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  • Blog Post: What's your take on the economy - part II

    Following on from my earlier post on our proactive campaign to help customers succeed in a tough economy, please find below a video address that Paul Voges recorded earlier today for the attention of all Microsoft Australian partners (Paul is the Director of Small to Midmarket Solutions & Partners...
  • Blog Post: The most important post you'll read today - SBS & EBS migrations

    Now that both the Small Business Server 2008 & Essential Business Server 2008 public betas are available for download (DVDs orderable soon), you should be starting to get your head around migration & how you'll move your existing clients to the new platforms. Given SBS 2008 is 64bit & the...
  • Blog Post: 6 weeks to go until the biggest SBS event in years

    Less than 6 weeks to go & we're getting close to 50% capacity at the TechEd 2008 SMB Servers day on September 2nd. Latest agenda here & so secure your spot today. Yes, I'm going the hard sell. And yes, $550 is a lot of money. But if you sell SBS, or are thinking about getting into a larger customer...
  • Blog Post: More spots now available on the SBS / EBS training

    We've opened up additional spaces on the first round of partner training for Small Business Server 2008 & Essential Business Server 2008 - see registration links below. Local SBS MVP Wayne Small & I will be delivering the presentation, which will be short on Powerpoint & big on demonstration...
  • Blog Post: Media coverage for BCA - SBSC partner of the year

    Great to see some media coverage coming through for SBS MVP Stu Applegate & the team at Business Computing Australia , Microsoft's SBSC Partner of the year . Check it out in the weekend's Courier Mail . Robbie
  • Blog Post: Another update on the complimentary copy of SBS 2008 for TechEd attendees

    Unfortunately there has been a further delay in the WW production & shipping of the SBS 2008 media. Following my earlier update , this means that we're still unable to ship the complimentary copy of SBS 2008 as promised to all attendees of the TechEd Australia SMB Servers pre-day. Please know that...
  • Blog Post: It's been a hard day's night for our partners this week

    Microsoft Australia made an oversight this week with regards to an SMB customer profiling campaign that we're undertaking. I won't go into the details (Wayne has a good synopsis here and a follow-up here ), suffice it to say that we could have been more attune to the concerns of our partners and let...
  • Blog Post: New ANZ SMB IT discussion forum - sign up today

    A new SMB partner-focused IT discussion forum has been kicked off for Australian & NZ IT consultants. To subscribe, email: ANZ-SMB-ITS-subscribe@yahoogroups.com In the words of the moderators, its a: "A community for Information Technology service providers specialising in the (SMB) Small and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia partner hotline - 13 20 58

    With thanks as always to Scott Adams . Great Dilbert this week & particularly relevant to me given the number of random calls I get from partners on every topic imaginable - I guess that's bound to happen with the number of events I attend & business cards I hand out. It's all good of course...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 click-thru demo

    Not sure how many people have seen the SBS 2008 click-thru demo & so here it is again. With scenarios such as back-up, adding a new user, reports & RWW, this fully-scripted demo is a simple, easy way to show a prospective customer the benefits of your solution. Could also be good for trade-shows...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 & EBS 2008 Partner FAQ

    Great FAQ for Partners just released covering Small Business Server 2008 & Essential Business Server 2008 - check it out: Windows Essential Server Solutions Partner FAQ The Wayne & I have just finished the Sydney SBS/EBS Partner training & will be heading onto Adelaide & Perth early next...
  • Blog Post: Register now for the first SBS 2008 / EBS 2008 Hands-on labs

    After much planning & taking into account the feedback from the SMB Servers pre-day at TechEd, I'm happy to announce the first round of SBS / EBS hands-on labs has been released: Small Business Server 2008 Essential Business Server 2008 Microsoft Australia has subsidised these sessions, dates &...
  • Blog Post: Not just hearing, but listening

    As you can imagine an organisation like Microsoft works with a rather large number of partner & customer communities & so our efforts to stay in touch & up-to-date are not always as effective as we'd like. But we try. A big part of this is done via our regular surveys & so in the next...
  • Blog Post: Quick reminder - Wayne & Robbie in Melbourne tonight

    Just a quick reminder that The Wayne & I will be in Melbourne tonight for a combined SBS user group session & demonstration on WESS. Joining us will be HP, Citrix & Kaseya & so come along to get the latest information & ask all those hard questions (of Wayne, not of me...). Details...
  • Blog Post: SBS user group tour with Wayne Small

    As part of our continuing channel readiness efforts please see below details of our upcoming SBS user group tour (unfortunately the Sydney meeting has been & gone - next one on Tuesday, Dec 9th). Entry is free & details on the good work that these groups do can be found here: www.sbsgroups.com...
  • Blog Post: Register now for SBS & EBS partner training

    Get in quick as spots are limited - the first official public showing of Small Business Server 2008 & Essential Business Server 2008 in Australia. With the public beta of EBS 2008 now available & SBS 2008 coming on May 29th (Aussie time), now's the time to take a look at what the solutions will...
  • Blog Post: Software + Services: what does it mean for SBS?

    Lots of comments & discussion at the moment around Microsoft's recent Software + Services updates & announcements at WPC. Whilst the specific details are still being worked out for Australia, what is clear is these changes are part of the ongoing shift in our business model - a change that we...
  • Blog Post: What can we be doing better?

    May is a travel month for me & within the space of two weeks I'll be heading to Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & various events around Sydney. I'll mostly be visiting SBSC & other partners as a way to get a better understanding of three key points: What is Microsoft doing well to help you...
  • Blog Post: Register now for Microsoft Innovation Days

    With thanks to Christian Long from our ISV team: Register now for the Microsoft Innovation Days roadshow in November. This is your opportunity to 'get your feet on the ground, head in the clouds' and connect with top IT architects, developers and partners for a day of technical sessions and compelling...
  • Blog Post: Hands-on labs starting to fill-up

    They've only been live for a couple of days however the first round of SBS 2008 & EBS 2008 hands-on labs are starting to fill-up. The keen-as-mustard Queenslanders have already reached capacity for the first session so nows the time to book yourself in for this intensive 2-day course. SBS 2008 registration...
  • Blog Post: A dozen dead wombats

    We went to the snow last weekend (top notch, best in years) however on the drive home saw no less than a dozen dead wombats lying mournfully by the side of the road. Now wombats aren't the swiftest of marsupials at the best of times & so I can only imagine that the poor little blighters were trying...
  • Blog Post: SBS & EBS in the next Action Pack

    Given that Small Business Server 2008 & Essential Business Server 2008 have now been released to manufacturing, I'm happy to report that both will be included in the next release of the Microsoft Action Pack. Check out the full listing of contents here. This is due for shipment on October 24th meaning...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australian Partner Conference awards - get your entries in now.

    The Australian Partner Conferences awards are now open for submission & so drop everything and get your entry in before June 16th. See here for all the details: https://partner.microsoft.com/Australia/40043064 Though the conference this year is only open to Gold & Certified partners, all members...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 public beta now available - come & get it!

    Hot on the heals of the EBS 2008 beta , the Small Business Server 2008 public beta is now available for you to download. Using RC0 code, this is your first chance to have a play with the software you've been reading about for the last couple of months. Download the software here (Standard or Premium...
  • Blog Post: Online technical support for Action Pack subscribers

    Not sure how many partners in Australia use this complimentary online technical support service but it could be worth a look. Not the be all to end all of technical support, but another tool in your armoury. Open to MAPS subscribers only, questions will be answered by the folks at Microsoft support with...