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February 17, 2011  6:33 AM

Featured Member: Slack400

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Today’s featured member, Slack400, has been doing anything but slacking over the past few weeks. In fact, he’s been lending his helping hand where he can around IT Knowledge Exchange. A self-described “dad extraordinaire,” Aaron Vines loves Linux, AS/400, IBM Power & i. He’s proficient in Windows and has experience in IBM i, AS/400, disaster recovery, virtualization, PMP, MMORP, and Linux. Check him out on Twitter or at LinkedIn! If he’s helped you out, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

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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.

February 17, 2011  6:08 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: February 17, 2011

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There are so many good things here, from a leaked memo from Nokia’s CEO to VMware CTO Steve Herrod’s comic debut! If you’ve finished off your Valentine’s Day chocolates, dig your chops into these sweet morsels from our tech blogs.

1. Mrdenny doesn’t beat around the bush over at SQL Server: If you aren’t doing backups, you aren’t doing your job.

2. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop broke the news to his employees and Ron Miller breaks the news to us: Looks like you might not have to support Symbian.

3. First video and the radio star, and now this, from Colin Steele: VMware killing Lab Manager.

4. Is it just that time of year again or is Java actually a dead end for enterprise application development? Jack Vaughan speculates at SOA Talk.

5. Who says tech execs had no sense of humor? Colin Steele witnessed it firsthand and shares VMware CTO Steve Herrod’s hilarity over at The Virtualization Room: What do Hyper-V and the VMware CTO’s dog have in common?
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February 15, 2011  6:38 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: February 15, 2011

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These questions have been watched by the community more than Bieber’s watched by pre-teen girls. That’s probably not true, but still, keep an eye on these gems and help out where you can. If you asked one of these questions and you have your answer, be sure to approve it and pay the knowledge forward!

1. Mrdenny gave another stellar answer to a member polling members on why one would choose a cloud hosting environment over a managed server hosting.

2. CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, and HMSSL2K give some pointers on AS/400 disk utilization.

3. Mrdenny and Sixball mention *nix, Cisco VPN, and point-to-point VPN to a member looking for a VPN solution for deploying endpoints quickly.

4. A member is having difficulty dealing with the SQL Server 2005 permissions required by public, and Mrdenny is trying to assist.

5. Saturno’s answer regarding VPN access from out of state has been approved.
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February 15, 2011  6:24 AM

Featured Member: Ingram87

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Today’s featured member, Ingram87, has been a network and systems administrator in Arkansas for only a year and half. He’s adding a bachelor’s degree in computer science to his associate’s in computer systems and networking. He doubles as a helping hand around IT Knowledge Exchange, answering questions on Windows Server, Exchange, RAID, routers, firewalls, Linux, VMware and more. We’re grateful to have him, as I’m sure all of the people he’s helped are as well. If Ingram87 has helped you out, 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.


February 11, 2011  3:38 PM

Contest Bounties: Last chance to win an iPad!

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The end of the iPad contest is drawing near – next Wednesday, February 16th to be exact – and we want to see more of you in the final drawing. In order to help push you over the 500 knowledge point requirement, we assembled some last chance bounties to get you in the running:

1. Tweet about ITKnowledgeExchange and get 50 knowledge points. (Limit one tweet per day.)

2. Ask or answer 5 questions on the topic of your choice and receive 250 knowledge points. Email the links to Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com for review.

3. Share your top security blog picks for 100 knowledge points.

4. Worse-Case Scenarios: Share your worst case experience in security gone awry. Rogue employees deploying to the cloud without your knowledge until something goes wrong? We want to hear your horror stories to help other members and potential rogue employees avoid the same pitfalls. 200 knowledge points.

5. Recommend a newer member in the community to be a featured member including why you think they’d be a great pick. Nominations of members who have already been featured do not qualify. 100 knowledge points. Send nominations to Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

The contest ends February 16th, so take advantage of your final few days! Check out the official rules of the contest.


February 10, 2011  6:27 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: February 10, 2011

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Catch up on your IT news with the latest from the IT blog top 10. From the valuable experiences of Mr. Denny to major changes in storage, data center design, and virtualization.

1. Mrdenny’s our go-to guide on all things SQL Server, so when he talks, we listen. What’s he saying this week? If you aren’t doing backups, you aren’t doing your job.

2. If you’re like me, you gathered around the tube this past Sunday to watch the…Super Bowl commercials. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one since Ron Miller had a few things to say about one in particular: Salesforce Chatter Super Bowl ads incomprehensible.

3. Nobody likes price raises, but these folks have some good points. Dave Raffo highlights some of the reasons Mozy customers balked at cloud backup price increases.

4. The Virtualization Room’s Colin Steele has the rundown of the shake up of the higher ups at VMware: VMware names co-presidents, Maritz still CEO.

5. What’s your data center built on? Stephen Bigelow at the Data Center Apparatus wonders if it’s a leg-up on raised floors.
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February 10, 2011  6:10 AM

Featured Member: HMSSL2K

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Today’s featured member, HMSSL2K, is a pretty familiar face around the forums. Hailing from Texas, Bruce has worked with AS/400 for the past 18 years. He started out as a third shift operator while attending college, then moved up through different ranks and companies into his current position as an AS/400 administrator. Though his degree is in MIS and PCs, he jumped into AS/400 and never looked back. He loved the many different hats of an admin, and the opportunities to interact with customers and vendors. If HMSSL2K has helped you out 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.


February 9, 2011  3:24 PM

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February 8, 2011  6:58 AM

Featured Member: Sixball

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Today’s featured member, Sixball, has been busy the past week answering your questions on CCNA, network security, VLAN, and VoIP. If this network admin from North Carolina has helped you out with his knowledge in networking, VoIP, and wireless, 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.


February 8, 2011  6:45 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: February 8, 2011

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Here are this week’s most-watched IT questions, complete with some great guidance and discussions amongst our star members. If your question is on this list, send me an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com with the link to your question and I’ll add 25 knowledge points to help you out in our current iPad contest.

1. Mrdenny, Spadasoe, Rechil, and Carlosdl have tossed in their two cents about the factors that affect VDI performance. Feel free to add your own!

2. We were giving away 100 knowledge points to anyone who shared which IT conferences they were attending this year. What’s on your calendar?

3. Saturno and Mrdenny helped out a member setting up drive configuration for virtual Windows Server 2003.

4. CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta help a member with a throwback question about using Office Vision on AS/400.

5. Once again CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta are at a member’s rescue, this time on the SBMJOB command.
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