There’s a whole world outside the USA…

<Rant mode on>


Microsoft – why can you not realise there is a whole world outside of the United States when it comes to setting up and MAINTAINING operating systems?


I have lost count of the number of times I’ve setup a system, telling it to use English (Australia) only to find that it’s switched back to English (United States). Even during the operating system setup process when I specify I want English (Australia) and go so far as to remove the USA references I manage to find it’s “infected” my system once again.


Not only that but upon installing IE7 the first page I get hit with asks me about changing my search provider (not getting into that one right now) and also asks if I want to set myself up for English (United States) once again. Plus that option is the one that’s automatically selected for me so if I’m not paying close attention I might just end up on the opposite side of the world!


Please please please – realise that when I choose my own country I really want to stay there. I’m Australian and darn proud of it, plus I’m sure this affects other country selections as well so I figure I’m not alone in this. I want to speak Australian English, not American (which if you ask a Brit is not real English at all!!)


Also I’d like to be able to specify regional settings in group policy so I can roll out my country of choice to the rest of the computers on the network, so they too don’t get “infected” with English (United States).


<Rant mode off>


Hey – don’t get me wrong. I quite like visiting the USA – I’ve been there some 9 times in the last 2 years, but I live and work in Australia, as do the servers I setup and maintain. I don’t want to have to keep reminding these systems of that fact.


Am I the only one frustrated with this??

SBS Technical Training now in Canberra

Nick’s just blogged this:


http://blogs.msdn.com/nickmayhew/archive/2007/09/14/sbs-partner-training-now-with-a-date-in-canberra.aspx


This follows on from my last post about the training for SBSers. If you’re in Canberra please take advantage of this offer.


It’s a simple matter of economics that if Microsoft can see the numbers in Canberra for these events then they’ll continue to offer them there. If attendance is routinely low (and this is really for any place an event is run) then they won’t be offered there in the future.


So – support yourself and your local community by attending these events and reap the rewards.

Microsoft SBS technical training for Australia

I’ve received an email from Microsoft with the following information in it regarding the next round of technical training sessions coming up. If you’re working with Small Business Server then make sure you register for these events being held through September.


This technical training focuses on the Small Business Server 2003 Release 2 and will be delivered in two sessions, with each session focusing on a different aspect of SBS Server 2003 R2. The sessions will run for approximately three (3) hours with a lunch break in between the sessions. The session’s outlines are:

 Session 1 – Microsoft SBS 2003 R2 – Exchange 2003 and Outlook 2003 SP2 Features

 This session introduces the new features on SBS 2003 R2 in regards to Exchange 2003 SP2 and Outlook 2003 SP2. After completing this course, you will be able to:

·         Describe the new flexible client licensing in SBS 2003 R2. ·         Identify ways to increase mobile security and efficiency through new Windows Mobile 5.0 policies and Direct Push technology. ·         Provide increased message hygiene by using the Open SPF standard as well as an improved Intelligent Message Filter. ·         Show how to allow for more storage with an increased mailbox size limit of 75GB.Session 2 – Microsoft SBS 2003 R2 – Windows SharePoint Services V2.0\V3.0 Features 

This session will introduce WSS v2.0, however it will be mainly focused on WSS V3.0. Students will learn the advantages of using Windows SharePoint services in their SBS 2003 R2 environment. After completing this course, you will be able to:

 ·           Describe the benefits of using SharePoint as an information sharing tool.·           Show the advantages of using WSS V3.0 in their environment.·           Preparing for and upgrading to WSS V3.0.·           Integrate WSS V3.0 into Microsoft SBS 2003 R2 environment. ·           Utilizing advanced WSS V3.0 features to enhance the current environment.

Register now at https://www.local.microsoft.com.au/australia/events/register/home.aspx?levent=400723&linvitation


Spread the word with your workmates, associates and anyone else you come across. I expect all Small Business Specialists to be there too [:D]