SBS Down Under

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SBS Down Under

  • 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 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...
  • Latest Demo Showcase for SMBs now available

    I'm a big fan of show & tell & never is this more important than when trying to translate technology wow into business needs. How do you explain the benefits of Remote Web Workplace to someone with no concept of accessing their info from out of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A useful endeavour or is it just common sense?

    Another great Dilbert today (or maybe I just got bored on the plane coming back from WW Partner Conference in Houston - with thanks to Scott Adams ). Anyway, personal insight coming so look away now if you wish. :-) It's particularly relevant to me for...
  • EBS public beta now open - come & get it!

              As referenced last week, the long awaited public beta program for Windows Essential Business Server 2008 is now open. Woo-hoo! This is a key milestone in the launch timeline & following yesterday's pricing announcement...
  • Good-day, Sunrise

        Tune into Channel 7’s Sunrise Program on Monday 18 February between 7.00-8.00am to see Gadget Guy Peter Blasina demo the new 2007 Office System . Great way to get the message out to literally millions of people & we'll also be...
  • All you've gotta do is figure out which bits to focus on

    Now that SBS2008 has been announced , there's going to be a lot of effort/discussion over the coming months as to which bits partners need to be focusing on. Like any new or upgraded product, not everything is going to be suitable for everyone, but there...
  • Adding Windows Server 2008 into an SBS 2003 network.

    New content from the SBS docs team that will prove handy for partners with customers that are looking to go down the Windows Server 2008 route. Would be interested to hear from any local partners who are starting to look into this or have customers interested...
  • SBS 2008 is still 75 users

    Just confirming - Small Business Server 2008 is still going to be a 75-user product. There's been some confusion lately (our fault entirely) due to a brochure that said SBS is good for businesses with up to 50 PCs. This was merely some marketing copy...
  • Hosted SBS: a partner's perspective

    Excellent post from a Canadian SBSC on how they offer Hosted SBS solutions. As mentioned in the Small Business Partner breakout sessions at our Wave launch roadshow, hosting or SPLA licensing (SPLA = service provide license agreement) is by far the fastest...
  • Windows Server 2008 and native support for tape back-up

    Lots of questions at the recent Wave roadshow around our decision to remove native support for tape back-up in Windows Server 2008. This will be the same for SBS 2008 & EBS 2008 & perhaps need some more explanation given that you'll more than...
  • S.W.O.T. - stands for a substantial waste of time

    A contentious post maybe, but I personally think the SWOT is dead. Many corporations use this Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats model as the basis for their corporate planning & whilst something is better than nothing, I really think SWOT...
  • Meet Michael Jenkin - Aussie SBS MVP

    Fifth in our series of Aussie SBS MVPs is Michael Jenkin of Adelaide. Famous for his http://www.mickyj.com website, Michael is goes out of his way to help take technology into the wider community. Other Aussie SBS MVP profiles that we've covered so far...
  • The strength of the Australian SBS Community

    Since moving back to Australia from the UK a little over 6 months ago, I've spent a fair chunk of time meeting with SBSC partners, presenting at SBS user groups & generally getting out & about as much as I can. I firmly believe that for a company...
  • 3rd update on the complimentary copy of SBS 2008 for TechEd attendees

    The stock has arrived into Australia. Finally. Its sitting with customs at the moment & then shipping to our fulfillment centre next week where we will collate & send out a copy to each of the attendees of our recent SMB Servers day at TechEd...
  • 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 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...
  • Online poll on the Small Business site

    In an effort to better understand the needs & challenges of customers, we're kicking off a series of online polls on the Microsoft Australia Small Business site - this week its all around security. Check it out here. Feel free to fill it in yourself...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Turning one's mirror on oneself

    I was in in Brisbane overnight for the Synnex reseller roadshow (lots of interest in SBS 2008) & so was flying back to Sydney this morning. What followed was three very annoying examples of customer non-service, all of which have me vowing never to...
  • Coming at you live from TechEd Australia 2008

    With thanks to Greg Lipschitz , an SBS partner from Victoria, we have TechEdLive.com . Raw & regular posts on all things from the SMB Servers pre-day through to how to make the best paper plane. Lots of good feedback, video interviews & importantly...
  • When does a job become a career and a career a vocation?

      Personal thoughts written on a soggy Saturday afternoon, so turn off now if you're looking for something a little more highbrow. Image courtesy of Jon at www.geek.on.net TechEd is done & dusted for another year meaning I can now get on with...