The "heroes" that run a little operation called microsoft.com have started a forum to exchange info with IT Pros worldwide. I had my reservations about the marketing folks going with the "heroes" theme for launch. Not because IT Pros are not unsung heroes, just 'cause most of them I know don't think of themselves that way. Most of them do what they do in order to help others get all they can out of technology.
By pretty much any measure though, it doesn't get much more alpha-IT Pro than operations at microsoft.com.
Check out their new forum. In their own words, here's what you'll find:
"engineers who design, architect, deploy, manage, and sustain highly available, scalable, and secure on-line infrastructures based on Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server, and other Microsoft technologies. The major properties supported are www.microsoft.com, Microsoft® Update, Microsoft Download Center, MSDN® and TechNet.
We want to engage in real-world engineering discussions and share our experiences that have resulted from running some of the largest and most heavily visited sites on the Internet."
These guys are awesome. The kimono don't get more open than this folks.