Virtual Book Reading: Advanced SBS 2003 book – meet the authors

Hello there folks! I am Harry Brelsford – author and publisher of the Advanced Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book. I am going to start posting it up in the wild as a passage a day in a virtual book reading because the book is now out of print. Today you will meet the authors. The good stuff starts later this week. Happy thanksgiving….harrybbbb

About The Authors

Harry Brelsford

An SBSer since the very start of the product (early 1997), Harry lives with his family on Bainbridge Island just outside Seattle, Washington and enjoys many friendships with folks at the Microsoft Corporation. The author of 11 books and lead author on this book, Harry has enjoyed serving real world customers as a small-medium business technology consultant for the past 15-years including acting as the advisor to Peace Corps on its 76-country worldwide SBS deployment. Harry holds an MBA and several industry certifications including the MCSE. An adjunct college

instructor for 12-years, Harry finally left the classroom when his wife suggested his two boys would like to ski and bike on the weekends! Harry enjoys delivering his worldwide HP-sponsored one-day SMB Nation workshops in over 60 cities per year spanning 25 countries. His annual SMB Nation conference is held in the Seattle area each September and you can sign up for his free SMB Technology Watch newsletter at

Andy Goodman

Andy has been involved with the computer industry since the mid 1970’s. He owns and operates DownHome Computers a small computer shop in Kernersville, NC, USA focused on Small Business IT solutions and of course SBS. He is a MS System Builder and an Intel IPD. Andy has been involved with SBS since the early days of 4.0 in 1997. Along with hosting the SBS Forum on SBS for MCP Magazine he also does a monthly SBS chat for In his spare time he writes how to articles for a number of e-zines as well as his own site Andy has been involved with the user group community since the early 90’s and been on the board of a number of groups, such as Bay Area NT Group, NT Engineering Association, Silicon Valley Computer Society to name a few. Andy is also the founding father of the Triad SBS Group a consultants group focused on SBS ( in North Carolina.

Bea Mulzer

Jack of all trades and hasn’t mastered a thing Beatrice holds certifications like MCSE’s, MCT and MSU (a.k.a. Make Stuff Up) and keeps busy bicycling, running and swimming. She avoids having to get a real job by consulting to local businesses on SBS with a niche in litigation technology. Beatrice practices results based consulting with the long term relationship in mind. One of her latest accomplishments was getting a $5 Million settlement for one of her clients supported on an SBS network diligently used for trial preparation. Having the incurable malady of truly caring for her customers and constantly biting of more than she can chew has proven to be a successful methodology for growing her business and expertise.

She has taught the academic Microsoft Official Curriculum at local college campuses and delivered numerous Microsoft Hands-on-Labs including Small Business Server throughout the United States. Beatrice has been published in Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine and writes the monthly Certification

and Education column for Reseller Advocate Magazine. She has developed training curriculum for Microsoft as well as delivered Web Casts.

When she is not deep-sea fishing, kayaking or having lunch with clients, you will find her supporting local non-profits, volunteering at functions or raising money for cures of cancer and MS (that is multiple sclerosis, not Microsoft…). Beatrice is a member of the Better Business Development Board of the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the Microsoft Small Business Advisory Council and a member of the Space Coast Triathletes.

Her motto: Life is too short to take yourself seriously Beatrice currently resides in Cocoa, Florida with her two Labradors and Mimi the cat.

Chris Angelini

Chris Angelini was raised in Bakersfield, CA, where he returned after graduating from UCLA in 2004 to found Texpert Consulting. His writing career dates back to 1998 when, as a freshman, he consciously chose computers over a life of collegiate debauchery. He has since contributed content to nearly 20 influential technology-related web sites, Smart Computing, Computer Power User, Reseller Advocate Magazine, PC Upgrade, Computer Source Magazine, and Computer

Gaming World, in addition to being quoted on and The Wall Street Journal. Outside of technology, Chris’ interests include sailing, hunting, investing, and his family.


Frank Ohlhorst

Frank came to CRN in 1999 and has held the positions of Technical Editor and Senior Technical Editor and CRN’s Technology Editor prior to being named Director of CRN Labs. Frank is responsible for overseeing the CRN Test Center and associated staff, generating product reviews, features, supplements and special reports. Frank also speaks at industry

conferences, hosts round tables, technology panels and is a frequent contributor to CMP Media’s Netseminar series. Frank focuses on Enterprise Networking, Security technologies, Wireless networking and solutions aimed at the small and medium business market

Prior to CRN, Frank was employed for 7 years with the U.S. Department of Energy, where he was a network manager responsible for overseeing a multi- site heterogeneous network and associated staff. Frank was also responsible for network security, evaluating, implementing and managing hardware and software solutions, managing Intranet and Internet connectivity and a multi-site SQL- based workflow systems.

