SMB Nation – SBS Presentation

So I just finished my presentation on SBS 2003 SP1 and R2 at SMB Nation, and got a lot of great feedback. Fortunately we had a lot of SBS team members there as well to help me out and take feedback from the partners there. I try to time my presentations so it’s 2/3 me,…


Episode III: The Backup Strikes Back

Somehow I managed to get home, crawl into bed, get 6 hours of sleep, and then get up to immediately drive back to the business site to be there by 9:30 AM. Fortunately my morning schedule was pretty open, so I felt that I could hang around for a couple of hours to make sure everything…


Hanging out at SMB Nation

So before I continue my saga on my experience as a partner, I thought I’d post a quick comment about the ongoing SMB Nation conference currently happening on the Microsoft campus at the Microsoft Conference Center. So far it’s been great as a Microsoft team member to get out and talk with customers and partners…


Life as a Partner: Part Deux

When last we left our intrepid SBS Release Manager, he had been humbled at the all mighty task of trying to upgrade a pre-existing server box to be able to run SBS. After much consternation, he had gone off and gotten a BIOS upgrade for the machine, and re-scheduled a time to go back and…


So this is what life as a partner is like

For the past several years I’ve been having a personal experience of the movie “Groundhog Day”, only it happens every year when I go to visit my accountant. It would go something like this: Me: So are you still using that Linux file server, which requries you to create your own batch files that copy…


Request for info on Dell and Windows Server SP1 on SBS

To help us pinpoint the root issue with reports of Dell servers getting a BSOD when installing Windows Server 2003 SP1, if you do have a machine in this state, please call SBS PSS and report this issue. We will ask for a dump file (which may take some time to copy) and then help…


What does RTM/RTW mean? (Part 2)

When last we left our intrepid release manager, we had a Bill of Materials for all of our SKUs. Now the development team has finished writing and testing the code – what else is there to do, you ask? Plenty! First, in order to get the software team to the point where they even can sign…


SBS SP1 is done!

On Thursday I sent mail to the entire SBS development team announcing that we have now officially released SBS SP1 in all of our 18 languages! The Redmond SBS team is now focused on the next releases of SBS – and taking a well deserved holiday break. 🙂


What does RTM/RTW mean? (part 1)

Since I’ve become a Release Manager at Microsoft, I’ve learned a lot about what it actually takes to “ship” software. From the development team’s point of view, the big celebration is when our software is “released” (often abbrievated as RTM or RTW). RTM = Release to Manufacturing, or the process of making CDs, putting them in…


Additional release of SP1

While I’m here I just thought I would mention that we’ve now released SBS SP1 in 16 of the 18 languages. Today Czech, Polish, and Hungarian SP1 were released to the web (although I just got back an error through our web publishing tool on the Czech one, so don’t quote me on that). Next…