The myITforum.com Alpha Site

We're working steadily to releasing a brand new myITforum.com web site which will give you some amazing new features, streamlined interface, and offer quicker methods for getting your daily fix of all things System Center.  Keep in mind that we're still working on adding, migrating, converting, etc., etc., but the Alpha site is safe to start playing around with.  Right now we're just linking to current pages and technologies, but as we progress new things will start to pop up.  We'll definitely let you know when there's something significant to check out, but for now, feel free to drop out to the System Center LAUNCH page of myITforum.com 2.0 and give us feedback.  We've setup a special beta@myITforum.com email account for your to make comments, suggestions, etc., which is accessible on the System Center LAUNCH page by clicking on the ALPHA SITE graphic at the top right.

http://www.myitforum.com/def-new.asp

There's just so much that goes on at myITforum.com hourly that the old page setup didn't really relay to anyone just how much activity there was.  There is quite a bit of traffic on myITforum.com at any given time.  The System Center LAUNCH page's goal is to show you what's happening at any given minute of the day.  Stay tuned as we change things around and make the site more intuitive for you.

And, since myITforum.com is a *real* community, we are also interested if anyone is willing to get involved in the development of some backend resources on myITforum.com.  If you have time to donate to help build the new site into something monumental, just drop us a line.  myITforum.com has always been "Powered by You" and now it can also be "Built by You". We've already received some affirmations for help, but it takes a community to raise a web site worthy of such a large and dedicated community as this one.   Drop me a note if you are interested in helping out: rodtrent@myITforum.com

Here's some things we need help with:

  1. Web design
  2. Database (SQL Server) data migrations
  3. Common task automation, such as newsletter creation
  4. Forums moderation
  5. Columnists for the new WYSIWYG article system (btw: the new article system is also tied into the blogs!)

Post-MMS 2009 myITforum.com Newsletter Coming This Weekend

We have a LOT to talk about since coming off of MMS 2009 this week.  We're decompressing this week and following-up on the huge number of vendors who just love myITforum.com.  But, expect a Post MMS 2009 report in your email inboxes this weekend.  There are lots of stories to tell and photos to share.

 

Don’t receive the myITforum.com newsletter?  Shame on you!  You are missing out on the most current information about the System Center community.  Sign up now and you’ll get this weekend’s post-MMS 2009 edition:

 

http://www.myITforum.com/newsletter 

Have photos of your own with no place to put them?  Drop us an email and we can set up your very own photo gallery on myITforum.com for uploading your MMS 2009 photos. 

Have some stories worthy of System Center community reading?  Drop us an email and we can have your very own blog setup in a matter of minutes.  myITforum.com continues to be the CENTRAL spot if you want the System Center community to take notice of your information and expertise.

admin@myITforum.com

Quick MMS 2009 FAQ:  Did you know that the Microsoft Management Summit was actually started by this community back in 1998?  Its true.  And, this community continues to be the driving factor for MMS success.

In memory…Steve Pruitt

I’m finishing up the myITforum.com awards for MMS 2009 (given at the annual myITforum.com Party) and ran across this again: 

StevePruitt

Steve won this community award last year.  It really makes me a bit sad, seeing it.  But, Steve has left a great legacy in this community, and I think he helped instill his same type of dedication and insistence of sharing in others.  Steve had a great testimony.  I’ll always think about him.

Please be in continued prayer for his family.

We just really never know how things will happen, or what will happen in a year’s time.  This community has become such a family over the years, glued together by myITforum.com and the Microsoft Management Summit.  That’s also a funny thing to me, that a silly conference and a silly web site could bring so many people together in such a huge way – it just doesn’t make sense sometimes.  Those who don’t participate in this community miss out on a great deal.  People who sit back and think that myITforum.com is just a web site, miss the big picture.  Those are the folks who think a pretty web site makes a community.  There’s more than just articles, blogs, and web pages.  Here, there’s real people from all over the world who feel like they are a part of something.  There’s people who really care about the health and wealth of this community.

And this just brings me back to Steve.  We lost a great member this past year.  Yet, there are others who are and may be in the same predicament.  Be good to each other, folks.  Have fun at MMS.  Enjoy this community.

Updated myITforum.com MMS 2009 Party Information!

Updated myITforum.com MMS 2009 Party Information!

myITforum.com: Your "Centralized" System Center Community!

April 27th – May 1st

Exhibitors, Presenters, and Community Servants

Find us at: BOOTH #633

What we're doing this year

·     Session SU30: "Community Saves Your Company Money, and Why Invest Time in It" Tuesday, April 28 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM, San Palo 3401A (grab the conference floor plan)


·    
Session SU31: "Ask the Experts Panel" – Wednesday, April 29 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM, San Palo 3401A  (grab the conference floor plan)

·     Hourly Booth Raffles

·     The myITforum.com Party – Sponsored by Microsoft and 1E

 

 

Giving away everything you can imagine

 

·     1 XBOX 360 A DAY – donated by Microsoft  

·     Copies of System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashedsigned by the authors.
·     Copies of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator’s Companion – donated by MS Presssigned by the authors
·    Copies of Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2007 – signed by the authors
·    Quest Software has donated two 12 month term licenses (one each) of their Toad for SQL Server and Capacity Manager for SQL Server products with support
·    Secure Vantage has donated a Microsoft Zune.
 

