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December 16, 2010  6:54 AM

Featured Member: Guardian

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Today’s featured member, Guardian, hails from Zambia, where he works as a systems engineer. His expertise in server management and networking has helped him help all of you since 2005 when he joined IT Knowledge Exchange. Thanks for your continued support and hard work, Newton!

Has Guardian helped you out recently? Be sure to approve his answer if it solved your problem and pay the knowledge forward to future members!

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Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

December 16, 2010  6:38 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: December 16, 2010

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This week’s IT blog top 10 does not disappoint. From users’ dissatisfaction over the Spoon and Microsoft debacle to Carl Brooks’s explanation of SimpleCDN’s downfall that caused its own stir on Twitter, here is your weekly helping of what IT Knowledge Exchange readers deemed the best of the blogs:

1. It seems dev/test has found its very own Yelp! in Twitter, and they weren’t afraid to use it, as Brendan Cournoyer reports, when Microsoft squashed IE on Spoon, users tweeted their displeasure.

2. Even after the WikiLeaks shutdown backlash, Amazon Web Services is flying high, as Carl Brooks reports with his roundup of the latest Amazon updates in warp drive, Mr. Sulu.

3. Despite flirty glances from business customers and data center pros at Vblock, channel issues block Vblock sales, Barbara Darrow reports.

4. Carl Brooks tries to clear up some confusion on how Azure actually works, courtesy of Mark Russinovich.

5. Dave Raffo got a tip from Santa on Dell’s holiday wishlist, and Dell says it wants Compellent for $876 million.
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December 14, 2010  6:31 AM

Featured Member: Robert2010

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Today’s featured member, Robert2010, does his best to spread his expertise in network design with the rest of IT Knowledge Exchange. He’s been busy the past few months answering questions on MySQL, AS/400, Outlook and SAN. Has he helped you out recently? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward to future members!

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Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


December 14, 2010  6:31 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: December 14, 2010

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This week’s most-watched IT questions display the great collaboration happening around IT Knowledge Exchange on a daily basis. Are one of these questions yours? Be sure to approve the best solution for future members grappling with the same predicament!

1. Mrdenny doesn’t recommend interconnecting UPS devices for redundancy in a data center.

2. Check out mrdenny’s approved suggestions for upgrading from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008.

3. MNorwood gives some great advice on creating a bonded T-1 for a data center.

4. Mrdenny and Robert2010 shared their thoughts on synchonizing SANs before replication.

5. CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, Labnuke99 and Teandy worked together trying to figure out how to help a member copy a high volume of data between AS/400s.
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December 9, 2010  6:13 AM

Featured Member: Batman47

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Today’s featured member, Batman47, is an iSeries administrator in California. He’s been working with AS/400 since its debut in 1988, from the east coast to the west coast where he works for Toshiba America Medical Systems. Have a question on AS/400, iSeries, i5, etc? Chances are he’ll be able to help you out. If he already has, be sure to approve his answers for IT Knowledge Exchangers with a similar problem.

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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.


December 9, 2010  6:10 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: December 9. 2010

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Get excited! This week’s IT blog top 10 is in! So have a browse and let us know what you think.

1. New toy alert! Mark Fontecchio outlines the new Oracle-Sun blade servers that are geared for virtualization over at Eye on Oracle.

2. First our media and Office files, next our kids! Security Bytes reports on a new ransomware that encrypts files then demands $120.

3. Let’s just say cloud can be hard to understand sometimes, what with wading through the marketing speak and the still-hilarious puns. Carl Brooks gets down to it, telling us how Azure actually works, courtesy of Mark Russinovich.

4. Editorial director Michael Morisy, with the help of an anonymous tipster discovers a quieter internal leaker that has gone unnoticed: Google Cache is the new WikiLeaks.

5. Ed Hardy gets specific about what it means to have 4G, declaring that T-Mobile really does have a 4G network.
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December 7, 2010  2:53 PM

IT Knowledge Exchange Upgrade – Downtime Expected 12/8

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In attempt to continue upgrading IT Knowledge Exchange’s capabilities, features and speed, we will be completing a server move from hosted to in-house. This move will support the continuous growth that we’re experiencing in traffic and activity–all thanks to your efforts!

This move will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, December 8, 2010, after 5pm EST. You should experience a couple hours of downtime, but don’t worry because we’ll be back and better than before!

If you have any questions or notice anything strange, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


December 7, 2010  6:48 AM

Featured Member: MNorwood

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Today’s featured member, MNorwood, hails from Nashville where he blogs about networking. He’s also been a great help around IT Knowledge Exchange the past few weeks, answering questions about LAN, Cisco, Windows Server 2003 and wireless. Here’s Matthew’s take on the IT and networking industry:

I’ve been in the IT industry for about 15 years. I love technology and can’t seem to stop myself from learning as much as I can. I guess the thing I love the most about IT and networking is that you can NEVER learn it all! That means I get paid to learn, and that’s never a bad thing.

We’re excited Matt’s included IT Knowledge Exchange in the learning and teaching process! He doesn’t have any badges yet, but I have a feeling he’s well on his way!

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Has MNorwood provided a solution to one of your IT questions? Be sure to click the gray checkmark next to his answer, turning it green and approving the answer for future IT Knowledge Exchangers in the same predicament.

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.


December 7, 2010  6:12 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: December 7, 2010

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This week’s most-watched IT questions show the great value of community, with questions resulting in compelling collaboration and discussion. Check out some of the links below to see where you can contribute or benefit from the knowledge of your peers. Enjoy!

1. AS400novice has everyone on board helping him figure out why the AS/400 backup job is submitted but not running. Check out what Rudedog, CharlieBrowne, Splat, TomLiotta, Znason, OldSysAdmin, Lovemyi, and Batman47 all had to say about the predicament.

2. Mrdenny does what he does best, helping out a member connect a third party to SQL server through firewall.

3. Anyone else have pros and cons of under the floor a/c in a data center to add to StevenG7 and Batman47′s list?

4. Here’s another group discussion, this time on online help program in RPGLE. The players: CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, and Philpl1jb.

5. Need pointers on standard practice for servicing UPS in a data center? Check out what StevenG7 and Batman47 had to say.
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December 2, 2010  6:49 AM

Featured Member: WilsonAlano

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Wilson Alano Junior, today’s featured member, has over 33 years of experience in RPGs. He’s brought his expertise in RPG, CL, AS/400, i5 and iSeries to ITKnowledgeExchange, and he’s been storming through IT answers, giving his insight for some time now.

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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.


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