Archive for October, 2008

Managing Your SBS 2008 Expectations

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

One of the things I hear most often from my resident PMP is lectures on how we can't manage expectations if we don't set them.  Too much truth in that for MSPs to be covered in the time I have left to blog today but I do want to point ...

Microsoft meet Google. Google, meet Microsoft.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I often start emails introducing various community peers to each other with the same type of title as this blog.  This morning I read Steve Ballmer's Executive Email (below) and while the word Google doesn't appear once in the entire message you can actually print out the email, hold it ...

Get CrossOver for FREE You MAC Lovers

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

All you folks that spent $2k on a laptop just so you can run Vista faster in Parallels can now get codeweavers' CrossOver for free today and today only.   While the demand for this offer has brought down codeweavers main site, you can still download the software and get a ...

New Server, Paper Clips and a Large Fry Please. That Was Easy!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

In yet another demonstration of where some in the SMB space believe that IT Managed Services can be commoditized, Staples has jumped into the game.  Staples publicly announced their new Staples Network Services by Thrive, a three tier offering that includes an assortment of SaaS, remote support desk and onsite ...

NASCAR, Microsoft Style

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I'll have to admit, for somebody that has never been to a race before, it was an amazing experience going to the Bank of America 500 this past Saturday.  Of course, I don't think everyone has quite the same experience that my customers and I did thanks to Microsoft's LET ...

SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 Exam Release Dates

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Thank you Satish for announcing what I was not allowed to discuss Windows Essential Business Server 2008 exam (70-654) available October 9th Windows Small Business Server 2008 exam (70-653) available November 7th Come on folks, get ready for these!  I would suggest you start by reading the TechNet Library and either deploying SBS ...

Eric Ligman Goes Global to Manage the Un-Manageable

Friday, October 10th, 2008

  The only man to be able to truly understand and explain Microsoft licensing methods and nuances to the masses in an manner that even I can understand is making a move to the big stage.  He is going from working with US Partners to working with perhaps the hardest ...

Microsoft Customer Support Call Back Program Expands

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

So for those of you were in  fret about Microsoft's change to a call back support model let's hope misery truly loves company because rumor has it that this will be the support method for all Microsoft platforms.  While many have raised valid concerns over the plans for to have ...

Get Virtual Now! (Says Microsoft)

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Free Download released today and it's time we all got on board this train.  Especially since it's now affordable for everyone. In case you can't make the presentation Dave Sobel I will be be doing in Seattle this weekend there is always Microsoft's new Virtualization - Learning ...