IT Knowledge Exchange will be going through some routine database upgrades tomorrow at 8 a.m. Eastern Time, and the updates might mean you can’t login, post or ask questions for a few hours. Saturday morning is traditionally a fairly slow period for the site so take the time to relax, get some sun or catch up with your loved ones, like the guys in green pictured above.
Happy Freebie Friday everyone!
The first 3 members to answer 3 unanswered questions and either retweet the links on twitter using @ITKE and the #ITKEfreebiefriday hashtags or to post the links to those questions in the comments section of this blog will earn 250 Knowledge Points! But hurry up and get started now because you only have until 4:00pm ET.
Updated: July 23, 2010 4:58 PM ET.
Our goal here is to help spread the knowledge, and we’re doing that by giving away free IT books! We’ll be posting an array of questions for you to pick from and answer. Post the link to your answer in the giveaway’s discussion area and the book is yours!
This week’s giveaway is Michael Miller’s Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online.
Congratulations to this week’s winner, Dee101.
Today’s featured member, Ryan, is a network engineer from Michigan. His work in IT started in 2003, and he’s worked on servers, desktops, phone systems, video conferencing, switches and firewalls. For the past month, he’s been scouring IT Answers, answering questions that fall under his expertise: Cisco Routers and Switches, Cisco ASAs, and watchguard firewalls. He’s even helped us out with one of our Windows 7 in 2010 questions. Thanks, Ryan, and keep up the great work!
Feeling left out? Want to join the elite of our featured members? All you have to do is be active in your community; ask and answer great questions at IT Answers, and give us your honest feedback. In return we’ll give you Knowledge Points (that count toward our latest contest)and free IT Knowledge Exchange swag. So upload a photo and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!
Don’t worry, these blog posts have passed the test, and are deemed safe for your enjoyment and education. Peruse and see what everyone’s been reading for the past week. Have a gem you want to share that didn’t make our list? Leave it in the comments section to share with everyone else!
1. VMware adopts per-VM licensing, pricing from the Search Server Virtualization blog by Colin Steele.
2. OpenSolaris governing board threatens to dissolve from Eye on Oracle by Mark Fontecchio.
3. Enterprise pits iPad vs. laptop: Which one gets clobbered? from Unified Communications Nation by Jessica Scarpati.
4. Dell buys Ocarina, plans dedupe across its storage portfolio from Storage Soup by Dave Raffo.
Below are the top 10 most-watched questions, so peruse and see if there’s anything down there that interests you. See something you can add insight to? Don’t hesitate; you’ll be helping out the inquirer and all your fellow IT Knowledge Exchangers keeping an eye on the question. What questions have you been watching? Let us know in the comments section!
1. The age-old question continues:Exchange 64 bit: Is it worth it compared to 32 bit Exchange? Mr. Denny provided an approved answer.
2. Rmb1981 was having a SQL Server view column conversion problem and Mr. Denny and Carlosdl tried to help him out.
3. We wanted to get more people involved in the discussion and we succeeded: See what Mr. Denny, Carlosdl, Batye, Radyair and R3boot see as the additional benefits of having a 64-bit OS over a 32-bit. It’s not too late to share your own!
4. KarlG helped out a user who can’t VPN using Vista to Windows 7 OS using SonicWall Global VPN.
Radyair, or Randy Dyck, hails from Calgary in Canada, like one of our recently featured members. He’s been in IT since 1981, spending 17 years of that as an owner and manager of an Information Systems support company. Thriving on “finding innovative solutions to challenging business opportunities,” Randy’s been helping IT Knowledge Exchange thrive with his answers on topics ranging from WAN to SQL Server to Windows 7 in 2010.
He specializes in accounting software integration, remotely managed network and support services, network and WAN design, provisioning, hardware/software procurement and testing, Novell Netware, Exchange, Pervasive and SQL. Have a question on one of Randy-of-all-trades’ expertise? Ask away and see how he can help!
We really value our featured members, but why? Because they’re always asking and answering great questions at IT Answers. In return we give them Knowledge Points that count toward our latest contest and free IT Knowledge Exchange swag. Want to be eligible? Get involved in the community, provide quality answers, give us honest feedback, upload a photo and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!
We’ve been busy around IT Knowledge Exchange this past week, and we assume you have been as well, so we’ve compiled some of the cool things going on around the community for your one-stop-consumption pleasure. Enjoy:
It’s not too late to join some of the great discussions going on around the community. Here’s one:
Mr. Denny, Carlosdl, Batye and Radyair outlined some of the additional benefits of having a 64-bit OS over a 32-bit.
