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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.


June 24, 2010  10:07 AM

Member Highlight: Mitrum

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MitrumMitrum, or Manoj, is a Network Admin based in India. His specialties in networking and network security have helped him answer your toughest questions from Virtualization to Windows 7 to Antivirus. June’s been a busy month for him, and we hope he keeps up the great work around the site. We really appreciate it!

Have questions you need answered? Head over to the forums and post them right away. Be sure to tag them with appropriate tags to make them easier to find and easier to answer.

If you’d like to be featured in our member highlights, head over to IT answers and take a shot at some of our unanswered questions. Each answer will earn you Knowledge Points that can help you in our latest contest for one of two brand new Xbox 360s. (Sharing your feedback will help you win as well.) Uploading a photo and filling out your profile can’t hurt either!

Have you noticed an outstanding member around IT Knowledge Exchange? Let us know who’s answering your questions in the comments section or email me directly. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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


June 24, 2010  6:57 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: June 24, 2010

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

We have some great top posts for you this week, from the ever-evolving discourse on cloud computing to security, storage and virtualization. Congratulations to the star of this week’s IT blog top 10, Colin Steele of Search Server Virtualization, whose posts knock out spots 7 through 9. Keep those great posts coming, Colin! Have a favorite blog post that didn’t make it on the list? Let me know in the comments or email me directly.

1. Amazon’s early efforts at cloud computing? Partly accidental by Carl Brooks for The Troposphere.

2. Malware exploiting Windows Help Center vulnerability by Marcia Savage for Security Bytes.

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

4. Customers pleased with Google Enterprise desktop security by Eric Parizo for Security Bytes.

5. Oracle doesn’t play nice with HP by Mark Fontecchio for Eye on Oracle. Continued »


June 22, 2010  6:00 AM

Member Highlight: Abigail

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Abigail has been busy around the community answering your AS/400 and iSeries questions. From AS/400 locking to iSeries user profiles and logins, Abigail’s been untangling your toughest questions. Keep them coming, and keep up the great work, Abigail!

Want your own questions answered? Head over to the forums and post them right away. Be sure to tag them with appropriate tags to make them easier to find and easier to answer.

If you’d like to be featured in our member highlights, head over to IT answers and take a shot at some of our unanswered questions. Each answer will earn you Knowledge Points that can help you in our latest contest for one of two brand new Xbox 360s. (Sharing your feedback will help you win as well.) Uploading a photo and filling out your profile can’t hurt either!

Have you noticed an oustanding member around IT Knowledge Exchange? Let us know who’s answering your questions in the comments section or email me directly. I look forward to hearing from you!

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


June 22, 2010  5:31 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: June 22, 2010

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This week’s most-watched IT questions are a great mix of SQL Server, Oracle and Storage in 2010 questions. Head over to IT Answers and see if you can shed some light on the unanswered questions. Remember, just because a question’s been answered doesn’t mean that you can’t add your own two cents!

1. Locations throughout the US need a storage strategy. Our current strategy has servers and individual machines backin up to web-based services, asked by ITKE and answered by mrdenny.

2. What is the best solution (DVR, NVR or SAN) for video storage with 300 terabyte per day for 90 days storage? asked by a user via email and answered by mrdenny.

3. What are the pitfalls and hidden costs behind video storage on Amazon’s S3 Cloud storage system? asked as part of Storage in 2010 month and answered by mrdenny.

4. Upgrading from Oracle 8i to Oracle 9i from Windows 2000 server to Windows Server 2003, asked by Kavyaram22 and discussed by Wgself and mrdenny.

5. SQL Server table structure, asked by Tablestructure and answered by mrdenny. Continued »


June 17, 2010  6:18 AM

Member Highlight: Hafwhit

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Hafwhit, or Gary Whitten, is a programmer who hails from Columbus, MS. His fifteen years of experience in the AS/400 environment, RPG for client support, and CGI programming in RPGLE has helped him help you answer all of your questions in AS/400, iSeries, and RPGLE. Thanks for spreading the knowledge, Gary, we really appreciate it!

Want to be featured in our member highlights? Head over to IT Answers to spread your IT expertise or test the knowledge of our other members. Earn Knowledge Points that will help you in our latest contest for a brand new Xbox 360! (Giving us some feedback will help you win as well.) Upload your photo and fill out your profile so we can get to know you better!

Have you noticed an outstanding member around IT Knowledge Exchange? Let us know who’s answering your questions in the comments or email me directly. I always love to hear from you!

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


June 17, 2010  6:00 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: June 18, 2010

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Here are this week’s top 10 blog posts from around IT Knowledge Exchange. There are quite a few flaw patch and security update posts on the list; have you recently applied any of these updates to your system? Are you satisfied? If you see something you enjoyed, leave the author a little love note in the comments. One of your favorite blog posts not on the list? Let me know in the comments section or email me directly. Enjoy!

1. Microsoft patch prevents vSphere Client logins by Colin Steele for the Search Server Virtualization blog.

2. Whoops! Oracle/Sun not looking so profitable after all by Barbara Darrow of Channel Marker.

3. What’s the best way to really screw up my transaction log files? by mrdenny of SQL Server with Mr. Denny.

4. Moving On by Beth Pariseau announcing her move from Search Storage to the Data Center and Server Virtualization Group. Congratulations, Beth!

5. Vizioncore, Veeam get vicious by Colin Steele of the Search Server Virtualization blog. Continued »


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