Webcast – Managed Services Practice – Part 3

Webcast: The Recipe to Build a Successful Managed Services Practice from Scratch – Part 3 
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Date: Wednesday November 29, 2006
Presenters: Ron Grattopp & Erick Simpson
Event Time: 3:00 PM Eastern, USA & Canada (DST) = GMT -05:00
Duration: 60 minutes

Registration URL:
Description:  This is a follow-up to Erick’s June 30th and August 18th Managed Services Webcasts. This Seminar will focus on pricing, marketing and selling your Managed Services Deliverables, and will include a discussion of different pricing models and sales and marketing strategies. We will feature a live Q&A with Erick, which we did not have time for in the first Webcast.

Recipe to build a Successful Managed Services Practice from Scratch – Part 1:

and Recipe to build a Successful Managed Services Practice from Scratch – Part 2:

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Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT Pros

Windows Vista logoMicrosoft has released 15 ‘Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals‘ to assist in deploying or migrating to Windows Vista.  Each whitepaper is available as an individual download in Microsoft Word 2003 .doc format, and WGA is not required to access the downloads.

Date Published: 9/11/2006
Document Format:  Microsoft Word
Download Size: 118 – 748 KB, or 4.1 MB for all 15
Download URL: Click here

  • Deploying Vista (19 pages, 195 KB) 
  • Managing Group Policy ADMX Files (13 pages, 150 KB) 
  • Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide (39 pages, 414 KB) 
  • Performance Monitoring and Tuning (23 pages, 209 KB) 
  • Print Management (25 pages, 260 KB) 
  • Controlling Device Installation and Usage with Group Policy (49 pages, 640 KB) 
  • Device Driver Signing and Staging (44 pages, 748 KB) 
  • Managing Multiple Local Group Policy (24 pages, 274 KB https://usabitcoincasino.io/)  
  • User Account Control (11 pages, 146 KB)  
  • Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption (16 pages, 169 KB)  
  • Windows Vista Beta 2 Migration (14 pages, 152 KB)  
  • Windows Vista Beta 2 Trusted Platform Module Services (14 pages, 157 KB)  
  • Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface (14 pages, 158 KB)  
  • Windows Vista Speech Recognition (9 pages, 118 KB) 
  • Windows Vista Windows Meeting Space (44 pages, 388 KB)


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Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Virtual Labs

If you went to one of the stops on the SBS Partner Group Tour in September, you undoubtedly saw the video where Michael Fitzsimmons showed you the new Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Want to take the new version of WSS for a spin yourself? Sure you do. And now you can take your free test drive using TechNet Virtual Labs with no setup or installation on your part. 

You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks anytime.

BONUS:  You could win a Microsoft Xbox 360!
Take any TechNet or MSDN Virtual Lab or Labcast before 31 December 2006, submit a completed evaluation, and be automatically registered to win an Xbox 360! (See official rules for details.)

FREE Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Virtual Labs:

  • What’s New in Windows SharePoint Services Feature Walkthrough
    Learn about the new and enhanced features in Windows SharePoint Services (version 3) such as site creation, site administration, adding Web Parts, the permissions trimmed UI, list settings, navigation, list and library security, notifications, and email integration.
  • Introduction to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
    After completing this lab, you will be able to describe the user interface changes, configure the document collaboration features, wikis, blogs, and RSS feeds, project task tracking, e-mail integration, Outlook 2007 integration, discussions and surveys in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.
  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Installation and Configuration
    Learn about the enhanced backup and restore options, the multi-level Recycle Bin, the new browser-based user interface, and new options for the command line (stsadm.exe) interface.
  • Implementing and Administering Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
    After completing this lab, you will be able to describe the changes to the Central Administration site, create and manage SharePoint sites, configure permissions at the site, list, and item levels and configure security policies.

Source:  TechNet Virtual Labs

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SBSC Quarterly Webcast

SBSC logo in a tree (I don't know why it's up there)Webcast:  Small Business Specialist Community Quarterly Webcast
Presenters: Eric Ligman & Paige Boesen
Date: Tuesday 9/26/2006
Time: 1:30 PM Eastern (GMT -5)
Duration: 90 minutes

Participate in the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community quarterly webcasts designed to serve as forums where we can unite as a community to hear new developments and gather feedback on the SBSC “Grow Your Small Business Together” strategy.

