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I've been a fan of this forum for years.  Totally sucked when Snitz crashed and the forum went dark.  This is a replacement but it just doesn't have the traffic it used to have.  No disrespect to Mark and Minasi.com I've learned so much over the years and it was always my go to.

The MS run support forums are a total waste of recycled electrons.  I've turned to reddit.com, it's ok but nothing will compare to this forum back in the day.


What are others using these days?

 
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I'm still pretty much here or if in a pinch will go to Powershell.org

Prefer here of course and have been trying to create traffic...

Other than that, I've just been digging myself until I find an answer...

Darren replies back as soon as he can for GP issues as does Willem for anything AD.

Joe is lurking in the background waiting as well   ; )

 As far as another site for Tech help?  Not that I have found...


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I've poked a few of the others out there and never really found another home.
TBH from long time ago I managed to get foolishly the email addresses of a lot of the others and when I get badly stuck if I need even a sounding board I'll mail one of more of them. Seems I get the odd mail back along the same lines.
Another line of assistance I've gotten is from some of the HPE/ MS/ Veeam engineers who have helped me with tickets and still answer the odd question.

I hang out to pay back the assistance and help I got when I was not as experienced or knowledgeable.


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Depends on what it is you're looking for.  Still come here for general AD and scripting and deployment and other odds and ends.  Otherwise it's TAP resources at MS, reddit, spiceworks.
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Spiceworks, of course! I have used it to design entire networks. Can't be beat and it will save you loads of time searching. You can also contribute back to the community.
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I agree, this forum kinda had the air taken out of it for being offline so long. It used to be the first thing I opened and I would refresh the screen all day for fresh content. Now it's kind of dead. My go to since has been Spiceworks or Reddit. But neither could hold a candle to this forum back in the day. Spiceworks is a bit more civil than Reddit, so I tend to start there.

The other thing I would say to is that it might not really be the forum itself but the aging and maturing of the first people who were on here. 15 years ago many of us were just starting and we all had a lot of questions, and many were somewhat basic. But I find many of the questions I've had in the past year that were technical in nature were very advanced and specific and almost in a niche. So many people just won't be familiar with that particular situation.

That might be part of the entire field now. You don't see too many folks being the admin on 100 user networks anymore. MSPs mostly handle those and they have their own solutions internally or go to vendors. So now a lot of us work on much larger networks and help isn't so simple now.

Most of my questions are so specific now that a Google search is my answer or as much as I can expect for 95% of issues. If I can't get it from there, I reach out to vendors. Hopefully, that vendor isn't Microsoft because they are almost useless depending on what you call about (I'm looking at you RDS/VDI group).

Also... Facebook. I'm Facebook friends with a pretty good portion of the guys on this forum from back in the day, so if I need to reach out - it's much easier to do it there, and I know there is much closer attention paid to facebook so my answer comes faster.

Lastly, we don't meet in person anymore. Much of the comradery that this forum had also come from us meeting face-to-face. We haven't had a meetup in years and that surely doesn't help either.

Just my $0.02

So on the flipside... what do we do to re-invigorate it?

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Anthony's comments go to the heart of it, and the point about not meeting up is spot on. Perhaps the only way to re-invigorate would be to have a meet up, preferably with Mark joining us (What do you think, Mark?), and have a good old chat about what might be possible.
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Spiceworks is a bit more civil than Reddit, so I tend to start there.


LOL! You got that right!



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And just so I'm clear, I don't mean any of those comments as a slight. I also don't think it's up to Mark for us to meet. Keep in mind that he might be wanting to retire from all this. When we were young bucks starting out - he's been doing this for quite a while already. So if we want this it's probably going to be on us. The other thing is maybe this forum's time has come and gone? I guess time will tell. Whatever happens, I just want Mark and all of you guys know that I wouldn't be where I'm at without you. And some of the best times I've had have been during those forum meetups (at least the parts I can remember) LOL.

