Would you use an Operations chm for SCOM?

Currently, we post all of our Operations Manager documentation for download in doc format, and also post it on TechNet. And lately I've been thinking about whether we should also post .chms for download.

I know .chm is a rather old-fashioned format, but personally I like it. I like the left nav for browsing, I prefer the .chm search to Word's, and unless it's a long narrative, I find it easier to read. I'm more comfortable following internal links in a .chm than a .doc because it's easier to find my way back to where I was. I also like the freedom of the offline experience (that's in comparison to TechNet rather than .doc format).

For operations, Operations Manager has a User's Guide and an Administrator's Guide. If a .chm version of each of those guides was offered for download, would you download it? Would you find it useful?

I haven't worked out all of the how-to details yet, but with a local .chm, you can create a console task to open the .chm from inside the Operations console. Is that something you would be interested in?

If you are in favor of .chms of our operations content, what other content would be more useful to you in .chm format?

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Comments (6)

  1. I think that CHM format will be very welcome, the easy way to search is the most benefit, and a suggestion, don't retire DOCs, keep DOCs and CHMs for SCOM. Maybe, if have MOF 4.0 in CHM will be good also.

    Great idea guys,

  2. Wictor, good to know, I'll look into it.

    Cleber, absolutely – I would not want to retire docs, This would be in addition. 🙂

  3. jd, glad to hear you like the SuperFlow! What would you like to see added to it?

  4. Wictor Wilén says:

    I would like to see all the MS documentation in epub format

  5. Chad Rogers says:

    Ive used CHMs and DOCs numerous times and CHMs are definately easier to search and navigate….but it will be beneficial to keep the doc for print outs if need be

  6. jd says:

    Seems like a waste of time effort and will only add to the general confusion of where to get SCOM help.  The Operator Basics SuperFlow tool already exists and works great:  http://www.microsoft.com/…/details.aspx

    I would absolutely support a second release of the SuperFlow tool with updated information!  Please work on that instead!

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