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Microsoft and its premier partners are launching Windows Essential Server Solutions, a new family of integrated server solutions that address the unique needs of small and midsize businesses (SMBs). During times of stationary or shrinking budgets and economic uncertainty, minimizing the redundancies and optimizing parts in your IT infrastructure can help control costs and raise productivity. With the unique challenges firms face upgrading and maintaining their IT infrastructure, smart organizations are re-evaluating their plans and expenditures and investing wisely.

This is the official launch for Windows Essential Server Solutions, which includes Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other Microsoft executives will introduce these new products and will be joined by Mark Minasi, an independent expert and best-selling author.

Mr. Minasi, along with Microsoft executives and partners, will review the new features, functions and strategies which will help you get the most value from your existing and future technology investments. Major announcements, plus the ability to interact with Microsoft and its partners, make this a must-attend event for SMB technology and business managers as well as IT consultants and partners.

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LAUNCH EVENT OVERVIEW:

Learn how Microsoft and its partners are making it possible for SMBs to obtain enterprise-class technology at affordable prices with Windows Small Business Sever 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. These new, integrated, server solutions are based on groundbreaking innovations that can dramatically help simplify the deployment, ongoing management, and use of server technology to help boost productivity and transform your small or midsize businesses.

Because the Windows Essential Server Solutions Virtual Launch event is live, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions, interact with your peers or customers, and enter for a chance to win some great prizes - including a copy of Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard, Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard, and copies of Mark Minasi’s latest books.

Session 1: The Windows Essential Server Solutions "Dream Server" Launch Webcast

You know that Microsoft has continuously innovated and delivered products to help customers and partners operate more efficiently and effectively. Now Microsoft’s investment in a new family of server solutions, designed and priced specifically for SMBs is growing in order to help increase the manageability and reliability of IT systems and enhance businesses productivity and growth.

In this opening keynote, Microsoft executives will discuss their investment and key priorities to enable SMBs to grow their business capacity, and how Windows Essential Server Solutions are helping explain why investing in IT now is important and how to get the most out of your existing IT investments.

Session 2: Mark Minasi: 7 Tips that IT can use During the Economic Downturn

Mark Minasi, noted author, MVP, and self-proclaimed alpha-geek will present "7 Tips that IT can use During the Economic Downturn.” These practical tips are designed to save money and deliver new capabilities to keep small and mid-sized organizations (SMBs) competitive. From simple solutions like reducing server and desktop power consumption, to consolidating applications on servers, Minasi will deliver information that SMBs can use right now to achieve enhanced IT value.

Learn about the following:

Using IT to save real money by:
* Saving power
* Consolidation
* Reducing maintenance burden

Delivering new capabilities without breaking the bank through:
* Disaster recovery & backup
* Security
* IT best practices

Following his session, Minasi will interview Microsoft executive Chris Phillips, General Manager for the Windows Server Solutions Group, to help understand how new technology is specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s small and medium sized enterprises.

Minasi will also be available for live Q&A, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ask him all your questions!

Session 3: Turn Your IT Infrastructure into a Strategic Business Asset – Customer and Partner Perspective

Participate in this business-focused session to learn how Windows Essential Server Solutions helps turn small and midsize IT infrastructures into a strategic asset, boosting productivity and growth while helping to control costs. Join Michael Cocanower, CEO of itSynergy, as he and Steve Porter, CIO of Touchstone Behavioral Health, walk you through the solutions and tools included in the products that can enable your IT staff to provide employees with access to information and resources they need, when they need them, without compromising security.

Learn how you can:

* Better safeguard data and reduce costs
* Reduce IT management chores and boost worker productivity
* Enhance security and protection for your data
* Grow your business capacity
* Leverage a flexible pricing structure to help you get the most for your money

Session 4: Windows Essential Business Server - A Real-World Customer Perspective

Join us for this technical session to get real-world insight into how Windows Essential Server Solutions are working for customers today. In an environment of stationary or shrinking budgets, having a streamlined IT infrastructure can help your company control costs. This session provides an overview of Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) 2008, highlights key functionality, and provides an opportunity to hear the experiences of Sumeeth Evans, IT Director of Collegiate Housing Services, one of the Windows EBS 2008 Technology Adoption Program customers.

