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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 »


August 24, 2010  6:14 AM

Featured Member: Mpez0

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Today’s featured member, Mpez0, hails from northern Virginia. This member’s expertise in Unix, networking, architecture, development and security have helped him to answer questions ranging from SUSE Linux, FoxPro and Wireless in 2010. Thanks for all your hard work, Mpez0, and keep it up!

Recent Questions:

Are you an expert? Search questions that relate to your expertise to spread your knowledge, build 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 19, 2010  6:05 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: August 19, 2010

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These ten blog posts have reached the top thanks to all of you, our faithful readers. Check out the list for news on the OpenSolaris leak, Mark Russinovich’s move to Azure, Agile 2010 and what to expect from TechTarget at VMworld 2010.

1. Alex Barrett of Server Farming leaked this: RIP OpenSolaris, says leaked Oracle memo.

2. The Network Hub’s Rivka Gewirtz Little reports on the formation of the FCoTR Alliance. What’s FCoTR? Fibre Channel over Token Ring: Converged storage dilemma solved.

3. Dave Raffo seasoned the Storage Soup with this tasty piece on Dell’s storage shopping spree as Dell spends $1.15 billion on 3PAR.

4. By now, we’ve all heard about Mark Russinovich’s move to Azure, but Brendan Cournoyer of The Windows Server Notebook analyzes what it all means.

5. Jessica Scarpati for Unified Communications Nation reports on Polycom CTO Jeff Rodman: Single-vendor UC strategy is a myth. Continued »


August 19, 2010  6:04 AM

Featured Member: Slateken

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Today’s featured member, Ken Sloan of Somerset, PA, is a senior programmer and analyst. His specialties include business application database, programming, and design for 5250 and browser. He’s been busy around the site, sharing his knowledge about AS/400, SQL Server 2005 and Crystal Reports. With over 20 years experience in AS/400, iSeries, RPG, SQL and C#, Slateken is a powerhouse on the AS/400 questions. Great job, Ken!

Recent Questions:

Where does your expertise lie? Search for questions that relate so you can spread your knowledge and build your credibility (and knowledge point balance). Each week we highlight two active members in the community; you could be next! Head over to IT answers, update your profile and upload a photo for better chances of being recognized in the community.

We love hearing from you, so let me know your suggestions in the comments section or email me directly.

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


August 17, 2010  6:51 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: August 17, 2010

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This week’s most-watched IT questions will test your knowledge of routers, networking, backups, SQL and Active Directory. See something that matches your expertise? Give it your best shot!

1. T8sta wondered, “How can I configure a connection by PPPoE on a Cisco 2600 router?” And Mattmather came to the rescue with a sample for PPPoE configuration.

2. ETHMAN5 came to the right place to find out how to create an alert email when automatic failover occurs in SQL Server 2005 and 2000; Mr. Denny provided his expertise.

3. Handling123 was wondering if it is possible to add a 2.0 USB port in the blade server or what is the best and fastest way to back up a blade server. He’s provided the additional information needed to answer his question. Help him out?

4. Thanks to Carlosdl for providing some great suggestions for programs to use to receive network alerts for critical conditions.

5. Test12 inquired about publisher and subscriber size mismatch during transactional replication on SQL Server 2005; Mr. Denny assured him it’s normal. Continued »


August 17, 2010  6:07 AM

Featured Member: SilviaHagen

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Today’s featured member, Silvia Hagen is the CEO of Sunny Connection in Switzerland, working as a senior consultant and analyst. She’s been an active part of the networking industry since 1990, specializing in identity management, protocol and network performance analysis and IPv6. Her instinct to help others learn and understand stems back to her beginnings as an instructor; she’s developed courses and seminars for directory services and protocols. She’s authored several books on troubleshooting TCP/IP, IPv6 and service location protocol. Have a question about IPv6? This founding member of the Swiss IPv6 Council will surely have an answer for you.

Recent Answers

Where’s your expertise? Search for questions that relate so you can spread your knowledge and build your credibility (and knowledge point balance). Each week we highlight two active members in the community; you could be next! Head over to IT answers, update your profile and upload a photo for better chances of being recognized in the community.

We love hearing from you, so let me know your suggestions in the comments section or email me directly.

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


August 12, 2010  6:52 AM

Featured Member: Shanekearney

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Today’s featured member is a little new to the site, but that hasn’t stopped Shanekearney from providing some great and in-depth answers. He’s a Network Engineer who hails from Ireland. From Windows 7 to IT careers, Shane’s been using his expertise in networking, Microsoft and servers to spread the knowledge. Thanks for all of your hard work, Shane!

Check out his step-by-step instructions on connecting two Windows 7 machines via WiFi.

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 let me know your suggestions in the comments section or email me directly.

**Trophy not included. Sorry.

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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