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July 8, 2010  6:57 AM

Featured Member: Pkpatel1151

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This week’s member highlight goes to Pkpatel1151, who was busy this week answering your questions on Cisco, WAN and VPN. No wonder, since he’s got experience in Cisco networking, WAN, LAN, WLAN, and VPN. Paresh from Illinois is a jack-of-all-trades! Thanks for joining us, Pkpatel1151; we’re glad to have you!

Some related questions:

How can I configure routing between two VLANs on different switches?

Routing of traffic between separate companies both using private 10 net addresses

WAN redundancy

Want some pointers on becoming a featured member? Ask and answer some great questions at IT Answers. You’ll earn Knowledge Points that count toward our latest contest; we’re giving away $50 Amazon Gift Cards and two Xbox 360 Slims. Upload a photo and update your profile 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.

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

July 8, 2010  6:57 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: July 8, 2010

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This week’s top 10 blog posts have received the official seal of awesomeness by none other than you, the readers. Did your favorite blog post from this week not make it onto the list? Share it with everyone by highlighting it in the comments section. Meanwhile, check out what everyone else has been reading this past week:

1. Time for another MSDN Ultimate Giveaway! from SQL Server with Mr. Denny.

2. RHEL 6 Beta 2 released from the Enterprise Linux Log by Leah Rosin.

3. 2010 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise LAN: Few changes for a rapidly evolving industry from The Network Hub by Shamus McGillicuddy.

4. Coraid pulls Z-Series NAS after NetApp threatens lawsuit from Storage Soup by Dave Raffo.

5. Oracle VM machine targets Cisco, HP from the Search Server Virtualization blog by Colin Steele. Continued »


July 6, 2010  3:44 PM

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July 6, 2010  6:52 AM

Featured Member: Dave mc

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Dave mc, or David Mcilraith, is an Operations Manager who hails from Melbourne, Australia. He has thirty years under his belt in Engineering and Facilities Management. From operational and strategic management of critical and commercial facilities, Dave carried out his responsibilities for large national portfolios and data centers.

He’s been spreading his knowledge around the community the past couple weeks, answering questions from effective data center power usage to data center cooling. Thanks for being such a big part of the community, Dave!

Some related questions:

Circuit Breaker for Rack Enclosures

Power for new Data Center with 7500sqft of technical area and will host high density, mainframe, storage and network infrastructure.

Data Center Cooling for 60 racks

What does it take to be a featured member? Ask and answer some great questions around the Exchange. Earn Knowledge Points that count toward our latest contest; we’re giving away $50 Amazon Gift Cards and two Xbox 360 Slims. Upload a photo and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

There’s not much we love more than to hear 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.


July 6, 2010  6:22 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: July 6, 2010

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This week’s most-watched IT questions come with a couple bounties, so get to answering some of our unanswered questions. Thanks to everyone asking great questions, keeping an eye on them and answering them! Keep up the great work and you could be nursing that new summer sunburn indoors with an Xbox 360 Slim.

1. Eabouzeid was having a bulk insert problem in SQL Server Management Studio 2005 and Mr. Denny helped him figure out the problem.

2. For Storage in 2010 last month, we were wondering if anyone used StarWind iSCSI for production network and what they had to say about its reliability and performance. Mr. Denny and Aguacer0 chimed in; how about you?

3. Azdavid99 was wondering how to create a network between five local locations. Mr. Denny came to the rescue with an answer and 9948 also discussed the question.

4. Bulldog98 asked a great question for last month’s Storage in 2010 about improving the performance of multiple databases & LUNs in SQL Server 2005. Back up Mr. Denny and see if you have anything to add to the discussion.

5. Jimg spurred a great discussion with this one: Considering MS Exchange 2010 but I’m getting mixed advice from Microsoft Exchange Online help and my MS reseller. Join Technochic, Mr. Denny and ITKE in giving Jimg some advice. Continued »


July 1, 2010  6:32 AM

Member Highlight: Rudedog

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RudedogRudedog, or Bret (or Staff Sergeant Myrick), is a decorated veteran of the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. He’s also a decorated IT professional who’s come a long way from where he started: “delivering reports and changing printer ink in a System/34 shop in 1983, while waiting for Johnson Propulsion Systems to call and offer him a job in Astro-Engineering.” The call never came and lucky for us, he taught himself RPG/II – IV. A strong supporter of free programming on IBM machines, he has experience as a programmer, P/A, manager, director and 3rd party consultant to JD Edwards, making him a great asset to IT Knowledge Exchange. He’s been busy the past couple days answering your toughest AS/400 questions. Thanks again, Bret!

Some related questions:

Next step in my AS/400 career

iSeries System Debug Manager – Communication Error

How do I create a report from 12 LPARs listing tapes used from daily backup?

Think you have what it takes to be a featured member? All you need to do is start asking and answering some great questions around the Exchange. Earn Knowledge Points that count toward our latest contest; we’re giving away $50 Amazon Gift Cards and two Xbox 360 Slims. Upload a photo and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

There’s not much we love more than to hear 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.


