My First Windows Live Writer Post

This is my first post using the beta release of Windows Live Writer.  It’s a WYSIWYG editor and the cool thing is that MS wrote it not only to support Windows Live Blogs but also other blogging sites too.  It makes it much eaier for no webbies like me who are alergic to HTML to add richer content like photos, etc.  If you install the Windows Live Tool Bar then you can integrate into IE to directly blog about a site you are currently browsing.

So far I like it.  It’s much quicker and easier to use than the web interface.

System Center Essentials 2007 Beta

Microsoft has released the beta for SCE 2007 on the Connect website.  SCE is a compilation of the key components of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SMS v4) and System Center Operations Manager (MOM 2007).  This compilation aims to provide the functionality required by midsized organisations that normally couldn’t afford Microsoft’s standalone enterprise solutions and would otherwise have to purchase 3rd party point solutions. 
It’s likely to be be competitively priced.  My guess is that this will put an end to MOM for Workgroups. I’ve yet to install it but it appears to be wizard driven, much like Small Business Server.  MS recognises that the target customer usually can’t hire in expertise to handle complex solutions like MOM or SMS and have small departments that can’t dedicate the necessary time to manage them so providing wizards will make this quite attractive to them.

Old Whitepapers

This is a list of whitepapers I’ve written in the last 9 months both for my site and for work.
My Site
Free to download
Old Job
Requires registration but free to download

Breaking out!

I’ve just handed in my resignation to my current employer.  Things didn’t work out as I’d hoped but there’s no hard feelings.  They’re a good bunch of geeks and I wish them well.  So, I am back on the market.  I’ll be getting back into the IT contracting game in Dublin.  So anyone looking for a Windows 2003, AD, SMS, MOM type person should have a look at my CV/resume.
One of the things I liked about working for my current employer was that I had the opportunity to spend time working on beta products from Microsoft.  I’ve just splashed out on some beefy h/w and I’ll hope to continue that while writing papers on how to make use of these products.
Look out for these in the future.