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Video: WPC Video 10 - Oliver Sommer on VARvid.com
Joel Sider talks about the press announcements they made during WPC08 in Houston surrounding Small Business Server and Essential Business Server. Wrap up of SBS/EBS announcements from World Wide Partner Conference
Video: I Feel Great! - MVP The MVP Video by the way is a Remake of this Kellogs Nutri-Grain Commercial:

Paul wrote an interesting basics article on APCMAGPRO about EBS. Before publishing this article he contacted me to ask for access to our virtualized EBS demo environment on intranet.EBSfaq.com to techcheck his article. He has been provided with a domain admin account by EBSfaq.com and managed to publish this article on time. :) That said: Anyone who needs an domai nadmi naccount to the environment shall just send me an email and I'll be more than happy to setup those accounts. Keep heads up the...

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new Blogsite [SMBblog.com] online

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A new blogsite for small and midsized business IT related content is online:


You already find some interesting content on this site you might wanne link to your RSS feed subscriptions.

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Windows 7 Burger Edition released
Friday, October 23, 2009

Show that you are a Fan of EBS on Facebook!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Many already joined to become a Fan of EBS on Facebook, do so too here:

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 to RTM at mid to end of July
Monday, June 15, 2009
Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 to RTM at mid to end of July

Microsoft recently announced that Win7 and Server 2008 R2 are going to be RTM at the second half of July and will be be generally available at Oktober 22th (22.10.2009).
This has been anounced by Steve Guggenheimer during in a Keynote at Computex:

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Mitch and Olli got interviewed at TechEd US
Thursday, June 11, 2009

TechEd 2009 Video interview about EBS with Eric Watson and Chuck Archer
Saturday, May 16, 2009

I am so sorry, Chris is on that bus also people! :)
Friday, April 24, 2009
I am so sorry, Chris is on that bus also people! :)

Beeing named by me as a constant stream of white noise at SEATAC airport one time I am very sorry for those having to suffering his presents for days on that bus ride, thast Chris Rue is coming to be on that bus to TechEd:


Be sure to follow my guidelines I added to the blogs comment section.

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Internet Explorer 8 released!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Internet Explorer 8 released!
Internet Explorer 8 has been announced a minute ago at MIX09 at the Venetian in Las Vegas.
IE8 has the mission to be the new web browser that offers the best solution for how people use the web today.
Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager of the Internet Explorer, just announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8 in his keynote.
You can watch the keynote and other happenings live at MIX09 by visiting: http://live.visitmix.com/Default.aspx The IE8 RTW download will be available in 25 languages at www.microsoft.com/ie8
If you are not using IE8, I encourage you all to try it.
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Localized version of the EBS Sharepoint Add-In available
Friday, March 13, 2009
After some long weeks of waiting the localized versions of the EBS Sharepoint Add-in got released today.
By now we have the german, french, chinese (2x), korean, japanese, portugese, italian, russian and spanish version available on the Add-In site.
So with them it's possible now to install WSS into EBS with that cool integration into the EBS managment console the english version ever had.
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MVP braves the economy building his own business
Friday, January 23, 2009

MVP collegue Brad Dinerman toke his economy based layoff as a chance to start over again:

german Wikipedia article on Essential Business Server online
Sunday, January 11, 2009

Microsoft anounced Amy and Oliver as EBS MVPs
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Microsoft anounced Amy and Oliver as EBS MVPs

Microsoft just anounced Amy and me (Oliver) as the first two Essential Business Server MVPs!

I'd like to take this oportunity to thank all you folks at Microsoft and all my collegues and friends for helping me to make this happen and I feel honored to be one of the worldwide two first EBS MVPs, thank you.

