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November 30, 2010  6:16 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: November 30, 2010

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Check out what’s plaguing your fellow IT Knowledge Exchange members and see if you can help. Remember each question or answer you post earns you points that push you ahead in our Xbox 360 contest, happening now! Has your question been answered and solved? Be sure to approve the answer to reward your guardian angel.

1. Wondering how to delete all tables in SQL Server database? Rechil, Mr. Denny and Robert2010 give some pointers.

2. Mr. Denny and Robert2010 teamed up again to offer guidance to a user wondering how to add an article in transactional replication in SQL Server 2005.

3. Mr. Denny can always be counted on to help out with a SQL Server dilemma. Like this one: Terminate SQL exception if it is running more than a specified time.

4. Mr. Denny assures us that it is safe to delete SQL Server transaction logs.

5. TomLiotta and CharlieBrowne try to figure out a member’s struggles with AS/400 physical file triggers.
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November 23, 2010  6:41 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: November 23, 2010

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1. TomLiotta and CharlieBrowne have been helping a member work through trying to convert an AS/400 physical file with multi-record to single record.

2. Mr. Denny, Robert2010 and Rechil have given some great options for deleting all tables in a SQL Server database.

3. Wondering how to track IPDS printing on AS/400? Check out TomLiotta’s answer to one member’s question.

4. Get a tutorial from TomLiotta on the AS/400 configuration library and some tips on what to stay away from during testing.

5. Mr. Denny, Carlosdl and Chippy088 gave their two cents to a member wondering how to update data for one column in SQL. Continued »


November 23, 2010  6:31 AM

Featured Member: Rcmichelle

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Today’s featured member, Rcmichelle, is a wiz at the help desk and troubleshooting questions are IT Knowledge Exchange. Thanks for your hard work!

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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  6:26 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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