SBSC’s listen up…

Body: July 1st marks the end of one age and the start of a new era in the SBSC space in Australia. Hilton Travis has ended his term as SBSC Pal for Australia and passed the baton to Keira McIntosh for the coming 12 months. The SBSC PALs role is to act as a channel to communicate to Microsoft on issues affecting the SBSC community. Keira started a blog a few months back and you can get to it here http://smbmanifesto.blogspot.com/ Congrats Keira, you’ve bitten of more than you can chew, but I’m sure you can handle it 🙂 Category: … Continue reading SBSC’s listen up…

Microsoft Australia focusing on the SMB space in Australia

Body: Many in Australia are concerned that Microsoft are not understanding the needs of resellers in the SMB space. Some have made brash claims that MS simply don’t care. I can tell you from the meetings I’ve had inside Microsoft that those comments are extremely misguided. Most of the work I do inside Microsoft is covered under NDA and I can’t talk too much about it, however this is one thing that I specifically wanted to get out to the community so I sought permission to report it here. On June 26th when most business were busy focusing on closing … Continue reading Microsoft Australia focusing on the SMB space in Australia

Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner released.

Body: Have you ever had suspicions that your Active Directory environment was not right? Well Microsoft have taken today released another tool that can be used to scan your environment and help diagnose the issues you might have.  It’s called the IT Environment Health Scanner and comes from the Essential Business Server team who originally designed it to ensure that EBS could easily install into an existing network.  I’ve been using it as part of my pre-flight check on my SBS 2008 migrations and it’s great at finding out things that you don’t know. Go download it now from here … Continue reading Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner released.

How to make your own tablet PC…

Body: A fellow MVP just posted this cute 30 second video on how to make your own Tablet PC.   Don’t try this at home… it requires special skills that many of us do not have…and guts too 🙂 Published: 8/07/2009 3:16 AM Attachments: http://blog.sbsfaq.com/Lists/Posts/Attachments/337/videod908e5cfb7b3_27B811A2.jpg

Port 48195 – increased attacks

Body: I was onsite today with a client and they still use Scorpion Softwares Firewall Dashboard product to monitor their ISA 2004 server.  The morning report came in and it showed that from some time yesterday there had been a massive increase in the attacks on their server.  I dug a little deeper and found that the attacks were all destined for port 48195.  I did some digging and found nothing out there at the moment, so I pinged a few security people I know (Susan Bradley and Dana Epp) – they too knew nothing. From what I can see … Continue reading Port 48195 – increased attacks

SBS 2008 joins Social Media

Body: Microsoft need your help….  In FY10 they are adopting a social media strategy that includes not only their own assets such as blogs, forums and newsgroups, but also third party social platforms like Facebook and Twitter.  In part due to the high adoption of IT pros of both Twitter and Facebook, and the low cost awareness these types of assets can create. Facebook recently announced a vanity url program, but in order to qualify as a page we need to have 100 fans.  From today we need to get to 100 fans as quickly as possible.  Our goal is … Continue reading SBS 2008 joins Social Media

Free Guide “Getting Started with Companyweb”

Body: Robert Crane – a local Sydney SharePoint Guru has released a free guide that gives a brief walkthrough on just what Companyweb is and what you can do with it.  Robert  is a wealth of knowledge on SharePoint particularly in the SBS / SMB space and his experience shows through in this guide. SBS 2008 has built within it a very deep collaboration system based around Windows SharePoint Services which is a little brother to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. WSS can do some amazing things for your business in terms of it’s ability to centrally store and manage massive … Continue reading Free Guide “Getting Started with Companyweb”