Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Microsoft Solutions for Small and Medium Business

Over the past few years, Microsoft has made a real shift in terms of focus of much of the Content, from descriptive to prescriptive. By Content, I meant all various documents produced in support of Microsoft software, including Resource Kits, on-line sites, TechEd, MSDN, MS Learning courses, etc. See www.reskit.com for some of the Content! In the early days of Windows 2000, Content was pretty descriptive. The AD design courses, for example, had very curious solution designs, based more on 'we did it this way because we could' than on hard exerience with AD in the real world.  This has changed - with Content such as the Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit containing  great prescriptive guidance on how to pland and deploy Windows Server 2003. At first, Microsoft concentrated on the Enterprise space, rather than the smaller business. Recently, Microsoft has started focusing on the small business space. They've just released the Microsoft Solutions for Small and Medium Business: Medium IT Solution (Version 0.9) which cointains details of 4 separate IT solutions, including a peer to peer network (with Windows XP) and a Small IT solution (for up to 50 users). I'll try to blog more on this once I've had a chance to digest it!

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