Friday, 18 December 2009 19:53 by Beatrice
If you have been looking for a resource to learn more about Office 2010, don't miss this. For a limited time you can download a free copy of the e-book version of First Look: Microsoft Office 2010 at http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_press/archive/2009/12/09/free-e-book-first-look-micr... [More]
Wednesday, 7 October 2009 08:21 by Beatrice
Don't miss this two-part EBS 2008 Exam Cram hosted online by the Microsoft Partner Learning Center. This two-part session will be presented by David Fabritius and Beatrice Mulzer covering the 70-654 exam objectives in detail!
We are going to analyze the exam objectives and... [More]
Monday, 31 August 2009 07:31 by Beatrice
Finally! The MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-653): Configuring Windows® Small Business Server 2008 (Pro - Certification) is now available. This book will help prepare for the 70-653 exam with practice exercises for hands-on learning and a practice test CD that simulates exam questions.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009 10:30 by Beatrice
If you have been looking for an online backup solution for your SBS customers that also includes a hot backup for Exchange and SQL, check out eFolder (www.efolder.net). efolder has been in business since 2003 and is a channel-only company working with VAR and MSP partners in the U.S., Canada, U.K.... [More]
Saturday, 11 July 2009 16:46 by Beatrice
Today I thought I throw out a question that will be part of the 70-653 exam preparation session I will present at the Microsoft World Partner Conference (WPC) 2009. There is only one correct answer.
During the migration from Windows SBS 2003 to Windows SBS 2008 you must run several migration wiza... [More]
Coming not as a surprise, my good friend Suresh was awarded the title of Microsoft Online Services Partner Advisor MVP.
Suresh Ramani is the owner of TechGyan, an IT services firm in Mumbai, India, that supports SBS 2008 and also offers off-shore CAD services. Suresh has been very involved w... [More]
Free SBS 2008 Exam Prep chapers - of course there is a hook! You have to come to "Warp to the Next Generation of Small Business Server Specialists" session at WPC (Microsoft's World Partner Conference in New Orleans July 13 - 16) which is basically a 1 hour exam prep.&... [More]
Thanks for all the emails and questions you guys send me in regards to the 70-653 exam book. I recently got word that the MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-653): Configuring Windows Small Business Server 2008 will now be available in August of 2009. The good news is, that there will be t... [More]
Wednesday, 1 April 2009 23:12 by Beatrice
Well, I always love it when the server gives you an error notice that says "bla bla bla...make sure the server is running". Guess I wouldnt be reading that if it woud not be. DUH. Anyhow, today I ran accross a video on MSN Videos that contained Jeff Mi... [More]
Monday, 9 February 2009 09:13 by Beatrice
So I finally broke down and got an iPhone the other day. I couldn't help it since Rick got one last November I have been jealous ever since.
The first order of the day was to put the Exchange mail on the iPhone, but I wondered would the SBS 2008 Self-issued certificate work? So here... [More]
Thursday, 29 January 2009 06:37 by Beatrice
I am happy to announce that our new book MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-653): Configuring Windows Small Business Server 2008 ISBN: 9780735626782 (Microsoft Press) is due out by early July of this year (2009).
This training book is co-authored by yours truly and co-author Wa... [More]
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 12:46 by Beatrice
If you are experiencing issues with Outlook Anywhere on your SBS 2008 network, check out this insightful post by the SBS support and product team. The post addresses HTTP to HTTPS redirect issues in the SBS Web Applications App Pool and offers a step-by-step of checking the Worker Proces... [More]
Monday, 26 January 2009 21:44 by Beatrice
A rollup addressing two issues in SBS 2008 is now available through Windows update. KB958715-x64-ENU.msp can be retrieved through Windows SBS Update Services.
The Security tab in the Windows Small Business Server 2008 Console incorrectly reports the spyware and malware sta... [More]
Wednesday, 7 January 2009 15:32 by Beatrice
It appears that many folks think that they are stuck with the "remote" prefix applied to the URL for Remote Web Workplace (RWW) when setting up SBS 2008.
