Archive for February 2008

Publish Reports to Sharepoint

February 29, 2008

Seems there is alot of good stuff on Operations Manager floating around lately. A how to guide on publishing reports to sharepoint can be found over on the Operations Manager product team blog:


Report Authoring Guide for Operations Manager and Essentials 2007 is now available

February 27, 2008

I saw this posted over on (a great System Center site by the way), and figured I would help spread the word. Report Authoring can get tricky, so it’s nice to finally have a guide available.

The Report Authoring Guide can be found here:

Cheers! – Geoff

Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 is Now Available

February 27, 2008

Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an update to Operations Manager 2007 that addresses feedback from our customers. The high level themes of Operations Manager 2007 SP1 are to make the product easier to deploy, easier to use, and easier to support.

 The main Operations Manager SP1 page can be found here:

XML Notepad

February 5, 2008

I just thought I would post a link to Microsoft’s free XML Notepad tool. I have found it very useful when parsing through XML files (in both SCCM and SCOM).

Handy features include:

  • Tree View synchronized with Node Text View for quick editing of node names and values.
  • Incremental search (Ctrl+I) in both tree and text views, so as you type it navigates to matching nodes.
  • Cut/copy/paste with full namespace support.
  • Drag/drop support for easy manipulation of the tree, even across different instances of XML Notepad and from the file system.
  • Infinite undo/redo for all edit operations.
  • In place popup multi-line editing of large text node values.
  • Configurable fonts and colors via the options dialog.
  • Full find/replace dialog with support for regex and XPath.
  • Good performance on large XML documents, loading a 3mb document in about one second.
  • Instant XML schema validation while you edit with errors and warnings shown in the task list window.
  • Intellisense based on expected elements and attributes and enumerated simple type values.
  • Support for custom editors for date, dateTime and time datatypes and other types like color.
  • Handy nudge tool bar buttons for quick movement of nodes up and down the tree.
  • Inplace HTML viewer for processing xml-stylesheet processing instructions.
  • Built-in XML Diff tool.
  • Support for XInclude
  • Dynamic help from XSD annotations.
  • Goto definition to navigate includes and XSD schema information.

You can download it here: