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April 21, 2010  8:42 PM

Free IT books for the taking!

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

It's like this, except with books instead of gold and possibly fewer pirates.

Ok, so we’re going to make you work a little bit for them, but not too hard, I promise.

All you need to do to get a free copy of one of the below books is:

  • Ask and/or Answer three (3) quality questions tagged “Networking in 2010”. Here, I’ll even give you a link to the current questions. If you’re answering, the questions should be unanswered.
  • Agree to do a review to be featured on the Bookworm Blog.
Offer to do both, and I’ll scrounge around the office for the best extra swag we have, guaranteed. Once you’ve picked your path to free book greatness, just e-mail me which you chose, your book preference and where you want the book shipped to.
*Usual contest shipping rules apply, but if you’re out of our normal range, I might be able to negotiate something to get you the books anyways. Also, only valid while supplies last.
The Books:
A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Jeffrey S. Beasley’s Networking
IT Systems Management
Why New Systems Fail
Computer and Communication Networks
Security the Borderless Network
Deploying and Troubleshooting Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

April 21, 2010  3:44 PM

The Race for the iPad

EmNichs Emily Nichols Profile: EmNichs

The current contenders in the race for the iPad are:

  1. TomLiotta
  2. Carlosdl
  3. Aguacer0
  4. Mrdenny
  5. Jim4522
  6. Technochic
  7. Mshen
  8. Splat
  9. RichS
  10. ToddN2000

If your name is not on the list now, don’t worry, you have until May 17th to keep answering and asking questions for points. The more you contribute, the more points you get and the more opportunity you have to win.

April 20, 2010  5:36 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Ty Kiisel of the @Task Blog

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

IT Knowledge Exchange members have asked hundreds of project management questions over the years, so when Ty Kiisel of the @task blog suggested I take a look at what he and his cohorts had to say on the subject I had a good feeling. Ty didn’t let me down.

A self-described “accidental project manager” (aren’t we all?), Ty has offered advice on improving team efficiency, the danger of silos and much, much more, illustrated with great examples and amusing anecdotes. It’s definitely one of the more readable project management blogs out there, and it might provide some quality food for thought if you find yourself as an accidental project manager.

Even better, Ty’s agreed to write a guest post for the Enterprise IT Watch Blog, so keep your eyes out for his thoughts on how to deal with complaining departments that always want your valuable resources devoted to them – no matter what it might cost the rest of the company.

April 20, 2010  5:34 AM

The most-watched questions this week: April 20, 2010

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

1.  Issues with multiple DBs on one SQL Server instance? asked by a SQL Server reader and answered by MrDenny and Aguacer0.

2. Which task does the backup server do? asked by Jim4522 and answered by MrDenny.

3.  Sharing a network connection between SUSE and Windows desktops asked by a SearchLinux expert and Carlosdl with a variety of other members weighing in.

4. Choosing between failover options asked by Jim4522 and answered by MrDenny.

5.  SQL Server user name issue asked by a SQL Server reader and answered by MrDenny.

Continued »

April 15, 2010  3:40 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: April 15, 2010

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

1. Cloud computing risks, challenges by Staff for Security Wire Weekly.
2. Beyond Facebook and Twitter: SAP vs. Oracle on social media by Matt Perkins for SAP Watch.
3. How to install Visual Studio 2008 by Brian Eastwood for .NET Developments.
4. Latest Koobface Facebook campaign attracts users with erotic encounters by Robert Westervelt for Security Bytes.
5. What are IP Pools and vApps? by Eric Siebert for Virtualization Pro.
6. What’s the deal with the Cisco ASA firewall shortage? by Rivka Gewirtz Little for the Network Hub.
7. Compellent hits a bump in the road by Dave Raffo for Storage Soup.
8. First look at Windows 2008 R2 SP1 puts emphasis on virtualization by Brendan Cournoyer for The Windows Server Notebook
9. Looking for Some Good (and FREE!) IT Policy Templates? by Arian Eigen Heald for Sister CISA CISSP.
10. Oracle and Sun: Read the fine print by Barney Beal for Eye on Oracle.

April 13, 2010  1:26 PM

The most-watched questions this week: April 13, 2010

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

1. DB mirroring with SQL Server 2005: Standard vs. Enterprise, asked by SQL Server Ask the Experts and answered by MrDenny.

2. DR/HA questions with SQL Server design, asked by SQL Server Ask the Experts and answered by MrDenny.

3. Is it possible for Active Directory Adminsitrative Center to be extended?, asked via e-mail and answered by JimmyIT.

4. Look up values, asked by Aguet001 and answered by Carlosdl.

5. Issues with multiple DBs on one SQL Server instance? asked by SQL Server Ask the Experts and answered by MrDenny and Aguacer0.

Continued »

April 12, 2010  8:14 PM

Back By Popular Demand: The Intel Open Port IT Scavenger Hunt

EmNichs Emily Nichols Profile: EmNichs

We just gave away one sweet prize to ssorr0yk, an HP EliteBook 8440w. And this June we’re doing it again in our Intel Open Port IT Scavenger Hunt.

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 XEON technology, Open Port offers a network to gain access, share ideas and discuss the most relevant topics with leaders of the IT community. Learn more

IT Knowledge Exchange members earn 200 Knowledge Points for entering and will receive an IT Knowledge Exchange Sticker. See IT Knowledge Exchange’s general contest rules for more details.

April 8, 2010  1:29 PM

The IT Blog Top 10: April 8, 2010

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

1. Symantec starts FY 2011 with layoffs from Channel Marker by Barbara Darrow

2. Symantec confirms “some downsizing” in Utah –*Updated* from Storage Soup by Beth Pariseau

3. How NOT to Fight Spam from Security Corner by Ken Harthun

4. Twelve essential Steps of Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC) from Quality Assurance and Project Management by Jaideep

5. VMware ESX storage: How to get local storage to act as a raw disk for VMs from Virtualization Pro by Edward L. Haletky

Continued »

April 6, 2010  5:03 PM

Soon you could be browsing with a new iPad

Sean Brooks Profile: Brooksie18

That’s right.

Our next contest starts today April 6th and runs until midnight EST on May 17th. Here are the specifics:  We are giving away 2 iPads. 1st place receives a 32GB version and people who finish in 2-10th will be put in a drawing to receive a 32GB version.

How can you win or qualify?

All you need to do to win is collect the most knowledge points between the dates listed above. To earn knowledge points you can Ask questions, Answer questions, discuss questions, getting your answer selected as an accepted answer and approving answers.

Keep in mind that we will be reviewing all activities and deducting knowledge points to any posts that do not add value or help the member asking the question.

So let the fun begin. Post any Enterprise IT questions you have and answer unanswered questions that exist on the site: Error messages you are receiving, product selection advice needed and anything else. Also spread the word and have your friends post questions that you may have the answer to.

We will be having special ways you can earn additional knowledge points so sign up for our twitter feed @ITKE to get the announcements.

Any questions? Email me at sbrooks @

If Apple can ship an iPad to you then you are eligible for this contest.

Good Luck


April 6, 2010  2:46 PM

Congratulations to the Intel Open Port Scavenger Hunt Winners


It was a tight race, but 4 members came out on top:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER ssorr0yk: HP EliteBook 8440w with 2010 Core vPro processor
FIRST RUNNER UP nnf97: $100 Gift Card
SECOND RUNNER UP Resinator: $50 Gift Card
THIRD RUNNER UP LowTec: $25 Gift Card

On behalf of Intel and IT Knowledge Exhcange, thank you to everyone who participated and look out for the next Scavenger Hunt coming soon…..

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