Friday, June 27, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference


I will be at WPC in Houston in a couple of weeks. Please feel free to contact me if you want to meet.

EBS Public Preview in German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese

Expect the public preview site to have EBS in German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese as early as the end of this week. Our partners in Windows Internaitonal were instrumental, thank you.

Evaluate Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Public Preview today

Windows Essential Business Sever 2008 is an integrated and affordable solution that offers the Microsoft software midsize businesses require - preconfigured, integrated and manageable from a single administrative console, and at a significant discount compared to standalone products. And when you download the latest public preview, you're automatically registered to access valuable public preview resources assembled in one convenient location.
Please review the Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Public Preview system requirements before you proceed. Actual requirements and product functionality may vary based on your system configuration.

You will also need the product keys to activate the Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Public Preview software which will be made available to you on the download page. The Public Preview software is being made available so you may test and explore the software. As this is not final release code, you may not test the software in a live operating environment.

DOWNLOAD From Microsoft TechNet

Monday, June 23, 2008

EBS Group on Facebook

Join the Essential Business Server Group on Facebook!

Thanks,

Chris

SCE SML clarification

There is some confusion about SCE SML with EBS. The following (or something very similar) will be up on the official web sites soon:

Windows Essential Business Server supports up to 30 System Center Essentials 2007 (SCE) Server Management Licenses (SMLs), the maximum number of SCE SMLs permitted by the SCE software. SCE SMLs are included with the purchase of Windows Essential Business Server (EBS):

· 12 SCE SMLs with EBS Standard Edition
· 15 SCE SMLs with EBS Premium Edition

A SCE SML is not required for the operating system environment hosting SCE. Additional SCE SMLs may be purchased for managing additional operating system environments in the EBS-connected network without exceeding maximum of 30 SMLs.

Friday, June 20, 2008

solid platforms from which to run a small to midsize business

TechEd Reflections: Microsoft, SMB, and success
By Curtis Franklin
InfoWorld

"I've been working on Microsoft's new Small Business Server and Essential Business Server, and the folks in Redmond have done some very good things for the SMB market in areas ranging from management interface to licensing. (Yeah, I know –- sanity in licensing. Who would have thought?) A full Test Center review of each is coming, but my impressions haven't really changed dramatically since the first time I saw them –- these are solid platforms from which to run a small to midsize business."

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Transformation of your IT infrastructure

Do you feel your IT infrastructure is something like this?
EBS is designed for midsized businesses 25-300 clients with simplified pricing, best practices during set up, environment wide security and remote/mobile access

EBS reduces complexity and provides greater control of your IT infrastructure through a centralized administration console and license management, providing your IT professionals more time to plan IT strategy rather than fight the daily fires.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

EBS at Tech*Ed 2008

EBS at Tech*Ed 2008:

Windows Essential Business Server: Deployment and Migration Best Practices Session
Day/Time: 6/12/2008 10:15AM-11:30AM
Room: S310 C

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Microsoft fills gap with server for smallest of midmarket firms

This article about Essential Business Server in a business decision maker focused publication has “all the right moves”:
· Good messages on how EBS is tailored to midsized companies
· Quotes from a happy customer
· Analyst endorsement
· Call to action referring to the Release Candidate


Midmarket CIO News:
Microsoft fills gap with server for smallest of midmarket firms

http://searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid183_gci1317034,00.html

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Extreme Makeover video with EBS

This is an entertaining video showcasing EBS solution techonologies at a midmarket customer.



Put together one very run-down server room, a deserving network Administrator, several opinionated designers, a spare weekend and what do you get? The answer is - Extreme Makeover: Server Room Edition.



The life of one lucky network Administrator is changed forever in this Exclusive DVD Edition of the hit reality series about server rooms that desperately need attention - with over 10 minutes of never-before-seen footage! See Ty Serverton and his team of designers in a race against time to totally rebuild Phil Christoffersen's run-down servers. Join this heartfelt and emotional journey to see how a simple technology upgrade can impact lives. It will leave you wanting an "Extreme Makeover" of your own!





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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Positive eWeek article providing an Executive Overview

This article provides an executive overview of the technologies and pricing for EBS.

Quick consumption!

http://www.midmarket.eweek.com/c/a/News/Microsoft-previews-midmarket-server/