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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: 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 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: Here goes nothing

    And so it come to pass that after 7 years, 7 months & nearly 7 days at Microsoft, I've finally got around to publishing a blog. What follows will be my own thoughts, perceptions, comments & updates on all manner of things connected to the Microsoft SBS and Windows Essential Business Server...
  • Blog Post: Breaking new - EBS has released to manufacturing

    News just in from Corp with Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS) being released to manufacturing (RTM) today. Supporting networks up to 300 PCs, the reviews of EBS have been very positive so far & with several hundred betas out there in the Australian market already, we're expecting big things from...
  • 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: 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: EBS 2008 click thru demo

    Following on from the SBS 2008 demo , we have the Essential Business Server 2008 version . Great way to start talking about your solution with potential clients. Cheers & let me know what you think, Robbie
  • Blog Post: EBS 2008 video demo - system health

    Second in the Essential Business Server 2008 video slices comes system health workloads. Cheers & let us know what you'd like to see, Robbie
  • 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: 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: 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: Official Essential Business Server blog

    Nice new Essential Business Server (WEBS) blog to add to your list. We're starting to see more information coming out about WEBS, it's partner eco-system, OEM support, integration with Dynamics etc & so the next few months will be interesting indeed. As part of the current Wave launch roadshow around...
  • 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 & 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...
  • 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: Yesterday, we started on the SBS 2008 journey

    I was privileged & excited yesterday (even super-excited, which I managed to insert 12 times into 45mins) to present the small business partner breakout session as part of the Wave launch kick-off in Sydney. It was the first time we've been able to have a public conversation in Australia about SBS...
  • Blog Post: 10 things you need to know about tomorrow's TechEd SMB Servers pre-day

    This time tomorrow we'll be 2 hours into our SBS/EBS gab-fest as part of the TechEd 2008 SMB Servers pre-day & so if you're coming along, I thought I'd give you a little taster of what to expect. 10. Whilst we didn't make our initial target of 350, I'm happy to announce that we'll have over 250 people...
  • Blog Post: It's best to prioritise things before your head explodes...

      With enduring thanks to Scott Adams . What a crazy couple of months. With TechEd, user group visits, partner roundtables, press interviews, distribution events, Partner conference, meetings with HP, Citrix, Kaseya, Intel, Dell, Optus etc, a kazillion MBA assignments, internal training for this...