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March 5, 2010

EBS Has Left The Building

Even in a sequined jumpsuit, a skeleton is still dead.

Instead of my typically convoluted Funcave windup involving some theoretical physics, Bluetooth and comic book lore a la “The Big Bang Theory,” I’ll just come right out and say what’s up this time:

Essential Business Server = DEAD

That’s officially official as of right now, which should be 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard time on March 5th, 2010. So what does that really mean?

In the immediate term, it means there will be no v2 of Essential Business Server. Not ever. Which is a damned shame, because v2 was looking completely and totally badass.

Keep reading!

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April 20, 2009

T-Minus 10 Hours And Counting

If you miss this tour, you are gonna hate being left so far in the dust. Roughly akin to how the USA eventually left the Russkis in the dust at the height of the space race.

It’s not too late to sign up and attend the smokin’ hot TechNet IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour stop tonight in Huntsville. There are still a few seats left. So if you want in, get off your keister and register now:

I’ve been finishing up my prep for the two presentations I’m slated to give and I have just one thing to say…

The things we’re gonna talk about and demo tonight are some of the baddest ass advances in technology I’ve seen in my entire 14 year IT career!

I don’t say that lightly, cuz there’s been some pretty wicked awesome things come along since I started as a wet-behind-the-ears admin in 1994~1995. But anyone who misses this stuff tonight…I feel for ya. You’re very quickly gonna find youself MAJORLY behind the curve. Is that really something you want to risk in this economy?

Not only that, but there’s gonna be pizza, some amazing prize drawings, and Windows 7 Beta DVDs for everyone who attends! So be there, or be left behind. You’ve been warned!

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January 24, 2009

Come Get Your Mid-Market On

Are you really gonna say

Anybody who’s interested in Essential Business Server from a technical or business perspective should run, not walk, over to and sign up for the EBS Virtual UserGroup AKA EBSUserGroup.

Founded by Amy Babinchak, this virtual user group focuses on (surprisingly enough) Essential Business Server and all the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious goodness it includes.

Right now, there’s a live poll for EBSUSerGroup members to indicate which topics they’d most like to hear about in upcoming webcasts. Stuff like:

  • EBS Migration
  • EBS and Data Protection Manager
  • EBS and MOSS/SharePoint
  • Selling EBS
  • EBS Troubleshooting Tips
  • SCE Management in EBS
  • EBS and Virtualization
  • EBS and Mobility
  • EBS and TS Gateway
  • EBS Licensing

So if mid-market’s your thing, or you want it to be, this is a darn good place to start getting your feet wet.

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November 19, 2008

Essential Business Server Premium Carries Downgrade Rights

If you find yourself trapped in a labyrinth...keep turning left.

OK, this is something that people have been freaking out about, and with good reason.

Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition includes an extra server. As in, an extra license of Windows Server 2008 Standard and a license for SQL Server 2008 Standard. Although this extra server can be used to hold a variety of roles, the general idea is that most people would use it as an application server.

“But what about applications that don’t yet support the 2008 version of Windows Server or SQL Server?” was the hue and cry. And MS hadn’t offered a definitive word on how to address that conundrum.

Today, the Essential Server Solutions team announced that downgrade rights will be included with the Premium Edition of Essential Business Server.

So if compatibility is a concern for you, you’ll definitely want to get aboard the EBS train sooner than later.

Through December 31, 2009, Essential Business Server Premium Edition will ship with Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard and SQL Server 2005 Standard media in-box as part of the product, in addition to the regular 2008 versions mentioned above.

After that, this downgrade offer will only be available via Microsoft’s Solutions Pathway, which right now looks to be only slightly less complicated to navigate than the Minotaur’s infamous crib, the Labyrinth at Knossos.

And yes, all this same stuff goes for Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition.

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November 19, 2008

Change The Login Account Used By SCE On EBS

Domo arigato, Mr. Stanfill!

Thanks to the efforts of Mark “Mr. Roboto” Stanfill, the official Essential Business Server blog just posted arguably its best article to date.

Changing the service account SCE uses from the default of Administrator is prolly one of the first steps that should be taken with every new EBS installation. Mainly because doing that totally avoids the whole “Holy crap my Administrator password was changed and now SCE doesn’t gather data anymore” issue, plus offers a couple of other handy benefits to boot.

I won’t rehash the whole article, but here’s a quick overview of the steps…

  • Create new service account for SCE
  • Assign new service account using SCE
  • Create new SQL account for SCE instance
  • Assign new SQL account using SQL Management Studio Express
  • Restart SQL and SCE services

Trust me…it’s way more involved than that overview might make you think.You’lll want to get the full-on details before you start.

And just like any other major service or data storage change you make post-installation on EBS, completing a replacement mode install will revert the services back to using the Administrator account.

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