If you are at SMBnation east there will be a SBSC townhall meeting.  If you are not here check out some upcoming webcasts:

Note: There are two sessions of this presentation.

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WPG03PAL: Microsoft Partner Network for Small to Midsize Business (SMB) Partners

AM and PM session options:


May 04, 2010 – 8:00 to 9:00 AM Pacific Time

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May 04, 2010 – 5:00 to 6:00 PM Pacific Time

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Presented By:
Judy Kolde – Sr. Director, Worldwide Broad Partner Strategy, Microsoft

Join us to hear about the exciting new ways for SMB partners to engage with Microsoft under the new Microsoft Partner Network.
Throughout the MPN evolution process, you’ve told us how you want to partner with Microsoft, and we’ve listened. Now, there is more opportunity for you to engage in MPN than ever before:
o Small Business Specialist Community – will continue as a designation
o Small Business Solution Provider Competency
o Small Business Solution Provider Advanced Competency
o Midmarket Solution Provider Competency
o Midmarket Solution Provider Advanced Competency

: 100
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker; Partner Marketing; Partner Sales; Partner Training; Partner Developer; Partner IT Professional


Partner Information:
You have been selected by your Microsoft contact to attend a Partner event that may be of interest to you.

Register for the event here:

What to expect?
Academy Live webcasts are 1 hour online events for Partners and Microsoft employees using Microsoft Office Live Meeting. Connect with Microsoft and other partners; listen to Microsoft subject matter experts as they discuss their areas of expertise related to Microsoft’s sales and competitive strategy. Learn more about Microsoft’s products (including insight into products on the launch horizon); positioning of business value to customers; sharing wins from the field and how the account team won; world class selling skills and best practice; and leveraging Microsoft resources to maximize your productivity. Webcasts for partners caters to all depths of knowledge.

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If you have any questions on this or future Academy Live webcasts, please contact us: mspal@microsoft.com.




Eriq’s talking about how he moved off of Exchange to Kerio in earily April and disabled Exchnage on SBS 2008

He’s finding that it is lower hard drive requirements means that his lower powered server is happier.

He specifically talked about how he moved to Kerio Connect as of early April and is finding his server is happier, his iPhone doesn’t notice the difference and the clients don’t know the difference between Exchange and Kerio Connect.

To answer a few tweets – yes it runs on Foundation Server – great for your 10 and under workstations.

Check it out and download the trial — http://www.kerio.com/connect/download

The famous Ellis Island photo and the visit that Oli, Amy and i had yesterday to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is fitting for the “theme” of 2010.  Change.  There’s a great deal of change that we have to deal with and our customers have to deal with is huge this year. 

Look at what change historically people have dealt with.  No change is greater than the change of a country, the change of language, the change of place. 

Immigrants came off the ships from overseas, got off on Ellis Island, got processed, got on ferries to New Jersey, got on trains to the rest of their lives. 

For all of the technology change we deal with, no greater change compares to that of a change in home.


As a human race we should be used to change as we historically have had a lot of it.


Check out the visibletweets web site to see what’s being talked about at SMBnation.  If you want to add your comments just add #smbnation to your tweet.

In the keynote… and the comment is “It’s not about technology it’s about change management.

Long term companies win by creating of their own market disruptions and thrive with the change. 

In IT we are and need to be CHANGE AGENTS

All being asked to “do more for less’

Technology is evoluntionary and commoditized

Commodity services going to the cloud

So if you are on the East coast — are you ready for SMBnation East tomorrow?

 From Harry earlier today:

Quick updates for you!


·         It all starts early Friday AM, so please check the schedule at www.smbnation.com so you are rested and ready to rock!

·         My keynote address is 8:30AM and I suggest you take your seat by 8:15AM.

·         Be sure to visit each sponsor in the Marketplace Expo and complete your PASSPORT!

·         A completed passport will make you eligible to participate in many drawings including the grand prize award: Crested Butte Colorado Ski/Golf Vacation!

·         Have fun in the hotel tonight seeing old friends – but not too much fun!

·         A SHOUT OUT to our platinum sponsors BlackBerry and Microsoft!


Remember that our Twitter hash tag is #smbnation so please tweet away – I will use Twitter to make announcements and updates.

SBS 2008 Update Rollup 4 Released (KB979454)

This update is also available for direct download from the following Microsoft Update Catalog Web site:


As I blogged before… this is a biggie and one you want on your box.

If you have issues installing it. please post back, leave your email address.