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July 7, 2011  6:32 AM

Featured Member: Ekardris

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Today’s featured member, Ekardris, is an IT consultant in Seattle. His expertise in network infrastructure, problem management, and ITIL, and he carries that knowledge and passion into his consulting work:

The notion that IT strategy is separate from the business strategy has become a legacy concept. Management has realized that technology is not just integral to success, but actually drives the way companies pursue their business vision, goals and strategies….My expertise is in IT infrastructure, my focus and interest is in integrating the technical architecture with the organizational vision.

Check out James’s helpful insight into our recent Open IT Forum: Are you on hacking offense or defense? If he’s provided you with a solution in the community, 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 7, 2011  6:22 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: July 7, 2011

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This week’s IT blog top 10 covers storage, SQL, and virtualization as well as others. What more could you need?

1. Sharon Fisher abides by the old saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”: The bandwidth vs. storage equation includes cost, availability.

2. Ron Miller wonders if an HP WebOS license deal will even matter.

3. Dave Raffo has the details on Oracle buying Ellison’s storage company, Pillar.

4. Everyone say hello to the new player in the virtualization and cloud community world: PaperShare. Colin Steele explains the reasons behind David Greschler leaving Microsoft.

5. Interest in storage start-ups is on the rise, according to Sharon Fisher: Fusion-io IPO attracts investment excitement to storage vendors.
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July 5, 2011  2:59 PM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: July 5, 2011

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1. Mrdenny has some details for increasing in network I/O when running SQL Profiler.

2. Smf and Mrdenny have some general info on system tables in SQL Server.

3. Carlosdl and TomLiotta help out a fellow member: SQL code made simpler.

4. A member wants to know how to optimize SQL 2005 databases on a schedule.

5. Check out some of the great responses from the community in our Open IT Forum: Are you on hacking offense or defense?
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July 5, 2011  2:10 PM

20th USENIX Security Symposium, August 8-12, 2011 (Sponsored)

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Join us at the 20th USENIX Security Symposium, August 8-12, 2011, in San Francisco, CA.

Whether you’re a researcher, a system administrator, or a policy wonk, come to USENIX Security ’10 to find out how changes in computer security are going to affect you. The 5-day program includes in-depth tutorials taught by industry leaders including Richard Bejtlich, Jim DelGrosso, Rik Farrow, and SANS; a comprehensive technical program, including a keynote address by Charles Stross, Author of award-winning science fiction; invited talks; a refereed papers track, including 35 papers presenting the best new research; and a poster session. Learn the latest in security research, including securing smart phones, understanding the underground economy, privacy- and freedom-enhancing technologies, and more.

Register by July 18 and save! Additional discounts available.


June 30, 2011  6:11 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: June 30, 2011

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This week’s IT blog top 10 answers some serious questions like what the heck is Office 365? And, who’s leaving Citrix?

1. Matt Heusser has a great three-part tutorial on your first public cloud. Check out part 1!

2. Beth Pariseau explores how the market reacts to Citrix departures.

3. Ever wonder why cloud vendors play nicely and others don’t? Ron Miller explores the subject.

4. Not used to getting excited about storage? Well, get used to it: Fusion-io IPO attracts investment excitement to storage vendors.

5. Despite Oracle’s revenue up 13%, its hardware division is still struggling.
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June 30, 2011  6:10 AM

Featured Member: AndOrTech

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Lucky for us, Jason Erickson or AndOrTech, as he’s known around IT Knowledge Exchange, has been working in IT since the early ’90s. He’s been working with HTS since 1997, and he’s been able to hone his skill set in networks, digital signage, and phone systems.

Has AndOrTech answered one of your IT forum questions? 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 29, 2011  2:31 PM

Attend TDWI in San Diego 8/7-8/12 (Sponsored)

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Join us at the TDWI World Conference in San Diego, August 7-12. The San Diego conference focuses on the evolution of agile. We’ll showcase the latest thinking on agile project management, methodologies, and modeling, along with a look at the lingering controversy: Does agile really work for BI and data warehousing? More and more organizations are joining the agile business intelligence movement—an emerging approach that enables information delivery at the speed of thought. Learn more about the TDWI World Conference in San Diego and sign up for courses today.


June 28, 2011  6:59 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: June 28, 2011

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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

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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

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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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