Friday 8 February 2013

Undertaking a New Authorship and Mentoring Role

I will be taking part in a new effort by Third Tier called the SMBKitchen.

I am fortunate to be working alongside some of the smartest and greatest folks in SMB IT for this project.

My role will be to develop Hyper-V clustering related content along with business principles and prospect opportunity development and sales closing.

If you haven't seen the video of my presentation at SMB Nation fall please check it out on our YouTube Channel. It provides a pretty good overview of the direction our own company is taking and is quite in line with our thoughts and directions with the SMBKitchen project.

Yes, the SMBKitchen subscription based.

So, what does that mean for this blog? No changes.

We will still develop and publish all of our great guides on new products and processes along with our frank reviews of products and services that we work with on a regular basis.

Guides we are working on:

  • SBS 2003 Migration to Windows Server 2012 Essentials (WS2012E) with Exchange 2013
  • SBS 2007/2011 Migration to WS2102E with Exchange 2013
  • SBS Migration to the Stack
    • Windows Server 2012 Standard with Exchange 2013

What the SMBKitchen project does afford me though is an opportunity to put some serious time into developing video tutorials, in-depth knowledgebase structures based on our guides and more that I just could not justify time wise for the blog.

We have a mortgage to pay, mouths to feed, and all of the other aspects of living expenses that many of us deal with on a day to day basis from _one_ income. Tied into that is our responsibility to our clients to provide them the best possible IT solution for their needs.

I believe that the SMBKitchen project will provide awesome returns for IT Professionals looking to take your IT Practice to the next level with all of the changes happening in our industry. If I didn't believe that this post would never have happened.

As I state in my SMB Nation presentation, our goal here at MPECS Inc. is to be the best On-Premises IT Solution Provider. Period. SMBKitchen just happens to fit right into that vision!

We have a bright future ahead of us but it is going to take some serious slogging to get through the Cloud fluff to the good stuff! :)

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
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Anonymous said...

Fix up the first hyperlink, its pointing to .com instead of .net

Wish you well with the new venture!


Anonymous said...

Fix up the first hyperlink, its pointing to .com instead of .net

Wish you well with the new venture!


Victor said...

Hi Philip,

You mentioned Server Essentials and Exchange 2013. A couple of weeks ago, I was going to do a test of this and saw that Exchange 2013 was not supported on Essentials. Did this change or am I mistaken?

Thanks for the heads up on the SMBKitchen project. Sounds like a great idea, I will consider it.

Philip Elder Cluster MVP said...

Thanks JB for the pointer.

Victor, Exchange 2013 was on the Dashboard integration list from get-go.

We have had some issues with that integration but for the most part it works. Exchange 2013 does what it is supposed to do too.