Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Super SBS 2008 Build Event

The Sacramento SMB IT Pro User Group is helping to sponsor a LIVE SBS 2008 "Build" for the entire world.

Tim Carney, Alan Helbush, and Bob Nitrio put on a spectacular build event a few weeks ago in the Bay Area.

In fact, it was so successful that our attempt to do it again in Sacramento has bloomed into a major event, with . . .

Live Presntations by . . .

- Tim Carney (Bay Area SBS IT)

- Alan Helbush (Bay Area SBS IT)

- Bob Nitrio (Sacramento SMB IT Pros)

- Sharjeel Noor (Microsoft TS2 team>

- Peter Gallagher (Microsoft TS2 team)

- Amy Babinchak (managing partner of Third Tier and a Microsoft MVP)

Remote presentations will be made by

- Susan Bradley (Microsoft MVP and SBS Diva)

- Dana Epp (Microsoft MVP)

Live Event AND Live Meeting

Date and Time: Saturday, February 28 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM
Location: Microsoft office downtown Sacramento

In-Person seating is limited to 50 people. Please register ASAP if you want to attend. Be sure to follow the instructions regarding your meal selections. The cost is $20 to cover lunch and related snackage.

In-Person Registration link:

Live Meeting Registration link:


• Minimum and recommended hardware requirements
• Use of the Answer File
• Network changes from SBS 2003
• The new Management Console
• Other highly useful information
• Migration tasks, experiences and caveats
• Securing SBS 2008 with AuthAnvil (Dana Pep – Microsoft MVP)
• Edge security devices – Amy Babinchak – Microsoft MVP
• SBS 2008 Gotchas (Susan Bradley – Microsoft MVP)
• Licensing
• Mobility
• How to setup your own internal network
• And More!

Door Prizes

We have door prizes from

- Small Business Server 2008 Premium
- 2 Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate
- 4 Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

SMB Nation:
- 24 copies of SMB Consulting Best Practices
- 24 copies of the Small Business Specialist exam prep book
- More info at

SMB Books:
- 10 copies of the Super-Good Project Planner for Technical Consultants
- More info at

And More

Knowing this team, we'll have even more stuff piled on before we're done.

Sign up NOW - especially for the live event. Strict limit of 50 seats.

Special Thanks go to Suzanne Lavine for being the best PAM in the world. Her faith in Tim, Alan, and Bob led to complete support and an amazing event. Now it has led to an even bigger event. Thank you, SuzL.

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Official Description:

The Sacramento SMB IT Pros (SSMBITP) and the Bay Area Small Business Information Technology Specialists' Users Group (BASBiTS) are pleased to announce a special event for Microsoft partners – a one-day Small Business Server 2008 build event and technical education opportunity.

Event Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009

Event Location: The Microsoft Sacramento office
300 Capitol Mall, Suite 100
Sacramento, California

Event Time: 10 AM to 4 PM (Sign-in at 9:30 AM)

Note: Due to the amount of information to be presented at this event, we will start promptly at 10 AM. Please arrive as close to 9:30 AM as possible in order to sign-in and be seated in a timely manner.

Capacity: 50 In-Person Attendees

Event Cost: $20.00 (includes lunch/refreshments) – Cash Only, Please

Registration is required. Please indicate your meal choices in the text box titled "Please tell us where you heard about this event".

Entrée Choices:
Tri-tip sandwich
Grilled chicken breast sandwich or
A Caesar salad entrée
Side dish choices - select two, please.

Potato salad
Macaroni salad
Mixed greens salad
Beverages and light snacks will also be provided.

This event will showcase a live step-by-step SBS 2008 build, including joining XP Pro and Vista clients to the domain and a review of the other post-installation Getting Started Tasks. Interspersed throughout the build will be discussions of various topics such as:

• Minimum and recommended hardware requirements
• Use of the Answer File
• Network changes from SBS 2003
• The new Management Console
• Other highly useful information

Following the networking luncheon we will discuss:

• Migration tasks, experiences and caveats
• Securing SBS 2008 with AuthAnvil (Dana Pep – Microsoft MVP)
• Edge security devices – Amy Babinchak – Microsoft MVP
• SBS 2008 Gotchas (Susan Bradley – Microsoft MVP)
• Licensing
• Mobility
• How to setup your own internal network

The presentation team of Tim Carney and Alan Helbush (BASBiTS) will be joined by Sharjeel Noor and Peter Gallagher from the Microsoft TS2 team, together with Amy Babinchak, managing partner of Third Tier and a Microsoft MVP. Remote presentations will be made by Susan Bradley and Dana Epp, both Microsoft MVPs.

