I’m always being asked about tools. Tools to help me cheat,
tools to help me be quicker, tools to avoid the need for thinking.
Tools that make a SharePoint person’s life better. That sorta
thing. Often times tools I will mention have nothing to do with
SharePoint, but are simply what I consider to be core elements of
operating a Windows based infrastructure.
One set of those tools are the Sysinternals utilities from
Microsoft. Since day dot of my life as a Windows NT monkey, I’ve
used these. Every box has them. I was using Windows Live Mesh to
make sure I had them on all my client machines, and they are baked
into my sysprepped server images. But what about when Mark or
someone else comes along and updates one of them?
Well my buddy and fellow MCA, Wictor Willén put down his Visio and
PowerPoint for the weekend and has created the answer. What is
easily, by far and away the most useful “cloud” app ever created
(at least so far!).
It’s a little system notification tray app, which will
automagically sync the Sysinternals distribution with a folder on
your hard disk. I’ve set mine to sync with a folder in SkyDrive. So
I only really need to run it one machine.
Ahh, it’s a thing of beauty. Wouldn’t it be nice if SkyDrive has
this sort of capability baked in? For example, “subscribe to
Word! That’s how a real architect rolls! 🙂