I'm hoping to make a trip out of the country this year - so I might be calling in some of those offers for a tour of your city.... [biggrin]


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Come visit Hawaii ya'll ;-)
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Anthony's comments are spot on form A to Z. Back in the day, you didn't just go to minasi.com for help, you basically lived there, or at least I used to.

I mean, I started out by asking a question that didn't get answered and still I got hooked. Hooked on the civilized, comrade-like tone of conversation, on the great people who used to hang out here. And after I have witnessed the community's reaction to one of the less civilized threads, I really didn't go anywhere else. Ever.

Sadly, I wasn't able to take part in any of the MinasiCons. But I definitely learned more of what it's like to be a 'technical community' here than anywhere else. Without having been a regular on minasi.com, I most certainly wouldn't be leading/co-leading two Microsoft-related User Groups now. Speakting of which: If any of you guys happen to be around Berlin and feel the desire to speak on a Microsoft-related technical topic to a very like-minded, friendly and funny bunch of guys just give me a shout. Can be everything really, cloud or on-prem :-)

I don't think we'll be able to regain that '#1 go to place' status. But let's keep up the conversation and help an occasional help seeker as good as we can. By the way, since Anthony mentioned Facebook: I'm not there anymore. So if anyone would like to reach out, it's either mail or PM here or linkedIn.

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Anthony's comments are spot on form A to Z. Back in the day, you didn't just go to minasi.com for help, you basically lived there, or at least I used to.

I mean, I started out by asking a question that didn't get answered and still I got hooked. Hooked on the civilized, comrade-like tone of conversation, on the great people who used to hang out here. And after I have witnessed the community's reaction to one of the less civilized threads, I really didn't go anywhere else. Ever.

Sadly, I wasn't able to take part in any of the MinasiCons. But I definitely learned more of what it's like to be a 'technical community' here than anywhere else. Without having been a regular on minasi.com, I most certainly wouldn't be leading/co-leading two Microsoft-related User Groups now. Speakting of which: If any of you guys happen to be around Berlin and feel the desire to speak on a Microsoft-related technical topic to a very like-minded, friendly and funny bunch of guys just give me a shout. Can be everything really, cloud or on-prem :-)

I don't think we'll be able to regain that '#1 go to place' status. But let's keep up the conversation and help an occasional help seeker as good as we can. By the way, since Anthony mentioned Facebook: I'm not there anymore. So if anyone would like to reach out, it's either mail or PM here or linkedIn.


Spot On Guys!!

This is still my go to when I have coded myself into a corner or been asked something to weird that I doubt myself on the answer.

I have ran into Tech's on the Gaming Sites and I have mentioned coming here for any issues but I think the mindset they are having forced upon them is "Do it this way. We don't pay you to think"

Which to me is a huge red flag to leave but, is what it is...

I am still waiting for the OK to start a Gaming Mechanics Topic where these guys can discuss character builds (Crit Chance, Crit Damage, Mitigation, EDR and all the others things I was clueless about a year ago) in the HOPES that they would read some of the other Tech posts and realize THIS SITE could help their IT careers.

I will continue to hang out here post on Twitter etc until Mark wraps is up.

My family and I are absolutely open to a meet up again preferable in Marks area so he doesn't have to do any more traveling.

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This site is my Brain extension.    If I find something or figure out something, I like to put it up here.  If any of you do it , I benefit from it.

Now this might seem like praising ourselves but a bit of retrospect is  appropriate here.

In a flash of time we have go from 100 speed switches in a closet to massive data centers.   From 4.7 MHz to 8 core CPUs.    If our generation had not constantly brought into the technology, it would never have moved forward.  We would still be pushing the Glacial mainframes forward and dealing with Twinax and 56k modems. 

We changed things.   We did not get our names in the paper for doing so , (Well, some of us did) but as a class we changed the world.   But now I look at the remnants of what was and I see that we have to change it again.  

