Still using OMPM? Give Office Telemetry Dashboard a try!

Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) continues to be a popular tool with our Office IT Pro customers. We still get comments and questions about it from our blog readers and even from our own Microsoft consultants. Our frequent guest blogger and compatibility guru, Curtis Sawin, has been working tirelessly to help our customers understand what…


Using OMPM Part 3 – Are there other uses for OMPM?

Brought to you by our compatibility guru Curtis Sawin. Still using OMPM? Give Office Telemetry Dashboard a try! Overview The primary use for OMPM is to provide details about document conversion issues, and it helps answer the question, “What’s my risk of converting my binary Office file(s) to the Open XML file format?” However, we…


Using OMPM Part 2 – Performing Bulk Conversion

Brought to you by our compatibility guru Curtis Sawin. Still using OMPM? Give Office Telemetry Dashboard a try! Overview In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how to use OMPM to identify “conversion candidates,” which are documents that pose virtually no compatibility risks when you convert them from the binary format (e.g., xls, doc,…


Using OMPM Part 1 – Identifying Document Conversion Candidates and Estimating Storage Savings

Brought to you by our compatibility guru Curtis Sawin. Still using OMPM? Give Office Telemetry Dashboard a try! Overview Using Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) to identify “high-risk” binary format documents—that is, xls, doc, and ppt files that will have conversion issues–is a great way to determine which documents should not be converted after an…


Video: Solving Office Compatibility to Accelerate Office Deployments

Our compatibility guru Curtis Sawin shared his expertise on Office compatibility planning at the recent SharePoint Conference in Anaheim, CA. Here’s his introduction to the video, along with the link. Office file and solution compatibility causes concern for organizations when they begin planning for an Office upgrade. This typically leads to extended deployment projects delaying…


Experience from the Field: Resolving the OMPM issue “Type of column ‘WarningInfo’ in table ‘osWarning’ is too small to hold data”

My name is Anthony Cafarelli and I’m a Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services who recently compiled a list of useful advice that I gained while performing OMPM scans at client sites. In this blog post I would like to share some of that knowledge and I hope that anyone reading it finds it useful! The…


Office Compatibility Tools Update 1 Available for Download

The Office Compatibility Tools Update 1 delivers important fixes to the Office Compatibility tools improving reliability and performance. The update addresses the existing Office Compatibility tools including: Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM), Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT), & Office Code Compatibility Inspector (OCCI).  WHAT’S INCLUDED The update delivers several corrections to the existing tools.  The…


Tips for estimating OMPM scanning times

A common question among OMPM customers is “How do I estimate how long OMPM will take to run?” Though we don’t have a simple calculation to provide, we do have some tips to share from consultants and customers. First, we’d like to share some customer advice from M. Nothnagel, who posted his estimation method in…


Tips for using SQL filters with OMPM

A consultant recently asked us whether OMPM supports using wildcards for scanning files. Turns out, OMPM doesn’t support this, but our OMPM guru Curtis Sawin says it’s better to scan everything and then filter the results instead. Here he shares his tips for some advanced filtering techniques using SQL filters. Does OMPM support wildcards when…


OMPM, OEAT, and OCCI frequently asked questions

We get a lot of questions about our Office 2010 compatibility tools here on the blog and in our forum. We’ve assembled the ones we hear most often and provided answers below. Not familiar with our compatibility tools? You can find links to downloads, documentation, and more on our Compatibility Resource Center. The tools have long…