The SBS “Space” and what that means! [Advanced Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

Hmm….just what is the SBS “space?” In today’s virtual book reading, I post up a passage asking the big quesiton. hmmm…..

Advanced Discussion: The Small

Business Server Space

There are some real nuggets of gold in “them thar” SBS hills that I want to share with you.

United Kingdom SBS Breakfasts

Necessity is the mother of invention, and John Coulthard, Director of Small Business at Microsoft UK, is one heck of an inventor! He has directed an effort to equip Partners with a seminar-in-a-box that is essentially a turnkey SBS breakfast sales presentation. The formula is simple. Use John’s kit to create a breakfast event for prospective SBS customers. These prospects will hopefully convert to paying customers for you. During the life of SBS 2003 so far, this is the most impressive Microsoft program I’ve personally witnessed. Figure 1-3 displays the Web page where you can download this sales kit for free.

Figure 1-3

A visit to this site is a must to help you do more SBS business.

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SBS User Groups

One thing that’s bringing order to the fragmented and heterogeneous small business space where SBS 2003 plays is the formation of SBS user groups. In the U.S. alone as of this writing, there are over 25 SBS user groups, and you can find five such groups in Australia. The purpose of these groups is to provide a place for like-minded SBSers to gather in a regular and grassroots fashion. Within these groups, the members discuss not only the proverbial technical issues of the day, but also relevant business issues. In fact, one SBS user group, the Technology Wizards out of Portland, Oregon, focuses on the business side of the SBS 2003 experience and on generating more good business for its membership—which they accomplish by running print and radio advertisements. Figure 1-4 shows the home page for the Technology Wizards, including a sample advertisement in the lower left.

Figure 1-4

The Technology Wizards are filling the customer demand generation void by

running customer-facing advertisements for SBS 2003. Good stuff!




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You can find an official “roll call” of SBS user groups at windowsserver2003/sbs/community/usergroups.mspx. This roll call is also shown in Figure 1-5.

Figure 1-5

You are not alone as an SBSer! You can bond with other like-minded technologists by participating in a user group near you. (By the way, user group members have been known to receive free stuff and toys from Microsoft! Hint-hint.)



BEST PRACTICE: My book SMB Consulting Best Practices spends the better part of almost 700 pages defining the SMB and SBS consulting marketplace. So as not to diminish the value of the material offered in this earlier volume, I defer to it for discussion about the current SBS marketplace. You can purchase this business-related book from



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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