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Communities

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

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/

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

http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/

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

https://supportforums.cisco.com/

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