Discussion forums are an excellent method for networking with other system administrators—and newsgroups are a prime example. The problem with many discussion forums, especially online forums, is that they often don’t attract enough participants to provide much feedback. You post a question, and it sits with zero replies.

The MCSE Discussion Forums Web site was launched in February by MCSEs and MCTs (Microsoft Certification Trainers) from an authorized Microsoft training center, and within a couple of weeks the site built a strong base of registered members. Microsoft Discussion Forums targets individuals working toward certification as MCPs (Microsoft Certified Professionals) and MCSEs (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers). It’s also a great site for anyone wanting to bone up on Microsoft Windows NT/2000 operating systems.

You’ll find a variety of topics covered at the MCSE Discussion Forums site:

  • General discussions
  • Braindump discussions
  • Exam experiences
  • Networking essentials
  • NT Workstation-W2K Professional
  • NT Server-Win2K
  • TCP/IP and Exchange
  • SMS and SQL
  • Windows 9x/Millennium
  • IIS , Site Server, and Proxy Server
  • Novell and Cisco certification
  • MCSD discussions

Each forum is moderated to encourage serious discussions, and the number of replies is quite active for such a young forum. Each individual posting provides a series of icons for posting to the discussion, reading a poster’s profile, or contacting a forum-poster by e-mail.

The MCSE Discussion Forums icons also tell you whether the discussion thread is still active or closed. And when you post a message, you can add one of 28 smiley face icons and seven miscellaneous icons to indicate the mood of your topic. You can access discussions by browsing through the forum topics, using the Hop To drop-down list to go to different areas of the site, or using a keyword search engine.

One of the other great things about this site is that you don’t have to wade through several pages before you find the discussion forums. The main topics are displayed right on the home page, and they are 100 percent signal. You’ll find no distractions.

In addition to its regular forums, the Web site provides Related Websites forums, where readers can suggest other certification-oriented Web sites like Brainbench and MCSEguide.com .
MCSE Discussion ForumsURL: www.mcseforum.com/cgi-bin/Ultimate.cgi E-mail: sven@NT-ADMIN.COMWebmaster: webmaster@mcseforum.comMap categories: Profile, Register, Preferences, FAQ, Search, Active Topics, Last 15 Active TopicsDate started: February 2000Affiliations with other sites: None
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