Free Event – Trend Micro in Cincinnati Aug 21, 2010

Trend Micro is coming back to Cincinnati, Ohio again for some FREE training on the new Worry Free v7:

Event: Cincinnati SBS SIG – Trend Micro Live Training
Date: Saturday August 21, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Venue: Max Technical Training
4900 Parkway Drive, #160
Mason, OH 45040
Map to venue: Click here
Registration URL:

This is an all-day event, and lunch will be provided courtesy of Trend.

Seating is limited so REGISTER TODAY!

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Videos – Aurora and SBS v7

Unless you’ve been living in a cave this week, you probably heard that at Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 Microsoft announced previews of two new products in the SBS family code named “Aurora” and SBS “7”.

If you didn’t make it to WPC, check out both videos from Microsoft Senior Program Manager Lead, Becky Ochs:

Windows Server Code Name “Aurora

  • Built on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Supports up to 25 users
  • Remote Web Access
  • Server and Client backup
Aurora video – featuring Becky Ochs


Windows Small Business Server “7

  • Built on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Supports up to 75 users
  • Remote Web Access
  • Exchange Server 2010 SP1
  • SharePoint 2010 Foundation
  • Windows Software Update Services 3.0
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 (Premium)
SBS 7 video – featuring Becky Ochs


You can find out more about the preview products here:

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Support for Win 2000 / XP SP2 Expired July 13, 2010

Buh-bye, Windows 2000Ding dong, the witch is dead…

Support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 ended on July 13, 2010. Customers need to be on at least Service Pack 3 now.

Likewise, Extended Support for Windows 2000 Professional is also over.

If you need more guidance on support scenarios regarding these operating systems, check Eric Ligman’s blog post from June 16, 2010 here.

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Blog Maintenance

Tonight the blog was successfully upgraded from WordPress 2.2 to WordPress 3.0. All of the plug-ins got disabled, then the site was upgraded, and only about 25% of the plug-ins got turned back on. (Fewer plug-ins mean faster page load times.) The hope is that the blog will be faster, easier to manage, and still maintain the same overall look and feel.

Here is a list of the 3 major new features on the blog.

NEW – Voting Feedback

The blog has always allowed registered members to sign in and post comments. But a new feature that got added today is a quick 1-5 star rating system for each blog post.

The goal is to provide a quick and easy way (one button-click with no login required) for readers to provide feedback. Here’s how it works:

All new posts start with a default rating of 3 stars like this…

New star rating for blog posts

With 1 mouse click you can vote posts as low as 1 star or as high 5 stars:

1 star - Needs Work 1 – Needs Work
2 stars - Below Average 2 – Below Average
3 stars - Average 3 – Average
4 stars - Very Good 4 – Very Good
5 stars - Excellent 5 – Excellent


If folks indicate what they do and don’t like (eBooks, meetings, webcasts, comics, downloads) by voting on the posts, that’ll be helpful feedback about what content you want to see more of on the site. All voting is completely anonymous.

As always, logging in and posting comments or questions the traditional way is still welcome. If you login and post a comment, I get an e-mail right away with your response.

NEW – Twitter Integration

Sample Tweetmeme buttonAnother feature that got added is Tweetmeme.  This is a new button in the top-right corner of each blog post that makes easy to Tweet a blog post that interests you.

Once you click on the green “retweet” button, Tweetmeme will ask you to login to Twitter and will pre-populate a Twitter post with a shortened URL. You can edit the post, then hit “Tweet”.

Tweetmeme - easy to tweet a blog post

I’m not sure if this feature will stay or not, but I wanted to try it out.

NEW – Mobile Phone Support

There’s another plug-in for mobile web browsers that is supposed to make the site easier to read on iPhones and such. If anyone has an iPhone, check the site out and let me know if it looks OK. That plug-in is called WordPress PDA & iPhone.

Where to Download these WordPress Plug-ins

In case you’re running WordPresss for your website and are interested in installing similar features on your site:

*Note: If GD Star Rating gets an update soon, I’ll definitely switch to that, but Vote-the-Post should be fine for now.

All plug-ins listed above are free downloads.

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