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September 7, 2010  6:55 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: September 7, 2010

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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

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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.


September 2, 2010  6:07 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: September 2, 2010

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Everyone’s curious about the goings on at VMworld 2010, and Search Server Virtualization is in the mix, delivering updates as they come. Check out the top blog posts from this week including bid wars, social media risks, SAP and VMworld for the rest of us.

1. Reported from the ground at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, Colin Steele reports on Citrix acquiring VMLogix for the Search Server Virtualization blog.

2. SAP Watch’s Courtney Bjorlin tries to define what it means to be VIP at SAP in Bringing SAP’s customer network down to earth.

3. More from Search Server Virtualization’s man on the ground, Colin Steele, on the much-anticipated vCloud Director unveiled at VMworld 2010.

4. Barney Beal of SAP Watch outlines the fine print from the SAP-Sybase roadmap.

5. Have you been following the ping pong-esque bidding wars over 3PAR? Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo serves an update: HP goes to $2B for 3PAR after Dell raises its bid – Updated. Continued »


September 2, 2010  6:05 AM

Featured Member: Lovemyi

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Chances are you’ve seen today’s featured member Lovemyi, or Bruce, around the site. His 25 years of experience with IBM’s System/38 in all its many forms have made him a great asset to have around IT Knowledge Exchange forums. He’s all over AS/400, OS/400, iSeries questions – from commands to jobs, upgrades to career advice. Thanks, Bruce, for being such an invaluable fixture around the site!

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.


August 31, 2010  6:59 AM

Featured Member: DoneThat

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DoneThat, or Gary, is today’s featured member, thanks to his activity around IT Knowledge Exchange this month. Whether it’s Wireless in 2010, AS/400 or Access, Gary has truly been there and DoneThat.

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.


August 31, 2010  6:52 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: August 31, 2010

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Here are this week’s most-watched IT questions for your perusal. Help out where you can for knowledge and karma points!

1. Ever wonder how to go about blocking cell phone activity or wireless broadband cards from within your server room? EmNichs, Mr. Denny, Mpez0 and Aguacer0 have provided some pointers on things to consider when making this decision.

2. We can always count on Mr. Denny to give great insight into any SQL Server problem including this one: Importing large sets of Excel 2000 data to SQL database.

3. David2009 came to the right place to find out about incremental backup in SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2005 Express; Mr. Denny provided the approved answer.

4. Jaymz69 needed to know how to figure out who has locked the AS/400 program. Adamwkiuk2002 and Philpl1jb provided answers, with Phil’s earning approval.

5. Mpez0, Aguacer0 and EmNichs gave pointers on blocking USB drives or any removable media on an Active Directory network. Continued »


August 26, 2010  3:57 PM

ITKE Update: Cool new things around the site

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We understand you’ve got a lot going on, from troubleshooting to saving your entire data center from meltdown; we’ve got you covered. Below are some of the latest weekly and temporary giveaways going on around the site. And remember to check back to the Community blog for updates on any future changes or additions around the site!

Free IT Books? Oh my!

Every Monday, check out IT answers or search the IT books tag for the latest free IT book giveaway. We’ll provide you with a list of five unanswered questions to answer, then once you provide a link to your answer, you’re officially entered into the contest. Books we’ve sent out so far:

Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online – Michael Miller (Winner: Dee101)

VMware VI and vSphere SDK - Steve Jin (Winner: Jinteik)

Networking 2nd Edition (with software) - Jeffrey S. Beasley (Winner: Carlosdl)

The Official Ubuntu Book (Winner: Carlosdl)

A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming (Winner: Labnuke99)

This week’s giveaway is for The Official Ubuntu Server Book, 2nd Ed. and you still have until tomorrow at noon ET to enter! Remember: Multiple answers means multiple chances to win, so start answering!

Open IT Forum: We want your opinions!

Each Wednesday, check out IT answers for the latest Open IT Forum question. These questions are meant to compile what the enterprise IT community thinks about certain timely topics in IT, from tape storage to the shifting focus of endpoint security. Search through the Open IT Forum tag to get what today’s enterprise IT professionals are saying about the industry’s standards, shortcomings, and future. Looking for the current industry’s climate regarding Windows operating systems? Get the scoop from an active community; these conversations often cover most angles of the debate.

This week’s Open IT Forum question: What brand(s) of routers/switches do you trust the most for your network?

Have an enterprise IT question you want the community to weigh in on? Simply tag your question Open IT Forum and get everyone involved! Remember: The conversation keeps going, so search through the tag page for conversations you may have missed!

Free CCNA Network Simulator!

This one’s a one-time giveaway: CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator. Awesome, huh? All you need to do is tell us why you want or need it, including your best networking story. We want to hear horror stories, great successes or impressive accomplishments in your studies. Share your stories and we’ll share our loot!

Email me directly at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com!

Spread the word and we’ll spread the wealth!

We hope you find IT Knowledge Exchange helpful in answering all of your enterprise IT questions. We’re always looking to get more experts in here to help you and your fellow members figure out even the toughest or acute troubleshooting concerns, and we’re requesting your help to get the word out! If you have a blog or website that covers topics you find on IT Knowledge Exchange, post a link to the ITKE homepage and we’ll give you 100 knowledge points in return! Simply post a link to your blog in the discussion area here or send an email to ENichols@TechTarget.com.

Same old, same old

As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions! Send them to me 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.


August 26, 2010  6:49 AM

Featured Member: ITAddict

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ITAddict, or Anthony Anderson of Richmond, Virginia, is today’s featured member. He brings 25 years of programming, project management and IT management experience to the table. He’s worked as a consultant and manager at both large and small companies. Have a question about SAP, SBS 2003 R2, Windows XP, Wireless in 2010, IBM i or RPG? Chances are this IT Addict will be able to help you out!

We can use your expertise around the site as well! Help out your fellow IT Knowledge Exchangers by searching IT answers pertaining to your expertise. 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!

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.


August 26, 2010  6:35 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: August 26, 2010

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See what everyone around the blog community is giving a thumbs up to while getting the latest news on major virtualization deals, the cloud, IBM and remote network management.

1. FashionWorld 2010 or VMworld 2010? The Search Server Virtualization blog’s Lauren Horwitz wonders about VMworld 2010 backpacks and swag: Much ado about the wrong thing?

2. Beth Pariseau of The Search Server Virtualization blog covered the dramatics of Dell, 3PAR, and VMware’s tangled partnership web. Grab the popcorn!

3. Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo on Hitachi Data Systems buying Parascale and getting more “cloudy.”

4. The Search Server Virtualization, this time from Colin Steele, adds another player in the virtualization soap opera: Citrix joins VMware partner program.

5. It seems to be all the rage; Dave Raffo of Storage Soup discusses the historical parallels of HP outbidding Dell for 3PAR. Continued »


August 24, 2010  6:54 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: August 24, 2010

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Look at this week’s most-watched IT questions up close: from .11 to Windows Server 2003 to Wireless in 2010. Have questions of your own? Head over to the IT Knowledge Exchange forum and get some answers!

1. Mr. Denny weighed in: 802.11a versus 802.11g.

2. Mr. Denny to the rescue again, advising a user to backup everything but Windows during file backups for Windows Server 2003.

3. T8sta needed help configuring a connection by PPPoE on a Cisco 2600 router. Mattmather provided a thorough answer; have anything to add?

4. Mr. Denny, Mattmather and Mitrum gave their insights on connecting to a server over Bluetooth.

5. Sflatbush was having a SQL Server 2008 SSIS update command performance issue. Mr. Denny provided an approved answer! Continued »


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