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Current Live Projects Index:

  1. OpenADM: Tools and Framework that enable Autonomous, Self-Administered and Self-Operated functions to a Windows System.
  2. OpenOMS: IT Operations Management System based on Mantis BugTracker.
  3. OpenSLIM: Simple and Lightweight Infrastructure Manger.
  4. NMTools: Network Management Tools.
  5. Windows Advanced Troubleshooting Notebook
  6. Social Media Interconnection Map
  7. Social Media Scripting Framework

OpenADM

OpenADM is a collection of Tools and a System Framework that provides Autonomous, Self-Administered and Self-Operated functionalities to any Windows System. In fact, it provides tools and specifications to develop, build and operate a legal Windows-based “distro”.

The main OpenADM goals are:

  1. Provide a balanced technology-mix in order to deliver good quality, reliable, highly-automated and low cost services.
  2. Provide a low-cost, secure and manageable framework for users and IT staff in an increasingly complex environment.
  3. Provide a high degree of operational automation.

Currently there is no video showing how OpenADM works. But stay tuned this is on my to-do list ;-).

Main download site: http://codeplex.com/OpenADM/
Mirror site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/OpenADM/
Latest version: v3.5b1-20080302-0
Latest update date: 2008/3/2
License: GPL 2.0
Project site: http://thinkinbig.org/oms/

OpenOMS

OpenOMS stands for Open Operational Management System. It is a web application focused on activity tracking on IT Project Management and IT Service Delivery Processes.

This solution is based on Mantis Bug Tracker and follows the same life cycle that this project already has. Current supported languages are English and Spanish and the semantics of the application are pretty abstract in order to match as much scenarios as possible. However, as an FOSS solution, it is fairly easy to customize and extend if necessary.

Have a look at Demo Site if you want to see it in action: I use it myself to cover my own needs on this site :-D. In order to use the Demo, you can use one of the following credentials:

  • user and password: demo-AsReporter
  • user and password: demo-AsMember

Main download site: http://codeplex.com/OpenOMS/
Mirror site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/open-oms/
Latest version: v1.2a2-20080302-0
Latest update date: 2008/3/2
License: GPL 2.0
Project site: http://thinkinbig.org/oms/

OpenSLIM

OpenSLIM stands for “Open Simple & Lightweight Infrastructure Manager“.  It is a CMDB software with some Infrastructure Delivery and Program Management capabilities. It's main purpose is to be relatively thin and easy to use and federate with other Information Systems.

OpenSLIM works with NMTools to extend it's capabilities in areas like Automation, Distributed Configuration management, and CMDB Federation. This way, OpenSLIM does the Information Management processes while NMTools takes care about Distributed Network Discovery, Automation, Data Collection and Configuration Management.

Main download site: http://openslim.codeplex.com/
Mirror site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/openslim/
Latest version: v3.73b0-20100509-0
Latest update date: 2010/05/10
License: GPL 2.0
Project site: http://thinkinbig.org/oms/

Relevant articles that can help you figure out what is this all about:

  1. The “Office+Scripting Solution”: The thinking behind OpenSLIM & NMTools
  2. Information Quality in OpenSLIM

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NMTools

The “Network Management Tools” complete OpenSLIM CMDB capa­bil­i­ties with Network Discovery, Data Collection, Automa­tion and Con­fig­u­ra­tion Man­age­ment. Designed for Extensibility, the result is not only a Network Toolset, but a Framework for building quick solutions upon it.

Both tools can work autonomously or together: its a matter of choice and circumstances. This solution is based on Microsoft Access, SQL Server and PowerShell. Certain NMTools modules may require third party tools like: PuTTY, PsTools, Net-SNMP, NMap, Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer or many others. Those dependencies are managed on a per-module basis.

Main download site: http://nmtools.codeplex.com/
Mirror site: https://sourceforge.net/projects/nmtools/
Latest version: v4.54b0-20101212-0
Latest update date: 2010/12/12
License: GPL 2.0
Project support: http://thinkinbig.org/oms/

Relevant articles that can help you figure out what is this all about:

  1. The “Office+Scripting Solution”: The thinking behind OpenSLIM & NMTools
  2. NMTools Framework Services explained
  3. Possible uses for PLEX modules
  4. How to Deploy Software using NMTools

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Windows Advanced Troubleshooting Notebook

Last year, I happened to be involved on a series of unusually complex problems that required some advanced diagnostic techniques. During the course of those issues I prepared some notes so that my teams could acquire some sort of independence and have a sense of how these tasks can be accomplished.

Advanced Troubleshooting requires lot of study, patience and dedication. Let’s face it: it’s not easy. But knowing what the tools are and how the process works helps on demystifying this activity. That is why I’ve decided to release my OneNote Notebook on Live.com so that you can link your OneNote 2010 to it or explore it yourself using OneNote WebApp.

OneNoteNotebook-20110504-0

I would like to warn you that this “discipline” changes a lot as tools, hardware and software evolve. Just take into account that these are my notes from 2010. I will try to keep them updated, but, unfortunately, I can’t promise to. Of course, just in case you you would like to contribute, just let me know. I would love to include your contributions. Maybe we can turn it into a collaborative project!

Social Media Interconnection Map

It’s a fact that the number of Social Networking Services is becoming so high that it is increasingly difficult to manage them appropriately. Of course, there is no need nor obligation to have an account on each of them.

It is also true that we all have preferences and these preferences change with time. Consequently, we can’t find everybody on the same place, be either physical or digital. Here is when we start considering on becoming part of the communities our friends, relatives, colleagues, workmates, or, simply, “interests” belong to.

Interconnecting Social Media Services Taking the Social Media Interconnection Map to the Next Level

The questions, then, are quite simple: What if we want to be where our people really is? How we can achieve it in a sustainable way? How can we make “The System” work for ourselves instead of the opposite? Which are our alternatives? Is there any strategy? Fortunately, the answer is yes: “Just Connect them All”.

Social Media Scripting Framework

The Social Media Scripting Framework is a PowerShell-based environment that abstracts the complexities of modern Social Media Channels from the PowerShell command-line. This enables any regular user (arguably, a ‘power user') to leverage the content, connections and relationships of those channels in a completely new way.

Social Media Scripting Console - v0.5 BETA

Web technologies work nicely as User Interfaces. However, the aim of this project is to explore the possibilities of a new ‘form factor' for consuming and exploiting ‘social content' and ‘social relationships' in a decentralized and cloud-independent way.

This Framework is not for software developers, although they could actually enjoy it too. In fact, it provides easy to learn abstractions and constructs so that any user (arguably, ‘power user') can play with the ‘Social Universe' and connect it with his/her information store of choice in a convenient way. In other words, empowers the ‘Information Worker 2.0' with new tools and capabilities to develop his/her work.

Main download site: http://smsf.codeplex.com
Mirror site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/smsf/
Mirror site: https://github.com/cveira/social-media-scripting-framework
Latest version: v0.5b
Latest update date: 2014/1/20
License: GPL 2.0
Project support: http://thinkinbig.org/oms/
User forum: http://bit.ly/SMSF-Forum