MVP Tour

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The following is a list of all entries from the HP category.

Jessica talks about the logistics of getting HP gear moved around on the Tour

Jessica talks about how the tour uses all sorts of transportation means to get the HP gear from place to place including vans, planes, and even Stagecoach and Pony Express.  Somehow, not sure about the Pony Express part, but for sure the HP gear has been driven and flown around the world.  But if you look behind her on the wall, she accidentally gave out a NDA secret.  The tour is hoping to go in other countries including Asia and South America.  Nothing is firmed up yet, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed and we’re hoping that more locations around the world can be included in the SMBMVPTour stops!

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Secure Remote Access in a Connected SMB World – The Next Generation of Server Solutions

One of the unique things about the tour is that each stop can customized content and lenght of time of the content.

So when Brad Dinerman who heads the National Information Security Group – Boston Chapter asked for customized content regarding SMB security issues, it was no problem.  Off to Boston was sent Amy Babinchak (formerly Firewall guru ISA MVP) and Dana Epp (Enterprise Security MVP) to the Boston venue.

Secure Remote Access in a Connected SMB World – The Next Generation of Server Solutions –  The world is changing. Anywhere, anytime access for small businesses is here to stay. Be it with new on-premise and cloud based hybrid solutions offered by Small Business Server (SBS) Essentials 2011 with Office 365, or extraordinary shared remote desktop solutions with Windows Multipoint Server 2011, our options to deliver the right solution for the right needs has become much easier. But extending such remote access to increase productivity and maintain flexible work environments for staff comes at a cost. We have to learn what risks this may expose, and learn how to mitigate the risk to an acceptable level for each business case. From everything including a rich browser based file access experience for all your corporate data held on a server in Remote Web Access to remote applications capable of running almost anywhere inside and outside of your network, knowing how these solutions have been built and what security risks we should consider can help us to be forewarned, and forearmed. Join the SMB MVP Tour as we explore how Microsoft and HP are delivering interesting new ways to extend business productivity securely inside the corporate network, and from almost anywhere in the cloud. See the latest Windows Server Solution stack from Microsoft running on the latest client and server solutions from HP

You’ll find out about what two factor solutions are available for the SMB space as well as a frank discussion regarding the real risks out here from those that not only protect SMBs but have to protect their own company assets and intellectual property as well.


Connect with the tour!

Jessica our fearless SMBMVPTour newscaster shot a video recently regarding all the ways you can connnect with the SMBMVPtour.  She showcases all the places online you can reach using her HP laptop (And of course she has a HP hot pink laptop)

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Our home page is , but we’re also online on Facebook at, on twitter at and on youtube at

Check out where we’ll be next!

Fabulous in Finland

On behalf of myself, the Gnome, and all of the presenters of the SMBMVPtour, we are all humbled by the outpouring of help and graciousness of the folks that helped to get this part of the European tour organized.  We want to take the time to especially thank some key team members that helped to organize these recent events.

Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom was a fantastic host in two Swedish events.

Tero Leskinen

Tero Leskinen

Tero Leskinen from Finland was over the top in his help and support.  Tero even graciously loaned out help from his firm in the form of Antti and Toni.

In addition we’d like to thank Riku Reimaa from Microsoft Finland for his help in getting this event together and for being an excellent host at the Microsoft office (Oy) in Espoo, Finland.   We also had special guests from HP that were from the Finland, Global and Emea teams who took the effort to come to Helsinki and visit with me, the Gnome and interact with the local participants.

It was great to meet folks like Matt Thompson from HP Emea who will be helping with the rest of the European events later this year.

Truly we were blown away by everything that occcured on this Road Show.  Spending days driving in a van might not sound like fun but when you are there with fabulous folks like Caroline Jane Takeuchi, Lucy Ellis and Greg Starks, who have ensured everything ran smoothly and supported Marina Roos, Oliver Sommer and Jeff Middleton (the tour speakers).

A special thanks to the following people….without their help this roadshow would not be possible.

From HP, Greg Starks and Lucy Ellis:
Greg Starks

Greg Starks

Lucy Ellis

Lucy Ellis

And Carolyn Jane Takeuchi from Microsoft:

Carolyn Jane Takeuchi

Carolyn Jane Takeuchi

Check out Coffee Coaching from HP!

The Gnome is relaxing at home before heading off to Las Vegas and next week.  During his time off he likes checking up all the stuff that and are up to.

If you haven’t checked out the HP Coffee Coaching resources – take time this weekend before SMBnation to check out these short educational videos that keep you up to date on all things HP and SMB channel related.

