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March 2, 2010  2:23 PM

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

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

1. A member asked how to run a comparison of VMware ESX configurations, but no one answered yet!

2. Sreedharsura is trying to install Windows Server 2000 or 2003 on Compaq Presario, but runs into problems. Fortunately, a host of ITKE pros offer to help out, lead by Karthikselvam.

3. TechTarget’s SearchSecurityMidmarket team recently asked if encryption was an “unapproachable” subject,” and LabNuke99, XENOPHON99, KevinBeaver, and A5hley all offered their thoughts.

4. Kevcorbett asked for advice on linking Microsoft Exchange 2010 to Domino. Any suggestions? It’s currently unanswered!

5. A member asks about L2 versus L3 on your WAN, and YasirIrfan provides advice.

6. A member asks whether Active Directory Domain trusts and AD sites can be managed using ADAC, but 123456 has to break some bad news.

7. A member asks if you’ve switched from Parallels to VMware Fusion, but no one has answered yet.

8. Kar asks about the difference between Procedure & Subprocedure, and TomLiotta, Philpl1jb and Littlepd all help explain.

10. Rajq has a question about SQL Server, and MrDenny hits him with his best shot.

March 1, 2010  4:37 PM

Congratulations OwenAmbrose, winner of the Nexus One Challenge

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

The final counts are in, and with the help of Random.org, we’ve drawn the winner for our Google Nexus One Challenge. Congratulations, OwenAmbrose, you’ll be receiving a Nexus One smartphone courtesy of IT Knowledge Exchange!

All of our members in the Top 10 put forth a stellar effort, and we’d like to congratulate them on making it to the final drawing:

– TomLiotta
– Carlosdl
– Technochic
– Mrdenny
– Gent01
– OwenAmbrose
– Yasirirfan
– XENOPHON22
– Ryan8613
– Whatis23

Thank you to all the participants, and congratulations again to OwenAmbrose!


February 25, 2010  6:06 PM

Week 7 Standings: Google Nexus One Challenge, 02/25/10

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

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

  1. TomLiotta
  2. Carlosdl
  3. Technochic
  4. Mrdenny
  5. Gent01
  6. OwenAmbrose
  7. Yasirirfan
  8. Ryan8613
  9. XENOPHON22
  10. Whatis23

XENOPHON22 has edged into the top 10 at the very last minute! Can he hang on to his post through midnight tomorrow, when the contest ends? Stay tuned for the final results next week, and the drawing for the Nexus One smartphone.

Though the Nexus One contest may be drawing to a close, there are still plenty of great ways to win on IT Knowledge Exchange. The Intel Open Port IT Scavenger Hunt has launched with a chance to win a laptop, among other great prizes, and we also have a guide to all of our current contests, which include all the ways you can earn Knowledge Points right now.

Thanks,


Community Manager


February 18, 2010  7:03 PM

Week 6 Standings: Google Nexus One Challenge, 02/18/10

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

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

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

XENOPHON22 and Philpl1jb are currently within arm’s reach and could very well nudge into the top 10 by next Friday when the contest ends. Remember, you can 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. Michael, our community editor, has also just created a guide to all of our current contests, which include all the ways you can earn Knowledge Points right now.

Thanks,


Community Manager


February 18, 2010  2:15 PM

The ITKE Olympics: So many ways to win the gold

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Maybe it was just the coming Olympic fever. Maybe we had excess good will towards man, still lingering on past December. Maybe we just like you too darn much! But the other day, looking at our homepage, Jenny astutely noticed we’ve got a lot of contests going on, and while individually they’re pretty simple, altogether they’re starting to rival the complexity of curling scoring rules.

Because we want to make sure you get every opportunity to take home your gold, we have assembled a nice, simple guide to all the opportunities you have to win a Wii, a laptop, a Nexus one, free books and more over the next few weeks.

Now there’s no excuse not to play like a champion.

