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Volume 10, Issue 21: October 2008
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As an IT generalist I always had the additional
challenges that specialists don’t face. I didn’t have
access to a licensing specialist, or a database
specialist or a deployment specialist. Within the
organization that I was working for I was the “IT guy”
and when something wasn’t working or needed to be
upgraded or added to the network I was the guy. From
Toners to telephone systems to paper jams to OS
deployment I was the guy.
In Canada that is the majority of the IT Pro space. So
how can we help address these challenges? Community
groups are a great place to start and we recently
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where you can get in touch
with your local groups. You probably even do a little
dev work so you can check out the
MSDN community page
as well. There is also events
and online resources such as the
portal for Windows Vista.
There are a number of options out there to help the IT
generalist. Did you know there was a Licensing help
line? Call 1-877-568-2495. We also have a
blog posts on our IT Pro blog at
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