On to a new product: Windows Embedded

I won’t be writing any more about System Center 2012 – Operations Manager. After several years on the Operations Manager content team, and Data Protection Manager before that, I’ve moved to a new (to me) product team: Windows Embedded. Specifically, Device Manager (which extends Configuration Manager, so I guess I didn’t really move too far…

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OpsMgr 2012 release candidate docs: what's different

Hope you all heard that the release candidate of Operations Manager 2012 is now available for download. The RC documentation is available on that download page and has also been updated on TechNet. So, as far as the documentation goes, what’s changed? What’s New has been reorganized, with some art added, including an upgrade diagram…

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"Back" not working on browser

Some sort of “widget” is taking over all sorts of web sites, it seems. A few weeks ago, I noticed that some web pages wouldn’t allow “Back” to work on my browser. When I hit the down button for back, there’d be a “widget.pulsemgr.com…” address between my search results and the page I’d gone to….

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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…

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Exchange 2007 MP product knowledge

The Exchange management packs send you to the product knowledge articles online, rather than including the knowledge article in the management pack itself. When you view a knowledge article for the Exchange 2007 Management Pack, you might be confused to see references to “MOM Rule Path” and “MOM Rule Name”. These are knowledge articles that…

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Change to Management Pack Guide library

Old: When a guide couldn’t be published in its entirety in the management pack guide library on TechNet, the page for that guide directed you to the Management Pack Catalog. New: Coming this week, the page for a guide that is only available by download will link directly to the download page for that specific…

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Operator Basics: getting started with Operations Manager

I finally get to announce that the Operator Basics SuperFlow for Operations Manager 2007 is available for download! Superflow, you wonder? Configuration Manager pioneered this format for delivering information. It provides a complete set of content, which can include videos and animations and interactivity, in a single package. The Operator Basics SuperFlow is intended for…

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Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Management Pack updated

An updated download of the Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Management Pack is available. The management pack for Operations Manager hasn’t changed, but the package now includes an updated version of the Operational Data Reporting (ODR) Management Pack, which is installed with Operations Manager. Here are some the changes you’ll see in the ODR MP: The…

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Operations Manager capacity planning

Need some help planning your Operations Manager deployment? Check out the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Sizing Helper. The Operations Manager 2007 R2 Sizing Helper is an interactive Excel document designed to assist you with planning & sizing deployments of Operations Manager 2007 R2. It helps you plan the correct amount of infrastructure needed for a…

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SQL MP guide updated

I recently mentioned that we’re changing how MP guides are released. The SQL Server Management Pack is the first to take advantage of the new system by making an update to the guide without repackaging the management pack .msi. Just download the .doc to get the latest guide – no need to download the .msi again…

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Visual Basic 2008 Express: Build a Program Now! sample files

I decided to try to learn Visual Basic, so I picked up a book that looked promising: Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition: Build a Program Now! I’ve been working through the chapters. In chapter 6, (adding a splash screen) it instructs you to replace the default icon with one from the companion files for…

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R2: check for MP updates

There hasn’t been an easy way to check for management pack updates in Operations Manager 2007 until the R2 release. Once you’re running R2, you can use the Import Management Packs wizard to determine if any of the MPs you are running have had an update released. Just follow the instructions on How to Import…

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Submit questions for the Operator's Manual

There are two ways to approach content on using the Operations console and Web console for Operations Manager: Explain what information is available in each section of the consoles. Take examples of information that an operator would want to locate, and tell them how to find it in the consoles. I’ve decided to do it…

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Is your IE8 slow to open a new tab?

Whenever I would open a new tab in IE8, whether by control-clicking a link or simply clicking the New Tab tab, everything would go dead for a good 10-20 seconds until IE8would finally show a new tab and then begin trying to open something in it. (Yeah, it always feels like longer.) It finally began…

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Where did "Key Concepts" go?

Back when Operations Manager 2007 was released, the content team posted an online version of a Key Concepts Guide and a download version. When you look at our documentation download page for Ops Mgr 2007 R2, Key Concepts isn’t listed. Where did it go? When the product was new, we wanted to highlight Key Concepts…

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Product knowledge in management packs

Some components of management packs include product knowledge, which is just information provided by the MP author (as compared to company knowledge which is information provided by the user in their own copy of the MP). We’re working on internal guidelines to help MP authors provide effective knowledge, so I’d like to know what your…

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ReadMe vs. Guide

You might notice in the management pack guide library that some guides are quite extensive (like Active Directory) and some are a single webpage with “ReadMe” in the name (like FRS). You might also notice in the installation folder for some management packs that there are two documents: a guide and another that has MPAdd…

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An operating system, a horse, and transparency

Catching up on my Microsoft-related blog feeds this morning, I counted at least a dozen blogs announcing the new Windows 7 blog — some rah-rah posts, some just passing it on, some speculating as to how much information the blog will actually provide, plus some conversations on the pros and cons of transparency. Coincidentally, last…

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Support for Windows Server 2008

I know many of you have been waiting anxiously eagerly for management packs for Windows Server 2008. The support statement has been released and now we can start publishing them to the Catalog. Be sure to read Clive’s post carefully, he calls out some important information that you’ll want to be aware of.

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Adding change logs to management pack guides

If you’ve downloaded a recently updated management pack for Ops Mgr 2007, such as the SQL 2000/2005 MP, you might have noticed something new in the accompanying guide. We’ve begun adding lists of the specific changes made to the updated MP. And as a subsequent update is released, we’re adding the new changes while still…

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Tuning tips

I was looking for more specific guidance on tuning Ops Manager for a customer and found a great set of posts on this Operations Manager blog, so I thought I’d share: OpsMgr by Example: Tuning Management Packs Configuring Baselines Pt. 1 Configuring Baselines Pt.2 The AD Management Pack Monitoring Web Applications The Exchange Management Pack…

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System Center Content Search

I’m not a gadget-y sort of person. I mean, I like gadgets, but I’ve grown wary of them (both offline and on) because so often they’re a disappointment — either they don’t deliver or I don’t really have a use for them. But recently I saw a presentation on a gadget that delivered the exact…

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SP1 management packs: where are the guides?

Most of our management packs are released to the download center (via the Ops Manager Catalog) with a guide included. When we released Ops Manager 2007 Service Pack 1, it included a number of management packs with it, but no guides, leading a number of you to ask us: “Where are the guides?” And the…

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Subtle improvement to management pack installation

I’m thrilled with this change, even though it’s just a few words. Previously, the .msi files for management packs used just the product/technology name, which resulted in a nice default folder organization like this: System Center Management Packs Exchange Server 2003 SQL Server 2005 But the name string also resulted in a dialog box that…

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My new Zune

It’s red. A really deep, rich red. Small and slender, but it feels nicely solid. And here was my setup experience: I had an existing instance of Zune (from the first release), not paired with a device, that I had already upgraded to the new software. I connected the red Zune. The software immediately announced…

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