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August 11, 2011  6:16 AM

Featured Member: ToddN2000

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Today’s featured member, ToddN2000, has been programming with RPG since 1984. He doubles as a Programmer Analyst and a great help around the community, asking and answering questions on job scheduling, RPG, ILE, and AS/400.

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

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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!

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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.

August 11, 2011  6:16 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: August 11, 2011

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The virtualization theme isn’t quite so prominent in this week’s IT Blog Top 10, making room for cloud outages that didn’t rock the world, storage issues galore, and the future of IT organization. Check it out and share your favorites in the comments section!

1. Ron Miller celebrates the silence: Amazon, Microsoft data centers go down without much fanfare.

2. Who says VMworld is all virtualization all the time? Not Colin Steele: Killers to play VMworld 2011 party.

3. One small step for eBay, one giant leap for flash storage.

4. Sharon Fisher has a question for you: How would you move 30 petabytes of data?

5. Get excited, but not too excited: SCOM 2012 beta, improved but not revolutionary.
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August 9, 2011  6:36 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: August 9, 2011

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Mrdenny’s the star of this week’s most watched IT questions, handing out his expertise on almost every question on the list. Way to go!

1. Mrdenny, Kccrosser, TomLiotta, and Carlosdl had some tips and code for a member wondering how to search more than a word in a column SQL database.

2. If you’re looking for an OWA rule to have server reply using a specific message, Mrdenny, Mdimthays, and TomLiotta might have what you need.

3. Mrdenny and ErroneousGiant have some ideas for a member setting up a SQL server on a SAN.

4. Mrdenny has a follow-up question for a member asking about Windows Server 2003 cluster resources.

5. Mrdenny has the answers for a member asking about SQL Server 2005 with VB.net.
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August 9, 2011  6:10 AM

Featured Member: SbElectric

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Today’s featured member, SbElectric, hails from Chattanooga, TN, where he works as a Project Manager. His experience in IT security, COBOL, and IBM mainframe have been a great help to the community and the forums.

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

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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.


August 8, 2011  3:32 PM

What’s your tech trivia IQ?

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Tired of being mocked by your friends because you know a little too much about Microsoft? Don’t worry, at IT Knowledge Exchange, we embrace and celebrate your nerddom. Put that miscellaneous tech knowledge to good use, earning free IT books, IT Knowledge Exchange swag, and Knowledge Points by checking out the IT Knowledge Exchange Tech Trivia in our newsletters. Every Tuesday and Thursday, take a peek at the sidebar for the latest nugget of tech trivia to win. The first person to email me the correct answer wins! With two chances a week, you’re guaranteed to learn a new thing or two.

Not signed up for the newsletter? Sign up for the IT Knowledge Exchange Community newsletter by editing your account. Already receive the newsletter? Hit reply to tomorrow’s newsletter with your favorite article featured in it, and we’ll give you 50 Knowledge Points!


August 4, 2011  6:28 AM

Featured Member: WoodEngineer

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Today’s featured member, WoodEngineer, from Roseville, CA. He’s been around the community for a while now, offering his expertise in AS/400 and Windows. He has Silver and Bronze medals and he’s an AS/400 Brainiac and a Microsoft Windows Nerd. Now he has a Featured Member badge to go along with all that swag!

Has WoodEngineer helped you out recently? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward.

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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.


August 4, 2011  6:26 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: August 4, 2011

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It seems VMware can’t get out of the headlines, what with vSphere 5 licensing aftermath and rumors about vRAM changes already stirring. Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news, as #3 demonstrates.

What were some of your favorite IT blog posts from this past week? Let us know in the comments section or send me an email at Melanie [at] ITKnowledgeExchange [dot] com.

1. Sharon Fisher asks for some advice: How would you move 30 petabytes of data?

2. Despite rumors, VMware is mum on vRAM changes.

3. We’re getting amped up about VMworld at the end of this month, especially after hearing this: Killers to play VMworld 2011 party.

4. Perhaps VMware can bounce back a little faster if it listens to Eric Siebert’s suggestions on how VMware can fix the vSphere 5 licensing mess.

5. Still no takers? Shamus McGillicuddy on recent ads, Take my company, please: Brocade, Alcatel-Lucent seeking exits.
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August 2, 2011  6:32 AM

Featured Member: CRagsdale32

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Today’s featured member, CRagsdale32, is an IT support technician with an expertise in networking. While he only has a cumulative one year of experience in the IT job market, he’s had his hands on computers since he was eight years old. From TRS-80 basic programming to the Commodore 64, Amiga 2000 and self-taught binary and hex, to teletype and mainframe, Chris’s skills have evolved with the industry. He contributes to the IT Knowledge Exchange community both through asking quality questions and answering fellow members’ questions. His goal of learning ten new things per week has benefited the IT Knowledge Exchange community.

Has CRagsdale32 answered one of your IT questions lately? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward.

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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.


August 2, 2011  6:12 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: August 2, 2011

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There are a few approved answers in this week’s batch of most-watched IT questions, so check them out to see if your IT headache has been cured.

1. Check out Carlosdl’s suggestions for a member whose debugging works but application doesn’t.

2. JanBilek and Ekardris chip in on DNS and Active Directory 2008.

3. Mrdenny and Gabe9527 have some ideas for changing passwords after a network breach.

4. Mrdenny and Davidmichel supplied some tips on converting data on LTO tapes.

5. Check out ErroneousGiant’s recommendations and Orangehat’s approved answer on print server IP addresses.
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July 28, 2011  6:37 AM

Featured Member: Kccrosser

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Today’s featured member is a familiar face: Kccrosser has been around the IT Knowledge Exchange community for some time now. He uses his experience as a Senior Program Manager at Motorola Solutions and his expertise in Oracle and SQL to provide the best answers he can. With over 37 years’ experience in computer hardware, software development, and program management, Kim provides some valuable perspective and knowledge to the community. Now he can add a Featured Member Badge to accompany his Silver and Bronze medals and his Oracle, Database, Development, and SQL Server cogs!

Has Kccrosser helped you out recently? Be sure the approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward.

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Want your own shiny badge?

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.


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