Mid Market Server at TechEd

In about a week those of you traveling to TechEd in Los Angeles need to pencil this presentation on your calendar:


The reason?  Because I haven’t met a mid market business that hasn’t has a mess of this server and glop of that one and no real organization or structure in their network.

Now mind you I still say that the name “Essential” sucks because what EBS provides a mid market firm is way more than just the essentials for the firm, but naming aside, if you happen to be down there… BE IN THAT ROOM and meet with the EBS folks.

A Cutting Costs with Windows Essential Business Server 2008 session will be featured at Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2009, May 11-15 in Los Angeles.  Eric Watson, Group Program Manager on the EBS team, will be presenting. 


You’ll hear updated details on how EBS 2008 can assist you in cutting costs by maximizing user productivity, reducing IT overhead by optimizing administrative tasks, and by consolidating workloads.  EBS, a holistic approach to infrastructure for midsize businesses with up to 300 computers, is freeing time for administrators to focus more on strategically growing and optimizing their companies than troubleshooting issues. 


See how you can cut costs with EBS by:

  • Using a simplified management console with a single unified view that’s more secure, conforms to best practices and is extensible. 
  • Utilizing at-a-glance health updates, centralized license and user management and customizable reporting that enhances effectiveness. 
  • Consolidating workloads, reducing technology management chores and server sprawl and saving on your power and cooling footprint. 
  • Benefiting from virtualization support in EBS that is included with Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 Standard.
  • Saving time with EBS best practices planning, preparation and installation.  See how to fix your infrastructure by running the Windows Essential Business Server Preparation and Planning Wizards, which performs over 100 infrastructure health checks that commonly break installation or cause operational issues.  Please note that the wizards are freely downloadable and can be used to identify issues in your environment regardless of an actual EBS deployment.
  • Learning from constructive and informative video demonstrations of the EBS Planning and Preparation Wizards, the ‘simple to set up’ Update Management Configuration Wizard and a video on using tasks in the Administrative Console.

The following EBS sessions are the ones to attend:

  • WSV324  Windows Essential Business Server 2008: Technologies that drive cost out of Midsize Businesses
  • TTK13  New Windows infrastructure solutions for midsize companies

Please also visit us in the EBS booth.  EBS team Senior Program Managers Kannan C. Iyer and Chuck Archer will be there all week, along with Mike van de Merwe from our TAP team.  Eric Watson will also be there, so please be sure to stop by and say hello.  We’d love to see you. 

Chuck Archer

EBS Senior Program Manager

If the internet is a bit slow today

The Official SBS Blog : Using Windows 7 BETA With SBS 2008:

Windows 7 RC is out for those on TechNet and MSDN and remember if you want to use connect to add it to your SBS 2008 box you will need to update the connect code.


SBS 2008 Build Day – Las Vegas

Do you live around Las Vegas?  There’s something special coming up on May 9th from 9:30 to 4 p.m.  Tim Carney and friends are putting on another SBS 2008 Build Day.

If you are near Vegas and AREN’T signed up for this… you will lose out on a big educational event!

Las Vegas User Group & Microsoft Present:

SBS 2008 Build Day – Partners showing Partners how to Successfully Deploy SBS 2008

Event Code: 137823 (http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=137823)


9:30 AM – 4:00 PM PDT


New Horizons CLC of Las Vegas

7674 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 250

Las Vegas, NV 89128

United States

General Event Information

The Las Vegas Small Business Users Group is pleased to announce a special event for Microsoft partners – a one-day Small Business Server 2008 build event and technical education opportunity.

Event Cost: In-Person – $25.00 (includes breakfast & lunch) – Cash Only Please
Live Meeting – Please do NOT register using this link, email suzl@microsoft.com to register for Live Meeting only.