Check out Coffee Coaching from HP!

Two big OEM news items today

Two big BIG OEM news items today:

SBS Essentials is now available as an OEM install on the HP MicroServer:

HP MicroServer with SBS Essentials Pre-installed: $899 with 4GB RAM, 2x500GB RAID1  HP Part #658552-xx1

And the MultiPoint server is available via reseller option kit:

The Roadwhow!

Okay so you STILL don’t know what we’re all about?  Or where to go for more information?

Check out the nicely done HP blog post that recaps the videos of what the Tour is all about.

As you can see they even put a picture of ME, the SMBMVPTour Gnome in their latest video!

Sharing a special video

Speaking of videos I just had to share this one here:

When you do a tour that includes demonstrating cool hardware, obviously you have to set up that hardware.  HP is shipping boxes of hardware all around the world so that you can see how cool it is up close and personal.



That sexy HP gear we got

So one of the questions, I, as the SMBMVP tour gnome get asked about a LOT is what are the exact skus for the stuff I’m showcasing on the SMBMVP tour.

First off before I go any farther I need to thank the people at HP for their help, support, and great hardware.  In particular my buddy from HP – Greg Starks.  If you don’t know who he is, you should take the time to watch the video from SMBnation where Harry Brelsford interviews Greg.

They really have some nice gear that fit in well with the SMB solutions.

To make it easier to find HP gear, first and foremost you can visit the recap of part numbers for SBS 2011    That page also lists regional details, because as you know, I go worldwide, as does HP.

Many of you have asked how you can add SBS Essentials to the OEM MicroServer  – you know that nice small, green little box that makes a nice first server deployment.  Well the good news is that the OEM operating system versions can be added to it using the Reseller Option Kits  ( ).  Now that MicroServer is perfect for SBS Essentials, but I wouldn’t deploy SBS 2011 Standard on it.  Exchange needs a beefier box.  More on that later.

Here’s the various ways you can get HP OEM SBS with a ProLiant server:

There’s FOUR different ways:

RESELLER OPTION KIT:   Go to your favorite distributor (or disti as we call it in the biz), and add one of the following skus as an option to a ProLiant server (US part number extensions shown):

644250-B21   Windows SBS 2011 Standard, Reseller Option Kit
652442-DN1   Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, Reseller Option Kit
644251-B21  Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on, Reseller Option Kit

RESELL (HP FULFILLED): If you are a HP reseller you can order any ML/DL 100 or 300 series ProLiants (not MicroServer) direct from HP using HP Source and Watson tools available through the partner portal, and add
the OEM SBS software either pre-installed or drop-in-box.

DIRECT on HP.COM:  You can configure to order and choose a preinstall or drop in box.

– Start at
– Scroll down and select ML (tower) or DL (Rack) servers
– Navigate to the desired model (should be most ML/DL 100 or 300 series, not MicroServer)
– Click the “Buy Online” red button
– Select the “Configurable Models” tab, then “Customize” on the desired SKU
– You can add SBSe or SBS std to the configuration

HP SMB DIRECT STORE: – you can configure to order or drop in box.

– start at
– select Servers under Small Business area
– select any model except MicroServer
– you can add SBS 2011 Std. (SBS Essentials coming soon)


The three server skus that I, as SMB MVP tour gnome really recommend  are these:

First and foremost the HP ProLiant MicroServer.  I still say it should have been called the MINI Server and then Susan would be buying them like they were no tomorrow and sticking Mini Cooper stickers on them.  But even without the name they are a nice size, green in electrical use, and make for a perfect Essentials starter box.  The sku for that unit is 633724-001. You will need to add some RAM and HD, but rumor has it there will be a sku coming soon with SBS Essentials installed that is ready to go.

Next up is the HP ProLiant ML110 G7 “Solution Ready” Smart buy.    Just add hard drives and SBS.  This one is good for either an entry level SBS 2011 Standard, or an SBS 2011 Essentials system that need higher specs than the MicroServer provides.  The sku is 656766-S01

Lastly is the HP ProLiant ML350 G6 “Solution Ready” Smart buy.  A 2P system loaded with options Perfect for a more intense  SBS 2011 Standard deployment, or a virtualized SBS.  Only need to add drives and SBS and
you are ready to go.   Sku: 656764-S01

Check out the SBS 2011 tab on the support matrix for other options:  (

Bottom line – when you see me roll into your town for a presentation, check out my HP gear!