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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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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.


November 4, 2010  6:43 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: November 4, 2010

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Here are this week’s top 10 IT blog champs from around IT Knowledge Exchange! There are the usual suspects reporting on drama in Redmond and cyberspace, and Microsoft’s famous underdog syndrome. Enjoy!

1. Cast your vote alongside Ed Hardy in the ultimate election – Apple iPad vs. HP Slate: Which is better?

2. Carl Brooks clears the fog over at The Troposphere and tells us how Azure actually works, courtesy of Mark Russinovich.

3. David Vasta takes a moment to say thanks for the hate mail.

4. David Vasta gets back down to business at Lotus Alive with his wishlist of what’s next for Lotus.

5. Mark Fontecchio on Sun Tzu, the art of war, and how Ellison tried to prevent new HP CEO from reporting to work.
Continued »


November 4, 2010  6:26 AM

Featured Member: FrankTheTank

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Today’s featured member, FrankTheTank, is in the IT trenches in Michigan. Using his expertise in networking, network security, Windows and Linux, Frank has been busy around IT Knowledge Exchange answering your questions on Windows operating systems, Active Directory and Outlook. In his free time he builds PCs and gaming computers as a break from studying for his Bachelors in Information System Security.

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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.


November 2, 2010  6:22 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: November 2, 2010

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IT Knowledge Exchange members asked for your help and you answered their call! But there’s always another question to answer, another way to give back to the community. Check out this week’s most-watched IT questions, and see if you can help someone out!

1. Mr. Denny provided some guidance for rolling back a SQL server 2005 database.

2. Featured member alums Spadasoe and Rajatkondal provided a member with some pointers on Active Directory 2003 full backup procedures.

3. Have questions about deploying VoIP and QOS? Radyair provided an in-depth explanation and some great resources.

4. Have anything to add to Mr. Denny’s suggestion for Rajatkondal’s Exchange 2010 set up and administration?

5. Rechil and Rajatkondal gave KarlG some tips for configuring Windows 7 and using offline mode. Continued »


November 2, 2010  6:12 AM

Featured Member: Stiletto

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Today’s featured member, Stiletto, is a regular Lotus Notes pro. From Lotus Notes security to calendars to agents, Stiletto’s got answers for you!

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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.


October 28, 2010  6:31 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: October 28, 2010

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Folks can’t seem to get enough of this week’s IT blog top 10, and we can tell why. From David Vasta’s brutally honest assessments of Microsoft to the latest releases in tablets and viruses, this week is as entertaining as it is informative. Enjoy!

1. Colin Steele over at The Virtualization Room analyzes VMware’s leaving Hyper-V in its dust: Hyper-V vs. VMware not much of a fight these days.

2. Ed Hardy of Brighthand Bytes tells us whether Apple should be shaking in its boots (soon to be available in white!): Apple iPad vs. HP Slate: Which Is Better?

3. Even though Paul the Octopus is no longer with us, David Vasta over at Lotus Alive has done some predicting of his own: Ray Ozzie follow up.

4. Can’t get enough of cloud? Neither can we. Michael S. Mimoso of Security Bytes on IBM’s announcement of new cloud security services.

5. Have a long commute ahead of you? Listen as Search Security editors and Joshua Corman, research director at The 451 Group, bust the myth of PCI Compliance [podcast].
Continued »


October 28, 2010  6:09 AM

Featured Member: Nickhutcheson

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Have you seen this member? Because he’s awesome. Today’s featured member, Nickhutcheson, is a jack of all administration trades: RPG, CLP, D/P, and D/R. He started his career out on S/38 and RPGII, but enjoys learning more everyday. He hails from Savannah, Tennessee where he works as an iSeries developer. Thanks for all your help holding down all of the AS/400 questions, Nick!

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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.


October 26, 2010  6:39 AM

Featured Member: Rajatkondal

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Today’s featured member, Rajatkondal, does freelance IT work in India. He’s only been in the industry for about three years working with SMBs, but he hit a highlight of his career about six months ago when he quit his previous job to start his own business. Have a question about Exchange, Active Directory, Sharepoint, or Small Business Servers? Rajat may be your man.

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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.


October 26, 2010  6:15 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: October 26, 2010

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Check out this week’s most-watched questions and see where you can add your own knowledge in there. Ready, set, spread the knowledge!

1. Aguacer0 took a swing at one user’s question about automatically wiping the backup tape for a Windows Server 2003 job runs.

2. Barry801 gave KarlG some step-by-step instructions on fixing an incorrect IP address on a DNS server.

3. Barry801 gave it another go on a question from a user about getting around ISP restrictions on port forwarding.

4. Aguacer0 provided a free tool to query the Active Directory to find out how many admins are in the Windows Server 2003 domain.

5. KALAKAAR and Carlosdl suggested Perfmon or open source tools for memory tracing on Windows Server 2003.

6. Be the first to answer how to push out an .exe file via group policy on Active Directory.

7. Are there any licenses that member Michigan missed when asked what types of licenses are needed for 50 users to connect to a Citrix server?

8. One user needs to know how to create more than two remote connections on a Windows Server 2003 R2. Be the first to answer!

9. Any other suggestions to add to Labnuke99′s? KarlG needs to know how to support two devices on a small network.

10. Spadasoe shared a link with a user wondering how to automate joining a block of 50 new laptops to a domain. Have any first-hand knowledge you could share?

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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