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July 21, 2011  6:59 AM

Featured Member: Philpl1jb

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Today’s featured member, Philpl1jb, is a bit of an IT Knowledge Exchange veteran. He’s been around awhile, handing out IT advice and insight on AS/400, Windows, Database, Development, SQL Server, Business Intelligence, and Data Center, and he has the badges and cogs to prove it! This platinum member has much wisdom left to share and a great sense of humor.

Has Philpl1jb helped you out recently? Be sure to 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.

July 21, 2011  6:47 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: July 21, 2011

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This week’s IT Blog Top 10 was not sponsored by VMware (we promise), but it’s still pretty virtualization heavy, from VMware ESXi to plenty of opinions on vSphere 5. What news were you following this past week?

1. All those cloud-haters get to mark “Say ‘I told you so'” off of their to-do lists: Why It’s Dangerous to Rely on the Cloud – At Least, If You Use Comcast.

2. Microsoft jumps on VMware’s new vSphere 5 and warns of VMware “vTax.”

3. Speaking of VMware, check out VMware ESXi 5.0 release features, courtesy of Nathan Simon.

4. And speaking of VMware ESXi 5.0, check out what other options VMware considered when deciding on vSphere 5’s licensing model.

5. Seems like the name on the tip of everyone’s tongue is VMware: pricing changes add cost to the cloud.
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July 19, 2011  6:27 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: July 19, 2011

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This week’s most-watched IT questions are all answered or discussed by members of the IT Knowledge Exchange community. Jump in and spread your knowledge or get the answers you need.

1. Check out TomLiotta’s approved answer on COBOL/400 and DB2/400.

2. Petkoa steps up with some advice on Linux OS audit log retention.

3. Jump in on the conversation between Mrdenny and Joetiq regarding validating Active Directory login from within a stored-procedure.

4. CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, Deepu9321, and Pdraebel help out a member trying to auto-reply to CL-created messages.

5. Ekardris’s in-depth response to a member wanting to know what components he’ll need to establish a huge LAN and WAN network was approved.
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July 19, 2011  6:07 AM

Featured Member: Brooklynegg

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Today’s featured member, Brooklynegg, has been a part of the IT Knowledge Exchange community for a while now. He’s earned Silver and Bronze medals, and he’s known as a Lotus Domino Brainiac around these parts. For all things Lotus Notes, check him out!

If Brooklynegg has helped you out recently, be sure to 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.


July 14, 2011  6:54 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: July 14, 2011

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Here it is: Your weekly IT Blog Top 10. Get the latest and greatest information on virtualization, SQL Server, and security right here, right now. Let us know what your favorite posts are in the comments section!

1. Nathan Simon has the exciting list of VMware ESXi 5.0 release features for you!

2. With the debut of VMware’s controversial new licensing model in vSphere 5, Microsoft warns of VMware “vTax.”

3. You usually don’t have to look too far when a Twitter account is hacked, as was the case with FoxNews.com and PayPal UK: Poor password management leads to Twitter hacks.

4. David Schneier wonders if the world’s gone crazy: Cloud computing – at what price?

5. The top of the virtualization mountain is getting crowded as Microsoft and Citrix join VMware on “magic” mountain.
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July 14, 2011  6:05 AM

Featured Member: EFeliciano

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Today’s featured member, EFeliciano, is an IT technician down the street in Worcester, MA. Like many IT professionals out there, Eric has always tech-inclined:

I have always been the go to guy when it came to computers or electronics in my family. That helped when it came to choosing a career. I knew where I wanted to go, next step was actually getting there. I started in customer support dealing with different electronics. A few months later I ended up at a depot building servers, a week or so went by and they moved up to configuring the servers.

He’s worked on servers from Microsoft and Linux, and currently works in IT at a non-profit. We’re eagerly awaiting his review of Mrdenny’s Securing SQL Server, so keep an eye out on the Bookworm Blog for it!

Has EFeliciano helped you out recently? Be sure to 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.


July 13, 2011  6:52 PM

Announcing the Symantec Scavenger Hunt Winners!

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Thank you to everyone who entered and participated the Symantec Scavenger Hunt! After an exciting month, we have our winners. Thanks again, to all of our entrants, and congratulations to the winners:

  • Grand Prize Winner (iPad 2): PhotoArt
  • 1st Place ($100 Amazon gift card): technochic
  • 2nd Place ($50 Amazon gift card): Batye
  • 3rd Place ($25 Amazon gift card): Jschino

Check back to the Community Blog for more chances to win great prizes. In the meantime, keep earning Knowledge Points, badges, and great prizes by asking and answering IT questions in the forums!


July 12, 2011  4:27 PM

Cisco Live 2011! LIVE Coverage

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Whether you’re at the show or stuck in the office, check out our Cisco Live 2011 Guide for our comprehensive look at everything happening at one of this year’s premier IT events, with breaking networking, data center and server news brought to you direct from the show floor.

Editor Michael Morisy is tweeting live from the event from @ITKE using the hashtag #CL11. Check back to the Cisco Live 2011 Guide for live updates with new blog posts from the Enterprise IT Watch Blog and SearchNetworking.com.

At the show and want to meet up to chat? Send us a tweet at @ITKE or leave a comment below!


July 12, 2011  6:54 AM

Featured Member: Lonewolfbw

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Today’s featured member, Lonewolfbw, hasn’t been acting so much like a lone wolf around IT Knowledge Exchange, using his experience as a network admin to answer questions about Windows Server 2003, Active Directory, and CCNA.

Has Brian helped you out recently? Be sure to 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.


July 12, 2011  6:25 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: July 12, 2011

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Have an IT stumper? Check out the most-watched IT questions from this past week to see if it’s already been answered for you! Help out, earn Knowledge Points, badges, and prizes.

1. Want to optimize SQL 2005 databases on a schedule? Mrdenny has some questions for you.

2. Mrdenny and ErroneousGiant had some tips for a member wanting to set up notifications if workstations are modified.

3. ErroneousGiant and Mrdenny shared some advantages of Windows Server 2008 over Windows Server 2003 R2.

4. Several community members jumped in with suggestions for a question regarding multiple users accessing KVM.

5. Petkoa shared some knowledge on Linux OS audit log retention.
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