July 1, 2010  3:17 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: July 1, 2010

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This week’s IT blog top 10 features a slew of posts from the Search Server Virtualization blog, and there’s no shortage of posts about Red Hat and Oracle. Without further ado, enjoy this week’s top 10 IT blog posts …

1. 2010 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise LAN: Few changes for a rapidly evolving industry by Shamus McGillicuddy for The Network Hub.

2. Cloud location: Why it’s important to know where your data resides by Laura Smith for Total CIO.

3. Red Hat against customer lock-in, except where Cisco is concerned by Bridget Botelho for Enterprise Linux Log.

4. Red Hat KVM: A bold vision by Colin Steele for the Search Server Virtualization blog.

5. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 includes Xen converter by Colin Steele for the Search Server Virtualization blog. Continued »


June 29, 2010  6:45 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: June 29, 2010

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This week’s top ten most-watched IT questions are a little bit different, with some questions from our most recent Microsoft Live Chat on SharePoint 2010. It seems a lot of you are keeping an eye our contest announcement that was listed in the forum as well. Keep your eyes peeled for some great questions to answer so you can bump up your Knowledge Points.

1. Raid1 on computer with 2 internal hard disks received a lot of great answers from Aguacer0, mrdenny, Willnottellyou and Petkoa.

2. Aguacer0 and mrdenny helped out again when asked how to reduce or eliminate CHKDSK scan times on large SAN volumes?

3. Our recently featured member Mitrum asked about a live & local NIC problem, and was answered by mrdenny.

4. Dickusvi asked a great Storage in 2010 question about high capacity, off-site data storage needs and Aguacer0 and mrdenny were quick with suggestions for him. Have a suggestion of your own? Chime in!

5. Do you have a suggestion for a business case to upgrade to SharePoint 2010? Don’t be shy, Mshen already weighed in. Continued »


June 29, 2010  6:07 AM

Member Highlight: Rayj1031

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Rayj1031Rayj1031, or Ray, has 32 years under his belt working with IBM systems, from OS/400, systems management, security, integration to upgrades and migration. Throw your AS/400, iSeries, and CL programming questions at him; chances are he’ll have an answer. Thanks for being such an active part of the community, Ray!

Want to be a featured member like Ray? Start by helping out your fellow IT Knowledge Exchange members in the unanswered questions section. Every quality answer you give earns you street cred as well as Knowledge Points, redeemable for more street cred or Amazon gift cards. Learn how these Knowledge Points can get you a new Xbox 360, as well. Uploading a photo and updating your profile is a bonus, too!

But you’re the ones out there, trolling the forums and getting your hands dirty. We want to know if there’s a particular member that stands out to you. Who’s answering your questions accurately? We want to know; leave a suggestion in the comments 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.


June 25, 2010  4:55 PM

It’s (almost) the weekend!

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We at IT Knowledge Exchange know how Fridays can be, especially Fridays the week before a major holiday weekend. We’re here for you, to keep you on your IToes (see what I mean about Fridays?). Below are some questions that desperately (or moderately-desperately) need answering. Help us out, then head out of the office!

Don’t worry, there’s something in it for you, too: You’ll get 50 Knowledge Points if you’re the first (quality) answer to the question! Answer the question, send me an email with the link, and I’ll add it to your score. Great timing, too, since our latest contest is all about Knowledge Points.

Some new and yet-to-be-answered questions:

1. Magoo needs to know how to Upgrade windows server 2003 to windows server 2008 Domain. Can you help him? (Just because RichS provided an answer first doesn’t mean you can’t add your input!)

2. Lmtapia is having trouble setting up a VPN in Windows XP Professional. Throw in your two cents!

3. HoustonITGuy recently started a new position, and he needs help getting ISP and IP information from Exchange Incoming Mail Logs. (Technochic has 50 more points thanks to her simple answer. Do you have any other ideas for HoustonITGuy?)

4. What with the mass exodus to purchase the latest of Jobs’ magic boxes, we were wondering if you think the iPhone is enterprise-ready? Share your thoughts with us about what smartphones you use for your corporate device. (We want to hear what you have to say, so head over and say it! Thanks to Aguacer0 for making a case for the Blackberry in enterprise.)

5. A reader asked, Is there any configuration on Cisco router to enable it to respond to ARP from IP source 0.0.0.0? and we’re still looking for an answer!

6. ODSTech asked a great Storage in 2010 question: How to merge 2 disks on 1 hard drive to create a large storage server for archived data? (Poweredge 2800 and Windows Server 2003) (Thanks, Lonewolfbw!)

Okay, okay, it’s Friday. That’s all we’ll throw at you for now. But if you feel like you’re just getting started, head over to IT Answers for more unanswered questions or help us improve IT Knowledge Exchange and get 250 more Knowledge Points. See? You just wasted time by being productive. You’re welcome. Now back to work.

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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