ITKE Community Blog


October 14, 2009  1:52 PM

Redeem your Knowledge Points for an Amazon.com gift card!

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

We would like to thank all of our IT Knowledge Exchange members for their hard work on the site this year by offering the opportunity to “cash out” on their total Knowledge Points earned. Every 1,000 Knowledge Points earned through December 15th, 2009 is eligible for a $10 Amazon gift card.

Remember: You don’t just have to answer questions to earn Knowledge Points! Submitting good questions and thoughtful discussion points can also bump up your Knowledge Points total just as well. Remember your Knowledge Points earned are:

Not sure where to start? Visit this blog post with links to all unanswered questions.

Cashout details:

  • All members with a cumulative 1,000 Knowledge Points or more on the date of their cashout are eligible.
  • Participating members must e-mail us at contactus@itknowledgeexchange.com by the end of business on December 15th in order to qualify for the cashout. In order for us to correctly process the e-mail, you must include your handle.
  • Cashout period runs from today, October 14th, through the end of business on December 15th. We will award gift cards to eligible members based on their total accumulated Knowledge Point values at the time of their e-mail. This means you can e-mail us today to redeem your points, or wait and earn additional Knowledge Points through December 15th.

Restrictions:

  • Only members in Amazon-eligible locations can participate.
  • We cannot “round up” — if you e-mail us and your Knowledge Points currently stand at 4,995, we can only award you for the 4,000. Keep this in mind as you plan your time to redeem!
  • All participants will be reviewed for post relevancy. “Gaming the system” by posting irrelevant comments will be seen by our admins, and you will be disqualified from redeeming.
  • Each participating member may only e-mail us once — we cannot award additional gift cards for participation after the member has chosen to redeem his points.

Your moderators at IT Knowledge Exchange are very excited to launch this giveaway — we look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks,

Community Manager

October 13, 2009  2:02 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Oct. 13, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Here are the 10 most watched questions on ITKE: There’s some great discussions going on ranging from going green to how to create a new network. Go answer a question now and take your shot at winning a TV, or check out the rest of the top 10 on the Community Blog:

1. Going green: Are you feeling the pressure? tops the list, asked by JennyMack and with interesting thoughts from a variety of perspectives.

2. General ODBC Error – Why was asked by a reader, with thoughts from MeandYou and CarlosDL but no answer … yet!

3. SQL Server 2000 hang and shrink won’t stop was asked by a reader and answered by Mrdenny.

4. Oracle LIKE statement on SQL Server 2005 was asked by new user Huhemp and was answered by MeandYou.

5. SQL Server 2005 is running slow was posed by a Biru and answered by KevinBeaver and Mrdenny. Continued »


October 8, 2009  7:30 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Harald Haentsch of Sysadmin’s World

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

This week’s featured IT blogger is Harald Haentsch of Sysadmin’s World. On his blog, Harald covers at length many troubleshooting tips on NetApp and SecureClient, especially on Mac platforms. Though his blog is new, his content has proven very useful to his readers — check out the comments on this post about a fix for Checkpoint SecureClient VPN. We’re happy to feature him here; keep up the good work, Harald!


October 8, 2009  1:53 PM

The IT Blog Top 10: Oct. 8, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

10. Removing old hardware after a P2V conversion Eric Siebert shares a long-held best practice regarding old server management.

9. Massive phishing scheme affects Microsoft Hotmail accounts Rob Westervelt breaks down the latest news on the Microsoft Hotmail phishing attacks.

8. Using VRDP to view VirtualBox virtual machines remotely Rick Vanover walks through Sun’s xVM VirtualBox’s ability to tap into VRDP remote viewing.

7. Ellison rails against the Cloud Larry Ellison once again took aim at the marketing hype surrounding cloud computing, this time likening it to “water vapor.” Barney Beal brings readers the story.

6. Colons and semicolons Ivy Wigmore offers a brief overview of two vexing punctuation marks. Continued »


October 6, 2009  2:46 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Oct. 6, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Once again, we’ve compiled the 10 most watched questions on ITKE, and found some great discussions on topics ranging from virtualization to disaster recovery to disaster recovery. Go answer a question now and
you could win a TV, or check out the rest of the top 10 on the Community Blog:

1. How to remove duplicate row in multi joined table? tops the list, asked by CompEng and answered by a host of eager assistants.

