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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
SBS 2008 Repair Guide
Microsoft has added a few more scenarios to the Windows Small Business Server 2008 Repair Guide . This guide contains troubleshooting and repair information for problems you might encounter in your Windows SBS 2008 network. The following topics are included: Repair the Windows SBS 2008 Console Repair...
10 Feb 2009
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
Does it matter if I purchase my SBS Server through OEM, Retail, or Open License?
Eric Ligmann has recently written a post on the SMB Community Blog which you may find of interest... Does it matter if I purchase my SBS Server through OEM, Retail, or Open License? This morning there was a question posed by a Partner about whether or not it matters if they purchase the SBS Server for...
16 Mar 2009
Sharing Feedback & Actions Taken on SBS 2008 & EBS 2008
Microsoft recently hosted an informal roundtable event with our Senior Windows Essential Server Solutions Product Manager (Windows Small Business Server & Windows Essential Business Server) from Corporate headquarters - Nicholas King . This roundtable was set up at relatively short notice...
27 May 2009
Migrating SBS 2003 to New Hardware Document on Technical Library
There is now a document is available in the Windows Small Business Server Technical Library focused on " Migrating Windows Small Business Server 2003 to New Hardware ". This document solution helps you: Install SBS 2003 on a new computer Join the new computer to the existing Microsoft Active...
5 Dec 2008
The Official SBS Blog : SBS 2003 to 2008 Migration Best Practices Post Has Been Updated
We thought that this might be of interest, posted on The Official SBS Blog : We have updated the SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration Best Practices blog post with a few new recommendations. Please review the following post before attempting an SBS 2003 to 2008 migration: SBS 2008 Migrations from SBS...
2 Jul 2009
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
Don’t miss this opportunity to accelerate your server sales. From January 15 to June 30, 2009, resellers and system builders can qualify for valuable rebates when they sell and deploy any of the following server operating systems: $100 for Windows Server 2008 Standard $500 for Windows Server...
2 Feb 2009
Windows Server Offer has now been extended to include Open Program Licensing!
To help our channel partners continue their investment in delivering the best business value to their customers, we are offering a services rebate from January 15 to June 30, 2009. The following service rebates will be available when partners sell and provide services for the listed servers: Partners...
20 Mar 2009
Order hard copies of the SBS and EBS 2008 customer brochures
Printed versions of the Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 customer brochures, plus folder wallets, are now available to order. The brochures aim to provide customers with the key content required to make purchasing decisions. They also feature a whole page...
13 Jul 2009
Generate leads with our free Small Business Server Marketing Materials - download now!
Microsoft have just finished putting final touches to a new campaign for partners that will help you target small businesses with Small Business Server (SBS). The campaign centres around manager stereotypes which align to the problems customers experience, and then match the features of SBS to...
19 May 2009
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
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
Catalogue of Installation Error Messages in Windows SBS 2008
The Official SBS Blog has posted a useful article about installation errors in Windows Small Business Server 2008.... Catalog of Installation Error Messages in Windows SBS 2008 [Today's post comes to us courtesy of the SBS UA team and Kumud Dwivedi] Having issues during installatation of Windows SBS...
9 Feb 2009
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
FREE SBS 2008 or SharePoint Services training available for Next Week, courtesy of C2K!
Authorised Distributor, C2k have a number of places available on their Free of Charge Technical Training series which they would like to offer out to Microsoft partners. Each course typically costs up to £800 per day per delegate, so this is a great offer. Capacity is 12 per course...
22 May 2009
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
Reminder: Register For Andy Trish's SBS 2008 Configuration exam 70-653 Prep Live Meeting
Reminder... there are only a couple of days left to register for the first of a series of Microsoft Live Meetings where SBS MVP Andy Trish will be giving an overview of the features you’ll need to learn and guidance on exam taking for those that haven’t yet experienced Microsoft testing before...
26 May 2009
Open License Media fulfillment via Distribution Partners
Recently a couple of SBSC partners have contacted Microsoft to alert us to issues they have around obtaining media kits with open licensing. Some of the issues have arisen from lack of clarity around the process - some have arisen through fear of delay in fulfillment. In the latter case, please be aware...
11 Sep 2008
SBS 2003 R2 With Software Assurance Offer has been Extended
Have you taken advantage of the Windows SBS 2003 R2 with Software Assurance promotion ? For those who are not aware, the SBS 2003 R2 with Software Assurance offer has been extended to December 31, 2008. What are the Customer Benefits? If a customer buys Windows SBS 2003 R2 with Software Assurance can...
30 Oct 2008
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