Archive for April, 2008

Social Networking Via Outlook?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Recently I heard about a kewl Outlook plug-in and signed up for the "beta".  Today I got my acceptance and quickly decided to take the plunge.  Xobni is it's name and social networking is just a part of it's game. After it spend 30 minutes indexing my slightly oversize Mailbox, ...

Quote of the Week on XP SP3 Delay

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

If I had a "Quote of the Week" blog this would take it.  Read what a fellow SBSC Partner (I would tell you his/her name but the Live Space tell me)  wrote about the 11th hour pulling of XP SP3. "Nearly 3 years in development, 1 year in testing and they find out ...

Become a Microsoft Office Live Small Business Partner

Monday, April 28th, 2008

They call it "dog food", I call it common sense.  You should really try something in-house before you sell it as a trusted advisor.   I tried Office Live (Beta) about a year ago and it was not ready for prime-time.  I inquired if they still have a free subscription for ...

CRM Online is Live - Community Reaction is Mixed

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

So the buzz yesterday was about Microsoft's release of CRM Live to the US and Canada and the fact the are allowing customers to sign up directly with Microsoft and not just via Partners. While I have have commented many times on this strategy both on my blog, and in private ...

$500 in Free Marketing from Microsoft

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Well, nothing is free (you actually have to put in a little effort) but this is pretty darn close for those MS Partners like us that are already planning on executing a Ready-to-Go Campaign.  For a limited time, you can get $500 toward your next campaign when you execute one of ...

Dell’s Hyper-V HCL and Support Doc

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

One my techs sent me this handy link to Dell's Support Doc on Server 2008 Hyper-V.  Looks good for those like us that continue to hold our nose and do business with infamous double-talking system builder (yes, they called on more of my clients last week). Dell will provide limited support ...

Wayne Small Hijacks SBS Guru’s Blog

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

So today is my Friday as I'm packing the mini-van with juice boxes, gold fish and wipes as Grammy, Momma, the kids and I head up to Dollywood for a day of fun in the sun (help me...).  Before I make that drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway that exits ...

SMB Summit 2008 - Where have all the “Hero’s” Gone?

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Day 3 at SMB Summit and something is seriously missing.  The SBS and EBS labs are awesome!  The quality and quantity of content is beyond exceptional.  I’ve seen 2 solid 10 hour days of SBS and EBS content and opportunity presentations by some of the actual product team leaders.   I’ve ...

Calyptix and Level Platforms Combine to Provide Partners Enhanced Managed Security Services

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

I've said it before and I'll say it again, "Technology changes fast but good partnerships tend to last.".  I've very pleased to have been show an advance copy of a press release announcing the partnering of LPI and Calyptix to provide us (MSPs) the potential to offer Security as a ...

Will I Ever Learn?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Thanks Susan for the reprimand and reminder to all that patching has it's common sense rules and responsibilities.  If you patch on behalf of your customers, don't get lazy and just approve all.  Yesterday I spent time with a very stressed customer reinstalling .NET 2.0 so they could use QuickBooks ...