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  • New SBS 7 RWW or RWA as it’s now known

    Posted on September 23rd, 2010 HandyAndy No comments

    I know I said it would be a while before I got back to showing you SBS 7, but this new Remote Web Access page is just so cool I could not wait. So here is a peak to whet your appetite. Click the image for a larger view.

    Check Out the new RWA page

    You can get your own copy at the Connect Website

  • SBS 7 Install

    Posted on September 23rd, 2010 HandyAndy 3 comments

    Well first impression of the SBS 7 install is wow, it is quick. It took under 2 hours which was less time than it took to download it. So give it a try, it takes but a few minutes of your time, only two or three screens of info and it pretty much runs on autopiliot. You can get your own copy at the Connect Website

    Wow that was quick!

     More to follow later after I play with it a bit, and if you are in the Triad Area I will be showing some of the new features at the next meeting of the Triad SBS Group.

  • SBS 7 Public Preview Ready for Download

    Posted on September 21st, 2010 HandyAndy No comments

    Seen today on the SBS Team Blog at

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    I am very pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server “7” (SBS7) Public Preview is available for download.

    Built on Windows Server® 2008 R2, this exciting new edition of the all-in-one solution server for small businesses will include Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 SP1, Microsoft SharePoint® Foundation 2010, and Windows Software Update Services. Small business customers will find significant security and management enhancements over previous versions, as well as much richer features for providing file-and-print, email and Internet services to employees.

    Together with Windows SBS code name “Aurora”, available to download here since August the 16th, SBS7 is dedicated to providing small business customers with a highly manageable, low complexity solution to help cut costs, save time and be more efficient. SBS7 offers on premise email and collaboration suite functionalities that Aurora’s customers can add through online services.

    SBS7 also offers a great opportunity for small businesses with prior versions to upgrade their servers and to simultaneously take advantage of the advancements in security, reliability, and connectivity technology. For this reason, SBS7 offers enhanced migration tools, extensive pre-migration checks, and prescriptive guidance included in the software.

    Furthermore, with SBS7, small businesses gain the freedom to securely access all of their communications from virtually any Web-browser or mobile device — getting more done wherever they are with the integrated Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Outlook® Web Access (OWA) capabilities.

    Customers using SBS7 will also have the opportunity to view, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents online with SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Microsoft Office Web Apps. As the online companion to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel(R), Microsoft PowerPoint(R), and Microsoft OneNote(R), Office Web Apps gives users the freedom to access documents from virtually anywhere.

    To learn more about Windows Small Business Server “7”, you can visit our SBS site.

    The preview release is available on our Connect site and can be downloaded now. If you haven’t already signed up for the preview, you can visit our Connect site and get signed up. We have also setup a Connect feedback form to capture your reaction to the product, bugs and suggestions as well as a newsgroup where you can discuss the preview with other beta testers.

    All the pieces are in place, so don’t wait any longer. Download the preview and start testing with us!

    Kevin Kean
    General Manager
    Windows Home and Small Business Server team

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  • SMB Nation Last Minute Content Added

    Posted on September 14th, 2010 HandyAndy 1 comment

    Just in from Harry 

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    Folks weve just added more value to the 8th Annual SMB Nation Fall 2010 conference with amazing new content:
    GS108: Independent Deep Dive: SBS 7 and Aurora
    GS109: MVP GeekSpeak Panel
    GS110 Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My: Making sense of server offerings in the SMB space
    BS106: MSP Future Speak A Panel Discussion (Speaker: Joe Panettieri, Josh Peterson, David Schafran, George Sierchio)
    BS110: The Greatest Opportunity Health Care IT in 2010/2011

    View ALL of the content HERE and see over 30 sessions!

    Its a “hybrid world” in SMB IT today! SMB Nation Fall 2010 is where the cloud meets on-premises IT. /span>This 8th annual community confab brings together long-time community members including MVPs with day-to-day computer guys and gals for a three-day weekend of professional development. This is the one conference you should attend to prepare yourself to grow into the next generation of SMB technology to better serve your customers.

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