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September 22, 2010  1:54 PM

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September 21, 2010  6:34 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: September 21, 2010

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Feast your eyes on what everyone else at IT Knowledge Exchange is feasting their eyes on: This week’s most-watched IT questions.

1. Thanks to Mr. Denny and Jinteik, a member got some help and advice on server virtualization.

2. Mr. Denny suggested encryption and group policy to get authentication for employees to connect to WiFi.

3. A member wondered if they could restore a SQL 2000 backup to a new SQL server 2005, and Mr. Denny lent his expertise.

4. KarlG needed some help figuring out how to create a RAID 10, and Mr. Denny gave some pointers on getting equipped to do so.

5. Mr. Denny, Labnuke99 and Sulaiman provided some great considerations when wondering if you should run gigabit to your desktop.

6. Wondering what are some of the benefits of an external SAN over internal storage? Mr. Denny gives his two cents.

7. Mr. Denny lays out the details for a member wondering what a Dell remote access card does.

8. Davidmichel and Mr. Denny advised against migrating BrightStore to a virtual machine.

9. Mr. Denny, Technochi and LMO2 gave some advice on blocking ActiveSync from a network.

10. Shamu got some in-depth feedback from Mr. Denny, Kccrosser and TomLiotta: How do I use primary keys in SQL Server?

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

September 20, 2010  7:57 PM

Featured Member: Your Pick Here

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

We all know IT Knowledge Exchange wouldn’t be as valuable as it is without all of you sharing your knowledge and expertise with the community. We fully appreciate your swapping stories and information to help out your fellow IT pro. In return, we’re always trying to make it worth your while, whether that be through giveaways, knowledge points, IT Knowledge Exchange swag, or some good old TLC.

That said, we want to hear from you: Cast your vote for a member who you find to be a particularly helpful answerer or exceptional asker. Enjoy a member blog? Let us know what you like about them so we can feature their talents!

Let us know who you’d like to see highlighted in the comments section of this post, in the discussion section of this question or by emailing me directly at

September 20, 2010  6:49 AM

Anyone preparing for the CompTIA Security+ exam? Let us help!

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

In honor of security month here at IT Knowledge Exchange, we’re giving away resources to help you pass the CompTIA Security+ exam with flying colors*!

So, what do we expect in return? It’s simple: All you need to do is ask or answer two Security in 2010 questions**. Put the links to the questions you asked or answered in the discussion area of this question. This contest is first-come, first-served, so get started asking and answering! We have four copies to give away.

Thanks, and good luck!

*Flying colors not guaranteed.

**Qualifying answers and questions are at the discretion of ITKE community managers. Check out some tips on asking quality questions.

September 16, 2010  6:55 AM

Featured Member: Chatmaker

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Updated with more information: Thursday, 9/16/2010 at 9:51 am EDT.

Chatmaker of Harrisburg, PA, is a Director of IT. With decades of development and tech management experience under his belt, he’s a great asset to have around the forums. He’s been a developer in PC, client servers, web-based and mainframe environments. Craig considers himself an Excel evangelist, which is evident in his IT Knowledge Exchange blog: Beyond Excel: VBA and Database Manipulation. Some of his loves: MySQL, SQL Server Express, Visual Web Developer Express – “because they’re free” – and any platform including .net web development. Have a question about development, project management, or department management? Chances are, Chatmaker can help you out. Thanks for the hard work!

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 love hearing from you, so if you have a suggestion for a star member you’ve seen around the site, let me know in the comments section or via email.

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

September 16, 2010  6:15 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: September 16, 2010

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

We’ve compiled the top 10 IT blog stories that you and the rest of the community have kept an eye on this week. Don’t worry, it’s not a PDF, you can read it.

1. Email vulnerability went retro last week with the “Here you have” email worm that spread like wildfire to major companies like Disney and Comcast and through the Twittersphere. Marcia Savage reports the details at Security Bytes.

2. Finally some news from Oracle that doesn’t involve lawsuits or betrayal: Oracle upgrades Solaris with Sun Solaris 10 from Eye on Oracle’s Mark Fontecchio.

3. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one confused by Amazon’s (lack of a) public security policy. Carl Brooks over at The Troposphere has the persistent itch: What does Amazon’s security really do?

4. After the hullabaloo of VMworld 2010 died down, Beth Pariseau revisited and outlined vCloud Director’s fine print over at the Search Server Virtualization blog.

5. Microsoft pulls out the big guns, and they’re aimed at Salesforce. Get the details from Barney Beal at Voices of CRM: Microsoft releases online CRM beta, targets Continued »

September 14, 2010  12:59 PM

Going to Oracle OpenWorld 2010? We want to go with you!

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Oracle OpenWorld 2010 is almost upon us, and we’d like to hear what news, tips and tricks emerge from the over 1,800 sessions, seminars and demonstrations taking place next week in San Francisco. To do that, though,  we need your help, particularly if you’re going to the show.

We’re looking for interested users to take pictures, share their thoughts and write up short blog posts about the show; in exchange, we’ll work to get you behind-the-scenes access, free schwag, and even a little monetary compensation for your troubles. And, of course, thousands will be hanging on to your every dispatch, making you an instant mini-Internet celebrity. What could be better? Fame, fortune and free T-shirts, all in one amazing deal.

If you’re interested and attending Oracle OpenWorld, simply get in touch with me at and we can work out the details. In the meanwhile, be sure to check out Mr. Denny’s post on preparing for an IT conference, and feel free to add your own tips.

Michael Morisy is the editorial director for ITKnowledgeExchange. He can be followed on Twitter or you can reach him at

September 14, 2010  6:27 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: September 14, 2010

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

This week’s most-watched IT questions range from SQL Servers to VPN to IP addresses. Jump on in and help a fellow IT Knowledge Exchanger out!

1. A user has a SQL Server 2005 that keeps rebooting; can you help?

2. Spadasoe and Mr. Denny helped out a user wondering how to make laptops log into the domain via VPN for updates.

3. Pdragovich was getting an adprep/domain prep error while upgrading from Windows Server 2003 to 2008. Have any ideas?

4. Manodak needs help running Profiler, an update statement was showing reads but no writes. Mr. Denny gave his two cents; do you have any ideas?

5. When searching for which subnet mask to use for an IP range, this user got a plethora of suggestions from Mr. Denny, Jinteik, and TomLiotta.

Continued »

September 14, 2010  6:13 AM

Featured Member: Davidmichel

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Today’s featured member, David Michel, of Long Island, NY, is a Principal Support Engineer. He’s been busy around the site answering questions on virtual machines, LTO tape back ups, SATA hard drives and more.Thanks for your hard work; keep it up!

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 love hearing from you, so if you have a suggestion for a star member you’ve seen around the site, let me know in the comments section or via email.

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

September 9, 2010  6:49 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: September 9, 2010

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

The IT world has been shaken up lately with drama between vendors, making it feel more like an episode of the Jersey Shore rather than the IT Crowd. This week’s IT blog top 10 has all the juice on Microsoft’s jab at VMworld 2010, EMC’s glitch, and the Oracle-Google lawsuit. Don’t worry, there’s also a photo recap of VMworld 2010 for those too busy to read a full blog post. Did you enjoy a particular post the most? Let us know in the comments section!

1. Mr. Denny addresses the anxiety-ridden: So you want to go to a conference, but you are afraid that you don’t know anyone there. Get some insider tips from a regular conference-goer.

2. Search Server Virtualization’s Beth Pariseau reports on how Microsoft made its presence known at this year’s VMworld 2010 with the USA Today ad that the world heard (or at least the Twitterverse): Microsoft takes its perennial shot at VMware.

3. The Security Wire Weekly’s exclusive with Secure Works’ director of malware research, Joe Stewart: Botnets are hard to bring down [podcast].

4. Tired of words? Check out Beth Pariseau’s VMworld 2010 photo album over at Search Server Virtualization.

5. Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo points out another reason to wag your finger at EMC: EMC’s ‘one in a billion’ glitch cripples government agencies. Continued »

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