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Server 2003 Resources for Partners

server 2003 websiteNow that things have settled down a bit, I can get back to spending more time here, on my little corner of the Internet. One of the many projects I have been working on lately has been a Server 2003 End of Support page for Microsoft partners.  As a partner, or even as an IT Professional, I found finding information for a specific Microsoft issue sometimes hard to find. One part of the answer may be in one location in TechNet and another part of the answer may be on the CanITPro blog etc.; and then you are stuck trying to piece it all together. We (being my MS team members and myself) know this can be a hiccup and we wanted to make it easier for you to find everything you need to migrate your customers, from 2003 to Server 2012 R2, Azure, and Office 365. This website was designed with you in mind. We have included everything you need from “Where to Start” to “I know what I want to do just point me to the relevant links so I can migrate” to “my customers don’t believe this is an issue, and I need to convince them and help me market 2003 EoS”. I will be updating this site as needed and to do that I need you to let me know what you need! If I’m missing something, or you would like additional resources, please let me know via either this blog or asksmbca@Microsoft.com.

Server 2003…How Can We Help You?

Server 2003Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Chill out, close your eyes, and think back, waaaay back, to the year 2003.  That was the year the iTunes store was launched, Arnold Schwarzenegger became Governator, and in Southern Ontario we had a 3 day blackout. If you were at the theatre you might have been seeing Finding Nemo (can’t wait for the sequel) or Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

Now think about the tech you were using back then. You may have heard the rumours of a little company called Google merging with Microsoft. You may also remember the Slammer and Blaster worms. Our server of choice back then was Server 2003, which was replacing Server 2000. I loved this server! I earned my MCSE certification on this it; I knew it backwards and forwards. And back in the day, it rocked. Fast forward 11 years to right now, and we have Server 2012 R2, and I love this OS even more. (Although I was not a huge fan of Server 2008/R2.) This server was designed to fit your business needs, no matter what those needs are. From the small office to data centers, it’s the backbone of Microsoft.

So why am I going on about an 11 year old product? This awesome server will no longer be supported as of July 14, 2015.  As of today, that is only 380 days away; for those of you who prefer not to do math, todays date is June 29, 2014. It is estimated that there are 10 million 2003 servers in operation today, and we need to start moving companies to newer technologies, and we need to start doing it now.

I know it’s a daunting task . . . I keep thinking back to the organizations I moved off of 2003, and the challenges we encountered. One of my projects at Microsoft is to help you with this transition. I am assembling a website which will contain links, videos, how-to’s, marketing material, etc to help you start talking to your clients about migrating from 2003. If you are the business owner, this is something you should be discussing with your IT Pro, and if you don’t have one, I will also be including a link to help you find a Microsoft Partner that can assist you. I hope to have the site up within the next few weeks, but I would like you to be a part of this as this is for you, your small business, and your clients. What would you like to see in this page? What do you need? I have already been reaching out to the IT community for suggestions and have  incorporated some of those ideas into the site. Please email me at asksmbca at microsoft.com with suggestions, ideas, or thoughts.

Thanks for your help.

Sharon

 

 

 

Cloud Options for SMBs

As some of you know, I have been doing a webinar series for the last few months. During this series, I’ve been discussing the features of Server 2012 R2 specifically for the SMB market. We’ve covered Hyper-V, Storage Spaces (my favourite), Remote Access, plus a handful of others. Our next session is on Cloud Options for SMBs; why not grab a coffee and join us Tuesday afternoon (the third) by registering here. I will talk about Office 365, Intune, and Azure and how these services relate to small biz. Again, here is the register link.

Samurai Series

 

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Getting busier with the CDN Partner Samurai Series

Samurai SeriesI know it’s been a while.  I am really hating starting my posts with an apology because I’ve been absent, yet again.  Since I have been working for Microsoft (via an agency, I have to put that in there for legal reasons) I have been busy.  I’m not complaining but it’s been super busy and my “free” time is limited.  Every time I learn something new or give a presentation I think “that should be a blog post and I’ll do it tonight” then 10 pm rolls around and I’m in bed fighting to stay awake.  At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m really going to try to spend more time here. I love this space and the community around it.

