Ok, I'm going to start a little tradition here…

The Management Marketing team sends out a regular Monday-night email to the rest of the division. This email is generally chock-full of (a) useful information, and (b) font choices that only a marketing maven could love. Picking the best customer-ready bits out of each email would be a great way for a management marketing blog to get started. Unfortunately, no such blog exists… yet. In the meantime, I feel that I should pick up the slack. I'll keep these posts in the "SMS & MOM" category of this blog. And if you don't know what SMS and MOM expand to, you can stop reading now :-)

So, here goes:

  • dirigo.com are providing and supporting free MOM connectors so that MOM can interoperate with IBM Tivoli (now) and HP OpenView (soon). More details here.
  • We've just released the MOM management pack for BizTalk Server 2004. BizTalk has really hit its stride with this version, and they've got a compelling “better together“ story with InfoPath and SharePoint. To read more about BizTalk, try Scott Woodgate, Darrell Norton, or Owen Allen. Now you just need MOM to manage it - but the pack is free, of course :-)
  • If you're using SMS 2003 to automatically deploy security updates, you probably already know that it can't detect all patches, because it's constrained by using the baseline security analyzer to do the scanning. However, you can still use SMS to deploy the patches - there's a detailed walkthrough on TechNet.
  • Additionally, we've refreshed a whole bunch of documentation for SMS 2003:
  • Finally, if you attended MMS 2004, we'd love to get more feedback, whether it be specific issues or general comments. Send it to mmsfdbk@microsoft.com, or just post a comment here and I'll pass it on.

Now, wasn't there something about a two-drink minimum in marketing…?