Join Paige Boesen and Eric Ligman on Tuesday September 26 at 1:30 PM Eastern Time when they will detail plans for our evolving community in FY07. You’ll hear about exclusive offers and promotions to help drive your bottom line. Sign up today.
URL: http://www.msreadiness.com/WS_abstract.asp?eid=15004539

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Interview With A Vladpire

Like any good dev guy, he needs sunglasses to go out in the daylightLast night at the Kentucky Small Business Server User Group meeting we interviewed Vlad Mazek of OwnWebNow / Vladville / SBS Show / Vladfire fame. Vlad is a prominent SEO reseller in the state of Kentucky.

We managed to tear Vlad away from his role as ‘The Unofficial Chuck Norris of the SBS Community‘ long enough to learn about:

If you missed it, don’t worry, we TiVoed it for you:

Title:  KYSBSUG – August 2006 Meeting w/ Vlad Mazek
Recording ID:  KYSBSUG200608
Organizer:  Tim Barrett
Recording On:  Wednesday, Aug 23, 2006 3:47 PM (PDT)
Duration :  1:43
URL:  Click here

Special thanks to Susan Bradley for the use of the LiveMeeting account!

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September 2006 SBS Tour Registration

SBSers getting their learn onSeveral folks have reported that they had some difficulty registering for the Vista / Office 2007 / SBS 2003 R2 September 2006 SBS Partner Group Tour.

I’m happy to report that the issues have been resolved, and you should be able to register for the event now – sorry for the confusion!

Detailed information for the Louisville, KY / New Albany, IN stop on the tour can be found here:

And here is a complete list of registration links and dates for all cities on the tour (in chronological order):

  1. Seattle / Redmond, WA
    Wednesday, September 06, 2006
  2. Portland, OR
    Monday, September 11, 2006
  3. Sacramento, CA
    Tuesday, September 12, 2006
  4. San Diego, CA
    Wednesday, September 13, 2006
  5. Irvine, CA
    Thursday, September 14, 2006
  6. Louisville, KY / New Albany, IN
    Monday, September 18, 2006
  7. Detroit / Southfield, MI
    Tuesday, September 19, 2006
  8. Indianapolis, IN
    Wednesday, September 20, 2006
  9. Denver / Aurora, CO
    Thursday, September 21, 2006
  10. Boston / Waltham, MA
    Monday, September 25, 2006
  11. New York, NY
    Tuesday, September 26, 2006
  12. Charlotte, NC
    Wednesday, September 27, 2006
  13. Tampa, FL
    Thursday, September 28, 2006
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Get More Customer Action through the Microsoft Action Pack
Presenter: Ron Grattopp
Date:  08/14/2006
Time:  2:00 PM Eastern USA (GMT -5)
URL:  http://www.msreadiness.com/WS_abstract.asp?eid=15004444

TS2 – Build a Successful Managed Services Practice from Scratch – Part 2
Presenters: Ron Grattopp & Erik Simpson
Date:  08/18/2006
Time:  4:00 PM Eastern USA (GMT -5)
URL:  http://www.msreadiness.com/WS_abstract.asp?eid=15004419

What’s New with SBS R2?
Presenters: Mike Iem
Date:  08/29/2006
Time:  12:00 PM Eastern USA (GMT -5)
URL: http://www.msreadiness.com/WS_abstract.asp?eid=15004396



Hidden Gems of SBS Part 2 – Webparts, IMF, other Gems
Presenters: Ron Grattopp & Tim Barrett
Recorded:  06/28/2006
URL:  http://www.msreadiness.com/WS_abstract.asp?eid=15004326

Hidden Gems of SBS Part 1 – OWA, MOM, OneNote Documentation
Presenters: Ron Grattopp & Tim Barrett
Recorded:  05/24/2006
URL:  http://www.msreadiness.com/WS_abstract.asp?eid=15004161

Crown Jewels of SBS Part 3 – RWW
Presenters:  Ron Grattopp & Chris Rue
Recorded:  04/28/2006
URL:  http://www.msreadiness.com/WS_abstract.asp?eid=15004065

Crown Jewels of SBS Part 2 – Wizards
Presenters:  Ron Grattopp & Chris Rue
Recorded:  04/27/2006
URL:  http://www.msreadiness.com/WS_abstract.asp?eid=15004064

Crown Jewels of SBS Part 1 – Companyweb
Presenters:  Ron Grattopp & Chris Rue
Recorded:  04/26/2006
URL:  http://www.msreadiness.com/WS_abstract.asp?eid=15004063

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Coffee Talk With TS2

Image stolen from Mike Hall's blog - thanks Mike!

