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Knowledge is Power

Finding exactly what you want in Microsoft's Knowledge Base can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Here's a site to help sort the mess.

Sometimes it seems like the Microsoft Knowledge Base has answers for every question you might ask -- including maybe even who’ll win the next World Series -- if only you could find the right article.

That’s why you should spend a few minutes each morning looking at www.kbalertz.com, an independent Web site that summarizes daily Knowledge Base additions (you can subscribe for e-mail alerts, too, or get the latest 25 articles as an RSS newsfeed).

New articles are broken down by category, so you can just scan through the titles of those that apply to Microsoft products running in your environment. It’s a great way to keep updated on what’s new in the Knowledge Base. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t provide access to anything but the public-level Knowledge Base (additional levels exist for Partners and for Microsoft employees), but it’s a great way to stay on top of the latest bugs, fixes and issues that Microsoft has documented for public consumption.

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About the Author

Don Jones is a multiple-year recipient of Microsoft’s MVP Award, and is an Author/Evangelist for video training company Pluralsight. Don is also a co-founder and President of PowerShell.org, a community dedicated to Microsoft’s Windows PowerShell technology. Don has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry, and specializes in the Microsoft business technology platform. He’s the author of more than 50 technology books, an accomplished IT journalist, and a sought-after speaker and instructor at conferences worldwide. Reach Don on Twitter at @concentratedDon, or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ConcentratedDon.

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