Ten Best Practices for Growing a Successful Online Community


Do you want to create an online community, but aren’t sure where to start? Learn what our years of experience have taught us. Lawrence Liu, Principal Solutions Strategist at Telligent, and Steve Hershberger, Principal and Co-Founder of ComBlu, recently teamed up to offer a list of best practices for your online community.

Ten Best Practices for Growing a Successful Online Community – Team blog – News – Telligent Community and Collaboration Software for the Enterprise

User Premier Support contract hours to pay for MMS 2010

Yes, its true.  You can convert your PSS contract hours into attendance to MMS 2010.   If you want to pursue this option to attend MMS 2010, contact your SSR or TAM and request it.  If your SSR or TAM has no idea what you are talking about, have them contact the MMS 2010 folks at mmsqs@microsoft.com for guidance on how to set it up internally.

The conversion rate

8 hours of Premier Support time = MMS 2010 registration


**Note: This only covers registration – you still have to pay for your flight, lodging, and miscellaneous expenses (Dinner, etc.).

Last Call: MMS 2010 Content Contest Survey

If you’d like to help in the content selection process for MMS 2010, we invite you to complete the MMS 2010 Content Survey. By taking a few minutes to tell us about your IT background and expectations for the event content, you’ll help ensure the topics and labs offered during MMS 2010 are relevant to you and your organization. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and when it closes on Dec 22nd two entries will be drawn from amongst the responses to win a Portable Media Player.

How can I give back to the community that has given me so much?

Ways to Help! – Sharing Knowledge.

Embrace your "inner author" to help teach others

myITforum.com is Powered by You and depends on you to give your time, experience, and knowledge through the web-based forums and email discussion lists, by writing articles as a myITforum.com columnist, by participating in the myITforum.com Wiki, and by becoming a myITforum.com blogger. As you participate in these ways, you help to continue building the myITforum.com reputation, keep the community growing, while also increasing your own professional reputation, skills, and knowledge.

Some of you may be in your specific job because of myITforum.com, and some of you may not have been able to perform your job without myITforum.com. Some of you may have tried other communities and felt like you simply didn't belong there. myITforum.com offers as many ways as possible to ensure success in your professional life. myITforum.com has contributed more members to the Microsoft MVP program than any other organization. Please consider giving back to the community that has given so much to you.


Want your own blog?  Just email us:  admin@myITforum.com 

(blog setup is done in minutes)

Ways to Help! – Going Shopping.

Help your fellow geeks and help myITforum.com

Everyone loves to buy new stuff. Especially when we don't have to leave our comfortable seats to do it! Online shopping is the best thing since sliced bread. So, whether you are after the latest books on SMS or Microsoft Operations Manager, or just looking for a warm winter coat… You can find what your heart desires and help myITforum.com at the same time by using the referral links in our myITforum.com Amazon.com store.

Pass this link on to all your friends, and be sure to use it whenever you shop:

It doesn't cost you any extra cash to use the myITforum.com links. So, have fun shopping and know that you are helping myITforum.com in the process.

Thanks in advance!

myITforum Wiki service updated today – 12-5-2009

We’ve updated the myITforum.com Wiki service today, moving from 2.x to 3.x.  With the major update there are a horde of new features that have been added, keeping the myITforum.com Wiki service as the best out there for System Center-related technologies.

Check out the myITforum.com Wiki: 



And, take a look at the new features: 



One of the coolest things about it is that it’s now fully WYSIWYG!

Welcome to myITforum, Martin Dey, Microsoft Director and MMS Event Owner

myITforum.com has been friends with the MMS organizers since the very beginning, even before it was a Microsoft event.  We have a long friendship and history together.  There are a lot of people behind the scenes who are dear, dear friends, and I could go on and on about those friendships, probably even tear-up about it because there are some we’ve lost over the years, but I won’t for the moment.

What I’m really excited to announce, though, is that Martin Dey, the original organizer for the Microsoft Management Summit has started a blog to finally detail his “Road to MMS”.  Martin has agreed to finally tell the story of MMS, from its inception, through the planning and execution, to the final wrap-up of the event so you can get a real taste of what its like to plan an event this large and this popular.

So, welcome Martin to the myITforum.com fold by reading his first post and letting him know what you’d like to hear from him next.

Starting the MMS Story

4 quick ways to connect with myITforum.com

At the top of the main myITforum.com web pages, you can now find quick link icons to connect with the System Center community in various social “settings”. 

We’ve added a quick icon for our ever-growing list of RSS feeds, but also to the myITforum.com areas on the popular social networks Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.  Yes, we have a presence in each of those social networks and have been maintaining those for a long, long while.  If you were at MMS 2009, you know the guff I received for being such a prolific Twitterer, but you can also select your social network of choice. 

Here’s how you’ll find the icons:

Grab our RSS feeds Follow us on Twitter Join our Facebook Group Connect with us on LinkedIn

Just in time for the holidays – the myITforum Amazon.com shopping portal…

Each year we roll out the fabled myITforum Amazon.com shopping portal graphic.  This year is no exception.  If you jump out to the main page of myITforum.com right now you’ll see the graphic at the top right. 


The majority of people shop at Amazon.com anyway, so we have partnered with Amazon.com to provide a click-through link straight to Amazon.com.  But, the link does a bit more than just take you to Amazon.com, it also provides a special link for myITforum’ers so that any purchases you make at Amazon.com during the holidays generates a small percentage of revenue to help myITforum.com’s financial needs.

Financial needs?  Oh yeah.  Did you know that myITforum.com employs 3 people and the site also incurs a significant operating cost during the year for hosting, development, administration, etc.?  Everything to you on myITforum.com is free, and will always stay that way.  But, to keep the lights on we do have financial needs.  myITforum.com started small way back when, but has blossomed into the defacto site for all things System Center and Systems Management.  The ever-growing amount of traffic is staggering.  If I showed you the stats you’d probably pass out and wonder how we’ve managed over the years.

So, just a simple Amazon.com icon on the site is a small way for you to give back – without giving back.  Just a simple click through our Amazon.com shopping portal costs you nothing, but provides a good deal of value to us if you use Amazon.com to make any holiday purchases.  It won’t keep the lights on, but it definitely helps.


Shop at Amazon.com and myITforum.com benefits!

P.S. Feel free to send the info to friends and family.

Last Day to Submit System Center Influencer Blog Contest Entries

Influencers: Today is the last day to submit your November blog entries for the contest! Blog on "The Microsoft platform and application management with System Center" and email it to scnetsup@microsoft.com for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

Contest Overview: https://sharepoint.connect.microsoft.com/SystemCenterCommunity/ExtraContent4.aspx

Contest Rules: https://sharepoint.connect.microsoft.com/SystemCenterCommunity/ExtraContent2.aspx

List of content ideas: https://sharepoint.connect.microsoft.com/SystemCenterCommunity/Growsubdetail1.aspx


And for those of you who want to get a jump on next month's contest, the December theme is "Microsoft System Center Solutions for datacenter management". Blog about this topic and submit your entries to scnetsup@microsoft.com by December 31st. To help inspire you, check out the December Content Ideas.