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  • Blog Post: Our slides from the Wave launch small business partner session

    We're now halfway through the Wave launch roadshow & so as promised, here's a link to the slides we present during the Small Business & System Builder session . Am hosting these (& other appropriate SBS & WEBS collateral) via the Microsoft Skydrive website - up to 5GB free online storage...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008: Interview with Sean Daniel, Program Manager

    We're starting to see more information coming out from the product teams around Small Business Server 2008 , including this recently posted interview with the program manager, Sean Daniel - Click here to watch. You can also connect to Sean's excellent, informative blog here . Robbie
  • Blog Post: Australian pricing for Small Business Server 2008

    As announced at last week's TechEd SMB Servers pre-day , the Australian ERPs for Small Business Server 2008 are as per below. I'm putting together a full listing of SKUs (including Academic, transition packs etc) & will get this up in the next couple of days. Of course, you should always speak to...
  • 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: SBS 2008 Open licensing - issues & updates

    With the release of SBS 2008 onto the distribution pricelists on October 1st, there have been some issues around: SBS 2008 CAL downgrades to previous version (how to get the license keys) Adding SA to SBS 2003 R2 OEM & FPP product I'm waiting on an update from Corp on what we're going to do on the...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 pricing released

    Microsoft today released the US pricing for Small Business Server 2008 & Essential Business Server 2008 . Full details on the press release here . In summary, the pricing of the new products is as follows: Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition software, full boxed product, including...
  • 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: 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: Virtualisation for SBS 2008 & EBS 2008 - the official story

    The Windows Essential Server Solutions team in Redmond have released the official SBS & EBS virtualisation scenarios - one of the key pieces in the lead-up to the November 12th worldwide launch. Full details here: SBS 2008 virtualisation EBS 2008 virtualisation To-partner webcast that goes through...
  • Blog Post: October 24, 2008 (Out-of-Band) Microsoft Security Response Center Security Bulletin Release

    What is the purpose of this alert? Microsoft is scheduled to release a security bulletin (out-of-band) to address a vulnerability in all currently supported versions of Windows. The software update will be available for download from the Microsoft Update / Windows Update web site from 4am Australian...
  • Blog Post: Wayne Small's article in CRN

    Great read from The Wayne in this week's Australian Computer Reseller News magazine. Check it out here . I particularly like this article - not only because Wayne's now doing some work with us to spread the SBS/EBS gospel, but because it gives a solid, honest reseller's take on what the new solutions...
  • 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: Agenda nearly set for the TechEd 2008 SMB Servers pre-day

    We're just over 2 months out from the Australian TechEd 2008 SMB Servers pre-day & so the agenda is almost locked. Speakers are almost locked, giveaways are almost locked, sponsors are almost locked & we've almost reached 25% of our attendee target. So, have a look at the agenda below & think...
  • Blog Post: Update on SBS 2008 downgrades

    Lots of discussion (and confusion - our fault) on SBS 2008 downgrades & so to try & make it clear, the table below summarises what you can do: CALs If I want to downgrade SBS 2008 to SBS 2003, how will CAL activation work in that scenario since SBS 2008 will not need any CAL activation, but SBS...
  • Blog Post: Register now for the SMB pre-day at TechEd 2008

              TechEd 2008 early-bird registration has opened. As per my earlier post I'm happy to announce that we've secured a full SMB Pre-day! This will be filled to the brim with deep technical content around Small Business Server , Essential Business Server & the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Update on the complimentary copy of SBS 2008 for TechEd attendees

    We're still waiting on the first shipment of Small Business Server 2008 to come in from our regional operations centre in Singapore & as soon as it arrives, we'll be sending it out to all the TechEd 2008 SMB Server pre-day attendees. As discussed, this will be a full for-sale version that you can...
  • Blog Post: The burden of knowledge...

    Very timely Dilbert today :-) (with thanks to Scott Adams ) Given the imminent release of SBS 2008 & EBS 2008, now is the time to really start thinking which of your customers (if any), you'll look to upgrade to the new platform. And why. From a tech point of view, business point of view, user point...
  • Blog Post: Slide decks from the TechEd 2008 SMB Servers pre-day

    Apologies for the delay - I've finally uploaded the slide decks from the TechEd 2008 SMB Servers pre-day & so please download at your leisure. These are the presentations that Nick, myself, Dean, Wayne & Lingan presented & they include loads of hidden detail slides that we didn't have time...
  • 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: 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 2008 video demo - adding a new user

    Next in the series of SBS 2008 video demos - adding a new user . Things to watch out for: Simplified add user UI More secure by design Setup of multiple workloads all in one simple wizard Guidance to enable tech-savvy business owners to do this too! Enjoy, Robbie
  • Blog Post: SBS & EBS webinars - download now

    Hot on the heels of the hands-on labs we announced last week, you can now check-out the recently recorded Partner Academy Live Technical Training series. Recorded at Corp with a mix of demo & talking-head PPTs, each hour long, downloadable session will give you an overview of the specific area, which...
  • 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...