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February 9, 2010  1:51 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Feb. 9, 2010

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

The quest for the Nexus One Challenge continues, and the competition is fierce to stay in the top 10. Here are the questions that generated the most interest the last week: In them, you’ll find great answers from some of ITKnowledgeExchange’s most active users.

1. A member asks how to configure a two-RAID LUN, which MrDenny answers.

2. A member runs into an error when installing vSphere Client on Windows Server 2008 R2, and MrDenny shows them the workaround.

3. A member asks for a RAID level comparison of data protection vs. redundancy, and MShen and MrDenny offer their thoughts.

4. A member asks how they know when to add capacity to my virtual infrastructure, and MrDenny suggests setting up a baseline based on failure.

5. Earthman2005 asks whether today’s 3G phones will work with 4G networks, and Techy001, MrDenny, and your friendly neighborhood community editor all weigh in. Continued »

February 4, 2010  5:08 PM

Week 4 Standings: Google Nexus One Challenge, 02/04/10

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

After the fourth week of our Nexus One Challenge on IT Knowledge Exchange, our top 10 Knowledge Point earners are:

  1. Technochic
  2. TomLiotta
  3. Carlosdl
  4. Mrdenny
  5. Gent01
  6. OwenAmbrose
  7. Ryan8613
  8. Yasirirfan
  9. Mshen
  10. Whatis23

This is the first week our Top 10 members haven’t changed. Could you be the one to climb your way into the Top 10 and be eligible for our Nexus One drawing? Earn Knowledge Points now by asking, answering and discussing questions in the community, and by participating in special Knowledge Point challenges, which we announce in the community, on the blog, and on Twitter (@ITKE).

Need an easier way to stay up to date on the contest? Subscribe to the “Nexus One” tag on our blog and keep tabs on our Knowledge Point Challenges in your favorite RSS reader.

Thanks,


Community Manager


February 4, 2010  4:44 PM

The IT Blog Top 10: Feb. 4, 2010

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

1. How to allow the root user to log in to VMware ESX Server with SSH David Davis’ how-to on allowing users into a VMware server via SSH works wonders for the virtualization crowd.

2. Choosing a block size when creating VMFS datastores Eric Siebert discusses how to choose the right allocation for your VMFS datastores.

3. Using VRDP to view VirtualBox virtual machines remotely Rick Vanover shares a technique to help make remote administration a little easier.

4. Standard Server 2003 Migration to SBS 2008 Part 3 Roger Crawford’s third part of his series on Server 2003 migrations.

5. 201 CMR 17 FAQ: Updates to Massachusetts data protection law Alexander Howard takes a look at the update to 201.CMR.1, which moves the implementation deadline to March 1st and changes some key provisions to the data protection law.
Continued »


February 2, 2010  3:09 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Feb. 2, 2010

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Tick tock, tick tock. What’s that sound?  The countdown for the Nexus One Challenge. What? You’ve moved on? Well ask your best questions anyways, get knowledge points and earn good karma for our inevitable* iPad contest at some indeterminate point, you bandwagon-hopper you. In the meantime, here’s our hottest questions from the past week, as tallied by number of people who’ve added them to their Watch List.

1. A member asked  which training and certification incentives are cost effective, which received stellar responses from MrDenny, KevinBeaver and HoyleT.

2. A member asked if you can downgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to R1. The answer? See MrDenny’s response, and YasirIrfan’s tips.

3. YBA has a project that requires tackling some tricky SQL transaction log file problems, but MrDenny and CarlosDL offer some thoughts and advice.

4. A reader asks for server purchasing advice. Rparamount, MrDenny and MarkHolt deliver the goods.

5. Ksr1234  is trying to find better network monitoring software, and MrDenny, Labnuke99, and KevinBeaver offer suggestions.

Continued »


January 28, 2010  4:53 PM

Current Standings: Google Nexus One Challenge, 01/28/10

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

After the third week of our Nexus One Challenge on IT Knowledge Exchange, our top 10 Knowledge Point earners are:

  1. Technochic
  2. TomLiotta
  3. OwenAmbrose
  4. Carlosdl
  5. Ryan8613
  6. Mrdenny
  7. Gent01
  8. Yasirirfan
  9. Mshen
  10. Whatis23

Though three weeks have passed in the contest, you still have a month to nudge your way into the Top 10 and be eligible for our Nexus One drawing. As a reminder, you can earn Knowledge Points by asking, answering and discussing questions in the community, and by participating in special Knowledge Point challenges, which we announce in the community, on the blog, and on Twitter (@ITKE).

