business Server 2008, formerly known as code name "Centro". Windows Small...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 R2 Officially Launches Today!

    Expect a good deal of content, articles, podcasts, etc, etc to be released on this blog shortly. From http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/jul06/07-11SBS03LaunchPR.mspx : Small Businesses, Get Ready: Microsoft Announces Launch of Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Second version of award...
  • Blog Post: New Beta Open: Centro

    This is a great opportunity to participate in a Microsoft beta program aimed at midsize businesses. From http://blogs.technet.com/kevin_beares/archive/2006/10/24/so-what-is-centro-you-ask.aspx: So, what is "Centro" you ask...........? I am glad you asked.... :) We are looking for a...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 How-To Information on David Overton's blog

    For some great SBS 2008 "how to" guidance, be sure to check out David Overton's blog . SBS 2008 Install process (in pictures) How to change spam settings on Exchange 2007 / SBS 2008 to enable some / all / more spam to be delivered to an account for analysis Once SBS is set up, how to do the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft response to Q&A in comment section (Call-Back support announcement)

    Microsoft response to Q&A in comment section ( Link to original post ) Community Question: Are we to assume this excludes business down? Does this mean that "Server Down" support calls will no longer be free? Microsoft Response: This business change includes Business Critical Partner...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server "Centro" Is Now Officially Windows Essential Business Server

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] From http://blogs.technet.com/kevin_beares/archive/2007/11/07/windows-server-centro-is-officially-unveiled-and-has-a-new-name.aspx : Windows® Essential Business Server is the new Microsoft server solution for small to medium businesses...
  • Blog Post: Problems getting SBS SP1 Upgrade Media

    If you already have ISA 2004 on your SBS 2003 Premium, then this post does not apply to you. This post applies If you are running SBS 2003 Premium (RTM) with ISA 2000, and wanted to get to SBS Sp1 with ISA 2004. In the past there was a web page for you to be able to order the SBS SP1 Upgrade...
  • Blog Post: Windows Essential Solutions at the WPC 2009 Booth

    Yesterday at 6pm the WPC 2009 Booth doors opened, and the Expo started. The Windows Essential Server Solutions products were well represented at the Core Infrastructure and Optimization Booth (Core IO). There are demos of Windows Small Business Server 2008 , Windows Essential Business Server 2008 , and...
  • Blog Post: SBS Makes an Appearance on CBS's The Early Show

    SBS was recently featured on CBS's The Early Show on Janurary 3rd in a segment on going green.  You can read about it here: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/03/earlyshow/contributors/dannyseo/main4696579.shtml You can also watch the clip here:
  • Blog Post: SBS Technical Library Has a New Home.

    [Today's tip comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] A common request in the SBS community is that people want a one-stop resource for definitive documentation on how to manage particular aspects of their SBS server. You can find the complete library of official SBS white papers now in one place. The...
  • Blog Post: Plenty of applause for SBS 2008 at SMB Summit today!

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Chris Almida] Great day for SBS 2008 at the SMB Summit! I had the opportunity to present and watch some of the great presenters from the Product Group demo some of the fantastic new features in SBS 2008 to the packed presentation hall here in Dallas. Topics...
  • Blog Post: Videos from WPC

    Lots of SBS 2008 (and EBS 2008) activities here at the MSFT Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston. In addition to many keynotes, sessions and demonstrations, we're announcing that November 12 is the launch day for both Essential Server Solutions, that both are approaching the Release Candidate 1 milestone...
  • Blog Post: Quick Admin Note

    Astute readers of this blog will note that I've change the owership of this blog from my personal tagline to the "SBS Bloggers" alias. Nothing else is changing, I just wanted to make this blog a little more inclusive of the team and not look so much like a personal blog. ---Mark
  • Blog Post: Inside SBS Podcast Episode #20 - R2 and WSUS

    In this week's episode, we finally return to talk about R2 in general terms, and then dive in to WSUS. Direct link to the podcast: { MP3 } Subscribe to RSS feed for the podcast Show Notes: 00:00 Where have you guys been? 01:15 Getting ready for R2 and WSUS 03:00 First impressions - upgraded...
  • Blog Post: New Community Survey

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] Kevin Beares and company are hosting a new Community Survey. From http://blogs.technet.com/kevin_beares/archive/2007/05/24/announcing-the-sbs-community-survey-for-2007.aspx : Announcing the SBS Community Survey for 2007! The Windows...
  • Blog Post: Daylight Savings Time Reminder

    In observance of the various Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes Microsoft has been working closely with customers, partners and others in the industry to help ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Earlier in the year, many customers across the world were able to transition smoothly by applying the...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 and Vista Event Being Held in Las Colinas Texas Tomorrow

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy Justin Crosby and Peter Gallagher] Peter Gallagher, Charles VanHuesen (of Microsoft’s TS2 team and founding members of DFW-SBS), Eriq Neale (resident SBS MVP and owner of EON Consulting, author of SBS 2003 SP1 Unleashed) and Wade DeVore (owner of NetVision Consulting...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 Migration Demo and Interview

    Check out the Migration demo and interview of Chris Almida.  Chris is a program manager for Microsoft and owns the migration solution for SBS 2008.   SBS 2008 Migration demo and interview For more information about migration, read the SBS 2008 deployment guide . To learn more about SBS/EBS...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Presents Server Quest II

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre] Do you want to try a fun and awesome game powered by SilverLight Technology? Head on over to http://www.microsoft.com/click/serverquest/ and see how you handle the challenges of ServerQuest.
  • Blog Post: Watch an Interview with a Small Business Server 2008 Product Manager

    Click the following link to watch an interview with Sean Daniel: http://edge.technet.com/Media/SBS-2008-PM-Interview-and-Demo/ . Sean Daniel has been a program manager for Small Business Server since SBS 2000. In this video he tells us a little bit about what's new in Small Business Server 2008 and shows...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Call-back support for Small Business Server Products

    On August 1, 2008 the Small Business Server support business at Microsoft will implement a call-back model for all Professional SBS support incidents in the United States. Below is a description of how to contact Microsoft customer service. Why are we moving to a call-back model? 1. To eliminate...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming 5W/50 Webseminars

    Check out these upcoming web seminars: Title Date 5W/50 Series - How can the Microsoft Office Client & Microsoft Unified Communications impact your business? 3/13/2009 5W/50 Series - Migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 on the same server using Microsoft virtualization Technologies 3/17/2009 5W/50...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 Buzz at SMB Summit

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Aanal Bhatt] Hello from Dallas, TX - about 30 of us from Redmond are here at SMB Summit at our first ever partner readiness event for both Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008. I did the opening this morning with an Intro to SBS alongwith...
  • Blog Post: Using SBS as a Home Server?

    Matt Clapham and Jesper Johansson have written a really good overview of SBS 2003 R2 for use in a home network: Master Your Domain: Build a Corporate Network at Home http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2006/10/SBS/default.aspx The article provides a thorough walk-through of features...
  • Blog Post: Meet Dean Paron

    In this second installment in the "Meet the SBS Team" series, we introduce Dean Paron, Lead Program Manager for Windows Small Business Server. Dean talks about his role at Microsoft, the hub and spoke model of program management, and much more. You can send any feedback to Dean directly at twn@microsoft...