Annual myITforum.com Party at the Microsoft Management Summit 2009

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE:  The Premiere MMS Partyyour official invitation

Steeped in tradition, this year, myITforum.com will celebrate it's 9th annual party!  Who can say that?  The myITforum.com party ticket is the most sought after piece of SWAG at MMS, and the stampede to get one will be as large as ever – maybe larger! Don't believe me?  Watch the stampede from last year to understand what you're up against.

http://www.myITforum.com/absolutevc/?v=891

Thanks to the Dell folks for capturing the mad rush on film!

How to get a pass:

The MMS 2009 Expo opens at 5:30pm on Monday, April 27th, but the line to get into the Expo starts forming about an hour prior.  You'll need to beat the mad rush and stop by the myITforum.com booth #633 to grab a party button.  This button is your ticket into the party.  It MUST be worn to get entrance on Wednesday night. 

 

myITforum.com Party buttons are on a first-come first-served basis!

 

Date:  Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Time:  5:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: Venetian Ballroom B.  (grab a floor plan – this is the MMS 2008 floor plan, but it's the same as MMS 2009)

What’s happening at this year’s party? 

  • Mix and mingle with your peers.  Put faces with names and reconnect with old friends.
  • myITforum.com Annual Awards Ceremony!  (Yes, we noticed all you did this year and want to Thank You!)
  • WIN COOL STUFF! (Enter the Raffle to win a Zune, or an Xbox 360!)
  • Eat, drink, and be merry!  Plenty of food and drinks for everyone!

 
P.S.

This year marks the official announcement of our Community "Partners".  For a long time, folks have just assumed that Microsoft sponsors and promotes myITforum.com and that's how we have survived for so long.  That's simply not true.  While we appreciate the type of support that Microsoft gives us, it doesn't pay the bills.  Find out who actually invests in the myITforum.com vision and who is benefitting from our experience and reach by visiting our new Partners page:

http://www.myitforum.com/Partners/

ALSO…a very special MMS-only announcement!

Just for MMS 2009 we are EXPANDING our Bronze sponsorship numbers from 4 to 10!  If you were wanting to get in on the Bronze level sponsorship for myITforum.com now is your best chance!

 

In addition – we are offering a Show Special 15% off on Silver and Gold sponsorships if you sign up for one of these sponsorship within 1 month following MMS 2009.  Stop by booth #633 for more information.

 

Rod Trent 

 

myITforum.com: Your "Centralized" System Center Community!

1E Gold Speaker Presentation – : Tuesday 28 April, 2009
Attend this session to gain a technical insight into all the latest features of NightWatchman and 1E WakeUp for power management and proactive computer health. Review new Nomad enhancements which minimize the bandwidth used for software and OS distributions and learn how to achieve lowest cost Windows 7 deployment. In addition, be one of the first to hear about 1E's new solution for server energy management.

Location: Room Veronese 2405, Time: 11.45am – 1.00pm

© 2009 myITforum.com, Inc.

myITforum.com MMS 2009 Newsletter

How to hook-up with myITforum.com at MMS 2009 – and your official myITforum.com Party invitation

Back in Vegas, baby!

April 27th – May 1st

Exhibitors, Presenters, and Community Servants

Find us at: BOOTH #633

What we're doing this year

·     Session SU30: "Community Saves Your Company Money, and Why Invest Time in It" Tuesday, April 28 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM, San Palo 3401A (grab the conference floor plan)


·    
Session SU31: "Ask the Experts Panel" – Wednesday, April 29 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM, San Palo 3401A  (grab the conference floor plan)

·     Hourly Booth Raffles

·     The myITforum.com Party – Sponsored by Microsoft and 1E

 

 

Giving away everything you can imagine

 

·     1 XBOX 360 A DAY – donated by Microsoft  

·     Copies of System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashedsigned by the authors.
·     Copies of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator’s Companion – donated by MS Presssigned by the authors
·    Copies of Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2007 – signed by the authors
·    Quest Software has donated two 12 month term licenses (one each) of their Toad for SQL Server and Capacity Manager for SQL Server products with support
·    Secure Vantage has donated a Microsoft Zune.
 

Microsoft Management Summit 2009

Party invitation and information is at the bottom of this column

MMS is the annual gathering together of the System Center community.  This year marks the 10th year of MMS and there are things planned for this momentous event that you just cannot miss!  And — of course, we're back in Vegas (grab a copy of the map of the Vegas Strip)

myITforum.com and MMS have grown up together.  It's really hard to say where the conference would be today without this community and how our partnerships melded together.

