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Windows 7 Resources For You April 22, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in Uncategorized.

Great resources from Eric Ligman to get you started with Windows 7!

imageWith the upcoming release of Windows 7 on the horizon, I wanted to share with you some resources that you may or may not be aware of that you can utilize regarding Windows 7.

  1. Windows 7 Online Readiness Kit – Review the Windows 7 Online Readiness Kit to better understand the capabilities of the Windows 7 operating system. The kit includes:
    • Business Value of Selling and Implementing Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 Online Course
    • Meet Windows 7 for Small Business Online Course
    • Partner-focused presentation: Windows 7 for Enterprise and Midsize
    • Windows 7 Quick Reference Card – Small Business
    • Windows 7 Quick Reference Card – Midsize
    • Windows 7 Quick Reference Card – Enterprise
    • Windows 7 at a Glance White Paper
    • Everything You Need to Know about Windows 7 Deployment – Presentation
    • Everything You Need to Know about Windows 7 Deployment – Audio Presentation
    • Customer Deployment Principles Guide
    • Windows Desktop Deployment Specialization Data Sheet
    • Windows Demo Toolkit
    • And more…
  2. Windows 7 Tips and Tricks – Improve your productivity by familiarizing yourself with some of the enhancements that are new in Windows 7. And share them with your customers to help them learn more about Windows 7. Check back for future editions to enrich your Windows 7 experience.
  3. Windows 7 Special Edition Gear Up Sales Toolkit – This online toolkit includes essential information to help you prepare for customer conversations, answer questions about Windows 7, and improve the quality of your customer discussions.
  4. Windows 7 Preview Video – Watch the Windows 7 online preview video
  5. Windows 7 Forum:Windows 7 Forum – Share and learn what other partners and IT professionals are learning about Windows 7
  6. Windows 7 application and device compatibility
    • For Testing Devices and Device Drivers:
    • For Testing Applications:
      • Documentation: The Windows 7 Application Quality Cookbook helps you verify the compatibility of your applications. It discusses the few known application compatibility issues in Windows 7, points out differences in performance, reliability, and usability, and provides links to detailed white papers and other developer guidance. Also review the Windows Software Requirements for passing Windows 7 software logo requirements.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman
Global Partner Experience Lead
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group
This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights

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Attend SMB Nation Spring for $199 April 22, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in Alerts, SMB Nation, SMB Summit.
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sm_jwlWe have received a great deal of community and vendor support following our recent announcement postponing SMB Summit. Few have been more supportive than Harry Brelsford at SMB Nation. Harry and I both agree that now is the time for us to unite as a community, not to fall apart. Hence, I will be attending SMB Nation Spring and am encouraging you to take Harry up on this very special offer to SMBTN members to attend SMB Nation Spring for the alumni rate of $199. Register NOW using discount code SMBTN.

The 4th annual SMB Nation Spring show is less than a month away, so sign-up now for this “SMB Technology Makeover Weekend.” You will leave with immediately useful information to increase your earnings.

Think of this event, held at an amazing college campus conference facility just outside NYC, as the weekend “Executive MBA” program for the “rest of us”. Below you will find specific content and speaker information but visit smbnation.com to learn much more about this event, our complete offering and agenda.

Here is the content session lineup offering over 20+ academic lectures over three days at the 4th Annual SMB Nation Spring conference:


1. Why Cloud Computing is the Future for Small Businesses
2. Leveraging Windows Essential Server Solutions to Enhancing Remote Productivity
3. Small Business Server 2008 Secrets
4. Essential Business Server 2008 Secrets
5. Migration Techniques for 2008 Platforms
6. Microsoft Voice and Unified Communications
7. Microsoft Response Point Secrets (Including Service Pack 2.0!)
8. GeekSpeak Panel MVP and VIPs
9. Group Policy in SBS 2008
10. Taking Unified Communications One Step at a Time
11. Making Mobility Happen – A Multi-Vendor Approach


