The Four Musketeers — From Left to Right, Jeff Middleton, Cal McLennan, Jeff Loucks, Les Connor

I was hoping for a cartoon of some musketeers but this will have to do.  🙂

SBS MVPs Community Groups Outreach – Canadian Workshops Tour 2005


The Canadian SBS MVPs invite resellers and consultants who want to understand solutions for small business customers to join together for an evening of presentations and discussion. The local chapters of SBS and Windows professional groups across Canada are joining together with sponsorship by Microsoft to bring a group of Microsoft Small Business Server “Most Valuable Professionals” to meet with you. Each of the SBS MVPs appearing on this tour is an experienced resellers and a community leader. You can expect the same no-nonsense expertise on SBS and related technology applications you read in the newsgroups to be brought to this discussion.


You will have a unique opportunity to speak informally or ask technical questions from some well respected MVPs from across North America, including our special guest, Jeff Middleton SBS MVP (US). For this event series (except Toronto), Jeff will be explaining how his Swing Migration method for SBS and Windows server upgrades ends working on weekends or extensive business shutdown.


Toronto welcomes Jeff back to the TWSUG for the second time this year, and a discussion of “Using Group Policy for force Desktop Applications to run without providing Administrator Rights”.


MVP Name

Home City


Home Country

Les Connor




Jeff Loucks

St. Catherines



Cal McLennan




Jeff Middleton

New Orleans


United States


During April 2004, this first-of-its-kind series of Canadian events will bring IT Pros to meet with IT Pros across Canada. This is being made possible by Microsoft,, and the local chapter professional groups hosting meetings in each of the following event cities:


Event City


Event Location

Local Group Chapter

Register / Contact Info


April 19

The Fairmont Waterfront

900 Canada Place Way


John Eyre &

Graham Jones



April 21

2nd Floor MS Building


Bil Simser



April 25

MPR room B –

MS Mississauga


Cal McLennan



April 28

Centre Mont-Royal


Mitch Garvis  



Find out how your business and customer scenarios compare to those of professionals across Canada, North America, and even worldwide.


The SBS MVPs are experienced IT Pros with unique perspective on SBS the gained working with it personally, and from years of observations from others in the global online discussion newsgroups. Don’t miss this chance for a local meeting where you can join in the discussion.


Make your reservation to join us now! Reservation details…more information on the agenda below Agenda in Brief

Meet our Hosts: Local Chapter Professional Group

The SBS MVPs are offering their time to visit these groups to demonstrate the power and interaction value you can gain from getting involved with professional groups. The local chapter leaders and membership will give you an introduction to their goals, and the resources that are being shared. You will learn of benefits and opportunities available through cooperation with each other, and the Microsoft’s communities team.

Using SBS to empower Line of Business Application

Presenter: Jeff Loucks (Available Technology)

In this presentation Jeff Loucks illustrates why SBS is the ideal server for a small business seeking big business results with a low-TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and high-ROI (Return on Investment). Jeff works with companies of all sizes to provide solutions in Customer Relationship Management, Project Management, e-learning and Collaboration Systems and Enterprise Resource Planning. As a leading expert on Small Business Server for Line of Business Applications, Jeff has guided end-customers and IT Pros worldwide to success in using products including MS CRM, Microsoft Project, Navision, Great Plains, and Small Business Financials.

Jeff presentation identifies the secrets of his success in using both business and technical concepts based upon the Small Business Server platform, when tuned for the customer’s Line of Business (LOB) Application needs and business goals. Highlights include:

Technical Strategies • Optimizing Hardware – 5 Mistakes even experienced hardware architects make. • Optimizing SBS for LOB Applications – Tuning Exchange, SQL Server, ISA, IIS, and pagefile performance. • Application Optimization – Using MS CRM and/or Navision.

Business Strategies and Case Studies • Professional Specialization – Partnering for Success. • HGI Industries – A pair of Windows 2003 Servers were redeployed as SBS 2003 with an additional terminal server. The results were a strategic transition at low cost to dramatically improved performance, security, functionality and flexibility by focusing on the strengths of using Small Business Server, Terminal Server and Great Plains together. • Direct Plastics Group – How a migration to SBS 2003 from Novell and FTGateMail empowered this business to implement a leading ERP system and empowered them to tackle new markets.

Swing Migration: Upgrade SBS servers on weekdays, take the weekends off!

Presenter: Jeff Middleton (

This blockbuster presentation Jeff introduced last fall was rated by attendees as best of Reseller Summit 2004 Tour given by Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, and Trend Micro in Australia, and the best SMB Nation 2004 technical session. Replacing a Windows or SBS Server transparently, open timeline, same domain, no workstation impact…this migration method rocks!!

• This unique technical solution can redefine your SMB business and server support model, even put an end to the “business shutdown” or “the long-weekend server upgrade” approach to Windows Server and SBS upgrades.

• Directly shifting any Windows domain from NT4/SBS 4.x through Win200x over to SBS/Windows 200x become possible, even BackOffice 2000 to SBS 2003 while maintaining the original Active Directory. Swing Migration delivers a clean installed Windows OS platform, (with or without hardware replacement), retains the same server-name, same domain. Keep the same Exchange Information Store if you like.

• No user profile impact, ADMT is not required, no SID changes, no UNC namespace break, just a transparent server upgrade that includes the confidence of not impacting the workstations. This documented process keeps a customer’s domain in production, allows a full server replacement for complicated Exchange based organizations on a single domain controller such as SBS operating as a file server as well. Your technician can work offsite, offline, open-timeline and with nothing to undo if unexpected issues arise.

Open Forum Discussion on SBS Business and Technology Issues

Cal McLennan and Les Connor will lead some open topic discussion, bringing the newsgroup experience to the setting of a user group meeting. Choose your own topic, or jump into someone else’s question with whatever ideas or concerns you want to put on the table for debate. All the MVPs will be on hand to close the evening with an open chat.


One Response to Oh Canada! The Four Musketeers are heading your way!

  1. Steve Banks says:

    Their resemblance to the photo is uncanny Susan. 😉