Leading a user group is typically a labor of love for the dedicated IT pros who undertake the task. Speaking from my own experience, regularly publishing a newsletter to inform members about user-group happenings and strengthen community bonds is one of the more challenging parts of keeping a group together. Windows IT Pro's online community manager, Chris Sigfrids, saw the problem and wondered how Windows IT Pro could help.

Chris's solution was to build a tool that automatically generates e-newsletters from the thousands of free articles available in Windows IT Pro's huge content database. The eNews Generator tool, launched in April, is a free tool available to leaders of IT user groups and other groups that fall within the IT pro community. Group leaders who register for the tool also receive a free Windows IT Pro VIP Monthly Online Pass for using the eNews Generator (a $360 value), which lets you choose from more than 26,000 articles from Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Magazine, Exchange & Outlook Pro VIP, Scripting Pro VIP, Security Pro VIP, Paul Thurrott's WinInfo, Connected Home Express, and FAQs.

Registering to use eNews Generator is easy. Just go to http://usergroup.windowsitpro.com/generator to get started designing, writing, and distributing high-quality HTML (or text) emails.