Pardon the Dust

I hope this doesn't happen to my blog.Tonight we’re upgrading NGLB to the newest version of WordPress (2.6.2). Please excuse any duplicate posts or small explosions. πŸ™‚

So far WordPress has been rock-solid and has kept the comment spammers at bay, and I don’t anticipate any blood on the floor with this upgrade. But hey, it could happen. 

See you on the other side. πŸ™‚


Well, the update failed and I completely destroyed the website. Fortunately I had a backup, but it was touch and go there for a bit. I’ll do some research and see where it failed. But, for the time being, we’re back in action using the old tech.

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Pardon the Dust

I hope this doesn't happen to my blog.Tonight we’re upgrading NGLB to the newest version of WordPress (2.6.2). Please excuse any duplicate posts or small explosions. πŸ™‚

So far WordPress has been rock-solid and has kept the comment spammers at bay, and I don’t anticipate any blood on the floor with this upgrade. But hey, it could happen. 

See you on the other side. πŸ™‚

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Greetings from Issaquah

sbs_2008_logo_small For five days this week I’m in Issaquah, Washington (southeast of Seattle) at the Microsoft Sammamish campus for the special SBS 2008 training that Microsoft arranged for the SBS-MVPs. So far the training has been absolutely fantastic. This is, by far, the most in-depth and valuable software training I’ve ever received, and I am tremendously thankful for the opportunity to be here! I just can’t thank Kevin Beares and his team enough for putting this event together, and our instructor, John Bay, knows this product with a depth I’ve never seen first-hand before. I’ve been using SBS since version 4.0, and it’s awesome to be able to turn the new 2008 version inside out and see what makes it tick.

In addition to the phenomenal training, another huge benefit of being here in person is the opportunity to network with the Microsoft SBS product team and other SBS-MVPs from around the world. It’s impossible to articulate just how much experience and passion these folks have for the SBS product and the community that uses and supports it. At every opportunity you’ll see folks sharing information, discussing best practices, giving feedback, and debating (sometimes fervently) the issues in the community and the product itself.

On Tuesday night Kevin Beares took the MVPs and some Microsoft folks out to dinner at Pogacha (a restaurant I *highly* recommend). As always, I feel like the least qualified person to be in the same room, but I’m thrilled at the opportunity to be there and share ideas and experiences.  Unfortunately, not everyone could make it to the training event, for various reasons. But for those of you have had a question answered in the SBS newsgroups, this picture of the dinner attendees should help you put a name with the face.


(Click for a larger picture)

  1. Drew Spencer – Microsoft Dev Manager
  2. Mitch Garvis – MVP – Montreal, Canada
  3. Ryan β€œFuzzy” Spillane – Sydney, Australia
  4. Kevin Weilbacher – MVP – Florida, USA
  5. Cal McLennan – MVP – Ontario, Canada
  6. Kerry Brown – MVP – Squamish, BC, Canada
  7. Stuart Applegate – MVP – Australia
  8. Tim Barrett – MVP – Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  9. Marina – Germany
  10. Jeff Middleton – MVP – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  11. Dave Nickason – MVP – New York, USA
  12. Mark Claggett – Microsoft MVP Lead
  13. Abhinay Kampasi – SBS Developer (backup)
  14. Mehmet Demir – SBS Developer (system health, anti-malware)
  15. Kevin Royalty – MVP – Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  16. Marina Roos – MVP – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  17. Eriq β€œQ” Neale – MVP – Denton, Texas, USA
  18. Dean Calvert – MVP – Adelaide, Australia
  19. Wayne Small – MVP – Sydney, Australia
  20. Susan β€œBitzie” Bradley – MVP – Fresno, California, USA
  21. Charlie Russel – MVP – Canada
  22. David Belanger – SBS Developer (setup)
  23. Oliver β€œOllie” Sommer – MVP – Germany
  24. Jeff Loucks – MVP – Ontario, Canada
  25. Henry Craven – MVP – Melbourne, Australia
  26. Steven Banks – MVP – Seattle, Washington USA
  27. Kevin Beares – Microsoft Community Lead – WSSG
  28. Jon Bay – Microsoft Product Support (our trainer)
  29. Marie β€œMom” McFadden – Microsoft Community Program Manager

