Finding great Microsoft Operations Management Suite documentation: Part 2

Summary: Ed Wilson continues his multipart series in which he reviews @MSOMS documentation.

Good morning everyone. Ed Wilson here. It is afternoon as I write this, and the sky has turned dark and the air is cold. Not Alaska cold mind you, but Florida cold, which means it is about 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius). My neighbors are breaking out their parkas. Me? No way. I handle the cold with the same aplomb as I handle the heat—with a nice cup of tea.

Today I decided to brew a pot of English Breakfast tea. I added a bit of organic pomegranate juice to it for extra flavor and sweetness. It is important to make sure (at least for me) that it is 100% pomegranate juice and that it is organic with no additives—only juice, no concentrate, no coloring, nothing but juice. This makes a huge difference in taste (and probably other things). By the way, a little bit goes a long way.

   Note  This is the second part in a series. Also see Part 1.

An ever changing target

One of the things that is absolutely cool, fun, and a bit frustrating at the same time, is that #MSOMS is constantly evolving. Our team is absolutely committed to creating a best-in-class product, and the way we do it is by listening to requests from the community. This also means that OMS changes…constantly.

Why is this frustrating? Well, for one thing, it means that the popular blog post you found (from six months ago) is already possibly out-of-date. So it is important to stay up-to-date and to get the latest information.

Truly the best way to do this is to filter the #MSOMS hash tag on Twitter. The information there will be up to the second. Not only that, it is where nearly all of the MSOMS experts hang out. I know, it may be a stretch to consider a tweet as documentation. But consider that people tweet links to blog posts, documentation updates, product announcements, You Tube videos, and so on.

The big advantage to documentation advertised on Twitter is that it is generally very current. Of course, there is nothing to stop someone from tweeting about a six-month old blog post, so I always like to check the date of what I am reading.

It is actually pretty easy to add filtered columns in Twitter. I use the TweetDeck feature, and the filtered columns are easy to see. Here are my #MSOMS and my #PowerShell columns:


TechNet Wiki

The main source for the Operations Management Suite documentation on the TechNet Wiki is (predictably if you are a Wiki aficionado) the MS Operations Management Suite Survival Guide. This page is great, and it seeks to bring together links to hundreds of #MSOMS resources in a single place. It is a page worth bookmarking because it can be somewhat difficult to find, or it can be easy to forget about it.

The great thing about the TechNet Wiki that it is easily updated by the community; and therefore, it stands a good chance of being current. The OMS Survival Guide has links to the documentation, various videos, an MVA course, various webinars, blog posts, and social media links. Here is the home page:


That is all I have for you today. Join me tomorrow when I’ll continue this discussion by looking at other sites and resources. In the meantime, if you have a favorite #MSOMS resource, please add it to the following Comments section.

I invite you to follow me on Twitter and the Microsoft OMS Facebook site. If you want to learn more about Windows PowerShell, visit the Hey, Scripting Guy Blog. If you have any questions, send email to me at I wish you a wonderful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Ed Wilson
Microsoft Operations Management Team

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