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Ollis EBS Webcast Series (german) Part 1
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Steffens EBS Demo Webcasts - EBS Install
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

german EBS Webcast Part 1: Slidedeck as PDF and FAQs
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Small and Midsize Business Server Platform: Which Is Right for Your Customer?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
There is a Webcast for Microsoft Partners available to help you choose beetween the various suite of Windows Essential Server Solutions:

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Windows Essential Server Solutions Have Officially Launched!
Friday, November 14, 2008

Start selling Windows Essential Server Solutions now!  These new products provide help you enable your customers to dream big and thrive in today’s economic environment. Get sales and marketing tools to help you drive demand, and prepare your business to offer these solutions using training and technical resources.  Guidance on the recorded launch webcast can help you generate leads.

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Get a Discount on Windows Essential Server Solutions Upgrades & Migrations with Solutions Pathway
Friday, November 14, 2008
Help your customers easily upgrade or migrate from their existing solutions to meet changing business needs. Solutions Pathway, exclusively for Windows Essential Server Solutions, provides tiered savings that enable you to develop new revenue streams when you help customers cost-effectively upgrade or migrate from existing solutions to the latest Windows Essential Server Solutions offerings. Leverage your customers’ existing investments—and help them make the transition to the latest Windows Essential Server Solutions offerings today. Small Business Specialists and Networking Infrastructure Solutions partners receive an additional 10% discount! 

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german EBS Webcast shifted because of Serverproblems during the show
Thursday, November 13, 2008

Todays "introducing EBS" Webcast held by Oliver Sommer had to be shifted to a later date, becasue half way through the Audio connection dropped of and was not able to recover on the Live Meeting server side.

A new appointment will be mad and we'll publish that here as soon as it is available.

Windows Essential Business Server launched!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

As of today November 12th 2008 the Windows Essential Business Server 2008 has been launched by Microsoft!
Microsoft celebrates this launch with an live event at 8-9am PST and you may attend this event by going to this website:

Watch Steven van Roekels speaking about SBS and EBS launching:

Congrats to the EBS product Group ... and keep on rocking!

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German MS TechNet Webcast: EBS 2008 Einführung/Überblick by Oliver Sommer this Thursday
Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Oliver is presenting the first Webcast of a Series about the Essential Business Server 2008 which is gonne be launched tomorrow the 12th November.
This webcast series is gonne be presented in German only, sorry not simultane transation this time! :)
Register here:

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localized Trial Versions of EBS available for Download
Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Today the localized Trial Versions of EBS became public and are available for download here:

Currently the following languages are available as Wave 1 languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish

If you are located in the US or Canada you may also order an English or French Trial DVD set using the same link above.

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Peter and Georg at Teched EMEA 2008 in a self-experiment using Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
Saturday, November 8, 2008

EBS Windows SharePoint Services Add-In just went RTM
Friday, October 31, 2008

See our Add-Ins section for a link to the just released official EBS Sharepoint addin.
This is the second AddIn that went RTM after our own AddIn named CPEdit that went RTM a few days ago and is also available in the AddIn section.

Introducing Windows Azure
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

EBS Addins and WESS Tools available at WESSTools.com
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
As first publicaly available EBS Addin we present the ConfigurationPartitionEditor (CPEdit) which is a free download at http://WESSTools.com go and visit for other great free and commercial tools for your WESS systems.

RemoteApps maidden name
Wednesday, October 8, 2008

During a training session in Redmond we just got a trivia question about the codename of the cool new feature of Windows Server 2008 now officially called "RemoteApp":

(Terminal Services Remote Apps Integrated Locally)

So this just reminded me to my birthday present a few days ago:

Mikael and Oliver: The Wizards of EBS at SMB Nation 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Blogging this from the ask the Wizards session at SMB Nation 2008 which Mikael and me are attending as the wizards of EBS on the day after we have had the two double Speaker-Team, double feature EBS sessions here at the Bell Harbour Conference Center in Seattle.

See these smart looking wizard pictures of us during this session:

Statement upon EBS availablility for Open EDU and Open Charity Licences
Friday, September 26, 2008
Statement upon EBS availablility for Open EDU and Open Charity Licences

"EBS will be available in Open, Open Education & Open Charity but not in Select." 
has been qualified as valid statement on our request by the MS EBS Productgroup.

