If you took a look at the DPM 2007 Operations Guide during the beta, you might have noticed that the server chapters have a similar organization:
- general maintenance
- data recovery
And within those sections are parallel topics, such as:
- renaming the server
- applying OS updates
- using Windows maintenance tools
A few times I’ve questioned whether it would be better to promote the topics and demote the server types:
|Server prominent||Topic prominent|
I go back and forth on the final organization. But based on conversations with customers, I decided to go with the server-centric organization – thus, a DPM admin who is working with protection of SharePoint servers can find all of the operations content in a single SharePoint section, even if some of that content is the same as in the SQL section or the file server section.
But what I’m considering doing is adding a new section that promotes the topic, as in the table above, so “Exchange & Windows maintenance tools” has two homes. If you’re browsing the TechCenter navigation tree, looking for guidance on using chkdsk on a protected Exchange server, you could then find it by going in through the Maintenance node or by going in through the Exchange node.
If I do that and you download the final Operations Guide as a file, it would contain an awful lot of redundancies. But if I optimize for file format, that’s really not effective for the discoverability and navigation challenges of the web presentation. So I figured if I wrote it up for this blog, I’d reach a final decision by the time I got to this point.
I’m thinking about it…