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New versions of SBS announced and available for testing

November 25, 2010

SBS

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

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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!

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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

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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!

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U.S. and HD TV come to Canada iTunes!

May 28, 2009
iTunes Canada gets real content!

iTunes Canada gets real content!

This is huge. We all know that Canada gets the short end of the stick these days when it comes to things like access to HULU, Pandora  and other sites and services which broadcast US content. So I’m EXCITED to announce that iTunes Store Canada is now offering HD content, and even better – US CONTENT!  Could HULU and PANDORA be next?

U.S. and HD TV come to Canada’s  iTunes

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Microsoft BING Coming Soon

May 28, 2009

bing Remember Microsoft Live Search? You know, that search engine you try once each time you reinstall Windows and haven’t reconfigured your default search engine back to Google yet?

It looks like it’s growing up! Microsoft has announced that “Bing” is coming soon. And it looks like it just might be worth taking notice of.

They are touting it as a “Decision Engine” more than a search engine. if you watch the video you’ll see what they mean. Does this mean they are NOT trying to compete with Google?  Or are they trying to be more than Google? Not sure yet. Information Week has posted a good article with more in-depth info.

Either way, the impression I’m getting is that they may just be getting search right this time. I’m looking forward to playing with this!

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Microsoft releases “Windows 7 IT Pro Guides”

March 5, 2009

Microsoft recently release it’s first Windows 7 IT Pro Guides.

As reported in Windows 7 News:

Microsoft has released two new documents aimed at IT professionals. Windows 7 Manageability and Windows 7 What’s New can be downloaded from the Microsoft website. They are both available in doc format and cover specific topics of interests to IT professionals. The What’s New document covers “many new and changed Windows 7 features of interest to IT professionals, including DirectAccess, BranchCache and other networking technologies, VHD boot and other deployment technologies, and AppLocker, Biometrics, and other security technologies.” while Windows 7 Manageability provides an overview of improvements in regards to manageability in Windows 7.

 

The Windows 7 What’s New document has been designed like a FAQ. It should be an interesting read not only for IT professionals but also for tech savvy users who would like a quick overview of the new features in the Windows 7 operating system.

The buzz in and outside the industry around Windows 7 is great. I think people are getting tired of the “Mac Monopoly” on operating systems that are “cool”. Welcome to the real world Mac. You rock… and so does Windows 7!