So Tammy talks about how to find “stuff” on Microsoft’s site when looking for Exchange stuff.  But let’s say I read a post that Jeff Middleton wrote about server migration and want to find that in the newsgroup?  First.  Flat out.  Outlook Express is …well… just terrible as a search tool.  So let’s just throw that out the window as an option, shall we?  So fire up our Google tool.  And instead of going to google “normal” we’re going to “google” on “Groups” or newsgroups.  See that other tab?  Click on it and you’ll get here.  Now Click on advanced search.  Now… roll up your sleeves, here’s where it gets fun. 


Let’s first limit our search to a specific newsgroup:  microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs  That’s the newsgroup that you’ll find SBS2k3 stuff.  If you want 2k stuff you put in “microsoft.public.backoffice.smallbiz2000“  Put that in the box called “Return only messages from the newsgroup”  Now, I know that my MVP buddy Jeff Middleton is MR. Group Policy and Mr. Migration.  So I’m putting “Jeff Middleton” in as author.  See where it says “Return only messages where the author is”  That’s the place.  Now put “migration” in the “with all the words” box.  {Sometimes less words are better than more.  Let’s see what we get shall we?  Oh and change the number of posts to view is “100“.


We have 247 posts regarding migration.  Just start clicking and surfing and ooh.. this one looks promising.


See what I mean?  We post in the newsgroups all the time and all those answers are right there ready for you to google.  So next time, try a little Googling with your researching 🙂


 


 

 

2 Responses to …so you can’t find a thing and you’ve looked everywhere?

  1. Anne Stanton says:

    Quick BOOKMARK and then add to OneNote.. Perhaps this means I won’t have to ping Susan with stupid where do I find type questions in the next few weeks. 🙂 On the other hand Susan always puts in a twist and flare for a little extra so perhaps I will just ask more advanced queries..

  2. Dave Stoecker says:

    Here is one of my favorite hacks for searching…don’t remember where I picked it up…

    Paste this into notepad and save it as a .reg file, then launch it.

    ….

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl\Ggl]

    @="http://www.google.com/search?q=%s"

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl\MSKB]

    @="http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=%s"

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl\WINFAQ]

    @="http://search.winnetmag.com/query.html?col=faq&qt=%s"

    ….

    Now I just type "ggl (my search string)" into the IE address bar and go

    or "mskb (kb number)"

    or "winfaq (search string)"

    Not an advanced search, but a quick start. Tammy’s Google toolbar tips are just excellent – thanks! …your’s are too Susan :?)