Heroes Happen Launch 2008 – A few photos

Body: So I’ve spent the last 12 hours today at the Heroes Happen Launch here in Sydney.  One of the funny things they had was giant green screen where you could have your photo taken with the Heroes from the launch.  Here’s a few that we had done. These are a few of the guys from our Sydney SMB IT Pro group (formerly the Sydney SBS Group) Published: 28/02/2008 11:12 PM Attachments: http://blog.sbsfaq.com/Lists/Posts/Attachments/128/02282008night_054_14.pnghttp://blog.sbsfaq.com/Lists/Posts/Attachments/128/02282008night_0548x6.jpghttp://blog.sbsfaq.com/Lists/Posts/Attachments/128/02282008night_063copy1_13.pnghttp://blog.sbsfaq.com/Lists/Posts/Attachments/128/02282008night_063copy18x6.jpg

Windows Server 2008 – Virtualisation Licensing

Body: At the Heroes Happen Launch here in Sydney today, Microsoft have clarified their licensing of Virtualisation.  My particular interest is with the licensing surrounding the Standard edition of Windows Server 2008.  The information on this so far has been that Microsoft will allow you to run one physical instance of Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition and within that you can run one virtual instance of the Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition as well.  Well today in Sydney they are saying that yes you can do this, BUT that the physical installation can only be used as a host for … Continue reading Windows Server 2008 – Virtualisation Licensing

Heroes Happen 2008 Launch – the pitch

Body: So the pitch here is to the IT Pro’s where they are saying that the real Heroes in the industry are us  the IT Pro.  They want to change the current 80/20 Maintenance/Innovation ratio to enable us as Pros to be able to spend 80% of our time on innovation and only 20% of our time for maintenance.  Finally – I think Microsoft get it.  We as IT Pros should NOT be spending our time looking after the systems – we should be spending our time trying hard to make the infrastructure a strategic asset for our customers.  Heck … Continue reading Heroes Happen 2008 Launch – the pitch

Heroes Happen 2008 Launch – Sydney

Body: You know – I’ve been watching the marketing for this launch just like everyone else.  Microsoft are using cartoon characters as the prime "face" of this launch, and I’m not really sure just how well that is being taken in a business world for a serious business product.  Sure it’s different, but in realist how much of the marketing hype affects our decision to purchase a product vs the product features itself?  Ok – so let’s look at the line up, we have TJ which represents  Windows Server 2008, Cor – SQL Server 2008 and RAIN – Visual Studio … Continue reading Heroes Happen 2008 Launch – Sydney

Proud Dad!

Body: Yup – that’s me and this has absolutely NOTHING to do with IT or the SMB market.  My daughter is a very talented young lady and her artwork is one of them.  She’s had some of her artwork online for a while now and has been pretty private about it, but last night decided to share the URL for her site with me.  I’m pretty impressed with the things she has done at such a young age and wanted to share it with you.  So here’s her gallery.  http://little-miss-artist.deviantart.com/  This is just some of the great stuff that she … Continue reading Proud Dad!

Geek toys I want :-)

Body: My 40th birthday is coming up in March and well yeah – I’m getting old 🙂  I know that your all asking yourselves, just what can you get for me – the geek who has almost everything.  Well one of the guys in the office came across this cool toy.  I want one!!! http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/a1c2/           Here’s another idea that is kinda cool too.  A living fly trap. Environmentally friendly too!  I’ve had a venus flytrap before and that was cool – but this one has 10 different plants in one! http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/76c9/         … Continue reading Geek toys I want 🙂

Trend CSM 5.0 Features & Beta Program

Body: Shortly I’ll be testing out Trends new version of Client Server Messaging Security for SMB (CSM).  The current version is 3.6.  The new version will have a new name, taking on the name from the Worry-Free product line.  The new product will be called Worry-Free Business Security (WFBS) v5.0 Now this won’t be available for a few months just yet, but here’s a sneak peak at the feature set from it…   What’s new in Worry-Free Business Security™ v5.0? Feature List Location Awareness: ability to identify the location of a client based on the server gateway information. Administrators can … Continue reading Trend CSM 5.0 Features & Beta Program

Trend Worry Free Managed Security Services Playbook

Body: Not sure if many of you know about this cool offering from Trend.  It’s a guide written by managed services guru Amy Luby on how to maximise your Managed Services offering using Trends Worry Free Management console for CSM for SMB.  It’s a light read, but contains good information for those of you getting into Managed Services.  You can get the guide direct from Trend here http://us.trendmicro.com/us/products/sb/worry-free-remote-manager/prereg/index.php Keen to know what others think of this guide. Category: TrendMicro Published: 25/02/2008 11:02 AM

SBS 2008 – Screen shots

Body: Currently, I am under NDA not to post screen shots of the SBS 2008 Beta that I’m involved in, but I’ve had many requests from people wanting to know what it looks like.  So here’s the one place places that Microsoft themselves have posted screen shots of the product so you can get a feel for what it looks like. Bear in mind that it is still in Beta and therefore you may find things change between now and the release of the product in the 2nd half of 2008. Here they show the new RWW interface and the … Continue reading SBS 2008 – Screen shots

SBS 2008 & The Second Server

Body: Details of SBS 2008 were announced earlier this week and as part of that the Premium Edition was announced.  SBS 2008 Premium will include a second Windows Server 2008 32 or 64bit Standard Server license.  In addition, you get SQL 2008 Server STANDARD edition as well.  What does this really mean though.  Let’s look at it from a few angles. SQL 2008 Server STANDARD – yes – I put it in capitals to emphasis the point that it is the STANDARD edition and not the workgroup edition that we had in SBS 2003 Premium.  How many of you had … Continue reading SBS 2008 & The Second Server