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September 28, 2010  6:52 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: September 28, 2010

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Have a question? Head over to IT Answers and get some help from our community of IT pros. Check out this week’s most-watched IT questions for some great suggestions and solutions to some obstacles other IT Knowledge Exchange members have encountered recently. Enjoy!

1. One question that never seems to get off of people’s minds is what certifications are valuable to have at the moment. Sulaiman, Mr. Denny, Englishguy, Jaideepkhanduja, and Bill 1313 gave some great advice and suggestions.

2. Mr. Denny provided some troubleshooting tips for an unexpected power failure on a Windows Server 2008.

3. Want to know how to setup Active Directory 2008 password complexity? Mr. Denny has what you need.

4. Get some details you might need when considering to modify a swap file on Windows Server 2003 from Mr. Denny.

5. Mr. Denny provides a quick rundown of how to install Windows XP mode on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Continued »

September 23, 2010  6:49 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: September 23, 2010

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Okay so none of the IT blog top 10 are “evil” per se, but monkeys are cute, so enjoy the comic. Then enjoy the top landing pages across IT Knowledge Exchange from the past week. Seems like everyone stuck at home is on the lookout for Oracle OpenWorld updates, and we’ve got some great coverage from Oracle OpenWorld 2010.

1. Colin Steele speculates for the Search Server Virtualization blog on who the mystery beau come to steal (read: strategically buy) the SUSE Linux part of Novell. Check out his numbers in Odds-Makers: Who’s buying Novell?

2. The follow-up to number 1 up there; compare Colin’s numbers and predictions with the fact that VMware, Novell in acquisition talks, WSJ says.

3. David Vasta recommends some reading over at the Lotus Alive blog: Ed Brill – Not a good day for the “other guys.”

4. If you’re not hanging out at Oracle OpenWorld 2010 with 40,999 of your friends, you’re probably reading about it. Add Barbara Darrow’s Channel Marker post to your repertoire on why Oracle is the world’s scariest software company.

5. As we approach the end of the year and *sigh* the end of the summer, Storage Soup’s Davo Raffo’s anticipation grows for the release of CommVault’s Simpana 9.

6. Despite recent reports that claim the recession ended in 2009, business productivity and cost reduction are still the number one concern according to a CIO survey, Linda Tucci reports for Total CIO.

7. The Troposphere’s Carl Brooks scratches at the persistent itch: What does Amazon’s security really do?

8. Not at Oracle OpenWorld 2010? Don’t worry, Barney Beal of Voices of CRM has an early look at Oracle’s Fusion CRM applications.

9. Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo reports on the post-breakup status of Dell: Will Dell buy Brocade on the rebound?

10. Keep your eye on Oracle with Shayna Garlick as she discusses the next version of Exadata.

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

September 23, 2010  6:40 AM

Featured Member: Mlwehking

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Today’s featured member, Mlwehking (or Michael), hails from Topeka, KS. His activity around the forums started about a month ago, and he’s been going strong ever since. He’s answered your questions on Windows Server 2003, network routers and Security in 2010. Thanks for the good work, Michael!

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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 Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at

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!

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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

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