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May 10, 2011  6:05 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: May 10, 2011

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This week’s most-watched IT questions have quite a few approved answers, so check them out and see if your latest IT obstacle has been solved for you!

1. Mrdenny and Carlosdl gave tips and helpful links to a member looking to clone existing database servers to migrate to a virtual machine.

2. Mrdenny makes upgrading from Windows Server 2003 R2 to Windows Server 2008 sound easy.

3. Mrdenny and Stevesz give a member some tips for downgrading from Windows Server 2008 64-bit to 32-bit.

4. Want to remove a computer from a Windows Server 2003 domain? Mrdenny, Koohiisan, and IceCubbe have some ideas to help you.

5. Carlosdl and Mrdenny helped out a member who was unable to create a connection to database from SQL developer.
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May 9, 2011  10:00 AM

WebApps ’11 and USENIX ATC ’11 Conferences (Sponsor Post)

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Join us for the 2nd USENIX Conference on Web Application Development (WebApps ’11) which will take place June 15-16, 2011, in Portland, OR, as part of the USENIX Federated Conferences Week.

Back for 2011, WebApps ’11 features cutting-edge research that advances the state of the art, not only on novel Web applications but also on infrastructure, tools, and techniques that support the development, analysis/testing, operation, or deployment of those applications. The diverse 2-day conference program will include invited talks by industry leaders including Finn Brunton, NYU, on “A Tour of the Ruins: 40 Years of Spam Online,” a panel on “The Future of Client-side Web Apps,” a variety of topics and new techniques in the paper presentations, and a poster session. Since WebApps ’11 is part of USENIX Federated Conferences Week, you’ll also have increased opportunities for interaction and synergy across multiple disciplines.

Register by May 23, and save! Additional discounts are available.

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Join us for the 2011 USENIX Annual Technical Conference (USENIX ATC ’11) which will take place June 15-17, 2011, in Portland, OR, as part of the USENIX Federated Conferences Week.

Don’t miss the 3-day conference program filled with cutting-edge systems research, including invited talks by Stefan Savage on “An Agenda for Empirical Cyber Crime Research,” Finn Brunton on “Dead
Media: What the Obsolete, Unsuccessful, Experimental, and Avant-Garde Can Teach Us About the Future of Media,” and Mark Woodward on “Linux PC Robot.” Gain insight into a variety of must-know topics in the paper presentations and poster session. Since USENIX ATC ’11 is part of USENIX Federated Conferences Week, you’ll also have increased opportunities to mingle with colleagues and leading experts across multiple disciplines.

Register by May 23, and save! Additional discounts are available.


May 5, 2011  6:50 AM

Featured Member: Splat

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Today’s featured member, Splat, is an AS/400 systems admin in Weatherford, Texas. His Silver and Bronze badges as well as his AS/400 Brainiac status are proof that he’s a staple in the IT Knowledge Exchange community. If Splat has answered one of your questions, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

Are you looking for a spiffy 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.


May 5, 2011  6:43 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: May 5, 2011

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This week’s IT Blog Top 10 is all about learning: Lessons from the Amazon outage, what Ubuntu 11.04 can offer, and what Microsoft is doing with its Patch Tuesdays. So dig in, learn a little, and hit the community with that new knowledge!

1. Despite Ron Miller’s usual cheery disposition in the face of cloud setbacks, he was a little shaken by the Amazon data loss, a more serious issue.

2. Ubuntu 11.04 beta testers are divided over Unity. Which side do you fall on?

3. Ed Bott tipped Ed Tittel off on a new Microsoft practice: Another Patch Tuesday? Round 2 for April, 2011.

4. Sharon Fisher decided to make lemonades out of the recent major cloud outage and offers disaster recovery lessons from the Amazon outage.

5. Beta testing is over, and Leah Rosin says that the Ubuntu 11.04 release improves cloud functionality and servers.
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May 3, 2011  6:35 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: May 3, 2011

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The most-watched IT questions are a great way to get in on the community’s latest discussions and to keep a finger on the current pulse of IT. Find great questions and answers in this week’s list:

1. Mrdenny makes merging two Active Directory 2003 domains into the same network look easy.

2. Mrdenny gave some tips and Carlosdl shared links for cloning existing database servers to migrate to virtual machines.

3. CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, and WoodEngineer shared some insider tips on sending email through RPG IV or CL.

4. According to Mrdenny, it is possible to upgrade from Windows Server 2003 R2 to Windows Server 2008.

5. TomLiotta, HMSSL2K, DanTheDane, and Valmsmith shared some resources for a member looking for information on processors in iSeries.
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May 3, 2011  6:31 AM

Featured Member: Gabe9527

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Today’s featured member, Gabe9527, is part Senior Domino Administrator in London and part IT Knowledge Exchange superstar. Chances are you’ve seen him around the forums helping out with questions about Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino. If Nathan has answered one of your questions, be sure to approve his answer and pay the tech knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

Are you looking for a spiffy 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.


April 28, 2011  6:39 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: April 28, 2011

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There are some recurring themes in this week’s IT Blog Top 10: IT careers, anti- or pro-cloud sentiments, and beta testing. Is your favorite blog post from this week missing from the list? Leave a link in the comments and spread the word!

1. Straight from the mouths of CEOs and management consultants: The best way to advance in IT – promotion or job change?

2. Always the voice of reason – and optimism – amidst a cloud crisis, Ron Miller chides all those cloud haters who jumped at the Amazon EC2 fiasco.

3. Ubuntu 11.04 beta testers are divided over Unity. Which side do you fall on?

4. Remember a year ago when Google beat Microsoft in a Los Angeles email-and-apps deal? Wondering why you haven’t heard anything else about the project? Well, you’re on the same page as the LAPD: LA proving a tarpit for Google, CSC.

5. It certainly hasn’t been a good couple weeks for cloud computing, causing Dave Raffo to wonder if it’s raining on the cloud storage parade.
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April 28, 2011  6:27 AM

Featured Member: Chippy088

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Today’s featured member is a pretty familiar face around IT Knowledge Exchange. Chippy088 has the badges, cogs, and knowledge points to show for his hard work and great help around the community. He’s his own boss, owning and running a small company that designs and manages infrastructure projects in the UK.

Has David solved your IT problem in the forums recently? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

Are you looking for a spiffy 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.


April 27, 2011  3:49 PM

TDWI World Conference in Chicago (Sponsor Post)

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Join TDWI in Chicago, June 6-10, and learn practical business intelligence and data warehousing knowledge that you can apply immediately. The TDWI World Conference in Chicago brings together leading industry visionaries to deliver a unique program of cutting-edge education, best practices, one-on-one consulting, and more. At the conference you will interact with experienced instructors, network with hundreds of peers, and get product information with a minimum of hype and hassle. Learn more about the TDWI World Conference in Chicago and sign up for courses today.


April 26, 2011  6:25 PM

Make like Dog and hunt those bounties!

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You’ve probably heard by now, but IT Knowledge Exchange has a new contest happening RIGHT NOW until May 31, 2011. Since the winners are chosen by their knowledge point earnings between April 25 and May 31, you’ll want to pay close attention to all of your opportunities to earn points around the site.

There are, of course, the usual ways: Asking IT questions, answering IT questions, and getting your IT answers approved! Then there are more fun, interactive ways to earn points, namely: Open IT Forum questions. These questions are usually based on the monthly theme or a timely tech topic, and are usually general enough for anyone in the IT community to offer an opinion on. For all of your chances to join discussions and earn knowledge points, check out the newest IT Answers tag Knowledge Point Bounty for the ever-growing list.

Good luck in the contest, and keep racking up those points!


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