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September 21, 2011  1:49 PM

IT Knowledge Exchange’s Newest Contest! (EXTENDED)

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Update: This contest has been extended until October 17, 2011.

Today is the first day of IT Knowledge Exchange’s newest contest! We’re looking for the most useful, inventive and clever IT scripts that help make your life easier. To win, simply post your script in the forums with the tag IT Scripts*. See below for some examples of what we’re looking for from IT Knowledge Exchange blogger and member Eric Hansen of I.T. Security and Linux Administration.

We’ll be giving away a Nintendo 3DS** to three lucky members, one for each category:

  • Most Useful Script: Have an IT script that a lot of people could use … if only they’d thought of it? This could be your category. Tip: Solve your own need, and chances are you’ll be solving a multitude of others’ needs.
  • Most Creative Script: Think you’ve figured out a really cool (although not necessarily necessary) hack to your daily IT – or personal – needs? We want to see it!
  • Best Feedback from the Community: That’s right, we want to hear from you! Check out the IT Scripts page for the latest entries. Try them out, and rate them! Leave your opinions in the discussion section and win a chance at the third Nintendo 3DS just for sharing your two cents.

*Entries not tagged with IT Scripts will not be considered for the contest.

**Due to restrictions on the Nintendo 3DS, you must 18 years old to enter and win this contest. We can only ship prizes within the U.S., Canada, and Europe. For winners outside of these areas, we will substitute an alternate prize such as a gift card.

The fine print: IT Knowledge Exchange’s general contest rules apply. This contest will end on October 7, 2011October 17, 2011.

Script Examples:

1. Script Name: Port Checker

Language:Bash

Purpose: Check to see if a port is available based on either the port # or program name passed

Notes: Requires root privileges due to “p” switch being used in netstat

#!/bin/bash

# Script is used to determine if a port is used.
# Usage: portcheck <port number>
# Executes netstat -ntlup | grep <port> to do checking.
# Returned text is stored in a variable.  If variable is empty,
# port is not in used.  Otherwise, port is being used.

# Get the username of the person running script
USER=`id -un`

# Root is required to run netstat -ntlup
if [ "$USER" != "root" ]; then
	echo "Root privileges required."
else
	NET=`netstat -ntlup | grep $1`

	if [ -z "$NET" ]; then
		echo "Port is free"
	else
		echo $NET
	fi
fi

2. Script Name: iptables Helper

Language: Bash

Purpose: Correctly saves and restores iptables rules, as iptables-save can run into file descriptor issues on certain set ups

Notes: Requires root due to handling of system files

function reload_iptables () {

RULES=”/etc/iptables/iptables.rules”

if [ -e “$RULES” ]; then

echo -n “Restoring iptables rules from $RULES…”

iptables-restore < $RULES

echo “done.”

fi

}

What are you waiting for? Get thee to the forums and enter!

September 20, 2011  10:56 AM

HP Elite Series Scavenger Hunt (Sponsored)

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Today is the first day of the HP Elite Series Scavenger Hunt, designed to better educate potential customers about all of the great qualities that make HP Elite Series “elite.” For details on how to enter check out the HP Elite Series Scavenger Hunt homepage.

The Loot

  • Grand Prize: 5 HP EliteBook 8460w (Yes, five!)
  • First runner up: $100 HP Gift Card
  • Second runner up: $50 HP Gift Card
  • Third runner up: $25 HP Gift Card
  • All participants: IT Knowledge Exchange sticker, and all current IT Knowledge Exchange members will earn 200 Knowledge points for entering.

The Fine Print

IT Knowledge Exchange’s general contest rules apply. Contest is open to eligible residents in the US. The contest periods are as follows:

  • Scavenger Hunt will End on September 25, 2011
  • Answers will be tabulated and finalists will be notified of qualification for final challenge and instructions on completion on September 26, 2011.
  • The winner will be announced during the week of September 30, 2011


September 20, 2011  6:37 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: September 20, 2011

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We have a few approved answers and a few members still searching. Check out this week’s most-watched IT questions to see if your own IT headache has a cure.

1. TomLiotta and CharlieBrowne discuss AS/400 transactions for member NicyChn.

2. Yorkshireman, CharlieBrowne, and TomLiotta try to get to the bottom of why COBOL code is taking too long while AS/400 comparing large database files.

3. CharlieBrowne, Deepu9321, Wpoulin, and TomLiotta help a member with an AS/400 level check.

4. CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, and Bvining chip in on a question about files in D specs not getting initialized on the second call to the program.

5. Philpl1jb and CharlieBrowne offered the approved answer on RPG date retrieval.
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September 20, 2011  6:22 AM

Featured Member: Lord Voldemort

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Today’s featured member, Lord Voldemort, is a Sys Admin in the midwest. His expertise in Windows, HP-UX, VoIP, Exchange, Unified Communications, and EVA storage systems have helped him help the IT Knowledge Exchange community with some great answers and input.

Has Lord Voldemort helped you out recently? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

You could earn a badge, too!

We’re always looking for our next featured member, whether you’re helping out your peers in the forums or giving your two cents in the Open IT Forum discussions. Featured members are shown off in the What’s New boxes, the IT Knowledge Exchange community newsletter, the Community Blog, and on Twitter! In addition to some great swag you’ll get your very own featured member badge to flaunt on your profile page. So get moving in the community, upload a photo, and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

Pay it forward.