Contest What You Can Win Date(s)
Nexus One Challenge Unlocked Nexus One phone Jan. 17th to Feb. 26th
Intel Open Port Scavenger Hunt HP EliteBook 8440w and Amazon Gift Cards Feb. 12th to March 31st
Win Tony Bradley’s book! Tony Bradley‘s Unified Communications for Dummies Feb. 17th to March 24th
The Great ITKnowledgeExchange Book Giveaway A variety of books and training materials Feb. 16th until they’re gone
Accelerating Virtualization Adoption Webinar by SearchCloudComputing A Nintendo Wii Feb. 18th
Cloud Computing Bounties 200 Knowledge Points Feb. 10th to Feb. 28th


February 17, 2010  10:36 PM

Intel Open Port IT Scavenger Hunt: Earn Knowledge Points and win a laptop!

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

To familiarize IT Knowledge Exchange members with its Open Port IT Community, Intel has launched a scavenger hunt with a handsome grand prize — an HP EliteBook 8440w, complete with the brand new 2010 Core vPro processor.

The Intel Open Port IT Community is a key online resource for IT professionals seeking advice at all stages of the IT decision making process. From topics like server virtualization to remote management of notebook and desktop PC’s using Intel vPro technology, Open Port offers a network to gain access, share ideas and discuss the most relevant topics with leaders of the IT community.

Besides an opportunity to win a brand new laptop, we’re also giving away Amazon gift cards to runners-up, and if you’re an IT Knowledge Exchange member when you fill out the survey, you can win even more just by participating! IT Knowledge Exchange members who complete the survey and enter their information on the “thank you” page will receive a free IT Knowledge Exchange sticker, as well as 200 bonus Knowledge Points credited to their account. What’s not to love?
Visit the official Intel Open Port IT Scavenger Hunt contest page for all of the questions (plus hints) and get all the details on the contest.


February 17, 2010  10:11 PM

Win Tony Bradley’s new book, “Unified Communications for Dummies”

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Think POTS is the pits? Looking to build out the call center of the future, or even just bring your office’s phone system into the 21st century? Then Tony Bradley’s your man: He’s been blogging on unified communications right here on ITKnowledgeExchange, and now his book “Unified Communications for Dummies” is out and available.

We’ve even got 3 chances for you to win a free copy*! Simply ask or answer a Unified Communications question between now and next Wednesday, e-mail me and I’ll send copies to the best question, best answer, and a volunteer reviewer. If you volunteer to review the book, you don’t even need to ask a question: Just e-mail me and let me know!

Good luck, and congrats again to Tony for a stellar publication.

*Some shipping restrictions apply.


February 17, 2010  6:13 PM

Join us for a Microsoft Live Cloud Chat 2/23

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

//www.flickr.com/photos/kky/704056791/On Tuesday, February 23rd, Microsoft experts Jim Glynn and Brett Hill will be joining us live on IT Knowledge Exchange for a chat about Cloud services related to SharePoint and Exchange. If you’d like to post your question in advance, visit the chat page and leave it in the comments. You can also sign up for an e-reminder to be e-mailed on the day of the event. We look forward to joining Jim and Brett on the 23rd, and hope to see you there.


February 17, 2010  3:32 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Feb. 16, 2010

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

1. JHite ran into an Outlook 2003 display name issue for contact with multiple email, and XENOPHON22, Mrdenny and Carlosdl helped out.

2. Windows Server 2003 is giving a member some installation trouble, and MrDenny offers some advice.

3. Can you block Exchange 2007 admins from viewing other admin’s mailboxes? No, according to Technochic and MrDenny, although XENOPHON22 offers some thoughts on a workaround.

4. Jagoodie asks if it’s possible to alter Column Drop Identity in T/SQL, and MrDenny and CarlosDL reveal the truth.

5. A member asks about the max logins per user in Cisco Unified Communications Manager, but no one has answered yet! Continued »


February 16, 2010  5:59 PM

Week 5 Standings: Google Nexus One Challenge, 02/11/10

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

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

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

A few members – Philpl1jb, Meandyou, KevinBeaver and Labnuke99 to be exact – are following closely behind in slots 11, 12, 13 and 14, and have a window of opportunity to edge out Ryan, Mshen or Whatis23 at any time in the last ten days of the contest. They (and you!) can 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


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