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Community Update: Upcoming Changes for myITforum.com

Hi, all! Periodically, we like to update the community on what we have planned and where this ship is headed. myITforum.com began its reemergence as a lone entity in January of this year after being managed by a corporate entity for several years. Unfortunately, despite hopeful opportunity, most community projects like myITforum falter under corporate control. As most of you know already, after that long hiatus myITforum.com is back under my ownership. It’s amazing to me how things come full circle. Several years back (maybe – 2003 or 2004), I sat in the ScriptLogic (remember them?) office in Florida. ScriptLogic was interested in acquiring myITforum.com at the time, however, we couldn’t come to terms. But through that experience, I met Nick Cavalancia, who has been a tre...

myITforum Community: Help Us Help You and Get a Chance at a $100 Amazon Gift Card

Many of you have noticed that we’re busy building the next generation of myITforum.com.  I know many of you are excited about seeing myITforum.com and this community restored to its original glory. And, while the tenets of a good community remain steeped in traditional values, time does change things. Time changes how people participate and interact in community and it alters the needs and requirements for solid community-driven content. In an effort to continue providing better and more relevant content for the community, we’re providing a very short, 4-question survey. This survey will help us better understand your role in your organization and the type of content that we need to focus on. To make it worth your while, we’re offering the first 500 responses an opportuni...

Microsoft Consolidates SQL Server Technical Content into a Single Support Blog

Microsoft teams are continuing to consolidate its resources and efforts and participate solely in a couple areas. For documentation, there’s the Docs platform (docs.microsoft.com). For community, it’s the Tech Community web site (techcommunity.microsoft.com). The latest team to begin migrating content is the SQL Server support team. We are excited to announce the launch of the new SQL Server Support blog and welcome you to this space. This blog space will focus on deep technical content related to the SQL Server product and features. The content of this blog will come from experts in the support team who provide troubleshooting guidance and advice to SQL Server customers. Bookmark this link: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SQL-Server-Support/bg-p/SQLServerSupport RSS fee...

Tip: Exposing Reddit RSS Feeds

Reddit may seem like a low-level forum site, but there’s quite a bit of good information that can be gleaned from there. And, there’s a forum for just about any topic you can dream up. For the IT Pro or Developer, Reddit can provide a wealth of information. But, keeping up on the latest content is tough. Reddit doesn’t make it easy – especially if you want to read through the most current information. You can get a better view of current information using the RSS feeds. However, getting to the RSS feeds is another matter. To locate any RSS feed for new content , you have to form your own link. For example, here’s the link to the RSS feed for the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Reddit forum: https://www.reddit.com/r/aws/new/.rss To generate the RSS link to your favor...

A Renewed Promise on Software and Device Update Coverage

Month-after-month, week-after-week, Microsoft continues its onslaught of updates. Many customers are starting to just ignore the updates due to “update fatigue” and in some cases this can be detrimental to the overall health and security of software and devices. Remember Blackberry Thumb?  Update Fatigue may very well be the next industry recognized malaise worthy of physical and mental claims against workman’s comp. Who knows? For that reason, here at myITforum you can expect less content on just common updates. Customers are seriously getting tired of the litany of “what’s new, what’s fixed, and what’s broken” whenever a new update is on the wires or whenever the Insider program sneezes. Some sites write an entire article just to cover an I...

The Resurrection of the myITforum Email Lists

For those in the  know, the company that owns myITforum had a severe outage in February, in which a lot of data had to reconstructed. myITforum was included in this outage. Most the site came back in the short term, but we’ve been working to put back together other areas of the site. One of the more treasured areas of myITforum is the email discussion lists that have been maintained for close to 20 years. These lists have provided literally tens of thousands with technical solutions 24×7, but also helped build strong community and friendships that have transcended the online world. This has shown itself in conferences like the Microsoft Management Summit (which has been merged into Ignite) and IT/Dev Connections. Our technical teams have promised to continue sorting out the emai...

MMSMOA Adds a Second Annual Conference Date

The folks putting on the Microsoft-centric conference that carries the torch after Microsoft ended the Microsoft Management Summit have announced that this year they will put on a second event. Due to the overwhelming response for attendance for the Spring event, the event organizers believe that the second date will help interested attendees still get access to the content and community. This new event will be in December in Phoenix: December 3rd & 4th 2018 (2 full days). Rates: Early bird – $799 Standard rate – $899   Registration will open sometime this month and Call for Sessions will be open from June 20th – July 20th 2018. Details will be posted here: https://mmsmoa.com/blog.html   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, D...

SQL Community Family Member Passes, GoFundMe Campaign Setup to Help the Family

SQL Community member, Robert Davis (@SQLSoldier), passed away suddenly this week. Robert has helped so many with his knowledge and expertise, the community is recommending helping his family. A GoFundMe campaign has been setup for those willing to give back to someone who gave so unselfishly. IT/Dev Connections speaker, Grant Fritchey, made this plea on YouTube today…   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Johan Arwidmark and Ami Casto Tie the Knot, Celebration at IT/Dev Connections 2017

I don’t know what it is about this community, but it brings people together in ways unprecedented. Over the years, we’ve seen many couples get married. In the old days, before Microsoft killed the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), some would target the conference as their preferred venue to tie the knot because it meant so much to them. Many of my good friends have been married during MMS, and now the conference marriage bug continues. I hope you’ll join us at IT/Dev Connections 2017 in a few weeks to help us celebrate the union of Johan Arwidmark and Ami Casto. IT/Dev Connections is a combination of both MMS and TechEd that still serves as a community-driven conference. The feel of the event is very much like the early days of MMS and its always a great pleasure to stil...

Community Leader Zone is the Next Microsoft Community Project to Get the Ax

Microsoft’s community engagement focus has come and gone over the years. The company has enthusiastically started but then stopped many different programs. Usually, Microsoft strengthens its community focus when the company’s revenue is flowing and company outlook is good. And, when the company’s outlook isn’t so great, it starts cutting community efforts first, followed by marketing jobs, and then a complete revamp of its sales organization and licensing structures. This time seems different – but who really knows? Maybe there’s something on the horizon we’re not aware of yet. Microsoft today is sending Dear John letters out to those who signed up for early access to a new community program it was working on call the Community Leader Zone. Stating...

The MVP Show Episode 4: Australia – Interview with Troy Hunt

In this episode of the MVP Show, we are here in Gold Coast, Australia, to meet with Troy Hunt, a well-known security expert, and meet the dude that made HaveIBeenPwned.com. Troy has been an MVP specializing in Visual Studio and development technologies since 2011, and he is also a Microsoft Regional Director. He travels the world speaking at events, and training technology professionals.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

SMS/ConfigMgr Community Member Needs Help to Save His House

If you’ve been in the community for a long time, you’ll remember Chuck Young. Chuck was a go-getter. He was the first to deploy massive updates to SMS/ConfigMgr in production over a weekend and then report back to the entire community about what broke and what to avoid. His enthusiasm for SMS/ConfigMgr is a hallmark of what this community was, is, and always will be – GIVING. There’s a selfless air to this community that is second to none. And, quite frankly, without personalities like Chuck, this community (and possibly ConfigMgr) wouldn’t even exist. And, there are definitely some MVPs who would never have been awarded without the community spirit members like Chuck infused. Chuck and his wife actually married at the Microsoft Management Summit 2003. And, wh...

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