So Open Education (as Charity is not available in e.g. Germany afaik) will be pricy way to license EBS for non profit organisation that qualifiy for those licensing programs.

EBS environments for rent!
Friday, September 26, 2008

As one of the first if not the first company worldwide 3can.de started to offer virtualized EBS environments during their hosting services campaign.
3can also offers virtualized Small Business Server environments and is one of the few hosting providers offering those hosted environments since years and with optional professional managed services:

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new official MS Footware at Redmond Campus
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
new official MS Footware at Redmond Campus

On my last trip to the Redmond Campus I meet a guy in Building 43 (SBS, EBS and Homeserver) who has already been equiped with  the new official Microsoft® Footware for Corp. FTE while on campus. :)

Essential Business Server 2008 Release To Manufacture (RTM)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Essential Business Server 2008 Release To Manufacture (RTM)

The product group just anounced the RTM of EBS about 2 hours ago:

Very soon (maybe next week) we will switch our EBSfaq.com test environment to that milestone release of EBS and give you first inside views to the product. So register and still WIN!
(See blogposts below)

Listen to Bjorn talking about migrating to EBS and RTM
Monday, September 15, 2008

MS Hyper-V Server SKU fist time public show off
Sunday, September 14, 2008

Partner Readiness Training Webcast Series on EBS starting today!
Thursday, September 4, 2008

Microsoft begins a eight parts long series of technical Webcasts about the EBS and its features starting today and continuing during the next days. 
Mikael Nystrom and Oliver Sommer of EBSfaq.com will take part at session number 1 and number 2 sharing their TAP customer experiences with the listening Microsoft Partners and employees.
All Parts will be available as recordings, but are only accessible by Partners and Microsoft employees following this link:

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Get a free domain admin acount and WIN a HOMESERVER
Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Get a free domain admin acount for the fully functional EBS environment on intranet.EBSfaq.com and win a Windows HomeServer!
Anyone who is a registered user on our virtualized EBSfaq.com environment by the end of September can be a winner.

We have some really interesting and valuable prices to spend including Packs of Windows HomeServers. BTW: This also includes the about 70 users that are already registered on the virtualized environment. 
Starting now we will (until that 300 user limit of EBS is reached) also have random drawings as soon as some more of you registered to the site, so being early pays!
Registering to the virtualized intranet.EBSfaq.com EBS site is as easy as sending me an Email to o.sommer@trinitycomputer.de or o.sommer@EBSfaq.com as already shown in the "I WANT YOU" blog postings below.

Be among the first EBS certified professionals! Take the new EBS Exam for FREE.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Up to the 12th August you have the one time chance to take the upcoming MS EBS Exam 70-654 for absoutly nothing, for free and with no charge at all. :)
I already toke this exam last week and encourage you to also get up and try it.

Just register to the http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp Website and use the Promotion code "EBS08" to make it free of charge.

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EBS article by Paul written with support of our virtualized environment intranet.EBSfaq.com
Friday, July 25, 2008

Paul wrote an interesting basics article on APCMAGPRO about EBS. 
Before publishing this article he contacted me to ask for access to our virtualized EBS demo environment on intranet.EBSfaq.com to techcheck his article. He has been provided with a domain admin account by EBSfaq.com and managed to publish this article on time. :)

That said: Anyone who needs an domai nadmi naccount to the environment shall just send me an email and I'll be more than happy to setup those accounts.

Keep heads up there might be another interesting anouncement regard those intranet.EBSfaq.com accounts during the next days.... :)

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Launch video for EBS and SBS 2008 Launch of Release Candidate 1 (RC1) with Oliver participating
Saturday, July 19, 2008

Excactly this is how it feels to become a Microsoft MVP! :)
Friday, July 18, 2008

Video: I Feel Great! - MVP

The MVP Video by the way is a Remake of this Kellogs Nutri-Grain Commercial:


Wrap up of EBS announcements from WPC08
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Joel Sider talks about the press announcements they made during WPC08 in Houston surrounding Small Business Server and Essential Business Server.

