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December 29, 2009  3:59 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Dec. 29, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Once again, we bring you the most-watched questions and more in this week’s update. Have a question of your own? Ask it!

1. Rlino asks how to save file doc, xls, into database sql server 2000 in VB6, which MrDenny answers, with CarlosDL and Vatchy offering some helpful suggestions.

2. A reader asks the eternal question: EVA 4400 vs. EMC CX4 120. Read on for MrDenny’s answer and reasoning.

3. Jdleon woke up one day to find they had no connection to the mail server. Labnuke, MrDenny, and Nnf97 tried to help.

4. A funny thing happened to Wabcan on his way to Outlook 2010 (Beta): His e-mails disappeared. Technochic and MrDenny offered some tips.

5. Sherryborden has a numeric test in SQL that just isn’t working. CarlosDL welcomed her back and helped work through the problems. Continued »

December 22, 2009  12:05 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Dec. 22, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Want to know what’s the difference between me and you? Ask Dr. Dre. But if you want to know the difference between RDBMS and ORDBMS or active and passive switches, ask our readers. Below, we answer those questions and more in this week’s most-watched IT Questions.

1. A reader asks what is the difference between RDBMS & ORDBMS, with MSI77 and MrDenny chiming in, and CarlosDL laying down the snark.

2. Shircol says their problem is SQL Server Express 2005 cannot see a drive on the server (drive q) but MrDenny explains this isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

3. A reader looks for development help on Exchange to intercept all emails at point of sending, but all they’ve gotten (so far!) is a shameless plug by Mrdenny.

4. A reader asks why IP addresses are divided into five parts, which Labnuke99 and Hetmil ably correct and explain.

5. A reader asks for SQL Server 2005 Performance optimization advice, which MrDenny and kccrosser offer gladly. Continued »


December 17, 2009  6:42 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Tony Pearson of “Inside System Storage”

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

Tony Pearson is a Senior IT Storage consultant at IBM. With over 20 years’ work in IBM storage, Tony has plenty to talk about in his blog, Inside System Storage. Most recently, Tony has been covering his experience at the Data Center Conference 2009 in Las Vegas. He has also recently talked about the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of Tivoli Storage Manager, as well as IBM System Storage DS8700. His blog is a great read if you specialize in storage, or even if you want to get some insight into working for IBM Storage. Be sure to visit Tony’s blog today.


December 15, 2009  7:05 PM

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December 15, 2009  2:06 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Dec. 15, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Here are the 10 most watched questions on ITKE: There’s some great discussion going on. Go answer a question now!

1. Ak1bo78 asks for a C# how to on IF Statement’s, which Mshen and CarlosDL help create.

2. Dbsi2006 asks for help on how to map drives without UNC, which Rklanke, MrDenny, KevinBeaver and CarlosDL weigh in on.

3. A reader asks for tips about an Oracle 9i installation on Windows Server 2008 and CarlosDL is there with the answer.

4. A reader asks about NAT without BGP, a route which MrDenny and Sonotsky debate.

5. A reader asks for SQL Server 2005 Performance optimization advice, which MrDenny and kccrosser offer gladly. Continued »


December 11, 2009  10:05 PM

The IT Blog Top 10: Dec. 10, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

10. No Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 R2 – but why? Brendan Cournoyer delves into why the latest Windows 2008 R2 takes a surprising turn in not support Exchange 2007.

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

8. What is Changed Block Tracking in vSphere? Eric Siebert discusses how new block tracking features can ease incremental backups.

7. Choosing a block size when creating VMFS datastores Eric Siebert has written a guide on how to choose the right size for VMFS datastores.

6. How to reset the Cisco Catalyst Switch to Factory Defaults Yasir Irfan offers up a helpful, illustrated tutorial. Continued »


December 8, 2009  4:58 PM

Free networking books! Just ask a question.

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Our friends over at SearchNetworking had an abundance of networking books, so now you can benefit! We have free copies of Deploying and Troubleshooting Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers by Cisco Press and Network Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide from Fluke Networks, and we’re giving away free copies for the next week!

All you have to do is post a question in the networking section that gets answered (use “networking” as your first tag). Once your question is answered, e-mail me the link, your name and address and if you’re the first respondent that day, we’ll ship you out your book.
Sorry, only U.S.-based users or those with a U.S. shipping address are eligible for this contest.


December 8, 2009  3:42 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Dec. 8, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Here are the 10 most watched questions on ITKE: There’s some great discussion going on. Go answer a question now!

1. Pushan1234 asks about Returning string value from a stored procedure in sql server 2005 to vc# ide code at runtime. CarlosDL and MrDenny provide some pointers.

2. Bonbon78 runs into trouble Converting date values in AS/400 database. Meandyou, TomLiotta and Teandy post some postulations.

3. A user asks  How many Exchange servers should I use in my company? MrDenny explains why one isn’t the loneliest number.

4. Shiv asks about Exchange 2003 DL’s, and while MrDenny chimed in, the question still isn’t fully answered!

5. Ak1bo78 asks for a C# how to on IF Statement’s, which Mshen and CarlosDL help create. Continued »


December 3, 2009  2:09 PM

The IT Blog Top 10: Dec. 3, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

10. Born out or borne out? That is the question which Ivy Wigmore ably tackles in this entry on writing for business.

9. No Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 R2 – but why? Brendan Cournoyer delves into why the latest Windows 2008 R2 takes a surprising turn in not support Exchange 2007.

8. Sun xVM VirtualBox easily enables folder sharing Rick Vanover dives into moving files around virtually in this helpful tutorial.

7. Choosing a block size when creating VMFS datastores Eric Siebert has written a guide on how to choose the right size for VMFS datastores.

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


December 1, 2009  3:01 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Dec. 1, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Here are the 10 most watched questions on ITKE: There’s some great discussion going on. Go answer a question now!

1. CompEng asked about open-ended SQL statements, and Mrdenny and Meandyou delivered the goods.

2. Kalpana queried Networking certifications, and where the best place is to get certified. XENOPHON22, Schmidtw and KevinBeaver all chimed in with their thoughts.

3. Pramodtenkale promulgated that their Foxpro 2.6 code was error-free, but a host of friendly ITKErs tried to how them the light. Any other solutions?

4. NotJustQA is just wondering how to upgrade the Oracle Client to 10i from 8.1 without losing database connectivity. Darryn and Carlosdl gave NotJustQA some good news … and some bad news.

5. 129 enumerates their problem: The group policy does not apply in Win XP from a W2K3 server. Mshen and Carlosdl come to the rescue once more.

6. GabyCostilla is up SQL Creek and asks about composite foreign keys in SQL Server. Carlosdl offers up a paddle.

7. MBAinsystems is on a hunting trip, and wants to trap the item name of more than one item selected in list control. Carlosdl and Msi77 help them lock’n’load.

8. That time of year: Inprise asks how to migrate repository from SVN to VSS version control in Linux based server. Mrdenny provides some feedback, but more is always welcome!

9. MasterK becomes a student: They ask about a SQL syntax error. CarlosDL guides them down the path of knowledge.

10. TCF stumbles upon some PHP scripting problems. No one has yet to step up and help them TCB.


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