Small Business Server 2008 World Wide Community Survey

Passing on an email from Kevin Beares … Microsoft community leader extraordinaire The Windows Small Business Server 2008 WW Community Survey is live This is the third year we have published an SBS WW Community Survey to the SBS Community.  We have learned an amazing amount of information from the people who have taken the time to tell us what they thought. Some things we kind of knew already, but other things were not as clear before we had received the feedback. Because of the previous surveys, we have made some adjustments in our community engagement. To name a few; we really … Continue reading Small Business Server 2008 World Wide Community Survey

Going to meet with Trend Micro next week

This is a copy of an email I sent to the Adelaide SBS User Group a few minutes ago and consider this worthwhile posting to the wider world.   “I’ve got a meeting with Trend Micro next week with one of the top people in the company who’s travelling out from the USA to meet with me and a few others to discuss Trend and the IT community moving forward. This will not be a technical discussion – it’s going to be more strategic.  So, I’d like some feedback to take with me to the meeting. Those of you currently … Continue reading Going to meet with Trend Micro next week

SBS Technical Training now in Canberra

Nick’s just blogged this: 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.

Calling all network manager type people

Put this onto your radar: Had a meeting with some bodies here at the MS Australian partner conference just a while ago, in particular the lovely Frederique Dennison (Product Marketing Manager, Secfurity and Management) where we were discussing network management tools and processes. Microsoft is certainly ramping things up for the SME end of town and if you work in this space then you need to start getting familiar with System Center Essentials (SCE) before the guy up the road does. It’s going to change the way networks are maintained moving forward – making things easier, more visible, more … Continue reading Calling all network manager type people

Adelaide SBS User Group Meeting – October

Don't forget next Monday night, October 23, is the next meeting for the Adelaide SBS group. We'll be at Ingram Micro again (our new home for now) which is level 2, 208 Greenhill Rd, Eastwood. Park across the road on the north side of Greenhill Rd as the undercover carpark is known to 'eat' cars. We kick off at 6:30 but come from just after 6pm for pizza & drinks. Not 100% what the topic will be yet but it will be worth your time. As always entry is free unless you really feel like paying [:D]. If you are … Continue reading Adelaide SBS User Group Meeting – October

Don’t be #801

SMB Nation 2006 is open for registration. This is THE premier event for SME consultants/VARs/VAPs/resellers and you need to do all you can to be there. The conference will once again be held at Microsoft’s Conference Centre in Redmond, Washington. There are only 800 places available so don’t delay getting your registration in – you don’t want to miss out by being number 801 to register. There’s an early-bird special until the end of March where the registration cost is only US$695, following which it’ll go up to US$795. That US$100 saving can be applied to your drinking money in … Continue reading Don’t be #801

Feb user group slides are up

We had a great meeting last Monday night (Feb 20), being our first SBS user group meeting for 2006. The topic was ISA2004, particularly with regard to its place in SBS. Now I’m not going to profess to be an expert in ISA – there are plenty of others around that leave me for dead, but I certainly did learn a lot more in preparation for this meeting. I should point out that prior to any UG meeting presentation I make sure I research the topic that will be presented as well as I can in the time available to … Continue reading Feb user group slides are up

Web site maintenance

Just in case you get to wondering where the web site for gets to – over the next few nights I plan to perform a major overhaul of the site. In fact the entire server is going to be rebuilt. So, if you go looking for it, don’t panic, it’s just having some surgery. Why? Well, I want to make the site more manageable, easier to update and able to provide more dynamic content. The content currently there will be copied over to the new server

September SBS User Group meeting

We’re meeting again on Monday night (Sept 19th), 6:30pm at HP’s Adelaide office – 148 Frome Street, Adelaide. Free parking is available in the street. HP will once again be feeding us so bring your appetite. Not sure yet what the topic will be so if you’ve any suggestions please let me know. I’ll more than likely cover SMB Nation though which was a great event and well worth attending. Make sure you book it into your diary for 2006, Sept 8-10 in Redmond, Washington. If you’re planning on attending the meeting on Monday please RSVP to so we … Continue reading September SBS User Group meeting

June SBS user group announcement

June meeting is next Monday (June 20) at 6:30pm. HP are hosting us again – 148 Frome Street, Adelaide (cnr Frome & Flinders Sts). Parking is available in Frome Street & Flinders Street and is free by this time of day. My plan is to present on rootkits. Keen to hear back any “war stories” on SBS SP1 deployments too. HP will be providing pizza again – I’ll stick with the toppings from last month unless you’ve got other requests. Please RSVP your intention to attend so I can arrange enough for all – & feel free to pass this … Continue reading June SBS user group announcement