SBS2008 Public Beta now available!

Wahoo! The public beta of SBS2008 is available as of today (5/28/2008) from the Microsoft download site. If you interested in testing this release candidate, registration is required. Hardware requirements include a 64 bit platform, 4gb memory, and a 60gb hard drive.


Remember … this is beta software, and is not to be run in a production environment. The purpose of the beta is to get more hands and eyes on the software and to provide feedback to Microsoft.


-kw

SBS Community Survey

OK, folks, please take 3 minutes and respond to Microsoft’s 3rd annual SBS Community Survey. This survey is all about the SBS community, where you find your support, what blogs you find useful, etc. Kevin Beares, who is doing this survey, has done a tremendous work in promoting and supporting SBS through the community, the MVP and the partner channels.


So, go ahead and click the link … it will only take 3 minutes and I promise, it won’t hurt!


And thanks!

XP SP3 and HP

Well HP finally admits there’s an issue (surprise, surprise) with XP SP3 and some of their AMD systems. They are recommending to their users to NOT install SP3 until they have a prerequisite fix available for download later this week. Read more here.


-kw

XP SP3 and MCE (Revisited)

Well, SP3 is now officially out, and many people have encountered the problem I did after installing SP3 where the system going into a continual reboot cycle. Jesper Johansson has written a very detail, in-depth post on the causes and fixes for this situation (click here).


 I will be giving his workaround a try later this week on my wife’s XP MCE computer (HP with an AMD processor!) to see if SP3 successfully installs.More latewr.


-kw

USB Drives and Slow Server

I know that there are plenty of posts that deal with issues related to external USB drives on servers, such as problems when rebooting the server, or the server acting strange when a USB drive is not removed properly. But until today, I had not encountered any of these scenarios.


Situation was that the server was slow to log on, and clicking on ‘My Computer’ took several minutes before it would display the full list of server drives. My first attempt to resolve the issue was to uninstall the A/V, but that did nothing. I then tried rebooting the server, but to no avail.


Finally, I noticed that there should have been two external USB hard drives attached that the customer uses for rotating real time backups. These were assigned as drives L: and M:, but M: did not show any drive attached. So, I clicked on the handy-dandy green check icon to safely remove the missing USB driver, and voila!, everything started working.


Hope this helps someone down the road!


-kw

SBS/EBS 2008 Prices and Public Beta Announced!

This SBS Team posted the following announcement today:


Today Microsoft announced the following prices for the Windows Essential Server Solutions family:


  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition software, including five CALs, $1,089 (U.S.); additional CALs $77 each (U.S.)
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition software, including five CALs, $1,899 (U.S.); additional CALs $189 each (U.S.)
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Edition software, including five CALs, $5,472 (U.S.); additional CALs $81 each (U.S.)
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition software, including five CALs, $7,163 (U.S.); additional CALs $195 each (U.S.)

We also announced availability of the public beta, which is available here: http://www.MultiplyYourPower.com