MOM gets Ladybug! (or – how to report bugs and request features in MOM)

As reported by Larry Duncan and Rod Trent, the MOM team are one of the first to adopt the great work that MSDN have done on Product Feedback Center, aka “Ladybug”. This site lets Microsoft “close the loop” on bug reporting and product suggestions. You can either start at the Product Feedback Center home page,…

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Local user groups for SMS and MOM

A couple of announcements from local user groups: The Pacific Northwest local interest group of the IT Service Management Forum will be meeting at Microsoft on October 26th. The meeting will run from 2:30pm – 6pm, and space is limited to the first 75 attendees to RSVP to pnwitsmf@hotmail.com. Greg Ramsey and Warren Byle have started an…

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MOM 2005 Resource Kit released (because admins need Power Toys too)

As Nick MacKechnie notes, the MOM team have released (early!) the resource kit for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005. http://www.microsoft.com/mom/reskit has all the details and a download link, but here’s a summary of the contents: Management Pack Toolkit: Tools to help you create, test, deploy, customize, maintain and troubleshoot management packs. Infrastructure Management Solution Accelerators: Best…

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A few more SMS and MOM blogs

I’ve added three more SMS & MOM bloggers to the growing list on the left – at least, it’s on the left if you’re reading this from the web page instead of the RSS feed Weblogs @ sms2003.com (Update: moved to windowsadvice.com) Larry A. Duncan (RSS feed) Richard Threlkeld (RSS feed) And here’s a very…

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Uh oh

It’s official – I’m a WikiGnome

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Review of FranklinCovey’s PlanPlus

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”Gertrude Stein. One of my resolutions this year was to get some help in sipping from the information firehose that is a typical Microsoft inbox, so back in January I bought a copy of PlanPlus. This is an Outlook add-in from FranklinCovey,…

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Sysinternals blog – required reading for every Windows administrator

Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell, the guys behind Sysinternals, now have an RSS feed. If you don’t know what Sysinternals is, stop reading right now and go to http://www.sysinternals.com. They make administration tools that are so good we reference them in Microsoft knowledgebase articles – just ask Sam Gentile or Craig Andera, or see my…

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The problem with MaxiVista…

…is that once you’ve used it you can never go back. For those who missed my earlier review, MaxiVista is a networked virtual display driver that lets you extend your Windows desktop onto the screen of a second computer. What this means is that every morning I put my Tablet PC next to my desktop’s…

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SMS & MOM news

I’ve just pushed out another month’s worth of Management Updates. Since both MOM 2005 and SMS 2003 SP1 are hot off the presses the marketing team have a lot to work with, so the hard part is keeping up! Here’s some good bits that you might have missed: SMS have worked with Dell to create…

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Revenge of "debugging problems with offline files"

The comments on “Debugging Problems with Offline Files” were auto-closed after 30 days, but based on email traffic it’s worth resurrecting the topic. And yes, the next release of .Text should give me more control over that whole pesky auto-closure thing… So here’s a couple of (edited) email questions and my best efforts at answers,…

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