You can change this and name the prefix anything you want it to be - make sure when you run the Internet Address Management wiza... [More]
Sunday, 7 December 2008 22:27 by Beatrice
Something that has been bothering me in the past is that you can no longer determine if a fruit or vegetable is genetically modified when shopping in the grocery store. Remember when the tomatoes still had a GMO sticker on it? Well obviously that stuff wasn't selling because now GMO ... [More]
Saturday, 22 November 2008 12:51 by Beatrice
Well look at that, another improvement that was built into working with RWW in SBS 2008. As I was going through finalizing some lab work today I ran into a nice surprise when connecting to a domain client through Remote Web Workplace (RWW). All y'all are probably familiar with the purpose and ... [More]
Thursday, 20 November 2008 16:26 by Beatrice
In case you missed it, the new BTAT (Business and Technology Assessment Toolkit) v 3.5 is available. You can download it at the partner site here
Note that you will have to uninstall your previous BTAT, as well as make sure you have .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installed and InfoPath. What... [More]
Sunday, 9 November 2008 00:55 by Beatrice
Ok, so I don't want this to sound like a Microsoft commercial, but if you are a system builder in the Central Florida/Orlando area and have not signed up for this event (Orlando, Nov 18, 2008 Rosen Centre Hotel), 8:30 am - 12 pm, its about time you do!
This is the "SBS 2008" So... [More]
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 16:38 by Beatrice
A good question came up during the Montreal SBS 2008 Partner Onboarding session. One partner said "hey, with all the steps I have to perform in the SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration, if I have a small customer on SBS 2003 that may only have 5 to 10 employees, I'd rather do a clean insta... [More]
Wednesday, 22 October 2008 18:22 by Beatrice
"News, views, and more for the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) up North. Let's think big about small business together" is the motto for the new Canadian SBSC blog. Check it out and subscribe at http://blogs.msdn.com/cdnsbsc/
Monday, 20 October 2008 09:43 by Beatrice
Friday, 10 October 2008 11:01 by Beatrice
Toronto already filled up for the SBS 2008 Hands-on-training labs. That was quick! Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver still have some seats left.
In my previous listing of cities I hadn't added Calgary yet, neither did I mention the EBS training classes. So here are the full schedules and l... [More]
Thursday, 2 October 2008 22:02 by Beatrice
Mark the date, Small Business Server 2008 one-day Hands-On-Labs are coming to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver this month. The labs will cover new technology in SBS 2008 as well as migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008. The training is split 50/50 between lecture and Hands-On-Lab time... [More]
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 21:34 by Beatrice
Alright, so this is a different type of technical (biotech) entry into this blog (no worries there will be lots of SBS 2008 stuff soon) but I thought I spread the cheer to all of you that actually care about what you eat/put into their body. So yes I have been a vegetarian for ... [More]
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 21:08 by Beatrice
Wohoo, the local Hertz agency actually rented us a car (despite us not speaking Mexican/Spanish and never having driven in Mexico) for which we opted to take out full coverage just in case. No worries, having grown up driving in Germany and France and having specifically purchased a Garmin Nuvi 26... [More]
Tuesday, 9 September 2008 11:14 by Beatrice
What? You are going to Mexico, don’t drink the water! That was the typical first response we received from many folks when we told them of our vacation plans.
“Don’t drive, take the bus” said one American lady we met on the plane, she lives in Mexico City. &ldqu... [More]
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 22:05 by Beatrice
Bookmark this URL - the 5 day instructor-led course on Implementing and Administering Windows Small Business Server 2008. This course covers implementing to maintaining SBS 2008, migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 and adding additional servers to the SBS network and then some. http://ww... [More]
IT appears that the shortage of skilled IT professionals is still very apparent. Years ago it seemed there were no jobs/contracts, and now there are not enough people to fill the void. All I have to say is GET CERTIFIED!
I just received an email from Michael, a friend of... [More]
Saturday, 19 July 2008 13:04 by Beatrice
What is the difference between selling and marketing? Often people don't know that there is a difference.