    Also here, but not pictured…

  30. Dana Epp – MVP – Canada
  31. Frank McCallister – MVP – Helena, Alabama, USA
  32. Larry Struckmeyer – MVP – Florida, USA
  33. Tobias Redelberger – MVP – Germany
  34. Steven Lai – MVP – San Jose, California, USA
  35. Les Connor – MVP – Canada
  36. Vlad Mazek – MVP – Orlando, Florida, USA
  37. David β€œShackDaddy” Shackelford – MVP – Seattle, Washington, USA

To all those with missing info, I’ll fill it in as soon as I can confirm info – I’m horrible with remembering names πŸ™‚ If you know any of the missing info above, please feel free to post it in the comments. And if I missed anyone who’s here, please comment that too.

Thanks Microsoft for a truly awesome and valuable event!

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KYSBSUG Meeting 08-20-2008 – ConnectWise

Just a friendly reminder that the Kentucky Small Business Server User Group (KYSBSUG) meets tonight:


Topic: ConnectWise
Date: Wednesday August 20, 2008
Start Time: 6:30 PM Eastern (GMT -5)
Location: Money Concepts, Louisville, Kentucky USA
Registration URL:


Are you bleeding billable hours?  Are contacts, timesheets, scheduling, sales, email, accounting, projects and service tickets scattered throughout your organization with little or no integration between applications?

Then please join us this month for a look at one of the most outstanding and popular PSA solutions in the market today.  Learn how ConnectWise can help you bring it all together.  If you have it, come and share what you’ve learned.  If you’re using something else, share that too.  If you’re still looking, this is the place to be.

Door Prizes:  The first 5 attendees will receive Starbucks gift cards, plus we have some USB flash drives and other nice swag. πŸ™‚

Attendees can participate in-person or via Microsoft Live Meeting.  But seating is limited, so register today!

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2008 SBS Partner Group Tour Registration Open

2006_sbs_tour_kysbsug Good news for SMB Resellers interested in getting the scoop on SBS 2008 – Microsoft has recently announced the SBS 2008 Partner Group Tour, so go ahead and block the date on your calendar (these are typically evening events).

Unfortunately, the tour can’t come to every city, but there are 14 stops planned so far.  Here’s the current list of cities and dates, as of 7/27/2008:

Date City Partner Group Lead
Sat 9/16/2008 Redmond, WA Steven Banks
Tue 9/19/2008 Atlanta, GA Rick Butler
Wed 9/20/2008 Charlotte, NC Mark Crall
Thu 9/11/2008 Miami, FL Scott Cayouette
Fri 9/12/2008 Houston, TX Tim Loney
Mon 9/15/2008 Cincinnati, OH Kevin Royalty
Tue 9/16/2008 Chicago, IL Cynthia Slade
Wed 9/17/2008 Dallas, TX Russell Clements
Wed 9/17/2008 South Field, MI Tavis Patterson
Thu 9/18/2008 Waltham, MA Scott Galbraith
Fri 9/19/2008 New York, NY Robert Patterson
Mon 9/22/2008 San Francisco, CA Steven Lai
Tue 9/23/2008 Irvine, CA Dave Seibert
Wed 9/24/2008 San Diego, CA Jim Muglia


*Dates and cities are subject to change.

Registration isn’t open yet, but when the ticket window opens, we’ll let you know ASAP.  The closest stop to us is Cincinnati, OH on Monday September 15, 2008. Hope to see you there! πŸ™‚

UPDATE: 08/18/2008 – Registration for the Cincinnati event is now open. Click here to register today!

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Free Microsoft SB Summit 2008 Next Week

If you’re involved in small business, you need to attend the
Third Annual Microsoft Small Business Summit, March 24 – 27, 2008. 

Microsoft Small Business SummitThis FREE online event provides hours
of valuable small business programming each day. You’ll get tips, advice, and secrets from experts, all designed to make the hats you wear each day fit more comfortably.

