SBS Down Under

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SBS Down Under

  • Six months of silence

    I ran the Sydney Half Marathon last weekend & whilst I finished the 21.1km without dying, it really didn’t do too much for my ego. A) It took nearly 2 hours, even though it’s supposed to be one of the easier courses around B) I was lapped by several...
  • Doing things differently

    Henry Ford famously quipped that if he had ever asked his customers what they would have liked, they would have said a faster horse. What's this got to do with Small Business Server? Well, not a lot actually apart from the fact that it provides a nice...
  • About me

    The deep breath before the plunge... I've been with Microsoft for nearly 9 years now & am without doubt, the 2nd least technical person here. I don't know who is the least technical person but the thought that there's someone out there is what...
  • Business plan in a month - great post from Karl Palachuk

    Another great post from my good friend Karl Palachuk on thinking about your business plan. Check it out here . This is not a short-cut or a get rich scheme, but merely some very useful advice if you're struggling to get your thoughts & plans down...
  • Let me know if you haven't received yours

    By now most folks should have received their TechEd bonus copy of SBS 2008. Please let me know if you haven't by COB today & I'll chase like a wired-hair terrier. Cheers & once again, thank you for your patience. Robbie
  • Reminder: see Wayne Small at the Adelaide SBS group tonight

    Quick reminder that The Wayne & I are in Adelaide tonight (Mon 24th) for the SBS users group, along with Citrix & Kaseya. So come along if you'd like to hear the latest. Location: Ingram Micro offices 208 Greenhill Rd, Eastwood Kick-off from 5pm...
  • The SBS/EBS Solutions Pathway - what's it all about?

    Lots of discussion at the moment around the recently announced "Solutions Pathway" & so I thought I'd steal Eric Ligman's post to summarise - see below. Basically, Solutions Pathway is our new upgrade process for all things SBS & EBS...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hear from the experts about how to weather the storm

    Very timely event from our Financing team aimed at helping partners understand & prepare for the coming economic downturn. To assist you in determining what it means for your business and your customers, Microsoft Financing, has assembled a panel...
  • Is your business in the know?

    Heads-up from our SMB team about our continuing customer profiling activities. I really feel these activities will result in more business for all & so am keen to hear your feedback / questions. Cheers, Robbie   Recently, we told you about our...
  • Are your customers thinking about EBS 2008?

    Timely new poll in Australian Reseller News asking partners how many of their clients have expressed an interest in Essential Business Server 2008. Check it out . The continuing launch & interest in EBS 2008 is very much a slow burn because the solution...
  • Get 15% off Office & Windows Server

      Quick heads-up on our latest customer offer: get 15% off selected Microsoft Office & Windows Server products - offer ending December 31st, 2008. Following on from our " Economy " campaign, this is a great way to help customers save...
  • Response Point is coming to Australia

    Many partners have been asking when Microsoft will release the SMB focused VOIP solution - Response Point - into Australia. Well, ask no more for one of our partners, D-Link, will soon be launching their Response Point based VoiceCenter solution &...
  • 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...
  • SBS & EBS trials now available for download

    With the worldwide launch now behind us , I'm pleased to announce the availability of the official trial versions for both SBS 2008 & EBS 2008. These 60-day trials can be extended three times if your customer requires a longer evaluation period. It...
  • Official WW launch of SBS & EBS 2008

    I'm very pleased to announce that Microsoft overnight has officially launched the long awaited Small Business Server 2008 & Essential Business Server 2008 . These have been on the drawing board for over 3 years now & so I for one can't wait to...
  • Live webcast to celebrate the launch of the new Windows Essential Server solutions range

    Join our webcast and see our new SMB Server products that can take your business forward. The Wayne & I will do some live demos & answer as many of your questions as we can. Wednesday November 12th 11am - 12pm Register for the webcast Here is...
  • Fourth & final update on the SMB Server pre-day copy of SBS 2008

    Finally. The 250 copies of SBS 2008 Premium left our dispatch office yesterday afternoon & so should be in the hands of all TechEd SMB Server pre-day attendees in the coming days. Again, my apologies for the delay on getting this out to everyone....
  • Microsoft in the cloud - "Windows Azure"

    Lots of notes & noise swirling around today after the Professional Developers Conference announcement of Windows Azure , Microsoft's platform for cloud computing and software + services. As you can imagine the wraps on this were kept tighter than...
  • Would the real Kenny Rogers please stand up

    I went to the Kenny Rogers concert on Friday night at the State Theatre. Now before you start - it was fantastic. He was funny, the crowd loved it (admittedly I was one of the youngest people there) & he sang all his hits - The Gambler, Lucille, Lady...
  • 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...
  • 1 week to go

    As of tomorrow (Friday), I have exactly one week to go until I finish my MBA . Why am I telling you this? Well, just so as you know that I may be a bit hard to catch over the coming seven days & not as responsive as I'd like to be as I finally climb...
  • 15 additional SBS CALs for SBSC partners only

    Just received word that the exclusive SBSC Toolkit shipping with the October Action Pack will include 15 additional CALs for SBS & EBS. Nice. The kits will be at the Microsoft post office from October 24th & so should be with you a few weeks after...
  • Steve Ballmer wants you to know that he admires developers.

    You've probably heard by now that Steve Ballmer's going to be in Sydney on November 6/7, however what you may not know is that he's going to be presenting at a live web rally . That's right, along with about a thousand other meetings the Microsoft CEO...