You'll find more than online articles--chats, forums, training resources--in the online version of MCP Magazine.
Online Gold Mine
You'll find more than online articles--chats, forums, training resources--in the online version of <i>MCP Magazine</i>.
- By Linda Briggs
If you’re a regular reader and you’re not taking some
time each month to visit the online edition of MCP
Magazine, you’re missing out. Since we’re constantly
coming up with new ideas for www.mcpmag.com,
I wanted to use this space to point out the rich content
that’s available there now—and to collect your ideas on
what else you’d like to see. Although it’s a hugely popular
site (over 300,000 unique visitors a month who download
some 2 million page views), some of you may not realize
all that’s offered.
For example, as editors, we often don’t have space for
all the articles we’d like to include in the print issue.
Rather than holding overflow material for the next issue,
we’ve begun more and more to use the Web site to accommodate
it. These aren’t throw-away articles; they’re as valuable
and information-filled as the print pieces. We just couldn’t
fit them in.
Thus, in this issue online, you can read Bill Heldman,
a regular contributor and SMS expert, talking candidly
about his first client installation of SMS 2.0 as part
of our “tales from the trenches” series. It was a painful
learning experience for him, he admits, but it needn’t
be for you. In fact, Bill makes it all sound quite amusing;
check out his tale of woe, "Journey
to the Bowels of the Earth."
Also online only, Patrick Santry talks about the intricacies
of the new exam for Site
Server, Commerce edition (in the print issue as well,
Blair Kovacs reviews
the regular Site Server exam). You can also read Chris
Brooke using his inimitable wit to explain how to supercharge
your scripting skills in "Scripting
Here’s another example of the kind of content available
at our site: I’ve just returned from our August MCP
TechMentor conference in San Francisco. The entire
presentations of both keynote speakers are currently available
on the site (located in the "News" area of our
Web site). That means you can listen to
an hour-long presentation by Curtis Cummings, technologist
for Microsoft’s Internal Technology group, talking about
Windows 2000 and Active Directory. (Sample quote: “Does
anything work the same [in Windows 2000 as in NT 4.0?]…
No, not really.”) You can also
listen to Donna Senko, Director of Microsoft Certification
and Skills Assessment, talking about the upcoming Windows
2000 exams and answering attendees’ questions. Everything’s
there except the MCP toys she threw into the audience.
Join in on one of our monthly real-time chats with the
magazine’s writers and editors. Subscribe to our premium
area and skim through our searchable archive of every
back issue. Visit the popular discussion forums and chat
with peers—or just lurk and see what others are saying
(first time visitors must register to get access, but
registration is free). And coming in October: An MCP database
that will let you contact and correspond with other MCPs
in your corner of the map.
Although many IT professionals and MCP-wanna-be’s drop
by, the site really belongs to you, Microsoft Certified
Professionals. You’re the ones we’re working to please,
so let me know what you’d like to see.
Linda Briggs is the founding editor of MCP Magazine and the former senior editorial director of 101communications. In between world travels, she's a freelance technology writer based in San Diego, Calif.