1. BusinessSpeak Panel VIPs
2. Street-Smart Branding – your path to Growth
3. Everything Legal – Take 2
4. Total Small Business Management Using OneNote 2007
5. Businesses Win, Businesses Run Like Jobs Will Lose B
6. Exit Strategy: “Run It Like You’re Gonna Sell It” To Maximize Profit Now and Build Business Value for the Future
7. Town Hall Meeting – Looking Forward!
8. Speed Dating
9. Technology Solutions for The New IT Economy
10. How To Get SaaSy! Software as a Service (Hosted)


Only the best and brightest are invited to present and these speakers have been carefully vetted for to add the highest value! Check out this smoking hot line-up!

1. Jeff Middleton
2. Eriq Neale
3. Tony Bradley
4. Philip Elder
5. Harry Brelsford
6. Dana Epp
7. Greg Starks
8. George Siercho
9. Ben Yarbrough
10. Grant Thompson
11. Vlad Shmunis
12. Todd Colbeck
13. Jeff Connally
14. Eric Steinberg
15. Scott Barlow
16. Ashutosh Tiwary
17. Joe Schurman
18. Joel Allen

Again, I encourage you to get out there and do everything you can to grow your business and extend your knowledge of your trade.  Hope to see you there!

How will Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun Effect SMB’s? April 21, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in SMB News.
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This morning I got a call from eWeek  asking me to comment on Oracle’s recent acquisition of Sun and how I thought it would effect small-to-medium sized businesses. My primary comment to the author was that it could only help, as I do not think Oracle made much of an impact with its SMB offering. Hence, I don’t think that SMB’s will see much immediate impact at all.

You can read the article here but I am really interested in your comments and thoughts about the subject. What does the acquisition mean to your business?

Big Box Retailers and Microsoft Licensing April 13, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in IT Business.

Recently, an accounting firm I do business with needed a copy of Microsoft Office installed on one of their computers immediately. As they could not wait a day for me to have a copy delivered, they asked me what version they should pick up from their local big box retailer. I told them that they needed a copy of Microsoft Office Small Business Edition and explained to them that they should not purchase a copy of Office Home & Student Edition as it is “not for commercial use”.

Of course, you know what happened. The client returned with a copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition. He indicated that the retailer told him that was all he needed. When I pointed out that the product did not include Outlook showed him the label on the box indicating that the product was not for commercial use, he was more than a little upset, as he had to trek back to the store and purchase Office SBE.

So this weekend, I tried a little experiment. I went to a local big box retailer and approached a “Windows Guru” walking the floor. Since he was wearing a Microsoft logo shirt I asked who he was employed by, Microsoft or the retailer. He indicated that he was employed by Microsoft. I then explained that I had a local small business and was looking for a copy of Office Home and Student Edition. 

However, before he fetched me a copy, I asked about him about the fact that the box indicated that it was “not for commercial use”. He indicated that as long as it was MY business and I owned the computers, I did not need to buy a different version of Office and added that I could install this version on up to three computers.

When I asked him to explain who the “commercial use” provision was intended for, he explained that it was for “big companies” that were “incorporated” or had a business license. (Huh? Isn’t that most businesses?).

At this point, I was more than a little upset and divulged that I was a Microsoft Partner and that I had been trained and coached on Microsoft Licensing policy. I  indicated that at one point Microsoft had even advised some of their MCP’s and MCSE’s that they could lose their certification if they knowingly installed inappropriate software that violated Microsoft’s licensing policy.

The “Windows Guru” said he was aware of this and understood my frustration(What else could he say?). Similarly, he agreed that if my business was incorporated in any way or had a business license, I was using Office for “commercial use”.

I want to be clear that I am not interested in policing anyone. However, if Microsoft is going to hold me to one standard and a big box reseller to another one, that’s just not right. What’s the point of all of Eric Ligman’s hard work on explaining licensing to SMB resellers, if it is handled like this?

