Your name: Dave Vantine
Company name: Creative Computing – Certified Microsoft Partner. Support Small Business customers mostly in the RI area. Installing and maintaining servers and desktops.
Your geographic location (country): USA
Project Name/Description: Exchange 2007 Deployment on Windows Server 2008
Objectives of the project: Migrate off of 2003 in order to take advantage of new features particularly those around web access improvements
Are you piloting or deploying the products: Deploying
Products used in project: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Exchange 2007
Were the objectives stated at the beginning satisfied? Yes
Are you going to be saving money? No, but with the much better maintenance of the new system will save time. The biggest benefit will be improved service to our users. Due to physical limitations on the prior server, users were limited on what they could have in terms of storage location and in terms of performance when working on the network.
What do you think about the product? I like Exchange. I was sold on the product long before I got involved with this project. With the new system there should be an increase in user satisfaction. Additionally, from a management standpoint, I can delegate administration of some areas to junior administrators without turning over the keys to the kingdom.
Anything else you care to share? I think with the standardized task panes and the consistent look and feel along with powershell and additional capabilities of automation will be a big savings as we use it more. It has already helped me on one project and having that power available to me is pretty exciting.
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum Program? I think it is a great opportunity for people. I was well into the process when I stubled on the opportunity but I think it is a great program. With small companies like mine, there often are not resources for labs but it is nice to have all the software and support forums available through the momentum program.