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September 16, 2010  6:55 AM

Featured Member: Chatmaker

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Updated with more information: Thursday, 9/16/2010 at 9:51 am EDT.

Chatmaker of Harrisburg, PA, is a Director of IT. With decades of development and tech management experience under his belt, he’s a great asset to have around the forums. He’s been a developer in PC, client servers, web-based and mainframe environments. Craig considers himself an Excel evangelist, which is evident in his IT Knowledge Exchange blog: Beyond Excel: VBA and Database Manipulation. Some of his loves: MySQL, SQL Server Express, Visual Web Developer Express – “because they’re free” – and any platform including .net web development. Have a question about development, project management, or department management? Chances are, Chatmaker can help you out. Thanks for 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 love hearing from you, so if you have a suggestion for a star member you’ve seen around the site, let me know in the comments section or via 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 16, 2010  6:15 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: September 16, 2010

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We’ve compiled the top 10 IT blog stories that you and the rest of the community have kept an eye on this week. Don’t worry, it’s not a PDF, you can read it.

1. Email vulnerability went retro last week with the “Here you have” email worm that spread like wildfire to major companies like Disney and Comcast and through the Twittersphere. Marcia Savage reports the details at Security Bytes.

2. Finally some news from Oracle that doesn’t involve lawsuits or betrayal: Oracle upgrades Solaris with Sun Solaris 10 from Eye on Oracle’s Mark Fontecchio.

3. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one confused by Amazon’s (lack of a) public security policy. Carl Brooks over at The Troposphere has the persistent itch: What does Amazon’s security really do?

4. After the hullabaloo of VMworld 2010 died down, Beth Pariseau revisited and outlined vCloud Director’s fine print over at the Search Server Virtualization blog.

5. Microsoft pulls out the big guns, and they’re aimed at Salesforce. Get the details from Barney Beal at Voices of CRM: Microsoft releases online CRM beta, targets Salesforce.com. Continued »


September 14, 2010  12:59 PM

Going to Oracle OpenWorld 2010? We want to go with you!

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Oracle OpenWorld 2010 is almost upon us, and we’d like to hear what news, tips and tricks emerge from the over 1,800 sessions, seminars and demonstrations taking place next week in San Francisco. To do that, though,  we need your help, particularly if you’re going to the show.

We’re looking for interested users to take pictures, share their thoughts and write up short blog posts about the show; in exchange, we’ll work to get you behind-the-scenes access, free ITKnowledgeExchange.com schwag, and even a little monetary compensation for your troubles. And, of course, thousands will be hanging on to your every dispatch, making you an instant mini-Internet celebrity. What could be better? Fame, fortune and free T-shirts, all in one amazing deal.

If you’re interested and attending Oracle OpenWorld, simply get in touch with me at Michael@ITKnowledgeExchange.com and we can work out the details. In the meanwhile, be sure to check out Mr. Denny’s post on preparing for an IT conference, and feel free to add your own tips.

Michael Morisy is the editorial director for ITKnowledgeExchange. He can be followed on Twitter or you can reach him at Michael@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


September 14, 2010  6:27 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: September 14, 2010

Michael Morisy Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

This week’s most-watched IT questions range from SQL Servers to VPN to IP addresses. Jump on in and help a fellow IT Knowledge Exchanger out!

1. A user has a SQL Server 2005 that keeps rebooting; can you help?

2. Spadasoe and Mr. Denny helped out a user wondering how to make laptops log into the domain via VPN for updates.

3. Pdragovich was getting an adprep/domain prep error while upgrading from Windows Server 2003 to 2008. Have any ideas?

4. Manodak needs help running Profiler, an update statement was showing reads but no writes. Mr. Denny gave his two cents; do you have any ideas?

5. When searching for which subnet mask to use for an IP range, this user got a plethora of suggestions from Mr. Denny, Jinteik, and TomLiotta.

Continued »


September 14, 2010  6:13 AM

Featured Member: Davidmichel

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Today’s featured member, David Michel, of Long Island, NY, is a Principal Support Engineer. He’s been busy around the site answering questions on virtual machines, LTO tape back ups, SATA hard drives and more.Thanks for your hard work; keep it up!

