As previously announced, we started our first member and author competition in January. Learn here who won the $100 reward. I'd also like to take the opportunity to announce our new section for IT news.
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IT News

Before we honor the winners in our competition, I would like to mention our new page for IT news. This news also appears on the home page in the middle column. The format uses microblog posts like on Twitter or Facebook. Essentially, these are just links to the news source with a short comment. The news you find here is relevant for IT professionals only. That is, we don't post general computer news.

IT news on the homepage

IT news on the homepage

Notice that members can also post news here. As explained in my post about the member competition, you just have to click the link symbol on the site-wide activity page, click preview, and choose one of the available screenshots. You can also add a short comment in the message box. If you don't like the result, once the update has been published, you can edit the post. Posting a news link is currently worth five member points.

Post IT news on 4sysops

Post IT news on 4sysops

Please don't abuse this feature to promote your product or your company! I will remove any inappropriate content.

Member competition

Let's look at the result of our first member competition. First, I want thank everyone who contributes to the 4sysops community. No matter whether you commented on a blog post, replied in the forum, or if you liked 4sysops content, every contribution is welcome.

The point system of the monthly member and author competition encompasses a variety of community activities. This page lists all activities with their corresponding points.

The first three members of the competition are below. The winner receives US$100, the runner-up $50, and third place gets $25.

#1 Paolo Maffezzoli, 385 points
Paolo is an IT systems administrator with 30 years' experience managing server infrastructures (Windows, VMware, Linux).

#2 Jason Coltrin, 154 points
Jason has been working in IT for more than 17 years. He holds an MCSE 2003 Security+ plus various Palo Alto and SonicWall firewall certifications. He is also an avid Linux administrator and currently works in higher education.

#2 Javier, 126 points

Javier is a Windows system admin with more than 8 years of experience.

Member Leaderboard for the previous month (January 2017), you can find all members with their points. If you are one of the winners, please send me a private message to claim your prize.

Author competition

We also started our author competition in January. Note that this point system is completely independent of the member point system. Authors' points only come from page views of articles published three months ago. We measure the performance of old articles because it is the best way to determine the long-term impact an author has.

#1 Timothy Warner, 1,362 points

Tim is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management Most Valuable Professional (MVP) based in Nashville, TN. Check out his Azure and Windows Server video training at Pluralsight, and feel free to reach out to him via Twitter.

#2 Jörgen Nilsson, 1,048 points
Jörgen is a principal consultant at Onevinn in Sweden. His work focuses on enterprise client management and system management. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP. He also speaks at events such as Microsoft TechDays, Microsoft Management Summits, and TechEd.

#3 Adam Bertram, 934 points
Adam is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP who specializes in Windows PowerShell. You can reach Adam at or on Twitter at @adbertram.

All three authors are MVPs and are undoubtedly community leaders. Tim won the competition mostly due to his article about Free Windows Admin Tools. Jörgen only needed one article for his second place. New Group Policy settings in Windows 10 1607 was the best-performing article of the month. Adam came in third because all four articles he published in October contributed to his author points. His best article was Install Ansible: Setup for Windows.

Check out the Author Leaderboard for the previous month  (January 2017) to find out how our other authors performed in the competition. Note that not all authors appear on this leaderboard because it measures only articles published in October 2016.

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