EBS Administrators Companion hits the printers!

Some of you may have noticed a recent announcement from Microsoft Learning about the release of the Windows Essential Business Server 2008 – Administrators companion.  Very very exciting – and a big thanks to JC Mackin and Charlie Russell for putting this together! You can see the MSL announcement below;   Windows Essential Business Server…


Launch Day – Where to catch the action tomorrow

Tomorrow there will be several places to go to find out all about Windows Essential Server Solutions.  I’ve already talked about the live webcast happening on www.thedreamserver.com but for the partners out there we have something a little more special. Hosted by TechTarget will be having a virtual Partner showcase.  In this showcase, you’ll hear…


Essential Business Server 2008 Podcast with Steven VR

Listen to Steven VanRoekel talk about EBS 2008 with Joe Wilcox.  Steven is probably the nicest guy at Microsoft, and adds to his list of accomplishments not only directing the Server Solutions group at Microsoft, which includes Home Server, Small Business Server and EBS 2008, but also was Bill Gates’ speech writer for several years….


What’s in the Premium Editions of Windows Essential Server Solutions?

I was having a discussion today about what’s actually in Premium Edition of both Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008.  So I started to whiteboard it up to explain it to a few of my colleagues.  After I finished we thought this would make a great blog post.  So you can make…


EBS 2008 Add new user – Vlog SLice

In this episode of our Essential Server Solutions Vlog Slice I cover the add new user wizard in Essential Business Server 2008. As we did our research into the typical midsize organization we quickly realized that being able to consistently manage users and ensure that standards were  kept was a real challenge for our customers. …


Want to give feedback or ask a question about SBS 2008 or EBS 2008?

Susan Bradley’s recent post spurned me on to make this entry around contributing to the newsgroup.  You can get detailed instructions from her blog here.  This same NNTP hosts the EBS newsgroup.  Couple things I should mention 🙂 There are a whole bunch of people from the SBS & EBS team watching and participating in…


EBS/SBS Upgrades & Migrations

Recently I had several people ask me whether it is possible or supported to do a build to build migration or upgrade from the RC0 of either SBS or EBS to RC1 or even RTM.  Migration and Upgrade are two words often used interchangeably.  Technically as you know they have some very specific meanings.  Upgrade…

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Back and recovering from Windows Server Launch LA

Last week was a manic week, with a trip down to LA to attend the Windows Server 2008 launch at the LA convention center.  All in all it was a really successful event.  Our team got to meet dozens upon dozens of partners, all pumped about Windows Server and of course the Essential Server Solutions…


Yesterday was a big day for announcements

I thought I’d do a bit of a recap of yesterday’s announcements.  Check out the press release here. So what did we announce? First up, we announced the next version of Small Business Server, up until now called Windows Server Code Name ‘Cougar’, and as of yesterday – Windows Small Business Server 2008 – woot!…