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June 28, 2011  6:59 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: June 28, 2011



Posted by: MelanieYarbrough
The most-watched IT questions

This week’s most-watched IT questions have a few approved answers and a few opportunities to help a fellow IT Knowledge Exchange member out.

1. Mattcassell gave suggestions for connecting external hard drives to VM software.

2. Harisheldon1960 and Mrdenny gave some resources for adding the last login and login machine to Active Directory.

3. Mrdenny and ErroneousGiant had some advice for a member who’s building a new SQL Server.

4. If you were wondering how to retrieve, add and update data from SQL Server 2005 manually using VB.NET 2005, Pkaur has some sample code, though Mrdenny warns against SQL injection.

5. Carlosdl and TomLiotta try to help making some SQL code simpler.

6. Kccrosser provided the approved answer to a select value question in SSMS.

7. Mattcassell, Amfaust, and Mrdenny helped with a question regarding SQL Server patch.

8. Mrdenny cleared up a member wondering about parameters and views in SQL 2000.

9. Malzobbi, Gabe9527, and Technochic advised a member on Exchange 2003 error messages.

10. Mrdenny provided his expertise to a question about increased network I/O when running SQL Profiler.

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

June 28, 2011  6:11 AM

Featured Member: Sunsetrider



Posted by: MelanieYarbrough
Member Highlight

Today’s featured member, Sunsetrider, is an IT consultant in Ontario. His 25+ years of experience with mainframes, mid-range servers, desktops, app development, security, and consulting serves him (and the community) well. Now he gets to add a Featured Member badge to his collection.

If Sunsetrider has solved one of your tech problems, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward.

Recent Answers:

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.


June 23, 2011  6:41 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: June 23, 2011



Posted by: MelanieYarbrough
The IT Blog Top 10

This week’s IT blog top 10 has the latest in IT, from Apple and Google, apps versus browsers, storage virtualization, and zombies. Wait, what? Well, you’ll just have to see for yourself…

1. Ron Miller outlines the on-going struggle between two camps: Apple and Google take sides in the apps versus browser argument.

2. Get some top-notch advice on becoming a renaissance programmer.

3. They’re not just for video games anymore: What zombies can teach us about disaster recovery.

4. Different day, same security faux pas: Weak PINS are the new weak password.

5. Storage is all the rage in discussions about virtualization, as Beth Pariseau demonstrates in her recent post about the former VMware exec who founded a virtualization storage company.
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June 23, 2011  6:20 AM

Featured Member: Bigmac46



Posted by: MelanieYarbrough
Member Highlight

Today’s featured member, Bigmac46, has been sharing advice and tips on AS/400 for several years now. He’s racked up some Knowledge Points, earned a Bronze badge, and an AS/400 Nerd badge.

Has Bigmac46 helped you solve a problem? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

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.


June 21, 2011  6:50 AM

Featured Member: AnchorS



Posted by: MelanieYarbrough
Member Highlight

Today’s featured member, AnchorS, is a senior system analyst from Minnesota. He’s been a part of IT Knowledge Exchange for several years now, and he’s still around providing his expertise on i5 and Lotus Domino/Notes.

Has AnchorS provided the answer you need? Be sure to show your appreciation by approving his answer and paying the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

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.


June 21, 2011  6:05 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: June 21, 2011



Posted by: MelanieYarbrough
The most-watched IT questions

Browse this week’s most-watched IT questions for some approved answers, and some chances for you to save the day. What questions have you been keeping your eye on this week?

1. ErroneousGiant isn’t so erroneous with his approved answer for forcing Windows users to choose random passwords. Mrdenny makes a cameo with a helpful tip as well.

2. Bobkberg gave several reasons a Dell PowerEdge 6800 drive in array could be corrupted.

3. Check out Davidmichel’s step-by-step guide to restoring a backup from BrightStor 12 server.

4. Darryn, Rglide03, and Spadasoe have some tips on blocking access to an internal file server based on IP address.

5. Mariodlg gave some steps to try if you encounter errors when mounting USB drive in Ubuntu.
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June 16, 2011  6:40 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: June 16, 2011



Posted by: MelanieYarbrough
The IT Blog Top 10

This week’s IT Blog Top 10 runs the gamut: Nokia, programming, tablets, and EMC. Is one of your favorite IT blog posts missing from the list? Let us know in the comments section!

1. Ron Miller doesn’t have much faith in Nokia or its CEO, but can you blame him? Elop continues to tilt at windmills.

2. We could all use a little help climbing the IT ladder, and Robin Miller has some tips on becoming a renaissance programmer.

3. Can’t beat them, join them, right? Ron Miller says no, iPad competitors can’t play games.

4. Dave Raffo has the latest storage news: EMC ready to roll out Symmetrix VMAXe against 3PAR, XIV.

5. Beth Pariseau points out that no one’s immune to integration problems: EMC and VMware in “furious high gear” over VAAI glitch.
Continued »


June 15, 2011  4:49 PM

New IT Knowledge Exchange Features: Yes, you can do that!



Posted by: MelanieYarbrough
Community, ITKE, Moderators, New Features

I spy with my little eye… more ways for you to control your community. You may have noticed a few changes when you look at questions in IT Answers.

Don’t see it? Let me help you…

That’s right! Whether the coding messed up after you hit submit or a member asked for information you forgot to include, you now have the option to edit your own questions. Moderators** also have the ability to edit all questions. That’s not all…

Remember that pesky spam problem we had a little while back? Well, now you have the ability to yank it from the home page. All it takes are two votes from two members of IT Knowledge Exchange, and any question that strikes you as homework/spam/advertising/irrelevant will be removed from the homepage. Our community managers will be monitoring all questions that are voted for removal to ensure that quality questions aren’t removed accidentally.

Thank you for all of your hard work and contributions to this community. Each day you build it to be a little more of what you want it to be, and we hope that these new functionalities will only make that easier. Of course, we can only improve with your feedback, so send it to us! Leave us a comment or send me an email directly at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

**Interested in becoming a community moderator? Here’s the lowdown. Moderators volunteer to:

  • Edit or flag inappropriate and irrelevant content for removal
  • Approve answers across the site
  • Receive a sweet Moderator badge

To ensure our moderators know their way around, we have just a few qualifications:

  • Must be an active member for six (6) consecutive months
  • Must have upwards of 500 Knowledge Points

If you’re interested and meet these criteria, send me an email at the address listed above!


June 14, 2011  6:59 AM

Featured Member: Spadasoe



Posted by: MelanieYarbrough
Member Highlight

Chances are, you’ve seen Spadasoe around the community. Shawn is an infrastructure and network engineer for an LMS provider who started his IT career in System 36 and Alpha systems. He can be found offering his expertise in Windows networks, Active Directory, and Hyper-V to other IT pros around IT Knowledge Exchange.

If Spadasoe has answered your question recently, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

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.


June 14, 2011  6:02 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: June 14, 2011



Posted by: MelanieYarbrough
The most-watched IT questions

This week’s most-watched IT questions have great pointers from our members on security policies, VPN, and file restores. If you’re looking to revamp your password policy or want to ensure a secure client connection, check out these great IT questions and their even greater answers.

1. Mariodlg, CharlieBrowne, Yorkshireman, and Jinteik gave some pointers to a member looking for password policies that are effective but not crazy.

2. RamseyB gave a good rundown on the relationship between Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008.

3. Carlosdl gave one member’s Oracle package script his best shot.

4. CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, Philpl1jb, and Yorkshireman pitched in to help a member compare files in AS/400.

5. ErroneousGiant and Jinteik gave a member some ideas for defining security policies for OU.
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