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Windows Essential Server content on the Partner Learning Portal
Learning paths are now available for the Windows Essential Server family on the Microsoft partner portal. These include both sales and technical training recommendations for Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. Learning paths are designed to help you navigate...
19 Aug 2008
SBS Hyper-V document on Technical Library
We are pleased to announce that the following document is now available in the Windows Small Business Server Technical Library: Using Hyper-V with Windows Small Business Server 2008 . This document provides an overview of the use of virtualization in a SBS 2008 environment, and discusses scenarios in...
5 Nov 2008
Virtualization in Essential Business Server - 3 common scenarios
I just posted about the Windows Essential Server team in Redmond running a special session for partners on SBS 08 and Virtualization . They have also run a session for partners covering the intended support details for running Windows Essential Business Server 2008 in a virtual environment. You...
18 Sep 2008
Introducing Jamie Burgess and his new blog
Jamie Burgess has recently joined Microsoft has a Partner Technical Specialist with a core focus on Small Business Server, Essential Business Server, Windows Server/Windows Desktop and Deployment. He's also just started up a blog, Hit The Ground Running , in which he aims to use to document lot of the...
10 Oct 2008
Heavily Subsidised Technical Training available on SBS 08 & EBS 08
Many SBSC partners have been asking us for Hands on Lab technical training for the Windows Essential Server Solution products - Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008. Well, they are now ready and open for registration. I'm pleased to advise that the Partner Readiness team have...
24 Oct 2008
TechNet Exclusive! Hear from the guy that brought you Microsoft’s enterprise computing to small and medium businesses
TechNet are offering an exclusive opportunity to meet Nicholas King, Technical Product Manager from Microsoft Corporation before the launch of the Windows Essential server solutions offerings (Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008) on November 12 th . Hear...
8 Oct 2008
Migrating to Windows Small Business Server 2008 from Windows Small Business Server 2003
One of the key questions coming up from small business partners are we continue with our SBSC User Group tour for the WESS launch is around Migrating SBS 2008 from SBS 2003. I therefore wanted to point you to Jamie Burgess' blog post which gives some top tips on things to remember. Go here to learn more...
22 Oct 2008
Introducing our new Partner Programme Videocasts
Microsoft have just launched a series of videocasts to kick start your knowledge of the Microsoft Partner Programme and to help you get the most value from your partnership. All videocasts are accessible on our brand new Partner Player — you simply pick the videos you want to watch, be that...
7 Nov 2008
SBS & EBS trials now available for download
Following the worldwide launch on 12th November, I'm now pleased to advise that 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 can then be upgraded to a fully licensed...
24 Nov 2008
WESS Partner Training Update - January
Here's an update from our Partner Readiness team around Windows Essential Server Solutions training (SBS 08 and EBS 08): Partnercast: SBS/EBS/Windows Server: Which is right for your customer? (wma) There have been a number of significant product announcements from Microsoft in the recent part. With options...
14 Jan 2009
Register Now for the 12th November Virtual Tradeshow
Demonstrate your unique partnership with Microsoft and generate more leads by inviting your customers and prospects to watch the “Dream Server” webcast. Together you can see how partners like you and Microsoft can make it possible for SMBs to achieve new business capabilities that traditionally...
3 Nov 2008
The Fantastic 40 - Free Application Templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Last week we embarked on our SBSC User group tour to deliver partner readiness for the launch of Windows Essential Server Solutions. One of the topics that has come up in the Windows Small Business Server 2008 product session relates to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and the FREE application templates...
20 Oct 2008
WESS SBSC Tour is coming to Liverpool!
As you are aware, Microsoft are currently touring around the SBSC user groups to deliver some partner readiness in preparation for the launch of Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. I'm pleased to announce that the tour has been extended and will be coming...
23 Oct 2008
SMB Nation Event a great success!
For those who were unable to make the SMB Nation event the other Friday, hosted at Microsoft's offices in London, I wanted to point you towards a couple of posts from SBSC partners who provide their own brief accounts of the event: Vijay Riyait's (SBSC PAL) blog post can be viewed here . Guy Gregory...
15 Dec 2008
Sharing Feedback - SBSC WESS Launch User Group tour
As promised, we wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some of the feedback we received from the SBSC WESS Launch user group tour. We have now presented at all eleven user groups and have successfully succeeded in our aim of doubling attendance of each group. In total, through the medium of...
23 Dec 2008
SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 RTM Bits Shipping to Partners
We've just had an update from our Microsoft colleagues in Seattle that the RTM bits of SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 will be shipped in the October editions of the Microsoft Action Pack (MAPS) box, Small Business Specialist Toolkit, and the quarterly box for Certified and Gold Certified partners. Small Business...
1 Oct 2008
Manchester SBSC User Group
A couple of Thursday's ago I headed up to Manchester to join the SBSC Manchester User Group. It was a really interesting evening with full agenda. The evening kicked off with one of the members, Leslie Cupitt of Business Solutions Ltd , delivered a comprehensive session on Vista 64 bit in an SBS environment...
8 Sep 2008
Windows Essential Business Server 2008 has been Released to Manufacturing
As of earlier this week, Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS 2008) reached RTM! (English now, more languages to come soon). Eric Kidd, General Manager of EBS based, has written a blog post around the RTM so have a read of this post to hear Eric's thoughts. In his blog post, Eric calls out two...
18 Sep 2008
Citrix Access Essentials webinars
Citrix Systems have recently joined us on the WESS launch SBSC User Group tour. Following some great interest from SBSC partners in Edinburgh last week, Sally Ross from Citrix has asked me to post her invitation out to all SBSC partner to invite you to some webinars they are holding in December. The...
10 Nov 2008
Windows Essential Server Solutions Exam Availability
A number of you have been asking me about Windows Essential Server Solutions exams. I have been told by my colleagues at Microsoft Corporate that Windows Essential Server Solutions exams are coming soon... Windows Essential Business Server 2008 RTM exam (70-654) available in English on October 9th Windows...
2 Oct 2008
The Official SBS Blog : SBS 2008 Launch Success
Taken straight from The Official SBS Blog , I wanted to make sure you all saw this post about some videos available on SBS 08 and EBS 08 from the TechNet Edge team: Thank you to all who attended the live webcast and launch event for the Windows Essential Server Solutions product line! The event was a...
14 Nov 2008
Small Business Server 2008 and Virtualization
Earlier this week the Windows Essential Server Solutions team in Redmond released the official Small Business Server 2008 virtualization scenarios - one of the key pieces in the lead-up to the November 12th worldwide launch.The team ran a special session for partners covering the intended support details...
18 Sep 2008
WESS Partner Readiness Launch - The SBSC User Group tour!
In preparation for the launch of Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Microsoft will be visiting SBSC User groups around the country in October and November to deliver training and readiness to SBSC partners. These sessions are being run for existing user group...
25 Sep 2008
An SBSC Partner User Group is coming to Leeds
One of our SBSC partners, Lee Evans of Result IT Ltd , has contacted us as he is keen to get a user group up and running in Leeds for partners based in and around the surrounding areas. He's already had some great interest from partners and we know there are more of you out there who may be interested...
15 Oct 2008
Guidance for Small Business Specialists: Virtual Launch Announcement E-mail
With the the launch of Windows Essential Server Solutions, Microsoft delivered a webcast as a virtual launch announcement. There is now some guidance available to SBSC partners about how best to use the virtual launch announcement e-mail to generate leads, including instructions on syndicating...
2 Dec 2008
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