Read about the history of MMS

But, even more, it's also really hard to say what the systems management landscape at Microsoft would look like without this community.  You all should be very proud of yourselves.  By coming together and voicing your concerns, desires, solutions, rants, and kudos, through myITforum.com you've enabled Microsoft to develop some highly effective solutions for managing environments.

Did you know that myITforum.com turned 10 years old this year???  That's simply amazing.  How many other communities can say they have been together for that long, and maintained their importance and relevance?

As always, I want to thank Microsoft for listening in and supporting this community for so long.

But, this year marks the official announcement of our Community "Partners".  For a long time, folks have just assumed that Microsoft sponsors and promotes myITforum.com and that's how we have survived for so long.  That's simply not true.  While we appreciate the type of support that Microsoft gives us, it doesn't pay the bills.  Find out who actually invests in the myITforum.com vision and who is benefitting from our experience and reach by visiting our new Partners page:

http://www.myitforum.com/Partners/

 

Rod Trent 

The Premiere MMS Partyyour official invitation

Steeped in tradition, this year, myITforum.com will celebrate it's 9th annual party!  Who can say that?  The myITforum.com party ticket is the most sought after piece of SWAG at MMS, and the stampede to get one will be as large as ever – maybe larger! Don't believe me?  Watch the stampede from last year to understand what you're up against.

http://www.myITforum.com/absolutevc/?v=891

Thanks to the Dell folks for capturing the mad rush on film!

How to get a pass:

The MMS 2009 Expo opens at 5:30pm on Monday, April 29th, but the line to get into the Expo starts forming about an hour prior.  You'll need to beat the mad rush and stop by the myITforum.com booth #633 to grab a party button.  This button is your ticket into the party.  It MUST be worn to get entrance on Wednesday night. 

 

myITforum.com Party buttons are on a first-come first-served basis!

 

Date:  Wednesday, April 30, 2009

Time:  5:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: Venetian Ballroom B.  (grab a floor plan – this is the MMS 2008 floor plan, but it's the same as MMS 2009)

What’s happening at this year’s party? 

  • Mix and mingle with your peers.  Put faces with names and reconnect with old friends.
  • myITforum.com Annual Awards Ceremony!  (Yes, we noticed all you did this year and want to Thank You!)
  • WIN COOL STUFF! (Enter the Raffle to win a Zune, or an Xbox 360!)
  • Eat, drink, and be merry!  Plenty of food and drinks for everyone!

 

© 2009 myITforum.com, Inc.

myITforum.com offers new sponsorship levels and a full media kit for download

As a vendor who wants to get noticed by the System Center community, do you wonder how to interact on a daily basis with customers and potential customers?  Wonder no more!

Today, myITforum.com has unleashed new Partnership levels, featuring tiered levels designed to work with marketing budgets and your needs and requirements.

In this day and age, it’s tough to know if your message is being heard.  myITforum.com makes it easy to understand and simple to know through our completely interactive service.  Advertising on the web has become a daunting task.  Some web sites offer banner placement, and then you are left wondering (hoping) if someone even sees your message.  myITforum.com takes your message and blasts it out to a highly targeted group of customers and potential customers who actually WANT to hear your message.  That group, by the way, includes close to 60,000 people in varying company sizes, different management levels, and a huge number of countries.  And, not only do we work within the System Center community to get your message out, but one email or one phone call gets your message out to the world through our direct interaction in today’s social media outlets. 

Stop worrying about how to get the best return for you marketing dollars, jump out here and download the Full Media Kit to get started:

http://www.myitforum.com/sponsors/sponsorship.asp

Let us take care of your marketing and get back to building your business.

If you are attending MMS 2009, drop by booth 633 and say “hello”.

 

All inquiries can be lodged to:  marketing@myITforum.com

Steve Pruitt – farewell to a friend

I’m saddened today by last night’s passing of a good friend and a long-time myITforum member and contributor.  Steve Pruitt’s fingerprints are all over myITforum.com in the form of helpful posts, extremely useful articles on patching, entire Wiki sections on OSD and patching, posts to the SMS email list and more.

If there’s one good thing about the Internet, it’s this:  contributions live out longer than all of us.  And, because of that, the memory of Steve will be ever-present.  Steve fought a serious disease for a long time even though he had it licked for some time.  If you go back through the pages and pages of information that Steve freely, selflessly shared, you'll never find one hint of sadness, one iota of ego, or a single instance where he went outside the bounds of professionalism.  Steve was a fighter, and from my estimation a good man.  His contributions will remain forever, and his legacy is a good one.

I think it’s extremely fitting that we remember Steve based on his myITforum.com award at MMS 2008.  Steve proved his excellence over and over, and he will continue to be a lasting contributor in our hearts and minds.

StevePruitt