This event will showcase a live step-by-step SBS 2008 build, including joining XP Pro and Vista clients to the domain and a review of the other post-installation Getting Started Tasks. Interspersed throughout the build will be discussions of various topics such as:
• Minimum and recommended hardware requirements
• Use of the Answer File
• Network changes from SBS 2003
• The new Management Console
• Other highly useful information
Following the networking luncheon we will discuss:
• Migration tasks, experiences and caveats

• Edge-Security (Amy Babinchak – Microsoft MVP)

• Securing SBS 2008 with AuthAnvil (Dana Epp – Microsoft MVP)
• SBS 2008 Gotchas (Susan Bradley – Microsoft MVP)
• Licensing (Tim Carney –

The Official SBS Blog : SBS 2008 Update Rollup 2 Released (KB960911):

The Official SBS Blog : SBS 2008 Update Rollup 2 Released (KB960911):


Start there

If you, in any way shape or form, touch, work on, breathe near, a SBS 2003 or SBS 2008 server, the one blog site you should look at first before any other site is http://blogs.technet.com/sbs

That site should be where you start to look.  Before you google, before you search, start there.  Read it every day there is a post.  But if you’re reading this blog first and then going to the SBS blog.  Stop.  Do it the other way around. 


Start at http://blogs.technet.com/sbs

IE 8 is not being "pushed"

IEBlog : Prepare for Automatic Update distribution of IE8:

“Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running IE6 or IE7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008 will get will get a notification through Automatic Update about IE8. This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time to the entire user base. On Windows XP and Server 2003, the update will be High-Priority. On Windows Vista and Server 2008 it will be Important.”

If you turn on Auto updates, IE8 will not automatically install.  All that it’s doing is offering up.  If you choose ‘notify me’ or ‘download but do not install’ it also appears to you that it’s being pushed but it’s really not.

Internet Explorer 8, now being pushed – isc:

Not pushed, just offered up.

(edit) Let me be really clear on this “Pushed” in patching terms means that it will be shoved out via automatic updates. It is not being shoved or pushed out.  It is up in the high priority.  It will not auto install if auto updates are enabled.

Forgive me Father for I have sinned

Forgive me Father for I have sinned.  I have a HP server that had an Unknown !(bang)  in the drivers section that was related to an ACPI\HPI0002\  It annoyed me, but I couldn’t find the driver on the HP web site.

Tonight I did…. well kinda found it.. but certainly not on the HP web site.

HP ML Series Server – Unknown Devices – K Blog:

Yes Father, forgive me.  I downloaded a zip file from an unknown location and installed it so that my “!” would go away.

Not the poster child of safe computing I know.

Does it help if I opened it up in Ubuntu first and examined it?

What to expect on SBS 2008 in the way of patches tonight

So it’s the night of the “other” patch Tuesday and what patches did we get?

First off if you manually MU a SBS 2008 you may get different patches offered up at this time.

First off you’ll notice that you get IE8 offered up if you manually MU your system.  Honestly I’m still in testing mode and not ready to give the go ahead to approve that.  IE8 is still in “offer up” not “push out” mode and I’m still testing.  And I’m certainly still in test mode for servers.

Next you’ll see that there’s SharePoint sp2.  HAVE A GOOD BACKUP FIRST.

Let me say that again about Service packs in general.  THERE IS NO RUSH TO INSTALL A SERVICE PACK.  Have a B-A-C-K-U-P first before you install this.

Last but not least on the manual MU you will see the update rollup 2 for SBS which fixes some issues with the console.

Also on WSUS being offered up to SBS 2008 is the prelim patch for Win2k8 SP2

Which given that SP2 just RTM’d tonight as well… (not yet on MU/WU merely RTM’d) means for more Service pack fun.


Tomorrow is the "other" patch Tuesday.

Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2009:

Tomorrow is the “other” patch Tuesday.  The one at the end of the month that is for non security stuff.  Tomorrow we’ll find out what is offered up on the “other” patch Tuesday.

Stay tuned until tomorrow when we’ll find out more about what exactly we will be seeing on the “other” patch Tuesday.

Check out the new forums

Hi All,

Apr 27th, 2009, at 9:00am PST, this Partner Online Technical Support will be
on the new Forum technology. Since then, you will submit new tech issues to
the POTC on Forum whilst the “New” option will be removed from NNTP
newsgroup. If you still have threads in troubleshooting on the previous NNTP
newsgroup, you can continue following them up on NNTP newsgroup until every
thread is solved. The landing page on the partner portal is still at
https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40014662 and the user guide will be
refreshed on time. If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties
when loading the POTC on Forum, please send email to pngfd@microsoft.com.