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.
After the third week of our Nexus One Challenge on IT Knowledge Exchange, our top 10 Knowledge Point earners are:
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).
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
After the second week of our Nexus One Challenge on IT Knowledge Exchange, our top 10 Knowledge Point earners are:
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!
Just 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!
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.
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.
Update 11:56 am: Added additional link to feedback page started by Technochic.
This is one of the most frequent questions we receive in our mailbox — member logs in, member asks question, member comes back later to check on question, question has mysteriously disappeared. So why the mystery? Are these questions not going through? Does IT Knowledge Exchange harbor magicians?
Sadly, no, it isn’t magicians. If it was, I’d put them straight to work on my taxes this year. The real story has to do with the questions themselves…
When a member posts a question to IT Knowledge Exchange, we see the new activity and read it. Yes, your friendly neighborhood moderators take a look at every question that comes into the site. If the question needs additional tags or title clarification, we make the appropriate changes. However, if we come across a question from one of the following categories, it is swiftly deleted:
- Homework and exam questions
- Advertising-based messages
- Basic “what is” questions that can easily be answered in a search engine: “What is networking?”, “What does VoIP stand for?”
- Consumer questions: “How do I change the ringtones on my BlackBerry?” “What antivirus should I install on my personal laptop?”
- Job postings
- Questions that are not enterprise IT-specific: “How do I format my spreadsheets?”
“So why the heavy-handedness? Can’t we all just get along?”
Think of it this way: you’re an enterprise IT professional. Maybe you’re a network administrator or a systems engineer. When you visit the site, you only want to see content that is relevant to you. Perhaps you sign up for specific topic updates by e-mail or RSS, or add questions to your Watchlist to make sure you’re seeing what you need to. What would happen if you started to receive “junk questions” in addition to the valuable content?
Our goal as moderators is to keep the conversation as specific to enterprise IT as we can, because that’s what the community is all about. Of course, we can’t always catch 100% of it — we need your feedback to do that! If you see a question or answer you think doesn’t belong in the community (homework questions, sales pitches), please speak up! Flag the question, post something in the discussion or send us an e-mail. We also have a couple of site feedback discussions open where you can contribute your thoughts. This community is meant for your benefit — help us keep it clean!
After the first week of our Nexus One Challenge on IT Knowledge Exchange, our top 10 points earners are:
Though one week has passed in the contest, there’s still plenty of time to nudge your way into the top 10. 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!
If you’ve got a keen eye, you may have noticed that the tabs on the front page have changed. After a brief absence, the “Unanswered” questions tab has returned to the front page.
Recent IT Questions, IT Answers and Discussions are still in the navigation, but some members gave us feedback that they missed the “Unanswered Questions” tab. So, naturally, we listened and brought it back!
The unanswered questions tab is a great way to start participating on the site — it lets you filter through and see the areas where our members still need help. Remember, you can also access unanswered questions by parent tag if you are only interested in networking or virtualization queries.
Happy answering, and remember, your feedback on the site is what we count on to make the community better! Don’t be afraid to tell us what you’d like to see.