Welcome to My New Blog

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Welcome to my new blog - My name is Steven VanRoekel, I am the director of the Windows Server Solutions team at Microsoft. We are the team that takes the complex and makes it easy for small and midsized businesses (businesses with fewer than 500 employees or so). We are the team that brings you Windows Small Business Server ("SBS") and are working on a similar product for midmarket, codenamed "Centro" (similar to SBS, but spread across more than one machine, and we assume there is a local IT person onsite to manage it).

I have been at Microsoft for 13 years, and have had a number of different jobs throughout my Microsoft career. I started in the Premier Support team down in Las Colinas, Texas - focused on servers and networking technologies. From there, I moved to the sales team in Houston as a technical sales specialist, and then to the same job in Dallas. While in Dallas, I started doing a more PR and marketing, even appearing on the local Fox TV station and a local talk radio show. In 1999, I moved to Redmond to work as Bill Gates' speech manager (a fun job to say the least), and after working for Bill for almost three years, went on to lead the marketing efforts around Microsoft's efforts with Advanced Web Services. In 2004, I joined the Windows Server team to start the Midmarket/Centro effort and to move to the job I have now directing the Windows Server Solutions team.   

Through this blog, I hope to create an informal connection to the Windows Server Solutions team. I want to discuss topics that may be of interest to you or bring new things to light about SBS, Centro and Microsoft. If you want to send me any questions, my email is I will do my best to get you an answer as soon as I can.

Here's a photo of me in case you see me at a conference and want to say "hello"...

I look forward to interacting with all of you.

- Steve

  • A new blog to watch folks...

  • Thanks for the new Blog Steve.
    Looking forward to "Centro" enormously - a product who's time has more than come considering the inovative ways in which people have already extended SBS installations out in the marketplace.

    This should bridge the gap between SBS and "Big Server Land" (as Susanne calls it ) nicely and provide a common meeting ground for IT pros from both ends of the spectrum. Hopefully also, an easier, better and price pointed upgrade from companies outgrowing SBS than provided by the current Transtion Pack.

  • I'm putting my Dew/Koolaid drink on the table this morning and I'm going to flat out ask the community......

  • I'm putting my Dew/Koolaid drink on the table this morning and I'm going to flat out ask the community......

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