A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the System Center Content Search Windows Gadget.
This gadget makes it easier to find help for Microsoft System Center products because it uses Live Search macros to search specific sites instead of the entire web. Search results are only returned from sites that are known to contain helpful information about System Center products.
But did you know you can easily extend this Gadget to have your own searches included? I’ve added my own website to the System Center Content Search Gadget (SCCSG).
But you can much more than that. What about creating your own Windows Live Search Macro and adding it to the SCCSG?
Ok let’s start. Here is an example. Maybe you also have this issue I sometimes have. You have seen some answer to your OpsMgr question in one of your RSS feed websites, but don’t know where anymore and didn’t save all the rss posts in your favorite RSS Reader. You can use Windows Live Search and only search in Feeds, but that would also include some websites to which you didn’t subscribe.
But did you know you can create your own Live Search Macros? These are like mini search engines tailored to any topic. When you create a search macro, a home page is automatically created. That way, your search macro is easy to use, easy to save as a favorite, and simple to share with your family and friends. And you know what? These Live Search Macros are also used in the SCCSG!
Just take a look at the flyout.js file in the C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\systemCenterContentSearch.gadget\js\flyout.js
As you can see they used a Live Search Macro. Just open the next Live Search Macro “http://search.live.com/macros/microsoft_user_assistance/sc_operations_manager_technet/?FORM=OIJT” and you will be able to search the System Center Operations Manager documentation in the TechNet library. How cool is that?
Ok, now we know we can create our own Live Search Macros let’s start creating one for our own RSS feeds. Here are the steps:
Now your own Live Search Macro is ready to be used in the SCCSG. To add your own Live Search Marco to SCCSG you need to make a copy of the flyout.js file in the C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\systemCenterContentSearch.gadget\js\ folder. This is your backup if something goes wrong ;-)
Steps to extend the SCCSG with your own Live Search Macro:
Yes it worked! So now you have added your own Windows Live Search Macro to the SCCSG!
Be creative and let me know which great OpsMgr Macros you have created. Have fun!
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