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January 13, 2011  6:59 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: January 13, 2011

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This week’s IT blog top 10 has some great reads for when a snow day wreaks VPN havoc.

1. We’re getting pummeled by them at IT Knowledge Exchange headquarters, but still Microsoft and VMware demand: To the cloud!

2. Want to know what IT managers have as top priority going into the new year? TechTarget’s survey reveals that server virtualization tops 2011 IT priorities.

3. Though it doesn’t seem as though Microsoft can afford anymore setbacks on the virtualization front, Colin Steele still found himself reporting on Bob Muglia leaving Microsoft this week.

4. Mrdenny offers more of his spot-on insight: Let’s get session state out of the database and into memory where it belongs.

5. Get your daily 140-character dose of desktop virtualization with evangelists, practitioners and experts alike, compiled at the IT Watch Blog by yours truly: Desktop Virtualization Voices on Your Desktop.
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January 13, 2011  6:28 AM

Featured Member: Hlx

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Today’s featured member, Hlx, has been busy last year and this week answering questions on SQL Server database, SQL Log Files, and SQL Server 2005. Has Hlx provided you with a stellar answer? Be sure to approve the answer and pay that 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 discussion area 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.


January 11, 2011  5:00 PM

Starting the year off right…with a new contest!

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It’s a new year, and so to celebrate, IT Knowledge Exchange is starting a brand new contest.

The Loot

  • 1st Prize: 16GB iPad
  • 2nd Prize: 16GB iPad
  • 3rd Prize: $150 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • 4th Prize: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • 5th Prize: $25 Amazon.com Gift Card

The Lowdown (i.e. The Rules**)

  • Every member who earns 500 knowledge points in the next 4 weeks (between today and Wednesday, February 16th) will be entered into a drawing for 5 names.
  • You must have a completed profile including a photo or avatar to be eligible for the drawing.
  • In order to be eligible, you must ask at least one question within the 4 week period.

The How-Tos

We’re not just going to shoot the gun and watch you all scramble to the finish line. Keep an eye out for all the ways you can get additional knowledge points in the What’s New? boxes, then sign up for the newsletter and check every Tuesday and Thursday for the latest way to rack up the points. From Open IT Forum questions to editor’s pick of the best IT Knowledge Exchange question, there will be plenty of chances to throw your name in the ring.

**Winners of the recent Xbox contest are not eligible to win. (Sorry, guys.)


January 11, 2011  6:50 AM

Featured Member: Mortimer1

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Today’s featured member, Mortimer1, has been busy answering your questions on Windows network administration, desktop virtualization, hard disks, DNS and more. The Featured Member badge will be William’s first, but hopefully the first of many. Thanks for all of your hard work!

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 discussion area 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.


January 11, 2011  6:31 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: January 11, 2011

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This week’s most-watched IT questions are virtualization heavy. Have your own desktop virtualization question not covered here? Head over to IT answers, but don’t forget to tag it desktop virtualization.

1. Spadasoe and mrdenny suggested virtualization for a member trying to consolidate 5 or 6 servers into one.

2. Mrdenny, TomLiotta and Spadasoe gave a general “Sorry, that’s not gonna happen” to a member wanting to add an expiration date to optical disk.

3. Mrdenny gives a simple solution to an inquiry about profiling traffic associated with virtual machines.

4. Mrdenny gave a meanwhile backup solution for VMware environment.

5. Mortimer1 cast his vote for the best solution for deploying Linux virtual desktop.
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January 10, 2011  4:12 PM

Join us for USENIX FAST ’11 in San Jose, CA, February 15-17, 2011 (Sponsored)

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FAST '11
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January 6, 2011  6:45 AM

Featured Member: C007

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Hailing from the Philippines, today’s featured member, C007, has a license to kill…your toughest AS/400 obstacles. This AS/400 admin has been providing answers on tape backups, data center conditions, Active Directory, and network security policies. Thanks, C007!

Has C007 helped you out recently? Be sure to pay the knowledge forward and approve his answer if it fits!

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 discussion area here or shoot me an email.


January 6, 2011  6:44 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: January 6, 2011

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This week’s IT blog top 10 is spent looking back on what we learned in 2010 and how best to apply that to the year ahead. Have your own stories of nostalgia to share? Leave them in the comments or send us an email.

1. Attention everyone who received an iPad for the holidays! There’s a message for you over at Security Bytes from Robert Westervelt and McAfee: Attackers to target Apple in 2011.

2. Already nostalgic about 2010? So is the staff of SearchSecurity.com, so join them for part two of their look back at cybersecurity in 2010 [podcast].

3. Skype users weren’t too happy last week, but with the service back up, Ron Miller can safely look back with his lessons learned from the Skype outage.

4. Nostalgia Hour is over at Security Wire Weekly with this look-ahead podcast on 2011 IT Security Predictions.

5. Get your own personal invitation to a session with Mr. Denny if you’ve ever had this conversation with a storage admin.
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January 4, 2011  6:40 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: January 4, 2011

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The holidays and changing of the seasons didn’t stop our members from keeping a close eye on IT Answers. Thanks for continuing to share the knowledge as we rang in the new year! Enjoy!

1. Mrdenny provided three clear options for a member struggling with recursive association with compound primary keys in SQL database.

2. Yasirirfan suspects that the reason one member’s Dell PowerEdge 2800 won’t see new disks has to do with outdated firmware.

3. Do you have a suggestion for a member trying to view pending transactions in his Oracle inventory?

4. Join TomLiotta, Philpl1jb, DoneThat, and Sudheer794 in helping a member with AS/400 queries.

5. One member is wondering how to change the IP authentication settings in his network’s firewall.
Continued »


January 4, 2011  6:30 AM

Featured Member: Rakei

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Today’s featured member, Rakei, has been busy around IT Knowledge Exchange over the past week, asking and answering questions about hard disks, PST files, Windows XP, and network security. His Featured Member badge will be his first, but we suspect more will not be far behind.

Has Rakei answered an IT question for you recently? 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 discussion area 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.


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