Now for myself, I find that we also need to be keepers of the ancient knowledge of real IT work.  It is being lost in the Industrialization of IT.   At one company I know of , it's taking them three weeks to get a new user's email to work.   It still does not work.  Another company "By mistake" took a feature out of a in house app, and then told management that they will have it fixed by the end of the year.  Do you sense something is wrong here?    Many firms have automated, segmented, compartmentalized IT till it becomes an assembly line where few people can understand the product they are producing and almost no one could produces the product themselves.  

That is where you all come in.   The very reason why we have this thing now called the cloud was not to "Lower cost".   We lowered costs when we moved power to desktops and then to mobile devices. 

We expanded possibility when we create networks, software for desktops, mobile devices and now head wear.   With AI, IOT, XRM, BI we are again changing the IT landscape.   

This week Microsoft has made a new MVP category.  One for AI.   I saw one of our local MVPs in the Southeast create his own "Personal Mobile assistant" that was available anywhere the internet access was decent.    He built on Share Point Online and Azure services.    It's not SIRI, but it's customized to his needs and customizable.   It was very cool.   

We will all still need the basics, or what we call basics.    For instance, the other day I was assigned to a client where the former IT resource did little documentation. 

I had to test to figure out what VPN client a company was using.  Then I had to figure out how to get the connection, and which one of ten logins and multiple passwords worked.   Afterward, I looked at the IP schema from the VPN connection and started pinging IP addresses and used NSLOOKUP to get the identities of the machines.  Finally I found the SQL server.   Used RDP and Logged in.  Then the fun began.   How to get access to the SQL instance.  Then to check the System DSNs.  Where were the DTS files for the project.  How to open them.  Why was the SSIS package not working?

You see in all the above the work of modern IT.   Very few people do things like the above.  But you folks do.   

That's who you are.  So as long as there is an economy, let's work on moving things forward.  

As far as a meetup is concerned, we have opportunities where there are resources for that.    We have to be innovative.  Microsoft gives the MVPs resources like food for events, swag, locations.  We have good speakers and great content.     An even like that is happening in August.  It just so happens that Mark is speaking there.     This is a missed opportunity for the Minasi meeting.  It has always cost us something to do this.   For years member came from Europe to Virginia beach.   Others from California to VB, to Muddy Creek road.   It was worth it.    We paid for our hotel and travel.  It was worth it.  How can we do that again?  Make it worth it.   Now, I'm on to my day of learning new skills.    I will have some questions on other subjects later.






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So much has already been said that is so true.  I was glad to see Anthony's google comment because that's what I find so often as well, that if I am clear enough in my search criteria often I will find an answer in someone's blog or a technet forum.  I've learned to always use the Search Tools dropdown to make sure I'm searching within the past 12 months, and also to avoid some of the sites that are doing nothing more than harvesting visitor data or trying to get you to download something. 

For whatever this is worth ... I bought my first horse in 2005.  In those first 5 years or so I lived and breathed on an internet forum where I asked so many newbie questions about horse ownership.  Alltime silliest and yet very serious was how many apples does it take to make a horse sick?  Would a dozen do it? Should I call the vet?  Or would the vet laugh at me?  Point being that forum's largest number was 742 visitors/contributors in a 24 hour period.  Now the place is a ghost-town.  Facebook has stolen many people's attention, and as I've matured in my IT Career and my horse ownership knowledge, my need to run to a place to ask questions has become less.
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Alltime silliest and yet very serious was how many apples does it take to make a horse sick?


The horse story sent me back to when I was a young boy in Brooklyn.  There was a horse drawn junk wagon & the children, except me, would feed the horse an apple.  My mother said that my hand was too small to feed the horse.  He might bite me.  50 years later, I heard a story about a horse that bit a child's hand.  Mom had that right.  However,  I didn't know that apples could make them sick.

When we were leaving Brooklyn, my mother tried to sell some things to the junk man.  He said, "Lady, I don't want any of that stuff".  She complained & he took 2 items for $2.

How about that?  I learned something about horses in a computer forum. 
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