Have you checked out the Windows Server “8” Beta bits yet?

Rob Waggoner     Here’s the default page for the Windows Server “8” Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/v8-default.aspx   The download location for the Windows Server “8” bits is located here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh670538.aspx?ocid=&wt.mc_id=TEC_108_1_33 I’ve installed the Beta of Windows Server “8” Datacenter on two of my servers and I’m just starting to give it a hard look.  So far…


Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, the Elevator Pitch

Rob Waggoner I’ve put together a few quick overviews of different Microsoft Products. Today I wanted to share the overview of Windows Server 2008 R2.  While most of us have been using Windows Server 2008 R2 for a while, hopefully this video will provide a little refresher for you and your customers. Here is a…


Windows 8 to feature new file system

  Ron Grattopp….. This sounded interesting so thought I’d share.  Microsoft has announced (via  a post on its Building Windows 8 blog) that Windows 8 will introduce a new file system known as Resilient File System (ReFS) which will include a next generation on-disk storage engine.  I should assure you upfront that this will not…


Office 365 Integration Module for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials is Officially Here!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Happy New Year everyone!  Hopefully you are already aware of this… but if not, we wanted to make sure you were! A little over a week ago, our SBS team posted: ===== It is our pleasure to announce that starting today the Office 365 Integration Module for Windows Small Business Server 2011…


Announcing myfirstserver.com

  By Ron Grattopp ….. A few weeks back I blogged about the launch of the SMB Server Experience and Server Selection Tools on the Midsize Business Solution page.  Well, now there is a new site, MyFirstServer.com that’s designed to be a customer-ready resource focused on the small business segment.  This new site provides small…


A Concise SQL Server 2012 Licensing Overview

  Josh Condie – With the Release Candidate for SQL Server 2012 now available it is now more important than ever that Microsoft effectively communicate the significant licensing changes that are coming with the new release.  Below is the best, concise summary that I have seen. SQL Server 2012 will be released in 3 main…

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Secret Sauce for Selling SA in SMB

  By Ron Grattopp ….. I LOVE alliteration and catchy titles, and I hope this title caught your attention because I have some info to share about a new cloud service that I think you’ll want to know about (but probably don’t yet).  A while back I did a post where I mentioned my favorite…

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Announcing the SMB Server Experience Tool

  By Ron Grattopp ….. You’ll want to check out the brand new SMB Server Experience and Server Selection Tools on the Midsize Business Solution page (screenshot below) of the microsoft.com Server and Cloud Platform site.  These tools  just launched today and are a unique solution which will hopefully make it very easy for our…


Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter OEM–Different in “key” ways

  Woody Walton I love Windows Server 2008 R2!  Like you, I especially love the advanced capabilities resident in the Enterprise and Datacenter editions.  I imagine those of you out there pitching virtualization, high availably, and other similar solutions sell it frequently.  Of course price matters and you may be inclined to recommend to your…

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Which Server is Right for My Customer?

Rob Waggoner Should they deploy Windows Server Standard, or Foundation, or should they deploy SBS? If SBS, which one Standard or Essentials?  It makes me yearn for the days of Henry Ford when he said People can have the Model T in any color — so long as it’s black.  Its funny that Henry Ford…

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Upgrade a Foundation Server to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

Rob Waggoner If you bought Windows Server 2008 Foundation or Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation and you’re now out growing it, Microsoft is offering a limited time upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.  Until September 30th, 2011, you can “trade-in” your copy of Foundation for credit toward a copy of Windows Server 2008 R2…


Office 365 is out… what will SBS 2011 Essentials integration look like?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- The SBS team updated their blog with a post that contains some new details: http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2011/06/30/sbs-2011-essentials-and-office-365-great-value-for-our-customers.aspx The Office 365 Integration module for SBS 2011 Essentials will be available later this year…. and it’s shaping up to be an awesome way for even the smallest businesses to take advantage of Windows Server 2008 R2…


Small Business Server 2011 with Server 2008 R2 SP1?

  Are you wondering if you should install the SP1 Service Pack for Server 2008 R2 on your SBS 2011 ? YES – it can and should be installed on SBS 2011 Standard edition. What about SBS 2011 Essentials ? – Great question – It is already part of Essentials out of the box. Note…


Intel/Microsoft “Building Solutions Together” roadshow coming May-June

By Ron Grattopp…..I’m excited to announce a limited engagement roadshow co-sponsored by Microsoft and Intel.  You can read the registration blurb below and then follow the “Register now” link to get more information on when and where we will be.  The big thing that will differentiate this tour from previous Intel-Microsoft roadshow events, is that…

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The SBS 2011 Partner Page is Now Live on MPN!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- The team has consolidated some of the most relevant PARTNER facing materials to help you sell SBS 2011: I have included a few of the highlights under each section below: Product References Windows SBS 2011 Family Brochure Why Upgrade to Windows SBS 2011 Standard? Windows SBS 2011 and Windows SBS 2003 Comparison…


SBS 2011 Essentials–Evaluation Just Announced – Now Available

  Hope you saw the announcement on the SBS Blog – http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2011/04/05/sbs-2011-essentials-evaluation-now-available-start-downloading-today.aspx SBS Essentials Evaluation Download: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/gg604826.aspx   SBS Essentials and Home Server 2011 MSDN/TechNet Download: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/default.aspx   Technorati Tags: SBS 2011 Essentials,SBS 2011 Essentials Eval


SBS 2011 Essentials vs. Server 2008 R2 Foundation

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I am absolutely excited that SBS 2011 Essentials is coming soon… and the fact that you don’t have to worry about any CALs makes me even more excited So while we are on the topic of not having to worry about any CALs… it’s only fitting that we take yet another look…


Weren’t able to attend an SBS 2011 Launch Roadshow in person?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Be sure to catch it virtually on April 13th! Click HERE to register! If you live near Charlotte (NC), Greensboro (NC), Denver (CO), or Menlo Park (CA), there are still “in-person” dates available, and we look forward to seeing you there! SBS 2011 Standard is already in market and SBS 2011 Essentials…


New Virtualization Features in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

posted by Charles Van Heusen Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 adds a number of serviceability enhancements to Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition and as a result of customer feedback, SP1 also adds two new virtualization features: Dynamic Memory and RemoteRX.    For those of you who haven’t been testing the Beta and RC, here’s a…


Need to Download Windows Small Business Server 2011 ???

  Partners – Do you have Small Business Server 2011 Standard with Volume Licensing, and need to download the media? Here are a couple options: Download from TechNet, or MSDN if you have subscriptions.  It will also be available with the Microsoft Action Pack subscription in February. For more information on these downloads – Check…

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