Staying current on OpsMgr 2007 with Technology

With the sheer variety of sources available providing information on OpsMgr 2007, it becomes difficult to keep current with this product, as it continually evolves. Trying to keep up with the number of sources for information on this has become very complex! After working on this for a week or so, the approach outlined below has helped incredibly in keeping up with what’s going on out there.

 
The goal: to develop a single searchable solution that provides all information we have already compiled on OpsMgr as well as the best of the Internet-based resources that were available.

Tackling RSS

First, let’s focus on the RSS aspect of the equation. There are a huge number of blogs out there which may have information on OpsMgr. To trim this list down, we only chose blog sites which currently have items relevate to OpsMgr / MOM that have been posted since the beginning of the current year. The list is also limited to sites using Englsh as the default language (the RSS reader we are using doesn’t currently translate entries). The results: Our favorite top 20 or so OpsMgr / MOM blogs to watch (ordered alphabetically; the contents of the OPML file which can be imported directly into Outlook 2007 and is at the end of this blog entry):
Management Updates / Microsoft Operations Manager: http://blogs.msdn.com/managementupdates.rss.aspx?CategoryID=5153
Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) Web Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/cliveeastwood/rss.xml
Operations Manager Product Team Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/rss.xml
System Center Operations Manager Command Shell: http://blogs.msdn/com/scshell/
Walter Chomak: http://wchomak.spaces.live.com/feed.rss

Tackling Newsgroups

To gather the newsgroup information within Outlook 2007, we purchaed NewsGator (www.newsgator.com) and configured it for the OpsMgr newsgroups. The following items are the OpsMgr-related newsgroups (the content of the OPML file, which can be imported directly into Outlook 2007 is at the end of this blog entry):
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.acs
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.ad
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.aem
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.authoring
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.docs
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.exchange
Microsoft.public.opsmgr/general
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.iis
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.managementpacks
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.powershell
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.reporting
Microsoft.public.opsmgr/sdk
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.setup
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.sql
Microsoft.public.opsmgr.ui

Websites

Still haven’t found an effective way to monitor these other than to visit them regularly. Those that have RSS feeds are excluded from this list as they are covered above.
Management Pack Authoring: http://www.authormps.com
System Center Forum: http://www.systemcenterforum.org
System Center Training: http://www.systemcentertraining.com/
 
Final Result
By combining Outlook 2007, RSS Feeds, NewsGroups/GatorNews, and Windows Desktop Search (WDS), we can now keyboard search on all the resources we need to keep up on the OpsMgr world!

OpsMgr.Rss.opml File

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<opml version="1.0">
  <body>
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.acs" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.acs" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.acs" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.acs&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.authoring" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.authoring" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.authoring" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.authoring&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.docs" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.docs" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.docs" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.docs&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.exchange" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.exchange" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.exchange" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.exchange&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.general" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.general" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.general" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.general&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
     <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.iis" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.iis" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.iis" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.iis&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.powershell" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.powershell" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.powershell" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.powershell&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.managementpacks" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.managementpacks" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.managementpacks" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.managementpacks&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.reporting" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.reporting" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.reporting" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.reporting&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sdk" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sdk" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sdk" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.sdk&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.setup" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.setup" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.setup" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.setup&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sql" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sql" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sql" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.sql&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ui" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ui" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ui" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.ui&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ad" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ad" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ad" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.ad&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; /> 
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.aem" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.aem" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.aem" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.aem&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
   <outline text="System Center Operations Manager Command Shell" type="rss"
   <outline text="Most Recent KBs for System Center Operations Manager 2007" type="rss"
 </body>
</opml>
 
OpsMgrNewsGroups.opml File
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<opml version="1.0">
  <body>
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.acs" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.acs" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.acs" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.acs&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.authoring" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.authoring" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.authoring" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.authoring&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.docs" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.docs" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.docs" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.docs&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.exchange" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.exchange" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.exchange" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.exchange&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.general" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.general" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.general" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.general&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
     <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.iis" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.iis" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.iis" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.iis&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.powershell" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.powershell" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.powershell" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.powershell&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.managementpacks" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.managementpacks" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.managementpacks" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.managementpacks&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.reporting" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.reporting" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.reporting" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.reporting&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sdk" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sdk" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sdk" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.sdk&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.setup" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.setup" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.setup" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.setup&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sql" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sql" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.sql" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.sql&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ui" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ui" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ui" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.ui&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ad" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ad" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.ad" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.ad&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; /> 
    <outline text="microsoft.public.opsmgr.aem" title="microsoft.public.opsmgr.aem" type="rss" description="microsoft.public.opsmgr.aem" xmlUrl="news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.opsmgr.aem&quot; htmlUrl="http://www.newsgator.com&quot; />
   <outline text="System Center Operations Manager Command Shell" type="rss"
   <outline text="Most Recent KBs for System Center Operations Manager 2007" type="rss"
 </body>
</opml>

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4 Responses to Staying current on OpsMgr 2007 with Technology

  1. Stefan says:

    Hi Guys,
     
    Better use the right url: http://feeds.feedburner.com/myiti to get the lastest news from my weblog (weblog.stranger.nl)
     
    Regards,Stefan Stranger

  2. Operations says:

    Thanks, Stefan! Updated.

  3. Rod says:

    You need NewsGator for the OPML for the newsgroups, though, correct?  BTW: Here\’s the myITforum.com RSS feeds:  http://www.myitforum.com/rssfeed/

  4. Operations says:

    Hi Rod, yes you are correct that you need NewsGator for the newsgroups. That is stated in the article, but maybe it seemed buried :). Thanks for the RSS for myITforum.com!

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