This 4-day event is broken into themes for each day (details and speaker list below). I attended the first two small business summits, and they had top notch speakers like Guy Kawasaki, and the content was fantastic.  This year looks to be a great event as well, and I HIGHLY recommend you attend.
You won’t be sorry (unless you miss it!) πŸ™‚

Registration is free:

And you can watch it LIVE on NoGeekLeftBehind:


  • Day 1 – Monday March 24 – Sales & Marketing (12 – 4PM)*
  • Day 2 – Tuesday March 25 – Productivity, Mobility & Security (12 – 4PM)*
  • Day 3 – Wednesday March 26 – Financial Management (12 – 4PM)*
  • Day 4 – Thursday March 27 – Startup Day (12 – 4PM)*

    *All times Eastern Daylight Time

Presentation schedule:

BEST PRACTICE – be sure to catch the presentations from the following
SBS Group Leaders:

Kevin Royalty [SBS-MVP] as he presents
Run Your Business From Anywhere
Tuesday March 25, 2008 from 2PM – 3PM Eastern

And Scott Cayouette as he presents
Top Security Tips
Tuesday March 25, 2008 from 3PM – 4PM Eastern

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Invitation – 4-Year Anniversary of the KYSBSUG

03/19/2008 @ 6:30 PM EST – REGISTER TODAY!

INVITATION: You are cordially invited to the 48th consecutive Kentucky Small Business Server User Group (KYSBSUG) meeting!

  • TOPIC: 4-Year KYSBSUG Anniversary Party (Meeting #48)
  • WHEN: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 @ 6:30pm – 8:30 PM EST
  • VENUE: Fox and Hound Pub and Grille – Google Map
  • ADDRESS: 302 Bullitt Lane, Louisville, KY 40222
  • COST: FREE + whatever you choose to spend on food.
  • EXTRAS: Free appetizers, pool tables, really cool door prizes
  • WHO’S INVITED: KYSBSUG Members, IT Pros, Network Admins & folks interested in Microsoft Technologies
  • MAP: Click here of click the picture below for a satellite image & directions

Link to the venue - Fox & Hound

The venue of the Fox & Hound should be very familiar to everyone. We’ve had one KYSBSUG meeting there already, as well as the Louisville Geek Dinner events. (Note – This time we’ll be on the right-side rooms as you walk in the door).



kysbsug_logo In March 2004, at a Microsoft TS2 event in Louisville, Kentucky, a very nervous Microsoft SBS user stood up in front of the crowd and announced the first SBS User Group meeting in Kentucky.  Happily, people showed up at that first meeting, and they’ve showing up every month since then.

48 months later… it’s amazing how much has changed, even just from a software perspective.

For example, here’s some Microsoft software that’s come out since meeting #1:

  • Office XP Service Pack 3
  • SBS 2003 Service Pack 1
  • SQL 2005
  • Office 2003 Service Pack 2
  • SBS 2003 R2
  • Microsoft Vista
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Exchange 2007
  • Windows Mobile 6
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Home Server
  • Office 2007 Service Pack 1
  • Vista Service Pack 1
  • Office 2003 Service Pack 3
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Centro (Windows Essential Business Server 2008)
  • Cougar Beta 2 TR (SBS 2008)

…and that list is FAR from complete – there are tons more servers and desktop & productivity applications that have come out in the last 4 years.


Our local SBS group in Louisville, KY has gone through quite a lot of meetings and changes since this all began.  We started with 7 folks, 3 pizzas, a conference room, no WiFi, and no PowerPoint slides. Since then:

  • 48 consecutive monthly meetings
  • 130 subscribers to the mailing list
  • SBS Partner Tour March 2005 – (70+ attendees)
  • 70-282 Study Group & Cram Sessions
  • SBS Partner Tour September 2006 – Indiana University (110+ attendees)
  • Live presentations by Microsoft TS2 & Technet folks
  • In-person & webcast presentations by Microsoft MVPs from Ohio, Alabama, Florida, Iowa & California
  • Meeting attendees via LiveMeeting and web cam from all over the USA, Canada, and even Belgium
  • Enough pizza, subs, napkins, plates, cups & 2-liters to fill a couple of minivans (at least)
  • And 1 really cool cake

It’s been a great ride, and we’d like to celebrate it with you. We’d like to ask your help in spreading the word about the event, and we look forward to seeing as many people turn out as possible. πŸ™‚



The Kentucky Small Business Server User Group would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to Jeff Slyn (Owner) of SLYN Systems & Peripherals and Katie Goldstein (Event Coordinator) and Scott Hack (General Manager) of Fox and Hound Pub and Grille for their invaluable assistance in organizing this event!  You guys totally rock!! πŸ™‚

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Beta – Xobni – First Impressions

Recently I started using a new Outlook plug-in called Xobni (thanks for the invite Nick!)  Xobni isn’t new. In fact Bill Gates talked about it over a year ago:

What Xobni Does

Basically, Xobni (pronounced ‘zob-nee’) lets you track email relationships, conversations, connections with others, and (my favorite feature) provides a no-search list of files exchanged with others.  It also provides metrics on what time of the day someone emails you.

imageHere’s an example from my personal email account,
and just for fun, we’ll pick on Kevin:

Top Section – Name, Emails Received, Time of Day, Emails In (received) vs. Emails Out (sent) and includes To From CC and BCC, and Rank based on the number of emails to and from this person.

Contact Info – Phone (this is automatically pulled from email body), link to schedule a meeting, link to create an email.

People Connected to… – These are contacts that I’ve CC’ed in an email to Kevin, or contacts he’s CC’ed me on.

Conversations with… – Threaded conversations with this contact.

Files Exchanged with… – My favorite feature! Whether I sent the file to Kevin, or he sent it to me, it shows up here. VERY nice.


  • The ‘Files Exchanged’ folder (obviously)
  • The time chart at the top. This has actually been pretty helpful in identifying when someone is typically in front of their computer
  • The ‘Stay In Touch’ feature – This shows who you haven’t emailed in a month, 2 months, 3 months or longer.


  • The contact card in Xobni is limited and doesn’t pull a photo from the Outlook contact card (you have to add it manually)
  • No mobile version
  • Can’t see a list ranking with all the people (who’s #1, who’s #500) as far as I can tell. If you want to know where someone is, you have to hunt them down first.
  • I’m not clear if the metrics go away when you delete items (I think it tracks the archive though).
  • No way to change the time zones for senders

Regarding the time zone issue, I could go either way on this one.

Take Susan for example, she’s in California (GMT -8) and I’m Kentucky (GMT-5). So, while it’s true that sometimes she sends email when it’s 3AM for me, it’s only midnight for her, so it’s a bit confusing at first glance because it looks like she’s still up at 3AM (maybe she is πŸ˜‰ :

Susan in GMT -8 needs more sleep ;-)

With Wayne in Sydney, Australia (GMT +10), it’s even more noticeable with the time difference:

Wayne GMT +10 doesn't get enough sleep either

So, if I look at the chart, before I even try to send Wayne an email, I know that if it’s before lunch time for me, he’s probably asleep down under.

And resource-wise, I’ve been pretty happy w/ Xobni:

Right now Xobni is a closed-beta, but I’ve got some invites left. If you’re interested, log a reply to this post.

And if you’d like a bit deeper look at Xobni, here’s a link to a video tour:

UPDATE – I found out Wayne already blogged about this, but my post is prettier and I’ve already typed it all, so I’m posting it anyway πŸ˜‰

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Beta Invite – TruckFullOfNinjas

Sally Jones, my name is Haru. I believe you are looking for a beta invite, no? Tucked away in a hidden location inside the FunCave (can’t tellya, hafta killya) is a new project code named:

TFON (I call dibs on the acronym, Chris) has been tasked with resolving an issue known simply as; “The Biggest Problem With Windows“. 

“Sounds like hype” you say? Well, don’t be too quick to judge. After all, have I ever steered you wrong, gentle reader?  And before you say anything, “The Cave” was so a good movie, as was “Stealth“. Eh, well, there was that time I recommended “Sabrina” and I never lived that one down (I blame the Shiraz). But that was before your time, so it doesn’t count. 

Anyway, I digress.

To find out more about TruckFullOfNinjas, you *definitely* want to surf over and follow the instructions to get on the early list to get a beta invite when it’s announced.

Seating = limited. You + late = sad. You get the idea.

You can thank me later.  Dr. Codec

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