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October 7, 2010  1:11 PM

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October 7, 2010  6:11 AM

Featured Member: StevenG7

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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!

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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 »


October 5, 2010  6:52 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: October 5, 2010

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This past weekend, Mr. Denny joked that he feels like he’s the only one answering questions around IT Knowledge Exchange. Prove him wrong; share your IT expertise over at IT answers! Sharing your knowledge gets you knowledge points, street cred, and possibly a spot amongst our featured member elite.

1. Mr. Denny, Jinteik, and Stevesz gave some advice on how to stop a DDOS attack without changing IP addresses.

2. Mr. Denny provided a document to help a user find the upgrade path for Windows 2000 Advanced Server to Windows Server 2008 R2.

3. Check out the conversion tool Mr. Denny suggested for migrating a MySQL database to SQL 2005.

4. If you’re setting up a second Active Directory server for backup and load balancing, follow Mr. Denny’s easy how-to.

5. Mr. Denny suggested VMware’s vSphere or Microsoft’s Hyper-V for a dedicated server serving virtual machines; have any you want to add? Continued »


October 5, 2010  6:12 AM

Featured Member: Falconreef

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Today’s featured member, Falconreef, hails from Colorado Springs, where he works as an IT manager. His 20+ years’ experience in everything from network administration to CRM and ERP software makes him a valuable asset around IT Knowledge Exchange. He’s performed custom PC builds and network installation, so throw your network and PC troubleshooting questions his way!

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If you 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.


September 30, 2010  6:35 AM

Featured Member: RaveDJ

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Today’s featured member is a newer addition to the site, but he’s hit the ground running. From Security in 2010 to Active Directory and Windows Server 2008, RaveDJ’s been helping us out a lot this past week.

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If you 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.


September 30, 2010  6:15 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: September 30, 2010

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We’ve compiled our super awesome crew of IT blog posts from this past week! You voted just by clicking and reading each one of them. Scroll through the list for some juicy Oracle goings-on,

1. Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo speculates on Larry Ellison’s remark regarding NetApp’s business from storing Oracle databases, wondering if Oracle’s eye is on NetApp.

2. Search Server Virtualization’s Colin Steele sizes up a possible courtship: VMware, Novell in acquisition talks, WSJ says.

3. Don’t waste your money on a horror film, just read Channel Marker’s Barbara Darrow’s piece on how Oracle is the world’s scariest software company.

4. Jack Vaughan of SOA Talk tells the story of Oracle World 2010: When hardware met software.

5. For those of you who enjoy a show, Voices of CRM’s Barney Beal recaps Benioff’s response to Ellison with Chatter 2 (and a few jokes). Continued »


September 28, 2010  2:36 PM

Featured Member: MurrayInfoSys

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Today’s featured member, MurrayInfoSys, is an AS/400 guru. For the past month he’s been answering your questions on RPGSQL, AS/400 printer files, and AS/400 administration. If you’re stumped by something AS/400-related, check out MurrayInfoSys’s profile page to see if he’s answered a question that could be helpful to you. Thanks for all the hard work!

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If you 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.


September 28, 2010  6:52 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: September 28, 2010

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Have a question? Head over to IT Answers and get some help from our community of IT pros. Check out this week’s most-watched IT questions for some great suggestions and solutions to some obstacles other IT Knowledge Exchange members have encountered recently. Enjoy!

1. One question that never seems to get off of people’s minds is what certifications are valuable to have at the moment. Sulaiman, Mr. Denny, Englishguy, Jaideepkhanduja, and Bill 1313 gave some great advice and suggestions.

2. Mr. Denny provided some troubleshooting tips for an unexpected power failure on a Windows Server 2008.

3. Want to know how to setup Active Directory 2008 password complexity? Mr. Denny has what you need.

4. Get some details you might need when considering to modify a swap file on Windows Server 2003 from Mr. Denny.

5. Mr. Denny provides a quick rundown of how to install Windows XP mode on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Continued »


September 23, 2010  6:49 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: September 23, 2010

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Okay so none of the IT blog top 10 are “evil” per se, but monkeys are cute, so enjoy the comic. Then enjoy the top landing pages across IT Knowledge Exchange from the past week. Seems like everyone stuck at home is on the lookout for Oracle OpenWorld updates, and we’ve got some great coverage from Oracle OpenWorld 2010.

1. Colin Steele speculates for the Search Server Virtualization blog on who the mystery beau come to steal (read: strategically buy) the SUSE Linux part of Novell. Check out his numbers in Odds-Makers: Who’s buying Novell?

2. The follow-up to number 1 up there; compare Colin’s numbers and predictions with the fact that VMware, Novell in acquisition talks, WSJ says.

3. David Vasta recommends some reading over at the Lotus Alive blog: Ed Brill – Not a good day for the “other guys.”

4. If you’re not hanging out at Oracle OpenWorld 2010 with 40,999 of your friends, you’re probably reading about it. Add Barbara Darrow’s Channel Marker post to your repertoire on why Oracle is the world’s scariest software company.

5. As we approach the end of the year and *sigh* the end of the summer, Storage Soup’s Davo Raffo’s anticipation grows for the release of CommVault’s Simpana 9.

6. Despite recent reports that claim the recession ended in 2009, business productivity and cost reduction are still the number one concern according to a CIO survey, Linda Tucci reports for Total CIO.

7. The Troposphere’s Carl Brooks scratches at the persistent itch: What does Amazon’s security really do?

8. Not at Oracle OpenWorld 2010? Don’t worry, Barney Beal of Voices of CRM has an early look at Oracle’s Fusion CRM applications.

9. Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo reports on the post-breakup status of Dell: Will Dell buy Brocade on the rebound?

10. Keep your eye on Oracle with Shayna Garlick as she discusses the next version of Exadata.

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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