Whether you’ve already been featured or you’re super grateful to the community member who helped you troubleshoot your data center meltdown, submit your featured member nominations today. See someone giving knock-out answers or read a particularly insightful blog post? Let us know! Tell us in the comments section here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


September 19, 2011  8:02 AM

Dell Windows 7 Webcasts: Inventory, Rationalization & Application Compatibility (sponsored)

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Conducting an application inventory is a key step in determining budget requirements and effort needed in managing an application portfolio. Application rationalization, which involves deciding to retain, retire or upgrade each application, should closely follow the inventory in order to reduce migration time and costs.

This webcast will teach you how to analyze data to identify likely targets for rationalization, including non-business applications, multiple versions of the same application, and applications with redundant functionality.  Through this analysis, you’ll be able to produce an interpreted list of applications with prioritization for Windows® 7 migration and testing. By rationalizing the master list of applications, subsequent phases (including Windows® 7 testing, licensing, and support) of application management become more attainable.

VIEW THIS WEBCAST


September 15, 2011  2:46 PM

Today’s Webcast: Driving Decisions with Business Rules (sponsored)

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Business rules management systems (BRMS) are a mature technology that have been available for many years. Capturing business policies, regulations and domain expertise so that they can drive system behavior is a compelling proposition. Systems that automate and manage decisions by executing the right business rules improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Until recently business rules technology has been applied to a fairly narrow range of high value application areas. But as the market changes, the opportunities to use business rules-driven decision management systems are growing.

In today’s webcast, decision management expert James Taylor will discuss the state of the business rules market and the potential for broader adoption of this powerful technology. Topics covered include:

  • What makes business rules a compelling technology
  • The characteristics of decision management systems
  • The new use cases for decision management systems
  • And the evolving characteristics of business rules technology.

JOIN THE WEBCAST


September 15, 2011  6:47 AM

Featured Member: Voodooclanboy

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Today’s featured member, Voodooclanboy, has been helping out where he can in the forums this past week. From Windows Server to DNS Server, he’s been offering up his two cents.

Has Voodooclanboy provided you with the perfect answer? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

You could earn a badge, too!

We’re always looking for our next featured member, whether you’re helping out your peers in the forums or giving your two cents in the Open IT Forum discussions. Featured members are shown off in the What’s New boxes, the IT Knowledge Exchange community newsletter, the Community Blog, and on Twitter! In addition to some great swag you’ll get your very own featured member badge to flaunt on your profile page. So get moving in the community, upload a photo, and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

Pay it forward.

Whether you’ve already been featured or you’re super grateful to the community member who helped you troubleshoot your data center meltdown, submit your featured member nominations today. See someone giving knock-out answers or read a particularly insightful blog post? Let us know! Tell us in the comments section here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


September 15, 2011  6:12 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: September 15, 2011

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This week’s IT blog top 10 has all main IT bases covered: VMworld booth babes, tablets, Windows 8, and cloud computing. For more tech news and analysis, check out the top posts below. Don’t see your favorite? Share the link in the comments!

1. Wendy Schuchart follows up her controversial post (#1 on last week’s list) with a simple survey: What’s the verdict on the VMworld 2011 booth babes?

2. Sick of hearing “iPad killer” at the drop of every tablet, Ron Miller practices pragmatism: Let’s not name Amazon tablet champ just yet.

3. Microsoft’s BUILD has begun, so let’s see how accurate Ben Rubenstein was in his guess about Microsoft’s BUILD agenda.

4. Windows 8 is on the brain. Frank Ohlhorst explores why Windows Server 8 should be full of surprises.

5. After almost a decade since it was passed into law, Ron Miller discusses how the Patriot Act casts a shadow on cloud computing.
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September 13, 2011  6:55 AM

Featured Member: DAXQ

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Today’s featured member, DAXQ, is an IT manager from Illinois. He’s been bringing his questions and answers to the IT Knowledge Exchange community for almost a year now, and we’re excited to see more from him!

If DAXQ has helped you out recently, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent answers:

You could earn a badge, too!

We’re always looking for our next featured member, whether you’re helping out your peers in the forums or giving your two cents in the Open IT Forum discussions. Featured members are shown off in the What’s New boxes, the IT Knowledge Exchange community newsletter, the Community Blog, and on Twitter! In addition to some great swag you’ll get your very own featured member badge to flaunt on your profile page. So get moving in the community, upload a photo, and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

Pay it forward.

Whether you’ve already been featured or you’re super grateful to the community member who helped you troubleshoot your data center meltdown, submit your featured member nominations today. See someone giving knock-out answers or read a particularly insightful blog post? Let us know! Tell us in the comments section here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


September 13, 2011  6:16 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: September 13, 2011

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Got a tricky IT questions? Our members are all over it in this week’s most-watched IT questions. Check them out and pitch in where you can!

1. Yorkshireman, CharlieBrowne, Philpl1jb, and TomLiotta helped a member whose COBOL code is taking too long while AS/400 compares large database files.

2. CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta are helping with a question on AS/400 transactions.

3. We’ve received some great responses from EAJewett, TomLiotta, and CharlieBrowne on what system documentation should look like, but we’re still looking for more! (Earn 150 Knowledge Points for sharing.)

4. Deepu9321, CharlieBrowne, WoodEngineer, Yorkshiremen, Paul102042, and TomLiotta are chipping in on a question about holding a parameter in batch job.

5. CharlieBrowne, Philpl1jb, TomLiotta, and Yorkshireman are trying to help solve a strange problem with locking of records.
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