Wrap up of SBS/EBS announcements from World Wide Partner Conference

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Oliver has been interviewed at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Texas
Thursday, July 10, 2008

We are officially on RC1!
Monday, July 7, 2008

Today Microsoft Product Manager Eric Watson publically shows first bits of EBS RC1 version at the World Wide partner Conference in Houston which Microsoft invited me, too. 
(Thanks for that again btw.)

During the SMB Keynote of today preconference SMB sessions Eric and Michael Risse unveiled the EBS RC1 bits:

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Essential Business Server 2008 launch date published as 12th November 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008

Microsoft just anounced the official release date of EBS to be the 12th November of this year.
more details on this soon.

First non-MS Windows Essential Business Server Add-In reached beta milestone
Thursday, June 26, 2008
First non-MS Windows Essential Business Server Add-In reached beta milestone

The first Windows Essential Business Server Add-In not developed by Microsoft has reached it's beta milestone release:

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issue running virtualized EBS on Hyper-V RC1
Friday, June 20, 2008

If you are running into issues with virtualized EBS running on the Release Candidate 1 of Hyper-V (the one that you'll get streamed down by Microsoft Update by now), then you should use the leagacy (older) Networkadapters at least for the EBS Security server (both internal and external).
Both other EBS servers may use the VMBus aware synthetic networkadapters of Hyper-V, but the RC version of Forefront Thread Management Gateway (TMG | exISA) seems to have an issue with those new network adapters, although it worked in former RCs of Hyper-V.

First 'Microsoft Update' Patch for Essential Business Server 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Oliver Sommer 

The Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article number 953258 describes a known issue with the EBS administration console where keyboard navigation is not working properly and points to a patch for this issue using Microsoft Update.

Watch this: Extreme Makeover | Server Room Edition :)
Saturday, June 7, 2008

Myths are telling that this project has essentially become Centro which was the prerelease Codename of Essential Business Server 2008 as we know:

Let's get it even more interesting! | Giving away free EBS Domain-Admin Accounts for EVERYONE!
Friday, June 6, 2008

Oliver Sommer 

Well we have more then 40 accounts on the virtualized environment intranet.EBSfaq.com by now, how exciting is that!? :)
But I still wanne have MORE!!

So as I did with all account by now withouit writing it here:
I will now give anyone a free EBS Domain-Admin Account to fully testdrive and demo EBS on his own behalf using our virtualized environment.
If you wanne have it demoed at a customer and are worried about availablilita of the environment (it still is a testing environment!) please drop me a mail and I will make sure it will we available during your demo timeframe.

For a FREE Domain-Admin Account drop me a mail to:

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Ok, time to get this a little more interesting
Sunday, May 18, 2008

Oliver Sommer 

Ok, I have a challenge to anounce. I wonder if we can stress our virtualized showcase EBS running on https://intranet.ebsfaq.com a little more as if this would be a productional maschine. 
(I think we never could make that much workload on it as on a really productional machine, but maybe just a little more.)

This is also a...
heads up to everyone how want's to get in touch or showcase EBS!!

So for that I'd like to invide anyone who want's to have an user account on that boxes to play with and/or to demonstrate EBS technolgies to someone else, to send me an email to o.sommer@trinitycomputer.de and I'll setup those accounts up to when we reach 300 users
Feel free to request even accounts for customers or whomever you want to show EBS.

I want users on that boxes!!!

You will be able to use: 

  • Remote-Webworkplace
  • Outlook over the Internet (RPC over HTTPs)
  • Mobile Device eMail (push using EAS compatible devices)
  • Connect to computer (RDP) to a virtual Vista SP1 client
  • Connect to fileshares using OWA and asap Sharepoint

You will have local admin rights on that Vista SP1 client, so you even can install apps there, but don't overact please, I will revert to a prior snapshot if.
Please also be aware that this free offer can be canceled at anytime and for whatever reason, so don't relay your whole business on that Email services.

