For anyone who’s gone to Jeff Middleton’s IT Pro Conference in New Orleans, you will probably will recognize that building street view of Bourbon Street.  What you won’t recognize is the storm clouds and the police curfews.

Jeff and his family that live outside of New Orleans are staying put in the area and live in an area of high ground.  Even with that I’ve given him strict orders to send a message letting us know he’s okay once the storm has passed.

Thoughts and prayers to all.

When you deploy a brand new operating system one of the first things one needs to check on is if antivirus products support it.

With Windows 2008, most of the desktop versions of the a/v will run on the servers just fine, but the console versions will need to be supported.

Trend is coming out with a beta for SBS 2008 that Wayne blogged about:  If you want to see how it works on SBS 2008, sign up for the beta.

What’s new in Worry-Free Business Security™ v5.1?

  • Additional Microsoft Operating System support: Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 (Cougar) and Microsoft Essential Business Server 2008 (Centro) Support
  • Microsoft Exchange 2007 Server on Windows 2008 Support
  • Web Threat Protection Feedback Loop Support
  • CSA memory reduction to under 40Mb (this is accomplished with the new Virus Scan API 8.9)
  • Integrated install with Worry Free Remote Manager

To all those in Gustov’s path, we’re thinking of you guys and wish it doesn’t head your way.

It goes to show us that we always need to be prepared for disasters and ready for whatever happens.

Do your clients have a disaster plan?  Are they prepared for the worst?  You may not live in Hurricane country, but don’t think a disaster can’t happen to you and your clients.

There are times I really want geeks to understand that technology serves a master.

That master is business.

I really don’t care if the Intranet settings on IE8 to not conform to the “standards” that the author of the registry article (who works for Opera, another browser) wants them to be.

I really don’t care that in the ideas of this author that Microsoft has broken their “promise”.

Here’s reality folks.  People do not upgrade no matter how good the security is or the features are if it causes a lot of pain and hardship to business.  Heck even in the consumer world, it’s like pulling teeth for people to embrace change.

But Opera, start living in the real world of business decision makers.  We don’t read RFPs.  We don’t tout them as being a religion.  We need our businesses to work.  Technology is here to help us do business.  And business is our master.

If we forget that, we’re in big trouble.

Just in case you were wondering… the license plate on the car currently is the dealer name … Crevier MINI in Santa Ana.  And a huge thank you to Christian Banks for a wonderful buying experience.  I’d highly recommend Crevier MINI for a wonderful dealership to work with (and Christian as a wonderful Motoring Associate)

The license will be MYE COOP to go along with my Sister’s MYE MINI.

(and no I didn’t buy Software Assurance.. it comes with a warranty already 🙂

It does have an instruction manual that I’m about to sit down and start reading 🙂

So does anyone know if the Blackberry BES software that runs on a SBS server can run on a 64 bit edition?  BES runs on 32bit SBS 2003 but we’re not sure it will run on the 64bit SBS 2008?

If so you have a couple of options. 

Mobile 6 that work natively.

iPhones that will sync.

Or see if it will run on 32bit Windows 2008 and put it on the second server?

So does BES run on 64bit?  This “will it run on 64bit” is a question many of us need to ask about our software.

Now on the Train/Bus/Train traveling down to Santa Ana to pick up Coop tomorrow morning. Listening to (what else?) the sound track from the Italian Job and of course checking out the news on the MINI forum.

A friend of mine says that he thinks he might be able to get professional help for my addiction to MINIs. I think he’s just envious.

(pardon any typos…. typing this in a moving bus going over the grapevine)

Shopping list for Frys…

audio connection thingy for car
retractable audio/mic for laptop

(remind me I need to do a Fry’s run this weekend)


Microsoft takes community seriously with SBS and EBS launch – Blog Site:

 In a few short weeks if there’s a guy who looks like this…

Or like this…

I want you to give him a huge Kiss and a hug from me for doing all that he does for the upside down folks.

P.S.  if you want to pass on the Lipstick and not be wearing any when you kiss him, that’s okay with me.

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Who should attend?
Any partner selling servers into SMB

What will you get out of it?
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DEMONSTRATIONS – will show the installation, set up, deployment and migration from previous versions, and updated features.

NETWORK WITH YOUR PEERS – at the premier event for Microsoft SBS partners this year.

ROUNDTABLE the issues, and gain tips for driving your business from your Peers, with extensive Partner-to-Partner content.