Reading my blog…

Body: If you are reading this via any other URL then you might not get the full postings in your RSS reader. The true URL to read this blog it – go visit it and subscribe using the URL on the site. Published: 1/10/2007 2:54 AM

We’ve Got a Guy.

Body: More announcements from the SMBNation Keynote. Eric Ligman has announced the "We’ve Got a Guy" campaign starting real soon now. It’s focused around the "We’ve Got a Guy" where often we the SBSC’s have to go and clean up after "the guy". This time however, it spins it a little better and focuses on the skills of the SBSC partner for Microsoft. The website is live now and the promotion to customers starts real soon. Category: Partner Tools Published: 30/09/2007 2:37 AM

Who wants a trip on Microsoft’s dime?

Body: Today here at SMBNation, Eric Ligman announced a new promotion for FY-08 exclusively for the SBSC channel. The grand prize is a trip for you and your team to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, including rafting trips, helicopter flights and much much more… Watch out for more details real soon now. Category: Partner Tools Published: 30/09/2007 2:28 AM

SBS Best Practice Analyser – available soon.

Body: Exchange, ISA, SQL and Windows Server all have a best practice analyser – the BPA looks at the system and reviews the particular product for it’s setup and configuration and compliance to the recommended best practice as put forth by the MS Product Support Services teams. Well – soon (like in the next week or so), Microsoft will launch the SBS 2003 Best Practice Analyser. I’ve beta tested this now for a few weeks and it’s pretty cool indeed. Here’s a few screenshots to keep you interested till it’s released. I’ll let you know when it’s available here on … Continue reading SBS Best Practice Analyser – available soon.

Grey has left the building…

Body: I don’t know if it’s a good day or not. I’ve just been told that long time SBS MVP, Grey Lancaster, the man who I believe is the community grandpa of SBS, has left the SBS MVP family. No – he’s not passed away or anything, in fact he’s quite healthy and has the massive ear to ear grin of a Cheshire cat. Grey has been announced as the first Windows Home Server MVP. Grey was the guy who started what is now the SBS2k Yahoolist which has been a hub of the community around SBS for many many … Continue reading Grey has left the building…

SBS Cougar Preparation…

Body: So I’ve spent some time today here in Redmond with the SBS Product team. I and other MVPs are hearing from Microsoft on what they have planned for the next version of SBS aka Cougar due out some time after Windows Server 2008 is launched. I wish I could tell you all the cool things that they have shown us, but naturally a tight NDA covers that and they’ll sue my pants of if I reveal details of what they have talked about. Ok – that being said, what can I talk about? What do you need to skill … Continue reading SBS Cougar Preparation…

SBS Tech Center – New and Improved

Body: NEWSFLASH: I’m here at Microsoft Redmond today and in the last 45 minutes they have launched a new Tech Center on the MS Technet website specifically for SBS 2003. Which has some cool new features. You can get to it at   Normally, if you post feedback on the site, you get no feedback. One of the cool things of this new site is that you can give direct feedback to any author of an article on the site. By default all feedback is anonymous, but if you leave your email address in the feedback then the … Continue reading SBS Tech Center – New and Improved

The day before it begins!

Body: Today is the day before SMBNation begins – we’ve been involved in a few meetings with the Centro team which are really cool. I’d like to say more but they have threatened me if I do J Also got to meet my editor @ MS Press – Karen Szall is the lady who will be guiding me on the way to the Cougar Administrators Pocket Consultant book – due out mid next year. More details to follow soon. Published: 28/09/2007 11:04 AM

Backups while I’m away from home

Body: I use a combination of backups on my home SBS network – naturally, it’s not your normal network. I’ve got an SBS 2003 R2 server with a few extra tweaks, a large server that hosts a number of virtualised systems (both WS 2005 R2 and VMWare Server). Backing up this lot is a bit of a challenge. While I’m away, my wife is swapping tapes each day. I use BackupAssist to make this easier. BackupAssist is a pretty cool product that allows you to backup your server to tape, disk, FTP and a number of other destinations. It makes … Continue reading Backups while I’m away from home

Handy maps to have when visiting Microsoft in Redmond

Body: I’m here in Redmond for a few days to attend SMBNation and also to visit a few people at Microsoft on various teams to make good contacts so I can write even better and more informed things on Cougar, Centro, and the other products I’m involved with. One of the things you learn after working with MS for a while is that their campus here in Redmond is BIG – really big. And you can get around parts of it by walking if you want. So each time I come to MS, I download these three maps to my … Continue reading Handy maps to have when visiting Microsoft in Redmond