System Center Capacity Planner 2006: SHIPPED

The Indy team just handed over our final bits for System Center Capacity Planner 2006. Barring any last-minute mishaps or recall-class bugs – memorably defined by our test manager as “causing the death or permanent disfigurement of small furry animals” – there’ll be an official RTM email later this week, and then all you lucky…

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System Center Capacity Planner at Exchange Connections

I’m helping out on the SCCP booth at Exchange Connections in San Diego this week, and we’re handing out hundreds of CDs with our beta refresh bits. To give feedback after trying it out, you should be able to pull down the help menu and see a little “Community Forum” link, that would take you…

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Why we’ve posted a beta refresh of System Center Capacity Planner

A week ago we updated the public beta of System Center Capacity Planner. This “beta refresh” of SCCP is now dependent on the release candidate of .NET Framework 2.0, instead of being dependent on their beta 2 release. Shipping this refresh took a lot of effort from the SCCP team, and causes extra confusion for…

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Feedback about the System Center Capacity Planner beta

Thanks to everyone who’s blogged about our beta! Special kudos to Eileen Brown, Graham Chastney, Ian Blyth, and Marcus Oh for various combinations of “totally getting it”, “kicking the tires”, and “bugging us to do more”, but I also want to thank Anderson Patricio, Bernd Kruczek, Blake Handler, Duncan McAlynn, Guilherme Carnevale, Jeff Alexander, John…

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New name, half the fat

The eagle-eyed will have noticed that the name of our product has changed from System Center Capacity Manager 2006 Express Edition — which is a classic example of a Type 2 Microsoft product name — to System Center Capacity Planner 2006 — which is still a type 2 name, but thankfully easier to say in…

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Announcing the public beta of System Center Capacity Planner

Marketing fluff follows. This is my baby. Grab the bits and kick the tires. Then tell us what to change 🙂 System Center Capacity Planner 2006 Beta release is now available We are proud to announce public availably of the latest addition to the Microsoft System Center family of management products. System Center Capacity Planner…

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On spotting the difference between MVPs and Microsoft employees…

Raymond Chen complains about the pass colors for this year’s MVP summit. Specifically, since they were color-coded for products, it’s hard to tell MVPs from Microsoft employees. Luckily, I know the sekrit code — Raymond, look for the letters “MVP” at the bottom of the badge 🙂 I only know this because I helped hand…

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Being in two places at once at the MVP Summit

Just a quick note to say that, like many other product teams, we’ll be at the MVP Summit here in Redmond this week. Specifically, we’ll be showing off the latest builds of System Center Capacity Manager to the Windows Server System MVPs at the RedWest cafeteria tomorrow night. This is all official with booths and…

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Windows Vista Sidebar – like MSR Sideshow, only better

Four years ago a wonderful application called Sideshow came out of Microsoft Research. It was the standard docking-bar-full-of-applets-on-the-side-of-your-screen (way before Apple Widgets and Konfabulator), but the part they really nailed was how natural it was to use. Not surprising, since it was created by user interface researchers! MSR Sideshow applets (or “tickets”) used the concept…

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Sorry, but I can’t answer your email questions about Offline Files

Roger Needham taught me the phrase “success disaster”. A success disaster happens when a little project becomes so successful that it can’t grow quickly enough to keep up with the demand. And recently I’ve been having a success disaster with my offline files category of blog posts, because a lot of readers want individual questions…

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