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November 18, 2010  6:26 PM

Tomorrow at 4PM ET: ITKE Rolls Out New Badge System

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Tomorrow afternoon, Friday, November 19th at 4PM ET, IT Knowledge Exchange will be rolling out ITKE Badges in beta. This means we will experience some downtime tomorrow and over the weekend. Since this program is in beta, we are relying on you to report any issues or bugs you have with the new system.

But wait, what is the badge system?

We’ll be able to keep better track of how helpful you’ve been around the community and reward you in the way you deserve, giving away prizes based on your badge and knowledge point level. The badges system will also make it simpler for you to find other members who are adding value to the community as well as others in your area of expertise.

From newer members to the familiar faces of the well-seasoned, the badges will reach all levels of ITKE users. You’ll be able to determine, by looking at someone’s profile, whether they blog for IT Knowledge Exchange, moderate the forums, or simply know a whole heck of a lot about SQL Server.

How do I earn them?

There are several kinds of badges. Increase your knowledge points by answering IT questions over at IT answers and earn the Bronze through Platinum Member badges. Become a blogger for IT Knowledge Exchange and earn the Blogger Badge.  Answer a specified number of questions and earn the Nerd, Brainiac or Genius Badge. Get those answers approved by other members and get bumped up to Certified Nerd, Brainiac or Genius.

But don’t just take our word for it. Get your badge questions answered over at the Badge FAQ Page. Still need something cleared up? Shoot us an email at ContactUs@ITKnowledgeExchange.com or post in the discussion section of this question.

November 18, 2010  9:00 AM

Featured Member: Snapper70

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Today’s featured member, Snapper70, is a Technical Analyst from Canada with expertise in networking. From answering questions on Control Logix to Cisco Routers, Peter’s been a great help the past few months around IT Knowledge Exchange.

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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.


November 18, 2010  6:29 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: November 18, 2010

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This week’s IT blog top 10 is full of curiousity: Apple or Slate? Java update or not? What’s up with Novell? Luckily each article offers more answers than questions. But don’t worry, if you still have questions, you can head over to IT answers and get those taken care of as well. Enjoy!

1. Still doing your research on which tablet you want to ask for for the holidays? Check out Ed Hardy’s side-by-side comparison: Apple iPad vs. HP Slate: Which Is Better?

2. I see your mouse hovering over “Remind Me Later” on that Java update reminder. Not so fast! Check out Security Bytes’s advice first: SANS researcher: Implement every Java security fix.

3. Barbara Darrow over at Channel Marker notices how quiet it’s been over in Novell’s corner and wonders, What’s up with Novell?

4. Everyone who has anything to do with IT or IT security, prepare to be shocked. Marcia Savage over at Security Bytes reports: Study shows lack of corporate security training.

5. Ed Hardy finally clears the air and further reveals how the International Telecommunication Union is getting left in the dust. Learn the ins and outs of why Hardy says T-Mobile really does have a 4G network.
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November 16, 2010  6:23 AM

Featured Member: Saturno

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We’re always excited to see newer members jumping in and getting involved on the forums. Today’s featured member, Saturno, has done just that, answering questions and even entering (and winning!) last week’s free IT book contest. Luis is a Systems Administrator based in Portugal. He’s fulfilled several technical roles such as Help Desk Team Management for the past several years. He’s worked closely with Active Directory, ISA servers, proxy servers, VPN, Exchange, distributed file systems, VMWare (ESX), and Cisco routing and switching. Have a networking question? Chances are Saturno will be able to help you out! Thanks for helping out where you can, Saturno!

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Want to be a featured member?

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.


November 16, 2010  6:21 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: November 16, 2010

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This week’s most-watched IT questions comes with a little bonus: If you answer one of the unanswered questions on the list and send me an email or tweet us @ITKE with the link, I’ll give you 50 knowledge points! Rack up knowledge points and get ahead in our Xbox 360 contest, happening now.

1. We’re still waiting for an answer on how to use Excel 2010 to pull data from SQL Server.

2. If you have any experience exporting Windows Server 2003 SAM database for an external security audit, let us know! Still waiting on an answer for this one as well.

3. TomLiotta helped out an AS/400 user track IPDS printing on AS/400.

4. FrankTheTank and Stevesz gave some great tips on migrating from Windows Server 2003 32-bit to Windows Server 2008 64-bit.

5. A member was wondering how to regain access to her TechTarget daily updates. The problem has been resolved, but if you have any trouble around the site, don’t hesitate to send me a direct email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com or posting a question in the forums. Continued »


November 11, 2010  2:49 PM

Upcoming Live Expert Chat on 11/30: The LTE Evolution (sponsor post)

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LTE evolution is much more than a move to a new technology. This evolution encompasses a shift in the service provider’s business model to a more sustainable and profitable one.

