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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ahead of the Game Technical Series Roadshow Coming to a City near you!

      Todd Sweetser Microsoft technical training is coming to a city near you. Register now to join us for the Ahead of the Game Technical Series event … space is limited. The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a 2 day hands-on training event for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2011 Essentials vs. Server 2008 R2 Foundation

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- I am absolutely excited that SBS 2011 Essentials is coming soon… and the fact that you don’t have to worry about any CALs makes me even more excited So while we are on the topic of not having to worry about any CALs… it’s only fitting that we take yet...
  • Blog Post: Add-On Software Now Available for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- By now, I’m sure most of you are aware that SBS 2011 (Standard & Essentials) is the final version you will be able to purchase (through June of next year)…. but did you know that SBS blog is still alive and well.…. and it’s been updated to include...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server Supportability Matrices–Exchange 2010 and 2013

    Josh Condie – One of the most valuable resources on the Microsoft public domain that I consistently have partners thank me for exposing to them is the Exchange Supportability Matrix.  These are condensed, single page charts providing all the details necessary for implementing a “supported” Exchange...
  • Blog Post: It’s official, we now have the names, launch windows, and prices for the next generation Windows SMB Servers

    by Ron Grattopp…..Some of my TS2 cohorts and I have been presenting sessions on SMB Servers (up to now known by their codenames, SBS 7 and Aurora) for a series of OEM-focused, Intel-hosted events around the country.  Of course, the two questions we always get are: 1) “when will it be available in...
  • Blog Post: Aero Glass on Remote Desktop Services?

    As you’ve already read , we’ve renamed Terminal Services to Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2008 R2. RDS also gives us the ability to leverage Aero Glass from a Remote Desktop Connection. This is a multi-step process, but there are really two phases. Phase I is enabling the Desktop Experience...
  • Blog Post: Practice Accelerator Sessions – Starting August 13th

      Josh Condie – Below is the schedule for all of the upcoming Practice Accelerator sessions scheduled for next 3 months.  The cost to attend a Practice Accelerator session is now only five Partner Advisory Hours!  A high-value training offering that can help your business expand across...
  • Blog Post: How does the End-of-Life for Windows Server 2000 impact Small Business Server 2000?

    By now you’ve probably seen my post about the End-of-Life for Windows Server 2000. If you still have SBS 2000 in production, this change raises questions with regard to the support lifecycle of SBS 2000 as well. Let’s talk through that. Here’s the support statement for SBS 2000: Isn’t that clear? Support...
  • Blog Post: The SBS 2011 Partner Page is Now Live on MPN!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The team has consolidated some of the most relevant PARTNER facing materials to help you sell SBS 2011: I have included a few of the highlights under each section below: Product References Windows SBS 2011 Family Brochure Why Upgrade to Windows SBS 2011...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade a Foundation Server to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

    Rob Waggoner If you bought Windows Server 2008 Foundation or Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation and you’re now out growing it, Microsoft is offering a limited time upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard .  Until September 30th, 2011, you can “trade-in” your copy of Foundation for credit toward...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 to feature new file system

      Ron Grattopp ….. This sounded interesting so thought I’d share.  Microsoft has announced (via  a post on its Building Windows 8 blog ) that Windows 8 will introduce a new file system known as Resilient File System (ReFS) which will include a next generation on-disk storage engine. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Partner Event in San Antonio–Event Date Changed due to Inclement Weather

      The registration page has been updated to reflect this change.  We look forward to seeing you on the 11th.     Power Up Your Business and   Uncover New Revenue Opportunities   Join us for an insider’s view of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Standard and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Essential Business Server Migration Kit (for free) before December 31st!

      Hurry time is running out on your FREE EBS migration kit.  This Kit helps partners and customers migrate from the suite to the standalone products by providing most of the individual component software from the suite at no charge. This offer and kit availability expires December 31st, 2010...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Windows PowerShell

      Windows PowerShell is a Windows command-line shell designed especially for system administrators. The Windows PowerShell includes an interactive prompt and a scripting environment that can be used independently or in combination. Unlike most shells, which accept and return text, Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Now That You Have That New Customer, What Does Their Network Really Look Like?

    Rob Waggoner   Have you ever gone to install an application into a customer’s environment, especially a new customer’s environment, only to find that Active Directory, DNS, or even Exchange isn’t properly configured?  How do you handle that?  How many times has the customer responded to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server “8” – good to the “core”

    By Ron Grattopp …..Of course there will be lots of goodness coming in Windows Server “8” (WS8 for the rest of this post), in fact, we consider it transformational, that is, with WS8 our server technology is making a paradigm shift of sorts away from the traditional focus on an individual physical server...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Integration Module for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials is Officially Here!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Happy New Year everyone!  Hopefully you are already aware of this… but if not, we wanted to make sure you were! A little over a week ago, our SBS team posted : ===== It is our pleasure to announce that starting today the Office 365 Integration Module...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready for Windows Small Business Server “Aurora”

    Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” is a new edition of Windows Small Business Server that introduces cross-premise functionality, providing small businesses with on-premise file and print, security, backup, remote access, and identity management services, combined with optional off-premise...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Schema Extensions

    Windows Server 2008 R2 includes new features that require a schema upgrade. You do not have to upgrade your schema if you want to run Windows Server 2008 R2 in your environment, but you do need to upgrade your schema if you want to leverage the new functionality included in 2008 R2. What new features...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Server 2011 Standard and Premium Launched Today… SBS 2011 Essentials… Launch Date TBD

    Many of you that have been working with the Beta releases of both Small Business Server 2011 and 2011 Essentials have provided a lot of great feedback as well as shown a lot of excitement around the next generation of updates for the Small Business Server family.   Small Business Server 2011...
  • Blog Post: Up to Speed with Windows Server 2012

    Josh Condie – It’s been a couple of weeks, but these resources are nice ones.  Windows Server 2012 R2 is not just a Service Pack roll-up.  There is significant enhancement and much that is brand new in the areas of virtualization, storage and much more.  This eBook is a great place to...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2011 Essentials–Evaluation Just Announced - Now Available

      Hope you saw the announcement on the SBS Blog - http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2011/04/05/sbs-2011-essentials-evaluation-now-available-start-downloading-today.aspx SBS Essentials Evaluation Download: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/gg604826.aspx   SBS Essentials and...
  • Blog Post: A Concise SQL Server 2012 Licensing Overview

      Josh Condie – With the Release Candidate for SQL Server 2012 now available it is now more important than ever that Microsoft effectively communicate the significant licensing changes that are coming with the new release.  Below is the best, concise summary that I have seen. SQL Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Essential Business Server product development to be discontinued as of June 2010

    In an announcement today regarding the future of our MidMarket Server Suite, Essentials Business Server, the future development of the product will be discontinued as of June 2010. For those Partners serving the SMB market, your favorite server for the SMB market, SBS, will continue to move forward and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 – Beta

    Evaluate the latest virtualization technologies for your organization. Download the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta package today to get the SP1 Beta releases for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.   SP1 Beta Overview The Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2...