So, what I really want to know is what your experience has been? Post your comments here or email them to me. You may even want to take a trip to your local big box reseller and see what results you get.  If your experience is like mine, forward a summary of it to me. I will collect them and forward them on to Eric Ligman or another appropriate person at Microsoft and ask for some sort of explanation.

LinkedIn Groups for SMB Professionals April 13, 2009

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linkedinBuilding a network on Linkedin can be a tedious task but you can drastically reduce the time it takes to connect with other SMB IT professionals by joining market specific groups. Here is a list of LinkedIn Groups that we recommend you check out:

 This list is by no means intended to be comprehensive. It is just intended to jump start your LinkedIn networking efforts. If you have any groups that you find particularly helpful, please take a moment to comment on them here.

SMBTN Postpones SMB Summit™ 2009 April 11, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in SMB Summit.
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sm_jwlIt is with deep regret that I must announce that SMB Technology Network has decided to postpone its 5th Annual SMB Summit conference, due to circumstances beyond our control, including the current economic situation. The event, scheduled to be held May 14-17, 2009, at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas, featured a host of excellent speakers and industry experts, leading SMB vendors, as well as, some fantastic pre-day events and certification training programs. However, circumstances left us unable to deliver the same high quality event that the community has come to expect from us during the past four years.

With this in mind, the conference committee voted unanimously Friday night to postpone the event in order to permit attendees and contributors adequate time to cancel hotel and travel arrangements. The conference committee is evaluating new dates for SMB Summit and hopes to make this information available soon. In the meantime, we will be contacting all conference registrants to begin the process of issuing refunds. We encourage any registrants with specific questions to contact SMBTN Member Services at (888) GO-SMBTN or via e-mail at MemberServices@SMBTN.org.

In closing, we wish to give special thanks to those companies that registered for the event and apologize for any inconvenience that this postponement might cause them. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the many people who invested their time and effort on SMB Summit 2009, including our attendees, speakers, community members, vendors, sponsors, and organizers. We look forward to announcing a new date for SMB Summit™ in the near future.

Best Regards,
Jim Locke, President
SMB Technology Network™

MSP University special workshop April 6, 2009

Posted by Dave Seibert in SMB Summit.
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erick-simpsonSMB Summit is excited to have MSPU conduct a Sales & Marketing Process workshop on Friday evening.  This session focuses on an overview of their 51-step marketing, sales, and closing process from beginning to end.  An example marketing plan will be utilized to create a sample marketing campaign during this session.  Tools used include MSP University’s Inside Marketing Plan and Marketing Cost/ROI Calculator.

This session will be presented by Erick Simpson and Rafael Sanguily of MSPU.

Learn more about MSPU at www.MSPU.us.


A dozen more speakers to come April 6, 2009

Posted by Dave Seibert in SMB Summit.
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SMB Summit 2009 has more than 30 speakers across our 3 tracks (Business, Sales/Marketing, and Technical) in our 35+ sessions to bring education, insight and value to our attendees.  Watch as additional speakers will be announced next week.

Visit www.SMBsummit.com for conference details.

Eriq Neale at SMB Summit April 6, 2009

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Seriq-nealeMB Summit welcomes Eriq Neale.  Eriq is the owner of EON Consulting and is also a partner with Third Tier.  Eriq is the lead author of Windows Small Business Server 2008 Unleashed and Windows Small Business Server 2003 Unleashed.  He is a MCSE and SBS MVP.  Eriq will be speaking in the Technical Track.

Read More at Eriq’s blog http://msmvps.com/blogs/onq/

Tony Lael at SMB Summit April 6, 2009

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tony-lael2Tony Lael, Executive Vice President of Operations at CoreConnex will be presenting at SMB Summit.  Tony has specialized in operations management, management consulting, small business management, IT operations and software development since 1996.   CoreConnex is the creator of Corelytics, ConnexIT and CoreMobile.  A series of business solutions for IT service companies to better manage their operations.  Tony will be presenting Understanding your Business and measuring KPI’s.

Learn more about Tony Lael and CoreConnex at www.CoreConnex.com.