A new Microsoft Server?

Just signing up for some of the “community groups” at the MS Australian Partner conference in early August. In the signup process we need to give a little information about ourselves – fairly normal stuff. Once of the questions made me stop short though: A server in your pocket?

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 … Continue reading There’s a whole world outside the USA…

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.

I thought I should crow about this one…

I’m at the Microsoft Australian partner conference, being held on Hamilton Island. There are 633 Microsoft partners here and around 140-150 Microsoft staff, together with 23 exhibitors including Trend, Kaseya, Wacom, ProCurve etc. Anyway, Friday night is the big gala dinner where the partner awards are given out. I’m proud to say we’re a finalist for the Partner of the Year award for the Network Infrastructure category. We’re up against 2 giants – Commander & Southern Cross. Just being a finalist is something special but winning will be even sweeter. Anyway, just in case you don’t believe me, check out … Continue reading I thought I should crow about this one…

Products coming to end of support life

Got an email from John, my MS partner account manager. He was forwarding on a newsletter called the “Microsoft Support Lifecycle Customer Informational Update”. Some relevant (SBS-ised) inclusions are: SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3a — Support Ended July 10, 2007, Custom Support availableOn July 10, 2007, SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3a (SP3a) transitioned out of its supported lifecycle. Custom Support will be available and additional details are available from your Technical Account Manager or Account Representative. SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 0 — Support Ended July 10, 2007SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 0 (SP0) transitioned out of support … Continue reading Products coming to end of support life

CRM 3.0 EAP released

Attention Microsoft Partners, if you want to get your hands dirty with CRM 3.0 (for testing purposes only) check out http://microsoft.order-7.com/CRMpartnerBeta/ . You need to sign in with your MS Passport to get access to the downloads (462Mb for the SBE edition – just right for SBS). WARNING: don’t go installing this on your production server, it’s not final code and so is for testing only. I understand the final product will be released over the next couple of months. As covered at last Monday nights SBS user group meeting, my personal recommendation is you stick to your knitting when it … Continue reading CRM 3.0 EAP released

Microsoft finger print scanner review

I bought, and started playing with, a Microsoft USB fingerprint scanner yesterday. I’ve only had a little play with it but so far it looks pretty cool. I started by installing the software that shipped with it, following which you can plug in the device. Unfortunately I had a couple of BSODs which I’m guessing were related but to be honest I didn’t take the time to check the event logs – and the system automatically restarted anyway. After 2 of these it was fine so I soldiered on. You start by scanning your fingerprint into it – selecting a … Continue reading Microsoft finger print scanner review

The roadshow is over…

Last day of the MS/HP/Trend Micro SMB Partner Summit today. I’m sitting in the exhibition area looking at all the tired faces around me – it’s been a long 5 weeks but certainly worthwhile. Firstly, David Allinson (MS Australia SBS & Windows Server product manager) needs to be congratulated for having the intestinal fortitude to pull this off – it was a step into the unknown to conduct this roadshow, as it’s not been attempted before. Also, it was a big gamble for him to bring Jeff “Swing IT!!” Middleton out here, all the way from New Orleans (or “Noo … Continue reading The roadshow is over…