Hello – harrybbb here, publisher for the above title and its THANKSGIVING out here on Bainbridge Island! So todays vitual book reading is s short passage!
WWho Should Read This Book
The readership of this book will fall into a few identifiable categories.
· Gurus. You’re much of the reason we came together as a team of SBS experts to write this book. This book is for you!
· Consultants. Advanced SBSers who are consultants will want to use this book to get a leg up on your professional peers and to better serve your customers.
· Channel Partners. In addition to consultants (which includes Microsoft Partners), independent software vendors (ISVs) and distributors also constitute part of the channel. A surprisingly strong readership group, channel partners who read this book are those of you who are seeking to learn more about the SMB space in order to deliver much needed services and solutions to eager SBSers!
Who Shouldn’t Read This Book
· Inexperienced SBSers. The SBS community is affirming, open, accepting and even downright warm and huggy, so all SBSers including newbies are welcomed with outstretched arms. However, you have to learn to walk before you can run, and this book is clearly a marathon manual. So if you are a newbie, you might consider picking up my introductory and intermediate SBS texts before you delve into this digest. You’ll be happier for having done so, getting the SBS fundamentals firmly in place before then climbing higher, flying faster, and driving farther with this volume.
· End-user customers. Of course anyone in business blesses the very customers who contribute to their cash flow. I’m no exception. But customers potentially could be mis-served by this book, arming themselves with just enough information to be dangerous. If you’re a customer or end user who has inadvertently purchased this book, please e-mail my office at email@example.com so we can recommend an SBS consultant in your area to help you be more successful with SBS. We have a worldwide list of SBSers who would love to hear from you and lend a helping hand.
Enough said. Time to dig deep into the good stuff. Let’s move forward together to Chapter 1, after one final thought.
Unless you’ve lived in a cave, you know that all software ships with bugs and
vulnerabilities. Microsoft, even with its billions in cash and buildings full of
brilliant technologists, is accused in this respect more than most. Well, I’ve got news for you—just as millions of lines of software code might have one or two commas out of place, so too might books! All technology books ship with bugs (often reflecting the bugs in the underlying product), and unfortunately this book will be no exception.
Another fact of life with both software and books is this: the developers of the software and the authors of the book would both probably change about a hundred things if they were given a second go and enough time. The problem, of course, is that software would never ship and books would never publish, and in the end you would be deprived of great works in both camps.
If you spot a bug or have a suggestion about how to improve a future revision of this book, please drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be sure to reply! Also—monitor our Web site at www.smbnation.com for frequent updates to the book!
Cheers, mates… .harrybbbbb
Publisher, SMB Nation Press
Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA October 2004
Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (www.smbnation.com)
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!