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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 love hearing from you, so if you have a suggestion for a star member you’ve seen around the site, let me know in the comments section or via 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 9, 2010  6:49 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: September 9, 2010

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The IT world has been shaken up lately with drama between vendors, making it feel more like an episode of the Jersey Shore rather than the IT Crowd. This week’s IT blog top 10 has all the juice on Microsoft’s jab at VMworld 2010, EMC’s glitch, and the Oracle-Google lawsuit. Don’t worry, there’s also a photo recap of VMworld 2010 for those too busy to read a full blog post. Did you enjoy a particular post the most? Let us know in the comments section!

1. Mr. Denny addresses the anxiety-ridden: So you want to go to a conference, but you are afraid that you don’t know anyone there. Get some insider tips from a regular conference-goer.

2. Search Server Virtualization’s Beth Pariseau reports on how Microsoft made its presence known at this year’s VMworld 2010 with the USA Today ad that the world heard (or at least the Twitterverse): Microsoft takes its perennial shot at VMware.

3. The Security Wire Weekly’s exclusive with Secure Works’ director of malware research, Joe Stewart: Botnets are hard to bring down [podcast].

4. Tired of words? Check out Beth Pariseau’s VMworld 2010 photo album over at Search Server Virtualization.

5. Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo points out another reason to wag your finger at EMC: EMC’s ‘one in a billion’ glitch cripples government agencies. Continued »


September 9, 2010  6:47 AM

Featured Member: AndyRLee

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Today’s featured member, AndyRLee, worked for Siemens for 12 years, in both support and as a systems engineer. Now that he’s switched over to the public sector, he’s specializing in security and recently passed CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and studying for CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker).

He’s been very active around the site the past month, answering questions on Security in 2010, CISSP certification, and DNS Servers. Thanks for all your hard work, Andy!

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Are you an expert? Search questions that relate to your expertise to spread your knowledge and build your credibility and knowledge point balance. Make this a habit and you could be our next featured member in the community. Don’t forget to update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff!

Feel free to send me suggestions for members you’d like to see featured at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com!

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


September 7, 2010  2:41 PM

Join us for the 9th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI ’10) on 10/4-6

EmNichs Emily Nichols Profile: EmNichs

The 9th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI ’10) will take place October 4-6, 2010, in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Join us for OSDI ’10, the premier forum for discussing the design, implementation, and implications of systems software. This year’s program has been expanded to include 32 high-quality papers in areas including cloud storage, production networks, concurrency bugs, deterministic parallelism, as well as a poster session. Don’t miss the opportunity to network with researchers and professionals from academic and industrial backgrounds to discuss innovative, exciting work in the systems area.

Register by September 13 and save! Additional discounts available.


September 7, 2010  6:55 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: September 7, 2010

EmNichs Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

This week’s most-watched IT questions have quenched your thirst for SQL Servers, wireless encryption, vSphere, security and knowledge points! See something you can help out with? Give it a click and give it a shot!

1. The most-watched question this past week: Do you have an IT blog or website and want to earn 100 knowledge points? Well, do you?

2. Mr. Denny helped out with SQL Server 2005 maintenance plans.

3. Aguacer0 and Pjb0222 helped out one user with assigned wireless encryption.

4. KALAKAAR had questions about vSphere clusters and Mr. Denny supplied the necessary information.

5. Weboneau was updating SQL Express to SQL Server 2008 R2 on Windows Server 2008 with SharePoint 2007, and Mr. Denny came to the rescue with his know-how. Continued »


September 7, 2010  6:54 AM

Featured Member: Petkoa

EmNichs Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Today’s featured member, Petkoa or Petko, hails from Bulgaria. He brings his expertise in Linux, networking and network security to the IT Knowledge Exchange forums, always willing to help out with the latest question. Thanks for being such an active part of the community, Petko!

Recent Answers:

Are you an expert? Search questions that relate to your expertise to spread your knowledge and build your credibility and knowledge point balance. Make this a habit and you could be our next featured member in the community. Don’t forget to update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff!

Feel free to send me suggestions for members you’d like to see featured at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com!

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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