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May, 2009

  • visViewer: Free Shareware Visio Viewer

    Source: The Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog

    Visio MVP David Parker recently developed visViewer as a shareware program to encourage the use of the Visio document format with non-Visio users.


    Key Benefits

    • Stand alone application for viewing Visio files without Visio
    • Advanced search of shape data (custom properties)
    • Create lists of data from diagrams and export to other applications
    • Copy or print of any part of a diagram simply


    visViewer is free for personal, non-commercial use.  If you should like the product, then we invite you to donate just $19 / copy.  This will ensure that the product is developed further, and encourage us to provide more tools to you.

    The following prerequisites are required:

    • Windows Installer 3.1
    • .NET Framework 3.0 (x86)
    • Microsoft Visual Basic PowerPack 1.2
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Report Viewer

    If you do not have Microsoft Outlook 2007, then you will need these:

    • Microsoft Office Visio Viewer 2007
    • Microsoft Office Visio Viewer 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

  • When will there be WSDL for the MP Catalog Webservice?

    Did you know that in PowerShell V2 using a Web service is very easy with the new Cmdlet New-WebServiceProxy?

    This would become very handy if the ManagementPackCatalogWebservice had a WSDL ;-)


    Then we could do some very cool stuff with the ManagementPack Catalog Webservice…

    Now we have to wait if there will be a WSDL implemented. Let’s hope..

    For more info on Using PowerShell to get info from the ManagementPack Catalog go to Daniele Muscetta’s weblog. He’s the OpsMgr PowerShell guru ;-)

  • Reblog: FREE .NET / C# Tutorial from pluralsight

    Source: Gold Coast

    If you are like me and want to be programmer there is a great free .NET / C# Tutorial On-Demand! from Pluralsight.

    This tutorial is aimed at programmers who are already familiar with an object oriented language like Java or even C++. It is designed to take your existing knowledge and transfer that to the .NET Framework, teaching both C# syntax, .NET Framework, and Visual Studio features in a fast-paced introduction to the Microsoft .NET development platform



    They even show how to use Red Gate's Reflector. Check those tutorials if you want to know more about .NET /C# programming!

  • MP Template Guide on OpsManJam

    Jeanie Decker Vlad Jonaovic have put together a mp template and guide for creating MP guides. Use this information to develop mp guides like Microsoft does.


    Go to the OpsManJam website to download this guide.