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Online communities offer a great opportunity to find help and advice from other ICT professionals, exchange ideas and stay up to date on new technology and tech trends.


Microsoft TechNet Forum

Microsoft’s IT community features dozens of alphabetized forums with hundreds of new threads and thousands of new posts every day.

Focus: Microsoft technologies, Scripting, Server deployment, Infrastructure planning/design, Networking protocols, and more.

Requirements: Requires Windows Live ID to post.

Language(s): English, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, French, Spanish, Czech, German, Turkish, Japanese, Mandarin, etc.

Features: forums, downloads, blogs, wiki, library, virtual roundtables

Born to Learn from Microsoft Learning

Microsoft’s learning community connects entry-level students and experienced IT professionals to certified Microsoft professionals for training, certification, and information exchange.

Focus: Microsoft training, Microsoft certifications

Requirements: Requires Windows Live ID to post.

Language(s): English

Features: forums, events, blogs, courses

Cisco Support Communities

Cisco’s support communities feature a few dozen forums on training, certifications, networking, mobility, and more.

Focus: CISCO training, CISCO certifications, Network infrastructure, Security

Language(s): English, Polish, Japanese

Requirements: Requires Cisco account to post. Registration for a Cisco account is free. Everyone can search and read post.

Features: forums, podcasts, videos, library of document

Most active forums: WAN, Routing and Switching; LAN, Switching and Routing; VPN; Firewalling; Getting Started with Wireless; IP Telephony; Small Business Routers; and Small Business Voice and Conferencing