Want to build your business?  Charles Van Heusen and the TS2 team think you do, and they want to help.

Join them every Wednesday morning 9:00 – 10:00 Eastern for the new “Small Business Server Practice Builder” webcast series.

Upcoming topics include:

  • 2-Aug – What’s next for the Small Business Specialist Program?
  • 9-Aug – Licensing Configurator Tools
  • 16-Aug – Engaging with Microsoft
  • 23-Aug – Technology Assesment Toolkit

Registration is easy too – just click on the iCal link and a recurring appointment will be dropped into Outlook.

We also took the time to talk about newrestfunerals.co.uk a very popular page for funeral services.
Mortuary services, or insurance companies that offer coverage through the website, and those plans, when they are considered taxable, should be considered taxable under the provisions of section 16(c) of the Social Security Act .

The following is a statement of the following: (a) There are no plans offered by insurance companies or in other forms that are subject to this section within the United States and that do not provide such coverage. (b) Some of those plans offered on the Internet or other means that are not subject to the section do not have coverage through the insurance program that directly provides federal benefits.

Coverage does not apply to: (a) Exempt plans offered by insurance companies unless the insured individual’s coverage is offered through an agency or corporation that administers the coverage or the employee of that agency or corporation who determines that the coverage is not qualified or qualified not for use, or otherwise complies with the terms and conditions of such coverage in accordance with a rules promulgated pursuant to section 802(j) of the Federal Credit Reporting Act of 1978 (12 U.S.C. 6802(j)); or (b) Plans that offer insurance that are owned by one or more qualified persons who live in the United States.

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Webcast – Windows Vista Demo for Small Business Partners

Title: Windows Vista Demo for Small Business Partners
Event Date: Thursday 8/3/2006
Presenter: Morgan Greenwood
Event Time: 2:00 PM Eastern, USA & Canada (DST) = GMT – 05:00
Duration: 60 minutes

The Windows Vista Business operating system is designed to help your small business customers run their computers smoothly and more securely, with less reliance on dedicated IT support. Powerful new technology and tools help your customers protect their company’s data; better organize, find, and share information; and stay connected, whether they’re in the office, at home, or on the road. Windows Vista Business fuels business growth for partners by enabling them to deliver new, compelling value on a market-ready platform to meet the most significant wants and needs of small businesses.

During this demo, Morgan will show you the key features of Vista Business and why they are important to small businesses.

Registration URL: 

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Free Microsoft Office 2007 E-Learning and E-Book


Get training at your own pace on 2007 Microsoft Office user interface, or learn what’s new with your favorite program.

Each E-Learning Course is available offline for 90 days, takes about 1 hour, and helps you take advantage of new functionality by focusing on the features that will affect you the most.

FREE E-book: First Look 2007 Microsoft Office System
(Adobe PDF file – 6MB – 213 pages)
ISBN: 0-7356-2265-5
Author: Katherine Murray

With this free ebook from Microsoft Press, you’ll get the full story on Microsoft 2007 Office system directly from the Microsoft product group. This book gives you the inside scoop on the Microsoft 2007 Office system and is designed to help you get a quick sense of the huge range of changes and enhancements made to the Microsoft Office System.

It will inspire you to try out some of the new features as you’re working with early versions of the software on your own systems. Some of the biggest work challenges that we face today—information overload, knowledge management, collaboration limitations, localization issues, and more—are directly addressed by new and revamped features in 2007 Microsoft Office System. See how the 2007 release will make your life easier!

The print version is available in July at booksellers everywhere.

Source: Heartland Area Technical Partner Newsletter


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