Before his employment with DOE, Frank spent several years operating his own computer consulting business, providing custom software and networking solutions, and has developed vertical market software for many businesses, including local government and non-profit organizations.

Frank is also a frequent guest on Dave Graveline’s “In to tomorrow” radio show and has also appeared on “lets talk computers.” Frank has contributed to several other technology publications and has authored several white papers.

Frank has been active in the IT industry since 1984 and has held positions with both consulting firms and corporations. Frank holds several industry specific certifications, Including Novell’s CNE, Microsoft MCP, Comptia A+ and N+ certifications.

Jeff Middleton

An author’s bio page typically reads the more distant third person, repeating “he was…” until you believe it’s an obituary in progress. The voice of a conversation is what I expect most people know of me, my first person voice online. In six years as an SBS MVP, I’ve posted far in excess of 10,000 pages of comments to the Small Business Server newsgroups hosted by Microsoft.

This is my official first “you can buy it in a bookstore” writing effort. I’ve
written professionally for years, both technical documentation and consulting

reports. I’m also handy with database, spreadsheet, and language programming. The VAR/Systems Integrator business I began 15 years ago originally reflected my passion for cool tools in videographics and animation, and it built a staff of five after as many years. I changed direction, and for the past nine years chose a simpler lifestyle over larger scale business, became a one-man band for small business solutions. I sold my first six SBS installs the month it debuted, discovered the newsgroups soon after. From that I found a place we share the passion for helping each other within a worldwide community. It’s redefined my life, and my career. I can work from anywhere in the world, and I don’t work alone anymore as long as I have web access.

Grey Lancaster introduced me to Harry on my first visit to Microsoft Redmond. I wouldn’t be an SBS MVP if not for my respect for Grey’s example of what one person can do for the world. More than thirty SBS MVPs now share such efforts to the community, and among each other. Three of them include Susan, Wayne and Andy, each a great friend who played a significant role in my opportunity to contribute to this book along side them. I can’t possibly explain the debt I owe to all the SBS MVPs for their skills and inspiration. For testing my ideas on Swing Migration, showing me what to improve, and persuading me to start as a new business, YCST. These are some of my best friends around the world, literally.

I owe much in the year past to Harry for sharing his opportunities with me. David Allinson of Microsoft Australia has my thanks for the month I had there to present the content from the migration chapter to Microsoft partners. Finally, the global friendships I recall from this past year are woven together with threads of memories about Lyn, and her dedication to global friendships. That is my dedication for this book connecting so many friends in a global community. Contact me at


Jonathan Hassell

Jonathan Hassell is an author, consultant, and speaker residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. His work is seen regularly in Windows IT Pro Magazine, SecurityFocus, PC Pro, and Microsoft TechNet Magazine. He speaks around the world on topics including networking, security, and Windows administration.

Kevin Royalty

Kevin Royalty (MCSE, SBS) is the Chief
Consulting Officer for Solution Net Inc
(, a consulting firm in
Cincinnati Ohio. He sits on the advisory board
for CincyTechUSA, an arm of the Greater
Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, as well as
the Information Technology Advisory Team,
an arm of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of
Commerce. He is the current president of the
Cincinnati Networking Professionals’ Association (CiNPA), a
large group of IT Professionals that meet once a month to discuss technology.
He chairs the SBS Special Interest Group (SIG) in CiNPA as well, a subgroup
that caters to all the Consultants and Administrators of SBS networks in the
area. At the formation of the SBS SIG, the group of 9 consultants represented
an installed base in the Cincinnati market of 138. As this chapter was being
written, the membership was approximately 30 and growing as word spreads.

Lawrence Rodis

President and Chief Technology Officer, Strategic Resource Consulting Group L.L.C.

Analytical, precise and attentive to detail, Mr. Rodis is known for his proficiency in all aspects of computer technology and information management. He has been recognized for his diverse background in strategic planning, mission critical 24×7 systems, implementations and networking, client server computing and supplier management.

Educationally, Mr. Rodis holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He has earned the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) designation, and under his direction, Strategic Resource Consulting Group gained the Microsoft Certified Partner (MCP) status in 1999. In 2004 with the introduction

of competencies for the Microsoft Certified Partner program SRCG earned the Network Infrastructure Competency.

Mr. Rodis serves as a consultant to a number of educational, nonprofit, and professional service organizations. He has been implementing Microsoft Small Business Server since founding his company in 1999. Prior to founding SRCG, he worked at Intel where he provided management, strategy and project management expertise in implementing network infrastructure at their worldwide manufacturing locations

In addition to his leadership of Strategic Resource Consulting Group L.L.C., Mr. Rodis teaches undergraduate and graduate level technology courses for the University of Phoenix, Nevada Campus.