- Mr. Denny says that 64-bits can get you more memory, CPUs and higher possibility that your server level software will run on it (some are not available in 32-bits, such as Exchange 2010 and most likely the next SQL Server).
- Batye doesn’t think Windows XP 64-bit is worth it, but if you’re considering Windows 7 32-bit versus 64-bit, you can expect faster loading and some program speeds with the latter.
- Radyair highlights how data encryption software benefits from 64-bits, sometimes running from three to five times faster than 32-bit.
Share what you see as the best reasons to go with a 64-bit OS rather than 32-bit.
Didn’t have time to read through the IT Knowledge Exchange blogs this week? Don’t worry, here are a couple highlights:
Nathan, from The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy, shared how to script backups with Syinternals Disk2vhd. (Kevin Beaver’s also a fan of Sysinternals for Windows 7.) Nathan also celebrated the release of VMware vSphere 4.1.
Looks like Dave Bateman of Can you hear me now? found free remote PC access, no installation required.
Welcome, New Members
We’re also updating the Community Blog with pointers and tips on how to get the most out of your community. Have something you want cleared up? We’ll cover it for you, just post a question in the forum, comments section or send me an email.
Also, take a moment to visit our new IT Knowledge Exchange Community Feedback Page 2010 for community-related discussions.
You work hard, and we’re working hard to show our appreciation: We’ve got some great giveaways going on right now. Want a free IT book? Want to win an Xbox 360 Slim or $50 Amazon gift card? We’re also handing out IT Knowledge Exchange t-shirts and Knowledge Points galore! So get to getting because you deserve it.
Of course, there’s always something going on around the site. Post your favorite blog posts or questions from the week in the comments section!
Have a great weekend,
At IT Knowledge Exchange, we’re ambitious. We want to have the biggest and best IT Answers Community out there! Our plan is to provide everyone with the answers they need to be the best they can at their job.
That’s why we’ve created a new weekly contest called ‘Freebie Fridays.’ Every Friday we will be posting a freebie of the week in the Community Blog that you can win, simply by answering unanswered questions. The blog post will detail the rules for that Friday’s contest and highlight the 3 winners. You’ll see a link to the blog post on twitter as well as a link in the “What’s New” box on the homepage.
So let’s get started…
Freebie Friday, July 16, 2010:
The first 3 ITKE members before 3:00 pm ET to answer 3 unanswered questions and to either re-tweet them with the tag #itkefreebiefriday and @ITKE or post the links to those 3 questions in the comment section of this blog post will receive a t-shirt or 50 knowledge points.
Clock starts now…4:00:00
We’ve been welcoming new members to IT Knowledge Exchange by the day, so we figured maybe it was time to update some great pointers on how to get the most out of your community. One thing that new members may run into without knowing why is the mysterious missing question. To avoid getting the reputation of being a black hole, we thought we’d clear up the specific reasons this happens to keep it from happening to you or your loved ones.
To better understand why your question suddenly fell off the edge of our forums, I’ll lay out our process:
ITJoe encounters baffling IT situation.
ITJoe posts his situation on IT Answers.
Your community moderators wade through the questions, including ITJoe’s.
We look through each question that comes into the community; we correct spelling, ask for clarification when needed (for ease of answering), or assign appropriate tags (for ease of search). We also delete questions. But, why? You might ask. The answer’s pretty simple; we delete any question that falls into one of the following categories:
- Homework or exam questions
- Sales pitches
- Basic questions that can easily be answered in a search engine: “What is cloud computing?”, “What does VPN stand for?”
- Consumer questions: “How do I change the ringtones on my BlackBerry?”
- Job postings
- Questions that are not enterprise IT-specific: “How do I format my spreadsheets?”
We do this in your interest, to minimize questions that don’t apply to you, whether it’s in your email topic updates, RSS or your Watchlist, we want to make sure that you’re only receiving what you signed up for. We wade through the junk questions to deliver you the most relevant content.
This is our main objective, anyway, and like it takes a village to raise a child, to run a community you need the help of the community members. See something you don’t think belongs here? Let us know! Flag a question, post a discussion or email me directly. We’ve had some great discussions posted by some of our most active members, so check them out for some great tips on asking and tagging questions, answering questions and general uses of IT Knowledge Exchange.
Want another venue to share your feedback? Here’s your chance: Fill out the 2010 IT Knowledge Exchange member survey and let us know what we’re doing right and where we can improve. (Aside from being an integral part in your community, you’ll get 250 Knowledge Points that can get you ahead in our latest contest.)
Thanks again for being a part of this community and working with us to make it as helpful as possible!