Join us on November 30 from 10am-1pm EDT for Transitioning to LTE: Business and Technical Considerations. During this LIVE chat, you will be able to ask Alcatel-Lucent LTE business consulting experts questions about business and technical factors that must be considered in timing the deployment of LTE - everything from risk factors, to business models, marketing analysis and competitive threats, OSS/BSS implications, spectrum utilization concerns and backhaul considerations.


November 11, 2010  6:45 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: November 11, 2010

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These blog posts are on top of the world, or have been at the top of your browser window for the past week. From Carl Brooks getting to the bottom of Azure to all the reasons virtual machine backup hasn’t quite caught on, this week’s list of the IT blog top 10 is sure to brighten the second half of your week. Enjoy!

1. Carl Brooks cuts through the marketing speak and tells us how Azure actually works, courtesy of Mark Russinovich.

2. Don’t let the commercials inform your decision; check out Ed Hardy’s comparison of two major tablets over at Brighthand Bytes. What do you think, Apple iPad vs. HP Slate: Which is better?

3. Plug in those headphones and learn a little something while you work: Check out Security Wire Weekly’s podcast on malware sophistication and memory dumping techniques.

4. Leah Rosin’s getting giddy over at the Enterprise Linux Log: Linux users excited about Fedora 14 features.

5. Get your weekly dose of Software Quality Insights from Matt Heusser: Kent Beck on release schedules.
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November 9, 2010  6:41 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: November 9, 2010

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This week’s most-watched IT questions are a potpourri of technical questions and software suggestions. Only one question is in dire need of an answer and, with your powers combined, we’d love to change that to a big goose egg. Enjoy!

1. Mr. Denny offered some of his expertise on a member’s question about backing up a WSUS server.

2. Don’t make Mr. Denny feel lonely; help him answer this question on removing incorrect Windows DNS entry 2003.

3. Mr. Denny gave a simple solution to migrating SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005.

4. Can you help out a user trying to figure out the difference between a layer 2 and layer 3 network switch?

5. Quite a few of you provided some questions you’d like ITKE blogger Shilpa to ask software testing expert James Christie. Check out the interview over at Today’s Big Picture!

6. Carlosdl helped out a member trying to navigate session border controllers on VoIP networks.

7. Carlosdl and Spadasoe recommended a few remote monitoring tools for Windows Server 2008. Do you have any of your own you’d like to add?

8. Trying to figure out a computer-to-computer VPN over the Internet with Windows Server 2003? Look no further than Rechil’s in-depth explanation.

9. If you’re trying to figure out how to create a PDF without having to buy Adobe PDF creator, check out some suggestions from Mr. Denny and Hitsquadcomputerservices.

10. One member is still awaiting help using Excel 2010 to pull data from SQL Server. Be the first!

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


November 9, 2010  6:08 AM

Featured Member: Dwiebesick

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Today’s featured member, Dwiebesick, is a senior field engineer in Fargo, North Dakota. He’s been working with computers – first as a hobby and now as a second career – since 1978, when he bought his first Tandy Model III. At work, Darrell is responsible for network infrastructure design, troubleshooting and problem resolution, but you can find him spreading the knowledge about all sorts of topics around IT Knowledge Exchange. From networking to Microsoft servers, NT through 2008 and SBS 2003 and 2008, Darrell’s around to help you with the latest of your troubleshooting needs. Thanks for all your hard work!

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Want to be a featured member?

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.


November 8, 2010  3:00 PM

Win an Xbox 360 by earning knowledge points!

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The holidays are approaching and so does your next chance to win an Xbox 360 by simply doing what you do around IT Knowledge Exchange. Between today and December 15th, the three members who accumulate the most knowledge points will win some great prizes.

The Loot

1st Prize: Xbox 360 with 250GB hard drive & Kinect

2nd Prize: Xbox 360 with 4GB hard drive & Kinect

3rd Prize: Xbox 360 with 4GB hard drive

How can I get it?

There’s always a chance to rack up some knowledge points, so make sure you take advantage.

  • IT Answers*: Ask a question for 5 points or answer a question for 10. Approved answers receive an additional 5 points.
  • Open IT Forum: Check out our weekly discussion topic to share your knowledge and experience, and we’ll share some knowledge points!
  • IT Surveys: Fill out our short survey on IT conferences, and you’ll get 50 extra points if we use your suggestion.
  • Spread the word: If you have a tech blog or website, link to the IT Knowledge Exchange homepage and put the link to your site in the discussion area here for a quick and easy 100 knowledge points.

Your best resources for the latest ways to earn knowledge points are the What’s New? box and the IT Knowledge Exchange newsletter, out on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Keep an eye out for featured questions or one-time chances to get more knowledge points and a leg up on the competition!

*Qualifying answers and questions are at the discretion of ITKE community managers. Check out some tips on asking quality questions.

See IT Knowledge Exchange’s general contest rules for more details.


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