We welcome Sam the SBS Server to our blog for a special Christmas interview....
Q. Hi Sam, Merry Christmas!
A. Merry Christmas to you!
Q. So are you ready for the holidays?
A. Just having my owner take an offsite backup, log files look good, disk space very nice, daily email says I'm looking good.
A. So you have your Christmas shopping done/
Q. Uh..no... I think I might have to see if there's any late online bargains as I have a few folks to shop for.
A. Online shopping is cool...
Q. Yeah, so Sam, I'll let you lead this interview as I think you said you wanted to wish some folks a Merry Christmas"
A. Yes I do. There's some very special folks out there that I'd like to take the opportunity to thank. First off, right back to SeanDaniel.com I'd like to wish a Merry Christmas to the fine hardworking folks that gave birth to me, the SBS Product Team..
Q. They are a pretty cool bunch of folks, aren't they?
A. Yes they are. Then there are the gang of the SBSPodcast team. Man they have really rocked this year with all of their hard work and expertise that they have been giving to the community. So much so that I've heard some folks say that they wished other teams did the same thing and provided the deep technical dive like they do.
Q. That is an excellent resource isn't it?
A. Oh, no kidding.
Q. You have other podcasts done about you, right?
A. Yup, Vlad Mazek, Chris Rue and Susanne Dansey have been hosting a wonderful SBS podcast called SBSShow.com. So good in fact that the two shows on Disaster Recovery even got a shout out on a SANS.org newsletter.
Q. Wow.... that's really cool!
A. No kidding. Then I'd like to really wish all the Microsoft partners that either have already stepped up to the plate and gotten the Small Business Specialist credential or are in the process of getting that. Knowing that there are folks that want to indicate to their customers that they specialize in Small Business is really cool.
Q. You have a lot of great community members as well.
A. Oh, no kidding ...from Eric Ligman and the gang at Mssmallbiz.com to all the the guys and gals of the TS2 community, I hope that everyone realizes all the really cool energy of all of these groups that support the Microsoft Partners. Now I must admit that I'm based in the USA, so I don't know all the cool people all over the world, but the ones I know locally here are really cool.
Q. You even have international partner groups don't you?
A. Oh yes, it's pretty amazing, I have folks around the world at www.sbsgroups.com. Much of this energy started from the Community that came out of www.smbnation.com and it keeps growing and growing.
Q. It is pretty amazing how world wide your SBS family is isn't it?
A. Yes it is, I have people around the world that care for me and watch out for me, from Marie in Charlotte to Wallace and the gang in Shanghai, I have a worldwide community of folks that take care of me. but remember you get all of this if you are registered Microsoft Partner.
Q. Does that cost?
A. On no, that's a free sign up to all those resources and benefits.
Q. Oh wow.
A. Yeah it's pretty amazing....there are just so many people that do so much out here... I just know I'm going to forget someone, so consider this a 'Thanks" and "Happy Holidays" to all of my community members out here all around the world! Happy Holidays to all!
Q. You do have an impressive community out here.
A. I do indeed......so I'd better let you get on with your Christmas shopping... hey ...what are you doing?
Q. Uh... I was going to use you for some online shopping. Mind if I borrow your Internet Explorer and do some online shopping?
A. Yes I mind, very much so.... you know the rules, you don't surf on me. You've got your own laptop that you've got Internet access to that I've given you rights to, you know better than to use me to surf on.
Q. Oh... yeah....sorry... uh... sorry Sam... Merry Christmas Sam.
A. and a Happy Holidays to you and all of the folks that care about me....