The 20 most useful Microsoft sites for IT professionals

Technology-specific sites, worthy bloggers and safe resources

Microsoft professionals have a lot to keep track of, and a lot of market noise to contend with. That's why we've compiled this list of the 20 best places on the Web to help you find what you need. The list includes technology-specific sites, worthy bloggers and safe resources to help you pass your next Microsoft cert or training course. Plus we'll reveal places for trustworthy free Microsoft software and the best sites to help you stay on top of the voluminous amount of news churned out by, and about, the folks in Redmond.

1. WindowsNetworking.com

The name of this site says it all. The site hosts technical articles on all facets of Windows networking, plus blogs, tutorials, message boards. Of special interest is its Knowledgebase, which makes its archives easy to search.

2. MSExchange.org

A site independent from Microsoft that is stocked full of technical information on Microsoft Exchange. It also features forums and video tutorials.

3. TechLog

A group of independent Microsoft technology experts maintain this highly technical site as a labor of love. It focuses on System Center and hosts loads of tutorials including podcasts. Visitors beware, TechLog has a pro-Microsoft philosophy. But it is also heavy on the know-how and light on the IT politics.

4. GPAnswers.com

When Jeremy Moskowitz isn't touring the country giving seminars, he's online leading Webinars. And when he does sit still he is updating his Web site. He's a wealth of knowledge about the Group Policy features of Active Directory, which is sure to make life easier for any admin who takes the time to master its power. (A tip of the hat also goes out to the GPOGUY.com Web site run by Darren Mar-Elia, president of SDMSoftware.)

5. Glen's Exchange Dev Blog

Glen Scales writes about his life as a messaging developer and includes loads of free scripts (particularly PowerShell) and code examples. From Windows Mobile Devices to Exchange tips, Scales offers practical technical advice.

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