Tim Carney, MCP & Small Business Specialist

Tim has been providing technical consulting services to emerging Bay Area businesses since 2002. Involved in Microsoft’s Small Business Specialist Community for several years Tim co-founded a San Francisco Bay Area users’ group for Small Business Information Technology Specialists. For the 15 years prior to starting his consulting business, he was the CFO and CTO for a 45 person Copier Sales and Services Business in Silicon Valley. Tim was the primary technical force in changing its sales focus from Telex to Facsimile, from Fax to Copiers, from Analog to Digital, and from Stand Alone to Connected. Tim’s technical passions include Small Business Server, Infrastructure Security and Mobility Enablement. Tim is an Eagle Scout and has a B.S. degree in Business Management. Tim blogs on and recently co-presented with Eric Ligman on Licensing for the Small Business Specialist for the 5W/50 Webcast Core Business Series

Alan Helbush, MCP, & Small Business Specialist

Alan has over 25 year of Information Technology experience. Alan opened Where To Start, Inc. Technology Solutions in 1999, providing “Big Business” IT and Managed Service Strategies tailored for mid-sized businesses including medical centers and non-profit organizations. With his detailed and methodical approach, Alan excels at network design, integrating security, implementing best practices and maintaining a hands-on customer service approach. Alan co-founded a San Francisco Bay Area users’ group for Small Business Information Technology Specialists, and was one of the first Small Business Specialists in the region. Alan’s technical passions include Compliance, Small Business Server, Infrastructure Security, Response Point and Exchange 2007. While previously employed with premium high-tech companies within the Silicon Valley, Alan honed his IT skills to match technology to business requirements while maintaining an eye on the businesses mission and goals.

Peter Gallagher, Microsoft TS2 Team

Peter Gallagher joined Microsoft in October of 1998. He started out supporting the Windows 9x platform until the 2000 time frame. He then moved to the Small Business Server support team where he supported SBS 4.0 through SBS 2003 R2. Peter’s decision to join the TS2 team was a natural extension of his forming of the DFW SBS Users Group in 2004. He enjoys working with Microsoft Partners around the Small Business Server product. In Peter’s spare time he enjoys cycling, playing XBOX, drinking fruity drinks on sandy beaches (little umbrellas are optional) and goofing around with technology.

Amy Babinchak, MCP, Small Business Specialist & Microsoft Forefront MVP specializing in ISA

Amy owns Harbor Computer Services, a consulting firm specializing in providing IT services to small businesses. She is also Managing Partner of Third Tier, which provides advanced support services to other consultants and vendors. She has written articles, contributed to the SBS Unleashed books, is the technical editor for others, has been a speaker to many user groups, and conferences. Amy recently founded the EBS virtual user group. She can be founded on her blogs at and as well as SBS and EBS newsgroups and mailing lists.
This will be an information-packed day and seating will be limited to fifty attendees. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, there will also be a Live Meeting connection for an additional fifty virtual attendees.

Susan Bradley

Susan has been a SBSer since the SBS 4.0 era (and has the old media to prove it) and blogs on SBS and other tech topics at She writes articles on Patch issues for Brian Livingston's and has been an author on Eriq Neale's SBS 2008 Unleashed as well as an author on the Windows 2008 Server Security Resource Kit. Susan was honored as the SBSer of the year at SMB Nation 2008 and is a Microsoft SBS MVP.

Dana Epp

Dana Epp is a security expert with the awarded designation as a Microsoft Security MVP, who focuses on helping to secure small and mid-sized businesses. He has developed a strong authentication and identity assurance solution called AuthAnvil that greatly increases the confidence and assurance business owners need when allowing remote access to their company assets when using Microsoft’s server solutions. Epp is the author of “Computer Security Concepts: Managing Business Threats in a Wired World”, a book written to explain at an executive level how to handle the threats of online risk as companies move to the new digital economy, and is the author of the popular security blog “Dana Epp’s Rambling at the Sanctuary”.

Directions to the event: The Microsoft office is located on the southeast corner of 3rd Street and Capitol Mall and is accessible via I-5. 3rd Street is a one-way street in the southbound direction.

From the West - Take I-80 east and continue east on US 50. Options include Jefferson Boulevard (CA 275) and I-5 north to J Street. Please consult your favorite map tool for details.

From the North – Take I-5 southbound. Multiple options exist, so please consult your favorite map tool for details.

From the South – Take I-5 northbound and take the J Street exit. Stay in the right lane and turn right on to 3rd Street southbound to Capitol Mall.

From the East – Take US 50 west, transition to I-5 north and take the J Street exit as noted above.

Parking: The parking garage in the building may be available for attendees. The entrance is located on N Street. Metered parking is located on nearby streets (make note of time limits and park accordingly). Additional parking is available in a lot immediately west of the building, which is accessible via 2nd Street. Google Maps’ satellite view is the best way to locate this lot.


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