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  • Blog Post: SBS myths dispelled...by "Tom"

    In the course of talking to many Microsoft partners and customers, the Windows Small Business Server team has learned that there are sometimes misperceptions about the product, in many cases based on experiences with the earlier versions of SBS. In hopes of dispelling some of these "myths," the team...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Beta 2

    Windows Home Server has reached the Beta 2 milestone! While previous releases have been tested by 1000+ Microsoft employees and some of our hardware and software partners, we are now starting to invite a broader group of external testers to participate in Beta 2. People interested in participating...
  • Blog Post: Survey says: IT pros weigh in on the role of solution providers

    Microsoft recently worked with MarketTools's Zoom Panel Tech to conduct an online survey of 2000 IT professionals about if, how and why they use solution providers (IT consultants, resellers, system integrators and hosted service providers.) The results verify what we've heard repeatedly from customers...
  • Blog Post: SP2 to You

    Based on customer feedback and requests, we have improved the Windows Update, Automatic Update and WSUS user install experience with Windows Server 2003 SP2. The experience is now more like that with Windows XP SP2 , meaning Windows Update End User License Agreement (EULA) acceptance and a Welcome screen...
  • Blog Post: SP2 to AU next Tues

    FYI next week on Tuesday, June 12 th we will begin releasing Windows Server 2003 SP2 through Automatic Updates (AU.) To ensure more control over when and how SP2 is deployed, users will need to click on the AU “Updates are ready to install” balloon notification, accept the end user license agreement...
  • Blog Post: "Centro" = Windows Essential Business Server

    Today we announced Windows Essential Business Server as the official name for Windows Server codename "Centro," our upcoming IT solution designed for mid-sized organizations. We unveiled details about the product, available here , as well as an initial set of hardware and software partners supporting...
  • Blog Post: SBS and EBS videos on Technet Edge

    There are new demonstration videos of the upcoming Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 on TechNet Edge. Program manager Bjorn Levidow provides an overview of EBS management , including remote administration, add-in management and license tracking. Becky Ochs, program manager...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 and VOIP Phone - Simple Setup Mistake

    I thought I would share a little story about my HUGE security oversight with my home SBS 2003 system. I thought it might be good to both to educate and to elucidate how easy it can be to compromise a system. (when you don’t pay attention) I should preface this blog entry with the fact that I am no slouch...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Essential Server Solutions

    As we head into the big Heroes launch next week, Microsoft today introduced the Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products. Available later this year, Essential Server Solutions – Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 – will be the ideal way for small...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Small Business Server 2008 RC0 Public Preview

    After extensive development and private evaluation, I’m pleased to announce that a public preview of Windows Small Business Server 2008 RC0 is now available. Windows SBS 2008 is the next major release in the Windows Small Business Server product family, and it offers a wave of new features for technology...
  • Blog Post: Essential Business Server at Convergence

    Lots happening in Orlando at Convergence 2008 - the Microsoft Dynamics users' conference. Steve Ballmer and vice president Kirill Tatarinov are speaking and the Dynamics team is making a number of announcements , including a partnership with EDS to extend Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployments, a preview...
  • Blog Post: SBS and EBS @ WPC

    Lots of activities around the upcoming Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 here in Houston at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. On top of the many keynotes, sessions and demonstrations to help partners prepare for the Essential Server Solutions, we're announcing November...
  • Blog Post: Essential Server Solutions at SMB Summit

    Greetings from Dallas at the SMB Summit , where 400+ channel partners are gearing up for Windows Essential Server Solutions . Small Business Server 2008 is the topic du jour, tomorrow is all about Essential Business Server 2008 for midsized companies. The Microsoft team is here in force, providing technical...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Solutions Launch Success

    Thank you to all who attended the live webcast and launch event for the Windows Essential Server Solutions product line! The event was a great success, and we keep hearing how excited everyone is that Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 are finally out in the market. Just...
  • Blog Post: Windows Essential Server Solutions go public

    Good news. Today we opened up the Public Preview for Windows Essential Server Solutions - Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 . Visit here to find out how to download and evaluate the Release Candidate 0 versions of both. EBS is available now, SBS will be up within a few weeks...
  • Blog Post: Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 - Get the details here!

    Guy Haycock here - SBS Product Manager. While many of you will be following the news and excitement around the release of Windows Server 2003 R2 today , we wanted to be sure that you saw the related news on Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 (SBS 2003 R2). This is the release 2 (R2) update to SBS...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008: Released to Manufacturing!

    Excerpt from the post on the SBS blog by group program manager Dean Paron: On behalf of the SBS team, I am extremely pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server 2008 software has been finalized! Today both SBS Standard and Premium are being released to manufacturing, which means we begin...
  • Blog Post: Essential Business Server blog

    The team behind Windows Essential Business Server 2008 for midsized companies (part of the newly announced Windows Essential Server Solutions family and formerly known as "Centro") has launched a team blog here . Group Program Manager Eric Watson provides the introduction: In this Blog, key people...
  • Blog Post: WinHEC 2007: 64bit server OS

    At some point along the way, you've probably been given this advice about public speaking: (1) tell them what you're going to say; (2) tell them; and (3) tell them what you've said. I've always found that to be good guidance, yet so easy to overlook or disgard because there's so much I want to say. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Essentials reaches general availability!

    Microsoft has just announced that Windows Server 2012 Essentials is generally available for purchase through volume licensing, retail and reseller channels. This is a great opportunity for Microsoft partners to deliver a solution designed to meet the needs of their small business customers by offering...
  • Blog Post: Essential Business Server on the air

    Mid-market IT professionals interested in learning more about the upcoming Essential Business Server solution should tune into this show on BlogTalkRadio . Microsoft's Steve VanRoekel and Arlin Sorensen of Heartland Technology Solutions talk about the product, how it will help IT pros, and what it will...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 SP1 released!

    SP1 for Small Business Server 2003 has just been released today: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/downloads/sp1/default.mspx or http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39425 This service pack is a lot more than just Windows Server 2003 SP1, it is a rollup of multiple service...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Microsoft’s Core Infra’s Bob Kelly – Closing Thoughts on WPC

    Last week, I attended the Worldwide Partner Conference and I came away with a few overall impressions. First, I enjoyed spending significant face-to-face time with our friends in the industry who have continued to drive success during difficult economic times. Second, it’s incredible to see how the market...
  • Blog Post: Remote Access: SMBs Will Continue to Get Enterprise-Caliber Capabilities With SBS and EBS

    Windows Server 2008 R2 will soon be fully launched, providing a host of new capabilities that will help dial down costs and improve productivity. A key design tenent, which we've discussed in this blog , is how Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 together offer several net-new features, including DirectAccess...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 8: Standards-Based Storage Management

    Take a look at Jeffrey Snover's blog post, Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect for Window Server, where he discusses standards-based storage management in the next release of Windows Server codenamed "Windows Server 8". Read Jeffrey's post on the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform blog .