Ok..so one of the reasons I have been so busy at the office, is I’m working on a 8 part web series.  I’m so excited about this project. We are taking all the cool parts of Windows Server 2012 R2 and condensing them into 30 minute slices.  Short, sweet and too the point. Get it…”slices” and “point”, playing off of Samurai. There is a similar series for the US Partners and if you are interested in it here is the link. Personally I find webcasts a little boring, so I have created this to be fun, quick and educational.  The session will start with, hold on to your hats, a small PowerPoint deck. Five – ten slides at most! We’ll do a quick intro, discuss the basic concepts and roll right into a demo then finish up with current offerings.  Here’s the entire series agenda:

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Feel free and join us for your slice of Server 2012 R2 and become the master of your 2012 R2 domain. For more details and registration follow this link.

If you can’t make the live webcasts we will be making them available on demand.

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Typical SBS 2003 Upgrade Scenario

As SBS 2003 life is ending, or in some cases, has already ended, we need to start moving businesses off this workhorse. Today’s visit is a classic example of the scenario where we have the perfect opportunity to move the technology in the small business forward.

In this example, the office has 5 10-year-old desktop systems running XP and an SBS 2003 server also about 10 years old. It’s a basic setup, nothing fancy, but the client knows he needs to move forward. He also has some requirements for the solution.

1. He must be able to access the office remotely. He likes to travel and feels that you shouldn’t be physically tied to an office. And honestly, with today’s technologies, there is no reason to be.

2. He needs everything to be automated. This includes all backups. He doesn’t want to have to look after the technology, he wants to build his business.

3. He wants to make the changes in 3 steps. He would like to replace the SBS server, and 2 of the 5 desktops, then replace 2 of the others in a few months. The fifth system will not be replaced because it runs a proprietary piece of hardware that will cost too much to replace to be compatible with Win7/8. In April, when XP finally retires (yippee!), he’ll pull this system off the network and it will be a standalone unit. He has decided he’ll do manual backups using the tried and true sneakernet.

4. Exchange must not be used. He will continue to use his email hosting service. This is fine by me, but personally, I would rather have a root canal then deal with Exchange. At least with a root canal you can take something for the pain.

This is the perfect time to replace the SBS 2003 server with Windows Server 2012 Essentials, and the XP desktops to Windows 8.1. This new implementation is the ideal solution for him because:

1. It meets his requirements for remote access including his work desktop.

2. Windows Server 2012 Essentials will backup all the client computers to the server and we can then backup the server to an external NAS he already has. Off-site or cloud backups will have to be discussed.

3. We can easily implement this project in steps. This keeps the disruption to the office to a minimum and it’s easier on the budget.

4. Windows Server 2012 Essentials does not have the Exchange component as his SBS server did, but we could integrate with Office 365, a hosted Exchange account, or even Exchange server on premise (providing there’ll be pain relief). Using Windows Server 2012 Essentials does not restrict us to one option, and if his email needs change, we can easily accommodate the requirements.

These types of projects are very rewarding, because I know I can make the technology work for the client and now they can work on their business.

Join us to learn about the advantages of selling both Office 365 and Windows Server!

Many small and midsize businesses today are considering the use of cloud-based software applications for the ease, accessibility, and cost benefits they can offer. At the same time, many still need an on-site platform for a range of needs from hosting applications, to print sharing, to storing sensitive financial data.

As our valued partner of Office 365, we would love to tell you more about how both of these products have enabled many partners to provide valuable and cost-effective solutions to their customers. We will also have Sharon Bennett, a Microsoft small business specialist and certified trainer join to speak about deploying Windows Server 2012 with Office 365 and how you can help grow your business with these products.

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