But please feel free to put some unvaluable emails into that emailbox you get and get it opened by default as secondary homepage into your browser or something.
I really wanne get a feeling how well that virtualized box will run if it's gonne be bombed by 300 users.

I will setup a real public trusted certificate for that domain in short time as long as that you may download that EBS root cert installer using this link:

A public Thawte certificate has been issued and installed. So you don't need to install the selfsigned one anymore.

Migration to Essential Business Server RC0 successfull
Saturday, May 17, 2008

Oliver Sommer 

We just moved our EBS beta 2 deployment to EBS RC0. It mostly went very smoth with just one or two minor fixes needed offside from the how-to-path we got.
Thanks to the EBS product group and our POD, you guys rock.

EBS RC0 available for public download
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Oliver Sommer 

Yesterday Microsoft anounced the public availability of the Essential Business Server 2008 Release Candidate 0. Today I got aware of the actual download link: 

By now it is only available in english and you need to logon using your Live/Passport account. 
Be aware that EBS RC0 is a more than 10 GB Download.

Microsoft published prices for Essential Business Server 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Oliver Sommer 

Microsoft just published prices for United Staates in US $ for the Essential Business Server 2008 Standard and Premium Suites and Client Access Licenses (CAL).

All EBS Suites will be available through Open not as full packaged product (FPP), I don't know about OEM and other option by now.

You do not need to buy Premium  CAL for Users in a Premium EBS environment that do not access the Premium features (namely the SQL Standard Server), this gives most companys a chance to safe ahugh amount of CAL costs because mostly not all users need to have access to SQL and therefor only need to be licensed with a EBS Standard CAL.

EBS Standard Edition (including 5 CAL) costs are 5472 US$ through Open.
EBS Premium Edition (including 5 CAL) costs are 7163 US$ through Open.

One additional CAL for an user needing access to Standard features is 81 US$.
One additional CAL for an user needing access to Premium features is 195 US$.

Price difference between Standard and Premium CAL seems to be a dicounted SQL CAL mostly.

Comparing these prices to the sum of all standalone products included in the EBS Editions that by now had to be purchased by the targeted businesses there is a discount of 28-30% which seems quite fair to me.


public Essential Business Server Newsgroup up and running
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Oliver Sommer 

Microsoft just setup a public newsgroup for Essential Business Server 2008 and that is gonne be the place we will refer to be the one point of public discusion around EBS:

If you need assistence in accessing the EBS NG please go here:

EBS TAP billard evening event in Redmond (thanks HP and AMD)
Thursday, May 1, 2008
EBS TAP billard evening event in Redmond (thanks HP and AMD)

Oliver Sommer 

On that EBS TAP event here in Redmond we went out to an amazing billard cafè (sponsored by HP and AMD) to have some fun. Mike published some more pictures of that here: http://mikelangowski.com/?p=16

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Guitars for TAP Rockstars
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Oliver Sommer 

Being here in Redmond at a EBS TAP (technical adaptors program) event some of the best bugging TAPs have been given a electrical guitar signed by EBS PG team members for there engagement during the beta phase of the EBS program.

Mikael Nystrom who also writes on this site has been awarded as the best bugging TAP.


Wow: I got recognized by Dr. J :)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Wow: I got recognized by Dr. J :)

Oliver Sommer 

On my way back from MVP Summit last sunday I found a horribly bad advice to disable the Firewall and other stuff on Chicago's O'Hare Airports Wireless Network Website (http://www.flychicago.com/ohare/concessionsohare/pdf/NewWiFiBrochure.pdf) and send it to an email list we simply call the SBSFamily list, because there are SBS friendly people on it.
Somehow this email made it's way to Jesper Johanson a well known security expert and as he is no longer Microsoft employeed he became MVP - Windows Security. 
He found that this PDF advice I found is even worse than I recognized and wrote a blog post about it:
Jesper, I feel honored having my name on your blog! :)

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Windows Server 2008 vs. EBS and SBS 2008 conversations
Friday, April 18, 2008

Oliver Sommer 

Fellow MVP mates Wayne and Dean have just made some very cool and explaining video clips and put them on YouTube.

