[vpro] Microsoft Windows 7 Survey



From: admin@lists.myITforum.com [mailto:admin@lists.myITforum.com] On Behalf Of Witherow, Kelsey E
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2009 5:10 PM
To: ProExpertCenter; vpro@lists.myitforum.com
Cc: Hilliker, Josh
Subject: [vpro] Microsoft Windows 7 Survey


            On behalf of Josh Hilliker with the vPro Expert Center, please take a moment to participate in this survey we have created on the Microsoft Windows 7 upgrade. Thank you in advance! Your responses are appreciated.





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Announcing a New Program for System Center Influencers



Feed: Nexus SC: The System Center Team Blog
Posted on: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 3:16 PM
Author: davemorehouse
Subject: Announcing a New Program for System Center Influencers

Officially launching at MMS 2009 in Las Vegas is a new community program that will give influencers—user group leads, MVPs, popular bloggers, and others recognized as influential in the community around System Center—the technical training content, people connections, and general guidance they need to enhance their credibility and impact in the community.

Key Member Benefits

  • Access key content:  Members get access to the latest technical training content to help them enhance their expertise.   This also includes exclusive user group content.
  • Meet experts and peers in the community:  Members can stay connected with System Center-focused events, or let others know about their upcoming events.   Members can register and find events, as well as request speakers for upcoming meetings.
  • Grow in influence:  Members can learn about new opportunities to lead their communities on and offline, and find out about other opportunities to get more involved with Microsoft.

This invitation-only program has its online home on Microsoft Connect, and offers or links to several different tools intended to support influencer needs. As this is very much a work in progress that is just getting off the ground, we are asking participants to help us develop the program and shape it in ways that are most relevant to the community.

Who’s Eligible

This program is intended for influencers of all kinds, or simply those who are looking for tools to become more influential in their communities. Our intention is not to supplant any existing influencer programs, such as the MVP program, but merely to complement and extend them, focusing specifically on the needs of the System Center (and soon: Virtualization) community.

How to Find Out More

If you are interested in this program, or have any questions about our tools, resources, or mission, please contact us at scnetsup@microsoft.com.

– dave //

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Visio Add-in for Operations Manager 2007 R2 Beta



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Posted on: Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:07 AM
Author: Anders Bengtsson
Subject: Visio Add-in for Operations Manager 2007 R2 Beta

Microsoft has released Visio Add-in for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 beta ( It is a add-on to Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional SP1. With this add-on you can link health state from components in Operations Manager 2007 R2 to objects in Visio. This is a great way to visualize complex systems and business processes. You can use the “view in fullscreen” option in Visio to show the Visio documents on a big screen in your IT office or call center.

The Visio Add-in has the following features:

*Distributed applications exported from System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (release candidate) as Visio documents automatically show live health state information on the exported objects when opened in Visio.
*You can easily create new Visio documents and link shapes to any managed object (computer, database, web site, perspective etc.) to show the current health state.
*You can automatically link entire existing Visio documents to the computer and network devices managed by Operations Manager by matching computer names or IP addresses.
*Health states can be automatically refreshed in Visio documents. You can use this option along with Visio’s full screen view to create dashboard views suitable for use as a summary display in a datacenter control room.
*Predefined data graphics enable you to toggle from Operations Manager health icons to shape color for health state.

Download the Visio add-in at Connect. (To get access to this release, apply to participate in the “Operations Manager Public Beta” at this site.)

Source: the Operations Manager team blog

Here are some screenshots of the Visio Add-in for Ops Mgr 2007 R2

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SCCM Expert Self Service Case Study for Avnet Inc – myITforum.com

"SCCM Self Service has definitely helped us be more efficient in our operations. We especially appreciate how well connected SCCM Expert is within the Microsoft® Systems Center community. With SCCM Expert well entrenched in that knowledge, we know the products we receive from them reflect industry best practices and direction."

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