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  • Blog Post: Accelerate your server business with up to $500 in services rebates!

    There’s a new services rebate available until June 30, 2009 which can get you anywhere between $100 and $500 back to accelerate your your server business! The new Server Offer applies across ALL license types (Open, OEM, Retail) for customers you deliver both the software and deployment services for...
  • Blog Post: Video now available for SBS 2008 Migration Breakfast

    I recently posted about a special SBS 2008 breakfast event we were holding in Toronto called Migration of SBS 2008 and Sales Opportunities for SMB partners. The event featured Philip Elder (pictured right), who gave an energetic and information-filled technical presentation on migration. With a packed...
  • Blog Post: Servers, Servers Everywhere - but which one is right for you?

    Written by Stuart Crawford , SBSC Community in Alberta Microsoft announces Foundation Server. Small Businesses with less than 15 employees are wondering what the right server technology fit for business is now. Business owners have enjoyed the abundance of server technology options available to assist...
  • Blog Post: Register for the SBS 2008 Breakfast in Toronto

    There’s an upcoming breakfast event in Toronto called Migration of Small Business Server 2008 and Sales Opportunities for SMB-focused partners. You can have breakfast with us and listen to guest speaker Philip Elder – SBS MVP, owner of MPECS Inc., and fellow SBSC from Alberta. Philip will walk you through...
  • Blog Post: New Global Essential Business Server (EBS) User Group

    Jeff Loucks, SBSC in Ontario, contacted me with information on the new global Essential Business Server (EBS) User Group that he is helping to lead. In addition to the regional IT Professional user groups we have in Canada ( see directory ), this global group specifically promotes a greater understanding...
  • Blog Post: Technical Labcasts for SBS/EBS 2008 available on-demand!

    The Canadian Partner Learning Centre (PLC) setup a series of technical webcasts and virtual labs for those of you that didn’t attend the in-person deep-dive training on SBS 2008 or EBS 2008. The complete set of links are below for your reference. Take the time this Friday to catch-up on the training...
  • Blog Post: It’s back! Do 2 SBS/EBS sales courses and receive $25 of FREE gas

    Last year we completed the popular SBS and EBS 2008 technical training offer, where you received $50 in FREE gas when you completed any 3 eligible online courses. As I had mentioned then, if you do network infrastructure and are SMB-focused, those courses were absolutely necessary for your business....
  • Blog Post: Notes on SBS 2008: Outlook Anywhere connectivity fix, Blueprint book released

    I have two very helpful updates to share with anyone working with or ramping up on SBS 2008. Outlook Anywhere Connectivity Issues Thanks to David Lee, SBSC in Ontario from DigiVie Communications, for sending this in. David came across a common problem in both of his SBS 2008 installations with Outlook...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 or EBS 2008 deal in the works? Call the Technical Sales Support Team in Canada

    Written by Constanza Zalba , Product Manager for SBS/EBS I’ve been out speaking with partners since SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 launched in the Fall and one of the most popular questions I get is: “I’d like some help with my first SBS08 or EBS08 sale. I know Gold and Certified partners get a lot of support...
  • Blog Post: It’s easy to get free event/tradeshow materials from Microsoft as a SBSC

    This is a question I get from time to time – one that I would love to get asked more often actually: “ Does Microsoft have anything I can use at my event / a tradeshow I’m participating in? ” The answer is, YES ! There is an entire professional event-in-a-box kit available for you to use! What’s in the...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 downgrade rights and process

    A couple of you have contacted me to clarify the SBS 2008 downgrade rights scenarios and process. You should be aware that Microsoft grants the rights to use any prior version of SBS 2008, regardless of which license type you acquire.  Your downgrade options are as follow: If you purchased SBS from...
  • Blog Post: SBSCs get an extra 10% on SBS/EBS migrations with Solutions Pathway

    Solutions Pathway is an easy way for partners to migrate their SMB customers to a new solution in the Windows Essential Server Solutions f(WESS) family of products. This means an upgrade to a new product like SBS or EBS can be done pretty easily. In essence, there is a tiered discount model that applies...
  • Blog Post: 14 days left to fuel your mind and earn up to $50 in FREE gas

    If you and your colleagues haven’t already, make sure you take the time to do this FREE on-demand training for SBS and EBS 2008. With these major product releases, this is really the absolute minimum you should be doing if ‘network infrastructure’ or ‘small/medium business’ (or ‘SBSC’) are keywords in...
  • Blog Post: Need a SBS 2008 local SBSC customer case study?

    Have no fear, we have one here! If you haven’t seen it on the Microsoft case study website , here is a brief description and PDF download link from Windows Live SkyDrive. This SBS 2008 solution was completed in the healthcare industry in Saskatchewan by local SBSC partner Bralin Technology Solutions...
  • Blog Post: Additional SBS 2008 technical training in Toronto opened

    In October we opened a set of one-day hands-on technical workshops in cities across Canada for both SBS and EBS 2008. These filled up rather quickly (as many of you experienced first-hand) and we have been working since on future options for this education. Today we have been able to arrange for an additional...
  • Blog Post: Download SBS/EBS 2008 launch webcast presentation

    Last week we hosted the SBSC exclusive Score Big with the SBS/EBS 2008 Launch webcast to a record crowd to discuss everything SMB-focused partners need to capitalize on this important launch. Due to some technical difficulties with our LiveMeeting audio (thank you again everyone for working through that...
  • Blog Post: It’s game time! SBS/EBS 2008 launch today!

    Windows Essential Server Solutions – Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 – officially launch today! It’s game time! This launch represents a significant opportunity for you to capitalize on as a SBSC in the Canadian marketplace. You need to ramp-up your business on the technical...
  • Blog Post: Link roundup for SBS/EBS 2008 launch

    Share your favourite links for the SBS/EBS 2008 launch in the comments. We are only days away from the big SBS/EBS 2008 launch and there is lots happening in the marketplace. I thought it would be useful to roundup some of the key links for SBSCs as we enter launch week: SBSC exclusive launch webcast...
  • Blog Post: Score big with the SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 launch!

    With the highly anticipated launch of SBS/EBS 2008 only a little more than a week away, is your business ready to score big? This month in the exclusive SBSC LiveMeeting series we will be exploring the resources and tools that will help you capitalize on the launch of these key SMB products. Hosting...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft study reveals small business IT sophistication

    This week Microsoft Corp. released the results of a global study that investigated how small businesses use and manage their IT. The research report, called “ Microsoft Global Small Business Index, October 2008 ”, was executed by Vanson Bourne Ltd. earlier this year with more than 1,300 small businesses...
  • Blog Post: Fuel your mind and car - SBS/EBS and up to $50 of FREE gas

    With the November 12 launch of Windows Essential Server Solutions (SBS and EBS 2008) only 17 days away, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be preparing your organization for these important new SMB server solutions. As a SBSC, your existing and potential customers expect you to know everything there is...
  • Blog Post: SBSC exams for SBS and EBS 2008

    I have received a few questions about updated exams, so I wanted to share the details we have right now on the Windows Essential Server Solutions exams for SBS and EBS 2008. I know some of you have been involved in the beta releases, but the full RTM ones are currently scheduled for: Windows Essential...
  • Blog Post: Happening now with SBS and EBS 2008

    There is a substantial amount of training, events, offers, and other opportunities coming for SBSCs with the launch of Windows Essential Server Solutions – SBS and EBS 2008. There is a first wave of these activities already live that you should consider registering for by the end of this week . We have...
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