Lawrence is the father of three wonderful children and a fabulous wife. In his spare time he is following in his children’s footsteps and is pursuing his Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Michael Klein

Michael Klein founded Computer Directions, Inc., a New York based computer and management consulting firm, in 1987. Computer Directions is a full service organization that offers its clients one- stop shopping, a single phone call for all their computer needs so that they can concentrate on their business. Some of the services include accounting software, network installation, Internet connectivity, e-mail setup, remote access, and Web site design.

Mr. Klein also uses his broad business and management background to focus not only on the computer equipment, but the entire business as well. He works with his clients to use technology to find bottom-line benefits, such as increasing sales, reducing expenses, improving the quality of life, and exceeding customer expectations.

Prior to Computer Directions, Mr. Klein was an internal consultant improving productivity and profitability for both Chase Manhattan Bank and American Express. He also served as an officer of Chemical Bank in their Emerging Technology Group.

Mr. Klein has been mentioned several times in the computer industry trade press during this past year for his findings regarding Windows Server 2003. He was named Small Business Consultant of the month in June 2004. He was selected by Microsoft to become a member of their Small and Medium Business Advisory Council. He is frequently asked by major software vendors to test, provide feedback, and help shape the direction of their new products. Recent examples include: Microsoft Small Business Server, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server, Peachtree Accounting Software, and Timeslips. Because of his expertise and background, Mr. Klein has been called upon to help with forensic investigations and expert witness testimony. He is also a frequent lecturer.

Mr. Klein holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Rochester, an MS from Polytechnic University, an MBA in Finance and an MBA in Marketing from Adelphi University. He can be reached at

Steven Banks

With over eight years hands on experience in the
Internet and computer technology fields, Steve, the
founder of the Puget Sound Small Business Server
User Group and President of Banks Consulting
Northwest Inc. (, is a
Microsoft Certified Professional in Windows 2000
and Small Business Server 2003, holds certification
from SonicWALL as a Certified SonicWALL
Security Administrator and is a recipient of the
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award (Windows Server Systems – Small
Business Server). Prior to entering the Internet industry, Steve sold consumer
electronics for seven years in the Puget Sound region. Steve has collaborated
with Microsoft, Forbes and Hewlett-Packard on white papers and case studies
focusing on TechNet, Small Business Server 2000, and Windows Small Business
Server 2003. Banks Consulting Northwest has also participated extensively in
Microsoft’s Technology Adoption Program, helping to gather feedback and real
world user experiences of Microsoft solutions in the small business space. If
you live in the Puget Sound region and are looking to increase your involvement
with the SBS Community to better your skills as a business supporting Small

Business Server, contact Steve at to join the Puget Sound Small Business Server User Group!

Susan Bradley

Susan started her career in computing with IBM 8088 computers and Compaq “luggable” portables. To this day she is convinced that her right arm is longer than her left arm because she lugged those dang “luggables” for an entire summer at an audit job. Now she practically has an RJ45 connection growing out of her body. 😉 A fellow CPA turned her on to this new fangled product called Small Business Server 4.0 [/see the power of word of mouth marketing]/ and when the consultant she hired obviously did not use any of the wizards [be careful that your customer may actually read the product documentation, unlike you], she went in search of community resources and found the SBS communities. When she was ready to upgrade to Small Business Server 2000, she interviewed Microsoft Gold Certified partners who tried to talk her out of SBS [/she now knows to go find mere Registered partners as they are better SBSers/]. Her passion is Security and she has received the SANS Global Security Essential Certificate, and AICPA’s Certified Information Technology Professional credential as well as being a beta exam tester and receiving the “SBS MCP”, the MCP for /Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small- and Medium-Sized Business.

Susan is a Small Business Server and Security MVP—Most Valuable Professional—a title bestowed by Microsoft on independent experts who do not work for the company. Known as the “SBS Diva” for her extensive command of the bundled version of Windows Server 2003, she’s a partner in a CPA firm and spends her days cajoling vendors into coding more securely.

Wayne Small

With over 25 years in the IT industry, Wayne Small, MCSE 2000, MCSE+I, is one of Microsoft’s 30 Microsoft Small Business Server focused Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) worldwide and hosts one of the leading non Microsoft sources of information for Small Business Server, He has been an International guest speaker at a number of conferences in 2003 and 2004 covering both business and technical topics. He has also participated in various road shows focused on Small Business Server for Microsoft Australia. Wayne is also the Owner and Technical Director of successful Sydney based IT Integration company – Correct Solutions. Correct Solutions supports small to medium businesses with complete IT solutions. The company has been involved in the Small Business Server product since its inception in 1997.


Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (

MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)

PS – did you know my Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is almost here? Yes!


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