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October 19, 2010  6:19 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: October 19, 2010

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If you’re the first to answer one of our unanswered most-watched questions this week, I’ll add 100 knowledge points to your tally. Simply provide your answer, then leave the link to your answer in the comments section of this post to receive your points!

1. Check out what Mr. Denny recommends for upgrading from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005.

2. One user is still wondering how to create an index across a Windows server 2003 share. Provide the first answer for 100 knowledge points!

3. KarlG was wondering how to create shortcuts in Windows 7′s XP mode. Mr. Denny and Xxx did their best!

4. Mr. Denny gave an in-depth answer to a member struggling with disaster recovery for SQL 2005.

5. Spadasoe, Mr. Denny and Lovemyi chipped in to help Jim4522 with his question regarding rebooting virtualized servers. He’s still having trouble, so head over and give him your two cents! Continued »

October 19, 2010  6:00 AM

Featured Member: RickMartinez

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Today’s featured member, California’s very own Rick Martinez, is a software developer in the healthcare industry. Rick specializes in SQL Server and the .NET framework, and he’s very inquisitive! Help him out with some of his recent questions regarding SQL Server 2005, and check out how other members have advised him.

Can you help?

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 14, 2010  6:17 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: October 14, 2010

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Here are the top IT blog posts that you and other users deemed super-freaking-amazing by visiting them the most this past week. We’ve received another clue in the Amazon Web Services operations mystery, and we find out what a ScrumBut is (and whether or not we want to be one). Peruse for yourself!

1. AWS is layered like an onion and the Troposphere’s Carl Brooks pulls back yet another: Amazon does not oversubscribe.

2. Ed Tittel shares a freebie he’s found from Prowess SmartMigrate: Free XP to Win7 VM Migration.

3. It’s VMworld Europe 2010 this week, and Lauren Horwitz of Search Server Virtualization assured everyone last week that you don’t have to deliver a cloud by Tuesday.

4. Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo details IBM’s new midrange, enterprise storage arrays, announced last week.

5. The dust is still settling after HP’s acquisition of 3PAR, and Dave Raffo’s there to report: 3PAR’s Scott to head HP storage. Continued »


October 14, 2010  6:16 AM

Featured Member: Barry801

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Today’s featured member, Barry801, hails from Salt Lake City, where he works as an information systems tech. He’s been working in tech for over a decade, and he’s fascinated with technology and its constant evolution. We’re right there with you, Barry! He’s been busy the past couple of days helping out his fellow IT Knowledge Exchangers on questions such as these:

Thanks so much for the hard work around the site, Barry!

Who, you? 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 13, 2010  4:54 PM

Live VMWare Expert Chat on 10/26: Virtualizing Business-Critical Applications (sponsor post)

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VMware vSphere runs business-critical applications, including Exchange, SQL, Oracle and SAP, with breakthrough performance and outstanding  reliability. Many VMware customers are now virtualizing large Tier 1 applications to consolidate their x86 infrastructure and minimize infrastructure costs.

On October 26 from 11am-2pm EST, this 2-part live chat with VMware experts, will teach you about application performance considerations, best practices and use cases for deploying Tier 1 applications on VMware.

Click here for a reminder email for this 2-part live chat.

Virtualizing Business-Critical Applications Speakers:

  • Gaetan Castelein, Group Product Marketing Manager at VMWare
  • Shruti Bhat, Product Marketing Manager at VMWare
  • Scott Salyer, Lead Architect – Microsoft Solutions
  • Alex Fontana, Technical Solutions Architect – Microsoft Solutions
  • Wanda He, Technical Solutions Architect- Microsoft Applications


October 12, 2010  6:59 AM

Featured Member: Shillu13

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Today’s featured member, Shillu13, hails from Minnesota, where she works as a Senior Software Control Engineer. She’s been using her expertise in software testing, metrics, status, quality centers, web app testing, and tech trends to answer past and current questions on software testing. Thanks for the hard work, Shilpa!

Recent Answers:

Want to be a featured member? Head over to IT answers and get started helping out your peers. Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff!

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Members! Leave them 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 12, 2010  6:17 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: October 12, 2010

EmNichs Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Check out this week’s most-watched IT questions around IT Knowledge Exchange. We’ve got some great answers, but there are a couple just waiting for your expertise! Head over to IT Answers and get to helping.

1. Tritech, EmNichs, Mrdenny and Spadasoe provided some insight on the difference between Windows versions on Server 2003.

2. Mrdenny and Falconreef helped out a user with getting a legacy application working on Windows 7 for an upgrade.

3. Mrdenny gave some good advice for how to remotely connect to Windows 7 domain computers internally.

4. Can you add anything to Tritech’s explanation of cascading drive pools for a user’s query into simulating a library with multiple tape drives?

5. Mrdenny shed some light on a user’s question about Windows Server 2008 R2 alerts. Continued »


October 7, 2010  1:11 PM

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October 7, 2010  6:11 AM

Featured Member: StevenG7

EmNichs Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Today’s featured member, StevenG7, hails from Michigan, where he works as an infrastructure consultant. He has four decades of multifaceted experience in IT, including disaster-recovery planning, network and systems programming, and computer operations manager. His special interests lie in data center infrastructure and green tech. Thanks for being so active the past few days, Steven, and keep up the great work!

Recent Answers:

Want to be a featured member? Head over to IT answers and get started helping out your peers. Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff!

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Members! Leave them 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 7, 2010  6:07 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: October 7, 2010

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This week’s IT blog top 10 is a quirky mix of product announcements, professional socializing, identity crises and everyone’s favorite mystery, the Cloud. Enjoy this week’s top dogs around IT Knowledge Exchange, and check back next week for the latest popular posts!

1. Mainframe Propeller Head’s Ryan Arsenault pulls the Cool Product Alarm: Network management suite enables mainframe monitoring from the iPad.

2. Carl Brooks takes us behind the scenes over at The Troposphere: I saw AT&T’s cloud.

3. Dave Raffo reports on life after the 3PAR acquisition: HP sees 3PAR as a three-gap product.

4. Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo doesn’t sleep. He keeps one eye open and on storage news, kind of like Oracle’s eye is on NetApp.

5. Apple sneaks another toe into the enterprise; Yasir Irfan reports on the Juniper network release of Junos Pulse app for iPhone and iPad. Continued »


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