Insane November is over…

Body: Yes – November is over and I feel somewhat relieved.  It’s been a mad month this month but I’ve got to say that I’ve really enjoyed it a lot.  I’ve visited Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth once each. Brisbane twice and Adelaide three times (twice this week alone).  I’ve presented / trained many people on SBS 2008 and EBS 2008.  I’ve done two webcasts, one to the entire channel and another for Dell to bring them up to speed.  I’ve also done a heap of training sessions one on one with some of the largest OEMs, Distributors and Partners here … Continue reading Insane November is over…

Microsoft Servers in the SMB Market – Part 2

Body: Part 2 of my series for CRN is now up on their site.  It focuses more on EBS 2008.  Looks like they got the formatting better for this one than the one before.  Here it is – keen for all comments please! Category: EBS 2008 Published: 28/11/2008 6:17 PM Attachments:

HP Configuraider to return!

Body: For those of us in Australia, we’ve been bemoaning to HP about the loss of this excellent tool that they have had now for many years.  Well – I ‘”believe” that shortly we will find that this decision will be reversed and that based on input from the community which are the SMB IT Professionals / SBS Groups of Australia, that HP are listening to us and the feedback we’ve given.  Poor old Deke from HP has taken more than his fair share of a beating from the community over the last few weeks and yet he keeps coming … Continue reading HP Configuraider to return!

SBS2008 – Exchange 2007 Mail Store Size

Body: I need to make a correction.  I’ve been aware of the fact that Exchange 2007 Standard Edition which is part of both SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 has an “unlimited” mail store size.  Now I’ve also been aware of the fact that Exchange 2007 Standard Edition can have up to 5 Storage Groups with up to 5 Mailbox Stores in each Storage Group. Further more each Mailbox Store can be up to 16TB in size.  Now the bit where I have been incorrect is that I’ve stated that you can have 5 Mailbox Stores in EACH of the 5 … Continue reading SBS2008 – Exchange 2007 Mail Store Size

Microsoft Servers in the SMB Market – Part 1

Body: I’ve just started writing for CRN Australia, and my first article is funnily enough on Microsoft servers in the SMB Market.  Naturally I am keen for feedback – both good and bad, so please take a look and let me know.,microsoft-servers-in-the-smb-market.aspx Category: Media Published: 20/11/2008 2:50 PM Attachments:

It’s official – SBS 2008 Premium – Second Server CAN be downgraded to Windows 2003 R2

Body: I few weeks back I blogged that the SBS team were working on providing downgrade rights for the 2nd server in the SBS 2008 Premium product to Windows Server 2003 R2 – well it’s official now. Its official !  They will offer Alternative Version rights – see here for details – Component compatibility for maximum flexibility When you purchase the premium edition of Windows Small Business Server 2008 or Windows Essential Business Server 2008 you have a choice to deploy these products: · Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard x86 and x64 platforms are available … Continue reading It’s official – SBS 2008 Premium – Second Server CAN be downgraded to Windows 2003 R2

SBS 2008 Virus Protection Options

Body: Today Microsoft announced the death of Windows One Care including OneCare for Server which comes as a trial product for SBS 2008.  See here for a blog on how it affects SBS 2008. So what then do you use to protect your SBS 2008 server?  Well fortunately TrendMicro release yesterday their Worry-Free Business Security suite for SBS 2008 which also works on EBS 2008.  You can download a trial of their here I’ll shortly have my guide to installing Trend WFBS on SBS 2003, SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 available for those that want it. Category: SBS 2008 / … Continue reading SBS 2008 Virus Protection Options

Netgear WGR 614 Router Config Tip

Body: I had to program a Netgear WGR614 Router last Thursday and the normal would not work.  Most frustrating indeed.  I did some searching and found that if I did a hard reboot of the router and then went to and you can reconfigure it without the wizards.  I could not find anywhere on the Netgear website about this little tip. Hope it helps 🙂 Category: Troubleshooting Published: 17/11/2008 9:07 AM

The Internet must be down…

Body: I’m travelling right now as part of the SBS / SMB IT Professionals Group tour here in Australia, and I’ve just spent a nice relaxing weekend doing pretty much nothing at all.  I’ve caught up with friends here in Perth, watched a bit of TV and a few movies and slept…. a lot!  So it was a surprise this morning when I went to chat to Susan Bradley on MSN IM and found that she herself was offline.  What is the world coming to when “THE Susan Bradley” is offline!  Maybe, just maybe Susan has had some nice relaxing … Continue reading The Internet must be down…

“there wasn’t much real Microsoft content that hadn’t been released already”

Body: The comment above came from Hilton Travis, and was used in the context where he was referring to the SBS/EBS Virtual Launch event that Microsoft conducted on November 12th, 2008.  This blog post is not to pick on Hilton, but to use his comments as an example.  It’s a comment I’ve heard more than a few times now about the information being released around SBS 2008 and EBS 2008. So we have JUST had the launch of the product here in Australia this week. The next version has been 5 years coming, and people have been wanting information for … Continue reading “there wasn’t much real Microsoft content that hadn’t been released already”