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SMBTN/Microsoft SBS 2008 Build Day in Irvine, CA June 11, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in Alerts, Events, SBS2008.
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Don’t miss the SMBTN/Microsoft SBS 2008 Build Day.  It’s in Irvine this Saturday, June 13th at the Quickstart facility. If you have not registered for this event but want to attend, you may signup here.

Here’s some further details.  Please read them all.

  1. Registration is at 8:30am ($25 cash onsite)
    1. We have 90 folks registered so please come early
    2. Muffins / Juice / etc will be provided for breakfast
    3. Presentation starts at 9:00am.
    4. No laptop/PC is required of you to bring
      1. The speakers/presentations will be using a central high-powered PC connected to 4 projectors across 2 rooms so everyone can view, learn and ask questions.
      2. You are welcome to bring a laptop loaded with VM if you desire (but not needed).  You can pre-download a trial of SBS 2008 or bring your Action Pack version in to follow along.  However we will be unable to troubleshoot your laptop unique problems.
        1. You though are welcome/encouraged to ask any questions.
        2. Lunch will be provided
        3. If you are sight-challenged, sit in the front of the room to better view the projector wall or you may watch within the room via LiveMeeting on your laptop.
        4. The day is schedule to end around 4:30pm.

 Here is the planned agenda:

Start

End

Topics

8:00 AM

  Doors open

8:30 AM

9:00 AM

Registration / Breakfast

9:00 AM

9:10 AM

Introductions

9:10 AM

9:20 AM

What is Small Business Server 2008?

9:20 AM

9:35 AM

Answering the Answer File

9:35 AM

9:50 AM

Hardware Requirements & Recommendations

9:50 AM

10:00 AM

Network Requirements & Changes from SBS 2003

10:00 AM

10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM

10:45 AM

Edge Security for SBS 2008 – Amy Babinchak

10:45 AM

11:05 AM

Post Install Tasks & Wizards

11:05 AM

11:35 AM

Management Console

11:35 AM

11:45 AM

Creating Users

11:45 AM

12:00 PM

Computer Connect

12:00 PM

12:15 PM

Heroware

12:15 PM

1:15 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

1:45 PM

Securing SBS/EBS Networks & Best IT Practices – Dana Epp – MVP

1:45 PM

2:00 PM

Backup – Is the built in tool enough?

2:00 PM

2:20 PM

Migration – What are my options?

2:20 PM

2:35 PM

Break

2:35 PM

3:05 PM

SBS 2008 Q&A – Susan Bradley – MVP

3:05 PM

3:35 PM

Virtualizing SBS

3:35 PM

3:40 PM

Netgear

3:40 PM

3:45 PM

Glen Osako (Microsoft)

3:45 PM

4:00 PM

Survey, Giveaways & Closing

 Location:         QuickStart Training Facility

                        16815 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 100

                        Irvine, CA 92606

                        (1/4 mile south of Tustin District – old Helicopter base)

                        NOTE: The building sets back about 200 ft from the road

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Zero Downtime Migration Strategies with Karl Palachuk March 10, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in SMB Summit.
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karlp2008x150Karl Palachuk has just announced that he will be hosting a 4-hour SMB Summit Pre-Day seminar on “Zero Downtime Migration Strategies”, on May 14, 2009 at 1:00pm. This informative seminar will include:

  • An overview of the migration process
  • A function-by-function introduction
  • A deep-dive into profile migrations
  • and, much more…

Stay tuned for more information on this pre-day event coming soon. In the interim, please refer to Karl’s blog for more information. Separate registration for this seminar will be required.

Spend an Evening with the Creators of Windows Small Business Server 2008 September 15, 2008

Posted by Jim Locke in IT Business, SBS2008.
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The Windows Small Business Server 2008 Partner group tour is under way and traveling to 15 cities across the United States. Partners can register with the Microsoft Partner Learning Center here.

Don’t miss your chance to get information and answers directly from the Windows Small Business Server 2008 development team. You won’t want to miss learning first-hand about the latest features. Space is limited.

Schedule:

Houston, TX

Friday, September 12

Cincinnati, OH

Monday, September 15

Downers Grove, IL

Tuesday, September 16

Irving, TX

Wednesday, September 17

Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, September 18

Southfield, MI

Wednesday, September 17

Waltham, MA

Thursday, September 18

New York, NY

Friday, September 19

San Francisco, CA

Monday, September 22

Irvine/LA, CA

Tuesday, September 23

San Diego, CA

Wednesday, September 24

SBS 2008: Released to Manufacturing! August 22, 2008

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On behalf of the SBS team, I am extremely pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server 2008 software has been finalized!  Today both SBS Standard and Premium are being released to manufacturing, which means we begin the process of finalizing international versions, creating media, building packaging, delivering the product to distribution channels and handing it off to our OEM partners, so it will be widely available by our November 12 launch.  (More information about launch will come in the future.) 

 

As you can imagine, this is an exciting day for me and the rest of the team.  Development of SBS 2008 has been a big effort here at Microsoft and the software has undergone extensive testing within Microsoft, by our partners, private tech beta participants and our Technology Adoption Program members.  We are proud to say we have truly heard and incorporated input from our partners and customers throughout product planning and development.  As a result, we feel very confident that this new release builds on the success of SBS 2003 R2 and makes the power of enterprise IT accessible and affordable for small business, helping them increase productivity and grow.  And, just as important, SBS 2008 provides solution providers with a great platform to meet the needs of their small business clients.

 

We invested in a number of different areas for this release; here’s the big picture of the themes and features in SBS 2008:

 

For IT managers and technology consultants: 

·         Microsoft’s newest server technologies: Powerful and more secure infrastructure that was rebuilt from the ground up.

·         IT made easy:  Deployment, setup and administration is dramatically simplified and improved.  New tools to manage domain names and data folders.  New single CALs make SBS 2008 licensing more flexible and cost-effective.

·         Improved Manageability: Monitoring across both servers and client PCs.  Customizable, remotely-accessible reports via e-mail and mobile devices

·         Application Platform:  SBS 2008 Premium Edition is an ideal platform for critical business applications, via SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 on a second hardware server

 

For small business owners and employees: 

·         Greater security: Trial subscriptions to Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server and Windows Live OneCare for Server.  Extensibility model for easy reporting of 3rd party protection applications.

·         Better data protection:  New block-based server protection technologies that can complete backing up your server in minutes rather than hours.

·         Simple, easy online marketing and commerce: Integration with Microsoft Office Live Small Business

·         Better productivity:  Improved Remote Web Workplace, integration of the new SharePoint and support for the newest Windows Mobile devices

 

I want to congratulate the entire team and thank our partners and beta participants for their tremendous efforts and help.

 

Regards,
Dean Paron
Group Program Manager
Windows Small Business Server