New versions of SBS announced and available for testing

November 25, 2010


It’s another exciting time in our space as Microsoft gets ready to roll out many new SMB focused products. The two I’m most excited about of course, are the two new editions of Small Business Server 2011:

  • Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
  • Small Business Server 2011 Standard

WAIT you say… what happened to SBS PREMIUM?? What about my clients who need that second server, and/or SQL to run their business?

Never fear!

Microsoft has changed things around a bit (for the better in my opinion). There will now be an ADD-ON available for SBS 2011 customers – Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add on.

We can now offer our customers more options, based on their specific needs and budgets.

I’ll be posting seperately on each edition over the next couple of days, going deep into the features and benefits of each. each. In the mean time – why not download and try the Beta’s out for yourself today!

Sign up here – http://connect.microsoft.com/sbs


Hello world, it’s been a while!

November 25, 2010

It’s been WAY to long since I’ve attended this blog. Due to personal issues and time restrictions I haven’t been able to pay attention to anything not directly business related.

But I’m back now and looking forward to getting plugged in!


It’s now SAFE and EASY to install Exchange 2007 SP2 on your SBS 2008 Server!

January 1, 2010
Exchange 2007

Exchange 2007

Many thanks to Tim Barrett of “No Geek Left Behind” for posting this exciting news!

Microsoft has (finally) released the wrapper / installation tool for the Exchange 2007 SP2 install on SBS 2008 (and there was much rejoicing!) Previously, if you tried to install SP2 for Exchange on SBS 2008 you had to start messing with the registry per KB 973862. Thankfully, that’s no longer necessary with the installation tool. You can download it from the Microsoft download site.
Title: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP2 Installation Tool for Windows SBS 2008
Date Published: 12/28/2009
Download size: 604 KB
File name: SBS2008-KB974271-ENU.msi
Download URL: Click here

See Tim’s post for more details and instructions


Mac Welcomes Windows

October 28, 2009

I did something this week I never thought I’d do – not because I didn’t WANT to – but because I never felt the need to:

I bought a MacBook Pro.

After playing with it for a few days I realized a couple of things:

1. Macs are quick, tight, crisp and reliable
2. It would be hard to go back to PC hardware
3. I MISSED Windows 7 terribly

Then something serendipitous happened. VMWare released “Fusion 3

Fusion, along with it’s two excellent competitors – Parallels and VirtualBox allow Mac users to mount Windows (and other operating systems) virtual drives and run those machines alongside Mac OS X. But it gets better!

Both Fusion and Parallels will allow you to run your Windows programs not only in their virtual desktops, but RIGHT WITHIN the OS X desktop!

You can even cut/copy/paste between Mac and Windows programs, and access files on each other’s drives!

This makes my usage decision a no brainer. I can have the best of both worlds!

I am a PC. AND I’m a MAC. The fight is over.


A Bootable USB: Utility to Create Bootable USB Drive to Install Windows Vista, Server 2008 and 7

July 27, 2009

Imagine a situation where you need to install Windows Vista or 7 in a system but you don’t have access to DVD drive. We all know Windows Vista, Server 2008 or 7 comes in DVDs and you’ll need a DVD drive to install them. Then how will you install them? The solution is, you can create a bootable USB drive which can be used to install Windows without using DVD drive.

There is a new GUI based tool available here at Tweaking with Vishal which will allow you to easily create this bootable USB OS install. Now THIS is going to come in handy. Especially for all those Netbooks being sold today!

Thanks to Tim Barrett of No Geek Left Behind for providing a link to this handy tool!



Getting ready for Windows 7

July 16, 2009

Have you checked out Windows 7 yet? If not — why?

The release candidate of Windows 7 is out in the wild, and everyone I know who’s running it has nothing but praise! This really could have been the RTM version. It’s rock solid, FAST, and has many new and updated features which you’ll love.

Check out the Windows 7 site for a lot more info, check out Windows 7 today!


Get Ready for the Zune HD!!

June 1, 2009


Zune HD

Microsoft has started promoting the upcoming Zune HD! I love the Zune. It’s like the “little player that could”. iPod obviously has more market awareness and market share up the wazoo – but in so many respects the Zune is a much better device.

  • The upcoming Zune HD will output HD content to your HDTV
  • Have a very nice batte4r efficient OLED multi touch display
  • Built in HD Radio tuner
  • Wireless built in
  • Can be managed from ANY computer – not just ones you “activate”
  • Zune has a subscription service – one low price per month for all the music you can handle, plus five FREE songs per month you can keep forever

One thing did really disappoint me. At the Zune HD site there is a link to “get the latest information on Zune HD”. I clicked the link and it told me it only works for US users.

WHAT??? Is this information so secretive that Canadian’s just can’t know? Another Microsoft idiotic decision around borders. But I’ll STILL be buying the device!