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November 16, 2010  6:21 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: November 16, 2010

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This week’s most-watched IT questions comes with a little bonus: If you answer one of the unanswered questions on the list and send me an email or tweet us @ITKE with the link, I’ll give you 50 knowledge points! Rack up knowledge points and get ahead in our Xbox 360 contest, happening now.

1. We’re still waiting for an answer on how to use Excel 2010 to pull data from SQL Server.

2. If you have any experience exporting Windows Server 2003 SAM database for an external security audit, let us know! Still waiting on an answer for this one as well.

3. TomLiotta helped out an AS/400 user track IPDS printing on AS/400.

4. FrankTheTank and Stevesz gave some great tips on migrating from Windows Server 2003 32-bit to Windows Server 2008 64-bit.

5. A member was wondering how to regain access to her TechTarget daily updates. The problem has been resolved, but if you have any trouble around the site, don’t hesitate to send me a direct email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com or posting a question in the forums. Continued »

November 11, 2010  2:49 PM

Upcoming Live Expert Chat on 11/30: The LTE Evolution (sponsor post)

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LTE evolution is much more than a move to a new technology. This evolution encompasses a shift in the service provider’s business model to a more sustainable and profitable one.

Join us on November 30 from 10am-1pm EDT for Transitioning to LTE: Business and Technical Considerations. During this LIVE chat, you will be able to ask Alcatel-Lucent LTE business consulting experts questions about business and technical factors that must be considered in timing the deployment of LTE – everything from risk factors, to business models, marketing analysis and competitive threats, OSS/BSS implications, spectrum utilization concerns and backhaul considerations.


November 11, 2010  6:45 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: November 11, 2010

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These blog posts are on top of the world, or have been at the top of your browser window for the past week. From Carl Brooks getting to the bottom of Azure to all the reasons virtual machine backup hasn’t quite caught on, this week’s list of the IT blog top 10 is sure to brighten the second half of your week. Enjoy!

1. Carl Brooks cuts through the marketing speak and tells us how Azure actually works, courtesy of Mark Russinovich.

2. Don’t let the commercials inform your decision; check out Ed Hardy’s comparison of two major tablets over at Brighthand Bytes. What do you think, Apple iPad vs. HP Slate: Which is better?

3. Plug in those headphones and learn a little something while you work: Check out Security Wire Weekly’s podcast on malware sophistication and memory dumping techniques.

4. Leah Rosin’s getting giddy over at the Enterprise Linux Log: Linux users excited about Fedora 14 features.

5. Get your weekly dose of Software Quality Insights from Matt Heusser: Kent Beck on release schedules.
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November 9, 2010  6:41 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: November 9, 2010

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This week’s most-watched IT questions are a potpourri of technical questions and software suggestions. Only one question is in dire need of an answer and, with your powers combined, we’d love to change that to a big goose egg. Enjoy!

1. Mr. Denny offered some of his expertise on a member’s question about backing up a WSUS server.

2. Don’t make Mr. Denny feel lonely; help him answer this question on removing incorrect Windows DNS entry 2003.

3. Mr. Denny gave a simple solution to migrating SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005.

4. Can you help out a user trying to figure out the difference between a layer 2 and layer 3 network switch?

5. Quite a few of you provided some questions you’d like ITKE blogger Shilpa to ask software testing expert James Christie. Check out the interview over at Today’s Big Picture!

6. Carlosdl helped out a member trying to navigate session border controllers on VoIP networks.

7. Carlosdl and Spadasoe recommended a few remote monitoring tools for Windows Server 2008. Do you have any of your own you’d like to add?

8. Trying to figure out a computer-to-computer VPN over the Internet with Windows Server 2003? Look no further than Rechil’s in-depth explanation.

9. If you’re trying to figure out how to create a PDF without having to buy Adobe PDF creator, check out some suggestions from Mr. Denny and Hitsquadcomputerservices.

10. One member is still awaiting help using Excel 2010 to pull data from SQL Server. Be the first!

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


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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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.


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.
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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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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.


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!

Recent Answers:

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.


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