Topics covered include:

* An overview of Windows Essential Server Solutions
* Collegiate Housing Services’ existing technology environment and why they decided to change
* Migration to Windows EBS 2008 from an existing environment
* Line-of-business applications in the Windows EBS 2008 environment
* The benefits of deploying Windows EBS 2008 for Collegiate Housing Services

Session 5: Windows Essential Server Solutions for Channel Partners

Windows Essential Server Solutions provides Microsoft trained IT consultants and partners who serve SMBs with an ideal platform to meet their customer’s needs and grow their own business.  Channel Partners are invited to take part in a special session to find out what opportunities Windows Essential Server Solutions provides for your practice. Reinforce your role as trusted advisor by helping customers streamline IT infrastructure and control costs while boosting productivity with Windows SBS 2008 and Windows EBS 2008. 

Topics covered:

* Technical overview of Windows SBS 2008 and Windows EBS 2008
* The benefits of selling Windows Essential Server Solutions to your SMB customers
* How Windows Essential Server Solutions compete with other technologies
* Hear from your peers, two Microsoft partners who are making deep investments in Windows Essential Server Solutions, on:
** Why they believe Windows SBS 2008 and Windows EBS 2008 are key for their business success
** How they plan to capitalize on the business opportunity
** How to build a successful practice

Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibit hall and discover how integrated hardware and software solutions provide enterprise-class infrastructure without the complexity or cost. Learn how affordable blade servers can help make the goal of an infrastructure-in-a-box a reality. And find out how software for backup, security, line-of-business (LOB), and management work together seamlessly to help ensure SMBs are more secure and productive.

You will be able to get information and interact with representatives from:
* AMD
* CA
* Citrix Systems
* Dell
* HP
* IBM
* Intel
* Lenovo
* SUN Microsystems, Inc.
* Symantec
* Trend Micro
* Microsoft Windows Mobile
* Microsoft Windows Essential Server Solutions
* Microsoft Dynamics

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About Mark Minasi

Best-selling technical author

Mark Minasi is a best-selling author, commentator and all-around alpha geek. Mark is best known for his books in the Mastering Windows series. What separates him from others is that he knows how to explain technical things to normal humans, and make them laugh while doing it. One of his most recent books is Administering Windows Vista Security: The Big Surprises.

 

About Steve Ballmer

CEO, Microsoft Corp.

Steve Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the first business manager hired by Bill Gates. During the past 20 years, Ballmer has headed several Microsoft divisions, including operations, operating systems development, and sales and support. In July 1998, he was promoted to President, a role that gave him day-to-day responsibility for running Microsoft. He was named CEO in January 2000, assuming full management responsibility for the company, which includes delivering on the company's mission of enabling people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential. Together with Gates and the company's other business and technical leaders, Ballmer is focused on continuing Microsoft's innovation and leadership across the company's seven businesses. Microsoft's goal is to provide an integrated platform to enable a seamless experience across a wide range of computing and non-PC devices and services.


 

» Featured Speakers

Mark Minasi

Best-selling author

Steve Ballmer

CEO, Microsoft Corp.

Steve Guggenheimer

Corporate VP, Original Equipment Manufacturer Division

Michael Risse

VP, Worldwide Small and Midmarket Business Group

Steven VanRoekel

Sr. Director, Windows Server Solutions Group

Chris Phillips

General Manager, Windows Server Solutions Group

» Agenda

Session 1: The Windows Essential Server Solutions "Dream Server" Launch Webcast

Session 2: Mark Minasi: 7 Tips that IT can use During the Economic Downturn

Session 3: Turn Your IT Infrastructure into a Strategic Business Asset - Customer and Partner Perspective

Session 4: Windows Essential Business Server - A Real-World Customer Perspective

Session 5: Windows Essential Server Solutions for Channel Partners


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