2. Should we tell our users we’re doing disaster recovery testing? was answered by MeandYou, TechnoChic and CharlieBrowne.

3. Count/Sum Question was asked by Chhmusic, and was answered by MeandYou, Calosdl, and kccrosser.

4. To Specify the location for New Column in Oracle was asked by Maheshmamu and was answered by kccrosser, zagrim, mrdenny and others.

5. Server Rack best practices was posed by a reader and answered by Mrdenny and Carlosdl. Continued »


October 1, 2009  7:53 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Marc Farley of StorageRap

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

This week’s featured blogger is Marc Farley of StorageRap. While StorageRap is technically a vendor blog, Marc keeps it interesting with commentary on the market and other topics than just the vendor in question. Check out Marc’s take on selling cloud storage here, for example. Congratulations, Marc, on being our featured IT blogger of the week!


October 1, 2009  1:58 PM

The IT Blog Top 10: Oct. 1, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

10. Choosing a block size when creating VMFS datastores Eric Siebert provides a guide detailing how to choose a block size for VMFS datastores.

9. Using VRDP to view VirtualBox virtual machines remotely Rick Vanover walks through Sun’s xVM VirtualBox’s ability to tap into VRDP remote viewing.

8. Does Larry care about Oracle customers? When it comes to his company, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is clearly ‘in it to win it’ – but for whom? Shayna Garlick investigates.

7. 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.

6. Ellison rails against the Cloud Larry Ellison once again took aim at the marketing hype surrounding cloud computing, this time likening it to “water vapor.” Barney Beal brings readers the story. Continued »


September 29, 2009  2:13 PM

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

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Curious as to what the most popular IT questions and answers are on ITKE? So were we! So we’ve been watching the watchlists, so to speak, to bring you the top 10 questions, answers and discussions at the top of user watchlists this week:

1. Export Oracle data to Excel tops the list with great responses by Jjohannsen, Randym and Kccrosser.

2. How to remove duplicate row in multi joined table? was asked by CompEng and received a lot of thoughtful, fruitful discussion from all over.

3. Why are 4 virtual CPU’s the limitation? was asked during our Microsoft Virtualization chat, and was answered by Edwin Yuen.

4. I LOVE Vmware! Can you convince me to switch to MSFT? is another Microsoft Virtualization chat question, also answered by Edwin Yuen while Kevin Beaver adds his two cents.

5. Complete System Backup SQL Server was posed by a reader and answered by Mrdenny.

6. If running two SQL Server db in two VMs, I should purchase two db servers? was asked during our Virtualization Chat, and answered by EdwinYuen and Mrdenny.

7. Count/Sum Question was posed by Chhmusic and answered by Kccrosser, Carlosdl and Meandyou.

8. Nominate a member for our latest Panasonic flatscreen giveaway is the nomination form for our latest contest.

9. SQL Mismatch in From Statement was asked by CompEng and answered by Carlosdl.

10.  mainframe db2 – get current month and year was posed by rulala and answered by Meandyou.

Go ahead and ask a question yourself, and maybe you’ll see your name up here next week!


September 24, 2009  6:39 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Devang Panchigar of StorageNerve

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

StorageNerve is a recent discovery of ours, where independent storage service provider Devang Panchigar writes about all things storage — most recently, storage economics and the establishment of standards in cloud computing. Give StorageNerve a browse, and tell us what you think!


September 24, 2009  2:14 PM

The IT Blog Top 10: Sept. 24, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

10. Social networking, real-time data feeds — where does that leave IT? The District of Columbia has won the 2009 Innovations in American Government Award in Urban Policy for its Data Feeds: Democratization of Government Data project. Kristen Caretta explains what lessons IT could learn.

9. What’s the future of XML? Just ask Jack Vaughn, who breaks it down.

8. The System i five-layer cake: Yum Mark Fontecchio cuts readers a digestible slice of IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will’s explanation of the iSeries architecture.

7. IBM makes System i rebate more reasonable IBM has revised an ISV-based program for Power Systems users that expands the ability for them to get a rebate, and Mark Fontecchio breaks down why the changes matter.

6. 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.

Continued »


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