So I am glad to see Matt having authored two books - "A Guide to SELLING Managed Services - faster, easier & for greater profit" and "A Guide to MAR... [More]
A picture is worth a thousand words!
(L to R) SBSC PAL Mark Crall, SBS MVPs Chris Rue and Steven Banks are having a chummy moment hangin with each other at WPC 2008.
At first you think this is just soooo SBS, the "Fix my Network" wizard, because it sounds like you can just push a repair button in Small Business Server 2008, and everything magically gets fixed. Well, it's almost that good.
I compiled a list of items that the Network wizard l... [More]
Wednesday, 2 July 2008 14:34 by Beatrice
I had more than one conversation with SBS consultants who shared with me that passing an exam and becoming Small Business Specialist Certified won’t make or break their business. They state that studying for a test takes too much time away from their business and that their sm... [More]
Ok, so I just couldn't help looking at the standard adminstrator icon that greets you when logging on to the server any longer. Usually I don't waste my time on stuff like this, but today I did. Have you ever noticed that there are only icons depicting males? Unless the default icon is mea... [More]
The more I am working with the RC0 release of SBS 2008, the more cool hidden little features I find. Check this out for a second. Ever wished you could have changed the Company information you entered (or not) during the install afterwards?
Well, doing the clickeroo in SBS I noticed a little... [More]
SBS 2008: How to work around not having Internet connectivity/no router in a virtual or isolated environment
One thing to note is that when you install SBS 2008 into a virtual environment, it will look for an internet connection. If you don't have the setup as recomended in the inst... [More]
A public preview of Small Business Server 2008 is now available at the TechNet Evaluation Center. This preview does have a 180 day time-bomb and should not be used in a production environment.
You can download the SBS 2008 preview at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/cc184870.asp... [More]
Wednesday, 28 May 2008 15:14 by Beatrice
Hello fellow SBSers
Time has come again (this is the third year), where you are asked to fill out the World Wide SBS Community Survey. Your friends at Microsoft want to know how valuable your experince is with the community resources and information available to the SBS Community. You are al... [More]
If you are running Windows Server x64 and using Hyper-V most likely you still have beta or RC0. You can now downlaod RC1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=7EDAA89F-9F64-488D-93C0-858D2D8799DF&displaylang=en for x64 systems.
The virtual network c... [More]
Ok folks, if you have been to NOLA and went to Chris Rue's mobility session and haven't filled out his mobility survey, please take a minute and go there and tell him what you really thought. Really! He would love to hear from you.
Next item of order speaking about NOLA, there was on... [More]
Well ok, I had to throw SBS in to the title, because, well this site is about SBS.
On to the interesting part. I have always been a big fan of the Perfomance Monitoring tool since the NT days, and have got to say that now I am totally ecstatic about it in Windows Server 2008.
Wednesday, 14 May 2008 17:36 by Beatrice
When I got into the shower today I ran into Bugs, a cockroach that was hanging out in the shower stall. (btw. Is this picture below a German roach or what do you call this model?). Bugs was sitting on the sort of higher end of the tile, pretty safe from the water splashing down of the showerhead a... [More]
Wednesday, 14 May 2008 10:21 by Beatrice
For partners that purchase and install SBS2003 R2 before October 31, 2008, there is a rebate up to $200 (in the US - please check your country in the drop down list on the rebate site). If you purchase Software Assurance there will be a free upgrade to SBS 2008. www.sbsrebate.com
Wednesday, 14 May 2008 10:11 by Beatrice
Microsoft announced the pricing for SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 on May 12, 2008. In a nutshell, pricing is as shown below
Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition software, including five CALs, $1,089 (U.S.); additional CALs $77 each (U.S.)
Windows Small Business Server 2008 Pr... [More]
If you have followed what is going to be new in Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 you are already aware of the inclusion of Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server in both products.
