SBS 2003 and the “Ligman Lease”

Howdy y’all – harryb here – the publisher of the Advanced Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book. I like to hold virtual book readings by posting up!

  The Ligman Lease

Nearly everyone agrees that SBS 2003 is awesome, myself included. But one of the hurdles many small businesses hit when trying to implement SBS 2003 is the lack of money to fund such an important technology implementation. Time after time you’ll hear a customer comment that they love the idea of SBS 2003 but have no idea how to pay for it.

Enter Eric Ligman stage left! Eric is a fulltime Microsoft employee in the Chicago office who has really poured his heart and soul into the SBS community. He developed an impressive leasing solution using Microsoft’s Open Value licensing program where a customer could get SBS 2003 premium, software assurance, BizTalk (Microsoft’s electronic data interchange program), CRM 1.2 (as of this writing) at the five CAL level for under $100 USD per month or just over $3.00 USD per day (the price on a double latte coffee drink!). You can learn more on this specific money-saving opportunity to slide SBS 2003 into the small business via one of my old SBS newsletters at Issue3-9-june2004.htm (see the article about Eric Ligman near the bottom). Eric’s excellent site should also be visited at



BEST PRACTICE: The example above features Microsoft’s Open Value licensing arrangement. Other SBSers have shared with me private sector SBS-based leasing arrangements that they have constructed with firms such as Studebaker Worthington, CITI and local banks (e.g. American Marine Bank). You are encouraged to find the right financial fit to introduce SBS in a small business.


Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation

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

PS – my Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is now here! J

PPS – my spring show, SMB Nation Spring 2009, is in the NYC-area on May 1-3, 2009.


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