SBS Down Under

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SBS Down Under

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • How to migrate from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008

    Great post from my colleague David Overton in the UK. There's loads more on his blog, but the nuts of it are here: " Details of the process can be found in the Windows Small Business Server 2008 technical library .  One of the MOST IMPORTANT...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • SBS 2008 video demo - Remote Web Workplace

                            We received some great feedback from last week's " tell us how to you want to get up to speed on SBS 2008 & win a free book " extravaganza (books being labelled...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Get your booties on because this is your last chance to register for the SMB Server day at TechEd 2008!

    Registration for TechEd 2008 closes at 3pm on Thursday, August 28th & so if you wanna be part of the biggest SBS & EBS Partner event in Australia since the launch of SBS 2003, now is the time to register. Full details & registration available...
  • Meet Stuart Applegate - Aussie SBS MVP

    Who are the Australian SBS MVPs? Don't even know what an MVP is? Well here's your chance to find out. The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award is given to select individuals around the globe in recognition of their voluntary involvement & leadership...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Technical content on SBS 2008 & EBS 2008

    Lots of good technical content starting to flow down for SBS & EBS now & so at the risk of clogging your download limits, I thought I'd collate & share some of the most popular. A few of these were distributed on the USBs that we handed out...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Meet Wayne Small - Aussie SBS MVP

    Our final post in the series of Aussie SBS MVPs is Wayne Small - from here on in known as The Wayne . Prolific SBS group poster & moderator, Microsoft Press author & owner of the SBSfaq website , Wayne has been involved with SBS since before the...