Also, the last Action Pack CDs shipped with For... [More]
It was a great session filled day at the IT Pro Conference 2008 in New Orleans. The first day ended with a parade of conference attendees from the hotel down to Bourbon Street led by a jazz band traditional New Orleans style.
I can't really talk about what happened on Bourb... [More]
The IT Pro Conference 2008 in New Orleans was kicked of this morning by SBS MVP Jeff Middleton. He delivered the keynote with a raspy voice talking about the focus of this year's conference on small business challenges. Most of the sessions will cover Windows Small Business Serv... [More]
As you prepare for the next generation of SBS, you'll surely appreciate the Microsoft think! Check out this post by Sean Daniel on SBS 2008 and the reason for single "NICing".
Tuesday, 15 April 2008 07:06 by Beatrice
Finally I got meet co-author Mei Ying Lim, a MOSS MVP living in beautiful Singapore. Mei Ying had gracefully tackled the three SharePoint 3.0 chapters published in the last SBSC Primer book (www.smbnation.com). Mei Ying is head deep in enterprise, but she is toying with the idea of ... [More]
Saturday, 12 April 2008 07:26 by Beatrice
Now there is a great bunch of people! While visiting Sydney I had the pleasure of being able to attend one of the regular SMBit Pro (http://www.smbitpro.com.au/) group meetings held at the MS office.
It was a lively meeting with Alexandra Day leading the kick-off with Heroes Happen Here, Wayne Sm... [More]
Well, once you head down the trails from Echo Point there is no mobile connectivity which suited me just fine. Over the weekend I had time to make this side trip into the Blue Mountains and hike through Leura Forest and see some waterfalls and interesting foilage. There are some 20km tr... [More]
Melbourne Australia is just slightly bigger than Melbourne Florida, (population: 3.8 million people vs. 80,000 people) and quite a fun and lively city. I delivered the SCMDM workshop at the Microsoft office in the morning and found out that Australians are way ahead in the mobility market. Matter ... [More]
Seoul has got to be the best dressed city I have been to ever. Everyone here wears business suits, and I mean everyone! Seoul is such an interesting city and such a mix of old and new, if you ever have a chance to go don't miss it.
One of the sites worth visiting is the Changgyeonggung, ... [More]
One of the things I love about traveling is that there are always new and exciting things. I landed this morning in Seoul Korea after a 14.5 hr flight on Korean airlines. The flight was great, being in economy class the seats had plenty of leg rooms and the flight attendents were nice - Delta airl... [More]
Saturday, 29 March 2008 16:05 by Beatrice
...Web2.0, Virtualization solutions, hands-on-labs - I'd call that a loaded schedule today at SMB Nation East, held in Montclair, NJ. This is the third SMB Nation conference in the greater New York area with an attendance of over 150 SMB IT consultants.
This being a 2-day conference offe... [More]
The other day I wanted to check out how my IM would work on the mobile phone connecting to people’s Windows Live Spaces. Actually this is really cool, because it allows you to easily keep up on your friends while being on the road.
On the mobile device (in my case a T-mobile Win... [More]
Watch this video interview with Sean Daniel (Microsoft PM for SBS) where he discusses the Small Business Server 2008 backup wizard and shares other information pertaining to SBS 2008 showing off parts of the SBS 2008 console.
The backup wizard sports many improvements in SBS ... [More]
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 00:44 by Beatrice
Ok, so this time it’s not about Small Business Server, but about SCMDM and Exchange Server 2007. Not a problem because you can use SCMDM to manage as little as five devices, and for an SMB that relies on mobile devices for their workforce, SCMDM may just is the ticket. (Note: It does r... [More]
Saturday, 8 March 2008 12:55 by Beatrice
Topics will cover Virtualization, SBS2008, WHS, EBS, selling managed services, Response Point, Response Point business models and Hands-On-Labs, 70-282 exam cram, Web2.0 and Executive Briefings.
This is the 3rd annual weekend conference that SMB Nation is bringing to the US East Coast. ... [More]
Thursday, 6 March 2008 20:23 by Beatrice
If you read my blog about the Sidetrip to the “M” space, you have seen the pictures of rows and rows of blade servers my cousins work with in Germany.
