Ok, this is me eating my hat … reversing stance on Windows 8

I’ve just spent a week at a Windows 8 “Beta Teach” at Microsoft in Redmond.  It was gruelling, to say the least as the SME’s that attend a Beta teach are expected to provide a lot of feedback on the…

Sonicwall Virtual Access Point (VAP) Configuration

I’ve been attending a Windows 8 "Beta Teach" course at Microsoft this week. At some point we were discussing wireless networking in class and I casually tossed out a comment about "Virtual Access Points" (VAP) which is something I’ve been…

SBS2003 to SBS2011 Essentials Migration–HowTo

WARNING:  LONG POST! This documents a LAB migration test from SBS2003 to SBS2011 Essentials. All steps performed as per this document from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3231 NOTE: The only currently supported migration from an existing SBS install is from SBS2003 to SBS2011E,…

Office365–post migration perspective

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we have been in the process of migrating a customer to Office365 in preparation for their migration from SBS2003 to SBS2011 Essentials.  We decided to move them to 365 well in advance of…

Server 2012 – RIP SBS

Read an article on The Reg tonight (here) that describes Microsoft’s new Server 2012 licensing model.  They have slimmed down the licensing model big time and it appears that SBS and Windows Home Server (WHS) have bit the dust.  There…

SBS Essentials and Office 365. Good enough for the masses?

We (itgroove) have held back a bit on implementing SBS 2011 Essentials for any of our customers while we waited on some of the dust to settle around Office 365.  Now that 365 has proven itself to be a worthy…