Archive for the ‘SBS Community’ Category

Take a Peak Behind the SBS 2008 Wizards

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Join the Third Tier Team for the a Third Thursday Webinar on “Behind the SBS 2008 Wizards".  What is actually happening when you use one of the wizards in SBS? Reality is that wizards are nothing more than scripts that were written by the development team. But knowing what they are ...

My New Role at Autotask

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

It is a rare occasion in life where you get to love what you do and do what you love and, as many of you know, my passion is working within the SMB IT community ecosystem doing what I can to help those I can.  Therefore, it is with much ...

Microsoft SBSC - What’s in it for me?

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I'm often asked by Microsoft Parnters why I evangalize the SBSC program and why their firm should become an SBSC (besides the $1000 of MDF).   After giving several reasons the next thing they always ask is how they can become and SBSC.   Below is Microsoft's answer to both of these questions.    Leading ...

Webinar Today! WSUS and All the Gory Details

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Not sure if you hate WSUS as much as I do but I can tell you that since we switched to letting Zenith do all our patch management I don’t miss it a bit (I do however wish Zenith would do a better job).   So, with that said, I’m looking ...

Hey SBSCs! I’mmm Back!!!

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Thought you could get rid of me that easily didn't you?  Well it seems I just can't turn down the opportunity (and privilege) to serve my SBSC community.  I've been asked to contribute this year (Microsoft FY10) on the SBSC US Advisory Board.  The board will be made up ...

Farewell From Me… Meet Your NEW SBSC PAL

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

So after 2 years of as much shaping the role of an SBSC PAL as I did serve in that role it is time to pass the torch to another.  Now appropriately named SMB PAL, your new PAL will be Rick Bahl, an outstanding SMB IT community peer near the ...

From SBS 2008 to Hosted Exchange in One Click!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

OK, so I exaggerate a little with my subject but the reality is that Microsoft has worked really hard to make it easy.  Why?  Some will say so they can steal the revenue that we were charging our customers to manage Exchange and give us a measly 6% as part ...

Thrive vs Survive

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Kudos to Microsoft  and their User Group Support Services for their latest efforts to support IT pros whom are facing the reality of an uncertain economic future.   Regardless of whether you are currently enjoying good fortune, barely surviving or really struggling, you should check out the resources Microsoft has consolidated ...

NEW SBSC Exam Requirements - Goodbye 70-282!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

This just announced publicly in the Microsoft SBSC March Newsletter: "...if you have passed either Exam 70-282 (Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for Small- and Medium-Sized Business) or Exam 74-134 (Pre-installing Microsoft Products and Technologies) to receive your Small Business Specialist designation, you must update your exam credentials by ...

How do you define Community?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

So the "Great Cat Herder" Eric Ligman has decided to broach a topic that many will ignore and yet others will passionately speak address via blogs and comments.  I figured I would post my comment to Eric's request for comments via my blog since it is syndicated in the Autotask Community ...