Not to be outdone, I decided to show off my server closet – here at home, which is also a dedicated server closet! Wor... [More]
I think not. With the advent of Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) I received several inquiries about the lifespan of 70-282. As far as I can tell it will not go away any time soon. What makes me think that?
1. In the past, Microsoft technology exams ha... [More]
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 10:34 by Beatrice
We've all heard about Web 2.0 but what will it do for you?
This cool mashup map between Google maps and Trip Advisor allows you to pin all the locations you have traveled to onto a world map, letting you select your favorites. I had tried doing this at home with a map... [More]
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 11:52 by Beatrice
Windows Small Business Server 2008, formerly known as "Cougar", is now officially part of the Windows Essential Server Solutions family together with Windows Essential Business Server 2008.
If you live in Los Angeles, you can be one of the lucky ones to see Windows Small Business S... [More]
Thursday, 14 February 2008 10:39 by Beatrice
Ok, here it goes. The other night when I met with some of my cycling friends for a Sausage Dog Platter at Longdoggers in Palm Bay (ok, I actually had key lime pie), the conversation turned to the topic of oil consumption in America. I don’t think it’s any news that the US consumes abou... [More]
Wednesday, 6 February 2008 00:16 by Beatrice
Welcome to the new world of Microsoft certification testing where not only the exam path is changing, but also the way you take the exam. Many test-takers have complained in the past that the exams were to easily mastered by “Paper-MCSE’s”. Paper MCSEs are ... [More]
Saturday, 2 February 2008 08:43 by Beatrice
It's Saturday morning and a beautiful Sunshine day in Florida (as always). The tomatoes I planted in December are starting to get bigger and hopefully the first batch will be ripe by end of February. That is Florida.
The exam prep series with Ron went well, we always love to hear the com... [More]
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 14:36 by Beatrice
For today's webcast Ron had decided to implement a "disclaimer". I am not even going to elaborate about this, just read it for yourself.
The "decision of the judges (Bea/Ron) is final", you may disagree with what we propose as the "Best" answer and that... [More]
Tuesday, 29 January 2008 13:36 by Beatrice
Ron Grattopp and I delivered our first installment of four 70-282 exam preps on the web today. The first day is always a bit funky as you try to find your groove.
Added to that was that my Internet went out last night (the ISP -Brighthouse had a misco... [More]
Thursday, 24 January 2008 10:36 by Beatrice
A new year, a new webcast! If you haven't gotten the Small Business Specialist certification yet, this is the time to shoot for it. Once again, Ron Grattopp (Micrsoft TS2 team) will be hosting four webcast sessions delivered by me so you can get pre... [More]
Thursday, 24 January 2008 10:27 by Beatrice
If you are getting ready to prep for the 70-282 exam, here are five webcasts Ron Grattopp and I created back in early 2007. Webcasts cover all areas of the exam with each webcast covering a specific section of the exam objectives. The webcasts are available for immediate viewing. Enjoy!&... [More]
Monday, 21 January 2008 19:03 by Beatrice
Where do you go to find community information about Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server? Visit SBS MVP Oliver Sommer’s community site at www.essentialbusinessserver.com.
Windows Essential Business Server (previously code-named “Centro”), is a new integrated multi-se... [More]
Sunday, 20 January 2008 07:12 by Beatrice
Visiting back home in Germany, I decided to see my cousins Achim and Michael who work for a company that has grown to 580 employees in the last three years. By most standards, this is a medium sized business. I love visiting there because you can literally watch the datacenter grow every yea... [More]
Thursday, 17 January 2008 19:59 by Beatrice
WHS, Windows Home Server. [More]
Friday, 4 January 2008 09:43 by Beatrice
If you recently became a Small Business Specialist, congratulations and way to go!
For many Small Business Specialists I talk to, this was the first and only Microsoft certification they will ever pursue. Then there are many others that give reason for not taking the 70-282 exam startin... [More]