Need an easier way to stay up to date on the contest? Subscribe to the “Nexus One” tag on our blog and keep tabs on our Knowledge Point Challenges in your favorite RSS reader.

Thanks,


Community Manager


January 27, 2010  7:07 PM

Ask a question and we’ll send you some sticker swag

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

As you can tell by the current state of Michael’s laptop, we’ve recently received some spanking new IT Knowledge Exchange stickers and we’d like to send them to you, our steadfast question-askers. The rules are simple: Ask a question in the community, then send me an e-mail with:

  • Link to the question
  • Your preferred mailing address

We’ll mail you a free IT Knowledge Exchange sticker. There is no limit to the number of stickers you can receive, but the questions must be quality ones (well-tagged, properly titled and detailed).

Thanks!


Community Manager


January 26, 2010  8:56 PM

Current Standings: Google Nexus One Challenge, 01/21/10

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

After the second week of our Nexus One Challenge on IT Knowledge Exchange, our top 10 Knowledge Point earners are:

  1. Technochic
  2. TomLiotta
  3. OwenAmbrose
  4. Ryan8613
  5. Carlosdl
  6. Gent01
  7. Mrdenny
  8. Yasirirfan
  9. Whatis23
  10. Steveoasdfasdf

Though two weeks have passed in the contest, there’s still plenty of time to nudge your way into the top 10 (evident in the major shuffling of the top 10 last week). As a reminder, you can earn Knowledge Points by asking, answering and discussing questions in the community, and by participating in special Knowledge Point challenges, which we will announce periodically. Keep up the great work!


Community Manager


January 26, 2010  1:45 PM

Microsoft System Center Live Chat: TODAY, 01/26, 11-2 EST

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

Kenon OwensSacha DawesJust a quick reminder that today, 01/26, from 11-2 EST, Kenon Owens and Sacha Dawes will be joining us live on IT Knowledge Exchange for a chat about all things System Center-related:

Learn how System Center can benefit your IT environment with integrated solutions from the desktop to the data center, management of physical and virtual IT environments, knowledge-driven management, and rapid time to value. Join IT Knowledge Exchange for a Microsoft System Center LIVE chat hosted by Microsoft System Center experts Sacha Dawes and Kenon Owens.

Visit the chat page now and submit your questions ahead of time in the comments. We look forward to seeing you there!


January 26, 2010  1:21 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Jan. 26, 2010

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

There’s been a shakeup in the standings: A new sheriff’s come into town, and he’s not afraid to ruffle some feathers. And by “ruffle some feathers” I mean “answer some tough IT questions.” Who will emerge on top in the shootout at the Nexus One Corral? Only time will tell, but I have a feeling we’ll see some broken hearts come February 26th. Don’t let yourself be one them: Fire away with your best questions, win points and keep this town safe for the good people of Big Whiskey, Wyoming.

1. A member asked about the benefits and risks of moving to a 100 percent virtual environment, which TechnoChic, OwenAmbrose and MrDenny chimed in on.

2. A member wants POP3 access to an Exchange 2007 SP1 CAS, and MrDenny helps out.

3. Technochic and MrDenny offer some Windows Server 2008 cluster backup solutions.

4. TheBandit runs into Select/Insert Statements causing out of memory error run in VB Script, and a host of IT pros offer to help out.

5. Adwaith wants to avoid duplicate entries in a database, and MrDenny and ITGuy400 help out.
Continued »


January 21, 2010  2:39 PM

The IT Blog Top 10: Jan. 21, 2010

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

1. Forrester points to 2010 changes in application development Jack Vaughn reports back that Forrester has highlighted cloud computing platforms, low-cost application frameworks and more nimble development as 2010 priorities.

2. Using VRDP to view VirtualBox virtual machines remotely Rick Vanover shares a technique to help make remote administration a little easier.

3. Choosing a block size when creating VMFS datastores Eric Siebert discusses how to choose the right allocation for your VMFS datastores.

4. How to use command line arguments in VBScript via the Wscript.Arguments Object Jerry Lees explains a helpful VBScript trick.

5. Upgrade ESXi 3.5 to ESXi 4.0 without vCenter Raj Perumal discovered a handy workaround for those that want to play around with ESXi 4.0. Continued »


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