Hockey Pants


SBS vs EBS - The Spanking


How to migrate public folders to EBS Exchange coming from older versions of Exchange
Monday, March 31, 2008
How to migrate public folders to EBS Exchange coming from older versions of Exchange

Oliver Sommer 

Fellow collegue Robert Adie published a short how to on his blog that deals with standard Exchange public folder migration from Exchange versions prior to 2007 to EBS Exchange server 2007:


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Using EBS in production
Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Oliver Sommer 

Since December 15th we (my company Trinity Computer) are using the Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) Beta version in production. That means we run our business on EBS not any more on the SBS2003 environment we migrated from.

Management Server Preinstall Checks

At first: EBS is doing quite well and honestly far better than I expected.
So far we only have one little but somehow anoing issue with Exchange authentication, where Outlook and mobile devices are asking for credentials several times a day.

After migrating the Active Directory of the SBS we demoted the old SBS, flattened the system drives and installed it using Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition x86 as additional server into the EBS environment. This is mainly because we are using the ex SBS maschine as filestorage and sharepoint server.
One issue using x64bit servers  is that Faxservices using our Eicon/Dialogic ISDN card with virtual TAPI modems by now are currently only work for 32bit maschines, because the x64 drivers for the ISDN card do not contain TAPI modem support by now. Dialogic promissed me to change that with the 8.5 driver version.

Our main problem installing EBS has been an IP address conflict because the maintenance LAN controller of one of the servers has been set by us some time ago to use the IP we picked to use for the EBS mailserver and because of that EBS install told us correctly that the IP is in use. Finding what occupied the IP has been the challenge on that and made us prove the ability to restart EBS installation in case of a failure. BTW: I love that feature and it seems to be very fool prove even now also it's only Beta. In practice: If anything fails during the install of the second or third server you may just restart the install of that server all over again, the setup procedure recognises that it's been running before and wipes the former install out of AD and whereever else before reinstall continues.

Security Server install Progress

One big thank you goes out to the product team and the Microsoft premier support service for TAP customers especially to Mark Stanfill who spend several hours chatting with us during the installation. @Mark: Thanks, I owe you a drink!

Thanks for giving us the oportunity, confidence and trust in our abbillity to run EBS as first company in production outside the Redmond area and third company at all.
To explain that: Normally product groups like having TAP customers located next to them, because MS gives the promise that they'd cover problems in person onside if needed. So in extreme this could have meaned that a support engineer would have to fly in to germany from the US.

to be continued...

It's public: We are on Beta 2
Monday, November 12, 2007

Oliver Sommer 

I made it to TechEd IT Forum Barcelona this year again attended the Keynote as usuall

and just decided after that and some networking to have a look at my working place for the next 4 days. So I went to meet the guys at the Windows Essential Business Server booth which is Station number 49 btw.
Luckily I just came in time to see them installing the version we will be demoing on the next days of TechEd. And guess what...it's Beta 2!

So I started to take some pictured and tickled them for the confirmation that I'll be allowed to blog that info right here and now.
So here we go:
Note that lower part of the background picture on that HP iLO blade console in the middle of the screen. It says "Beta 2"

EBS beat2 install on HP blade center
The proof of EBS Beta 2 beeing public :)

Greg Starks from HP "presenting" their blade center maschine:


Nick King and Eric Watson watching EBS installing on that HP blade center we got for the booth, sweet stuff btw. (HP my address for testing and PoC devices is in the imprint...):


Kent installing EBS:


EBS Security and Messaging server installing on the blade center in parallel:





Beta 2 has a new "Guided Configuration and Migration Tasks Wizard":







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