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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

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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!


April 26, 2011  6:56 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: April 26, 2011

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Check out this week’s most-watched IT questions for the latest problems plaguing your fellow IT Knowledge Exchangers and the answers that are helping them pull through. Throw your two-cents in and earn points to help you in our latest contest!

1. Check out the question and its approved answer (from DavidMichel) regarding restoring LTO3 tape without the application that backed it up.

2. Mrdenny gave some pointers for clearing Internet Explorer 9′s cache across the network.

3. Share your opinions about how to improve the IT Knowledge Exchange community and help rid it of spam by commenting on BigKat’s discussion.

4. Rechil and Saturno recommended some programs that might work better for a user wanting to push out Microsoft Security Essentials to an entire network.

5. Did you test out Mrdenny’s suggestion for using the database name while creating the role.
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April 26, 2011  6:44 AM

Featured Member: Labnuke99

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Today’s featured member, Labnuke99, has been a part of the community for some time now. His array of badges and cogs are proof that he’s always willing to help out his fellow IT Knowledge Exchange members. Troy was a US Navy Nuclear Engineering Laboratory Technician who enjoys origami in his free time. He’s also on Twitter as @labnuke. A little bit more about Troy, in his own words:

I am an IT Manager at an organization which designs, manufactures and sells a broad line of electronic components and electronic assemblies, primarily serving the electronic needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). I provide day to day support for international and domestic data network and security.

If Labnuke99 has provided the solution to one of your IT problems, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

We want to feature you!

We’re always on the look out for our next featured member. If we see you over at IT answers, helping out your peers and offering your two cents in the open IT forums, chances are we’ll want to highlight you, too! Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff.

Already been featured? Pay it forward.

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Exchange members! So if you see someone giving knock-out answers in the forum or you read a particularly insightful blog post from one of our members, 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 25, 2011  10:00 AM

Not your average IT Knowledge Exchange contest

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Today marks the beginning of IT Knowledge Exchange’s latest contest. Many of the usual rules apply, but this time there are way more chances to win: Ten, to be exact.

The Details

  • The top 10 knowledge point earners between today, April 25, 2011, and Tuesday, May 31, 2011, will each receive one (1) Amazon.com gift card for $100.
  • All answers, discussions, questions, and bounty participation is subject to review of the IT Knowledge Exchange editors, and posting questionable or irrelevant content may result in removal of knowledge points or disqualification from the contest.

Ways to Pull Ahead

  • Ask quality questions! Just because an IT obstacle has you stumped, that’s no reason to hang your head in shame. Head over to the forums and ask your IT question! When one of the community members nails your problem on its head, be sure to approve the answer and pay the knowledge forward.
  • Answer IT questions! Is work going smoothly? No catastrophic tech-urrences to threaten your data center or, worse, your job? Well, take some of that downtime and build up a bit more tech karma by spreading your IT knowledge around the community. Browse the unanswered questions or ongoing discussions to see where you can lend your expertise.
  • Take advantage of bountiful bounties! Despite the horrific puns, bounties can be the fastest – and funnest – way to pull ahead in the competition. Keep an eye on the community newsletter every Tuesday and Thursday, as well as the What’s New? Boxes on the right side of home pages for the latest way to rack up knowledge points.

Questions?

Ask your questions about the contest in the comments section or send me an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

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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