Archive for October, 2007

Level Platforms Sweeps CompTIA Awards

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Well they did not get them all, but they came close.  Of the seven awards given out today in Florida at CompTIA's smb SUMMIT Level Platforms won all but Best Hardware (View Sonic) and Best Distributor (Tech Data). There is always next year. ;-)   Congratulations to Level Platforms for winning: ...

MSP Quote for the Week

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

OK, so I don't actually blog a regular "Quote for the Week" but if I did this would be one of them.  Stated fellow CompTIA smb Summit boardroom member Damon Richards yesterday during a discusson on customer retention: A happy customer with a broken computer is better than an unhappy customer with a working ...

Change to Windows Server Partner Subsidy - Get Paid on Single Server Sales

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Great info about a change to the Windows Server partner subsidy. Instead of a minimum of three servers to qualify for the subsidy, now customers need to purchase just one! Check out the blog post from Eric Ligman.  

WAL-MART Delivers Dell Discards?

Friday, October 26th, 2007

So while Dell is actively working to commoditize managed services the same way Wal-Mart has with clothing and other cheap Chinese consumer goods, they are also actively delivering PCs through Wal-Mart.  Now is where I say: BUYER BEWARE! I was chatting with one of my customers yesterday whom is a key strategic vendor ...

SBSC Refresh Due?

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Thanks to the ever amazing Susanne Dansey for a well written blogatorial on the SBSC Program.  I have to admit I share many of her views and can assure you we (SBSC PALS) are all unanimous on our goal to raise the bar on what it takes to be an ...

SBS BPA Known Issues/Common Questions

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Be sure to check out the Official SBS Blog for FAQ on BPA.   Download Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices Analyzer Here What is the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices Analyzer tool?

DST Part II Reminder

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Here we go again folks. Get ready to change those clocks on November 4th.  Also, get ready for 15 revisions of DST patches and  updates (lets hope not).  Hopefully KB 933360 will be the first and last update for most of us but be sure to check your specific Microsoft products against their ...

Join the LinkedIn SBSC Group

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Tim Long created a LinkedIn group for qualified Small Business Specialists which enables you to show the SBSC logo on your LinkedIn profile. More details here.

Mixed Messages on VoIP from Microsoft?

Friday, October 19th, 2007

So what do I believe?  Ballmer tells me in a lunch meeting last spring that "Microsoft is dead set and determined to be a dominate player in the phone systems business".  Shortly after that Response Point makes it name well know at the Denver WWPC showcasing their new small business ...

TZ-180 Wireless Hack for Vista

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

So we put up a new SonicWALL TZ-180 here at the luxurious Tech Care Team offices.  You know, the one with the built in wireless.  We quickly learned that not only has SonicWALL had a hard time getting their UIs IE 7 compatible but their wireless doesn't work with Vista either.  ...