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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!

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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 12, 2010  6:17 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: October 12, 2010

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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

Sponsor Post: Join us in San Jose, CA, November 7-12, 2010, for LISA ’10

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LISA ’10 will uncover the secrets of system administration during our 6-day program, which includes: top-notch training by experts such as Mark Burgess, David N. Blank-Edelman, and Tom Limoncelli; an innovative technical program, including a keynote address by Tony Cass, CERN; invited talks, including “Operations at Twitter: Scaling Beyond 100 Million Users,” by John Adams, Twitter; paper presentations and poster sessions showcasing the latest research; experts to answer your toughest questions; and workshops for sharing experiences with colleagues. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this unique career-building adventure.

Register by October 18 and save up to $300! Additional discounts are available.


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

EmNichs Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

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!

Recent Answers:

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.

Recent Answers:

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

EmNichs Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

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 »


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