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January 25, 2011  6:40 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: January 25, 2011

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This week’s most-watched IT questions range from desktop virtualization to sending parameters in AS/400. Get all the answers and quality discussions you can handle, right here. If you asked one of these popular questions and received a solution, be sure to approve the answer and pay the knowledge forward!

1. Saturno and MrLeV did their best to explain how VDI handles IP addresses for each virtual desktop.

2. Keep track of the informative back and forth happening between RickMartinez and Mrdenny on SQL Server 2005 storage performance.

3. Ekansh, Mrdenny, Yogender, Rechil, Tarek2000, and Jinteik are all trying to get to the bottom of one member’s LAN connectivity problem.

4. Spadasoe and Mrdenny helped out a member with a question on SQL Server disk aligment.

5. Mrdenny gave some helpful guidance to a member wondering about SAN certifications for storage career.
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January 21, 2011  4:13 PM

TGIF: IT Book Giveaway

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Update: The winner is Mortimer1. Congratulations!

Happy Friday, everyone! If you want to take a break from your hectic day at the office, head over to IT Answers and get some of those competitive juices flowing. We’re giving away Embedded Linux Primer, Second Edition from the Prentice Hall Open Source Software Development Series. If you want this little goody mailed to you next week, answer one of the five questions below and post the link to your answer(s) in the discussion area of this question.

Can’t answer any of those questions but still want a chance to win? Simply retweet this tweet and your name will be thrown into the hat!

  1. Enterprise desktop virtualization solution
  2. To use VRDP of VirtualBox, it doesn’t listen to the VRDP port.
  3. NetApp Snap Manager for Exchange Backup troubles
  4. Open IT Forum: What would sell desktop virtualization to you?
  5. Hyper-V Host Not Responding in SCVMM R2

There you have it. Now get to answering, tweeting, and check back on Monday to see if you’re a winner!


January 20, 2011  6:34 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: January 20, 2011

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This week’s IT blog top 10 is a bit cloud- and virtualization-heavy. Have questions on either of these hot topics? Head over to IT answers and get your confusion cleared up!

1. Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo reports on how EMC’s finally read to consolidate Clariion, Celerra midrange platforms.

2. Who knew these were fighting words? Virtualization alone does not a cloud make. Colin Steele at The Virtualization Room explains why it’s Microsoft vs. VMware: To the cloud!

3. Ryan Cloutier over at Security Bytes on how hijackers prove smarter than the popular institutional website they hijacked, including Harvard, MIT and Stanford.

4. Beth Pariseau updates us at The Virtualization Room with another hint about new VMware vStorage APIs.

5. Will this affect you? Oracle dropping MySQL support on IBM AS400, aka “System i.”
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January 20, 2011  6:31 AM

Featured Member: KFaganJr

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Today’s featured member, Kevin Fagan or KFaganJr on the forums, has already made quite an impression, not only on the questions around IT answers but on our editors with his in-depth guide on preparing for snow emergencies. He’s from our neck of the woods, working as a System Administrator. His diverse background in IT lends itself to his website Try2Stop.Us, which he uses to “document what is learned in the field, when it’s learned, in the hopes that it draws others into sharing knowledge.” A man after IT Knowledge Exchange’s own heart. Thanks, Kevin!

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 18, 2011  6:34 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: January 18, 2011

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This week’s most-watched IT questions are chockfull of great suggestions and advice from some of our top members. If you’re the asker of one of these questions and your problem was solved, be sure to approve the answer and pay the knowledge forward.

1. Spadasoe and mrdenny helped out a member trying to consolidate 5 or 6 physical servers into one.

2. Spadasoe, TomLiotta, and mrdenny gave suggestions for adding an expiration date to optical disk.

3. Batye, Jinteik, and mrdenny suggest setting the group policy to lock down the USB and optical drives on Windows Server 2008 R2.

4. Wondering what the typical life span of a Windows Server is? Mrdenny, Jinteik, and C007 have some suggestions.

5. Wondering which is better: Microsoft App-V or Citrix XenApp? Mrdenny and Mortimer1 gave some in-depth responses.
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January 18, 2011  6:17 AM

Featured Member: Tarek2000

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Today’s featured member, Tarek2000, has been on the ball, answering your questions about LAN, Exchange, and Windows 7. Has Tarek answered one of your questions recently? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

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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 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!

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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.


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