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May 8, 2009  8:45 PM

Simple, but helpful, IT product reviews from our members

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Who better to share their thoughts and experiences with IT products and services than the members of IT Knowledge Exchange? Hey, come back here! Don’t run away. We’re not looking for hoity-toity, Grey Poupon type of product reviews. We’re just looking for some honest, real-world opinions from our members who work in the trenches.

That’s right …opinions. Hey, if you want to set up a benchmark lab, that would be great – but seriously, we’d just like to solicit your thoughts in a slightly more orderly fashion to benefit other members.

You use all manner of software and hardware each day, right? Some you love – others not so much. Simply outline why you like your favorite admin tools, utilities or other software and hardware products. That’s it – short and sweet.

Or maybe you evaluate products where you work? Let’s suppose you recently went through the selection process for a specific category of product. During testing, you determined which solution best fit your or a client’s circumstances, for either budgetary or technical reasons. This is helpful information to share.

Yeah, we know – your best fit won’t necessarily be someone else’s best fit. But we have to start somewhere, don’t we? So below is a basic template providing a minimum of required information in an attempt to make this more consistent and helpful. Thanks!

Community Manager

p.s. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may email your product review to me and I’ll post it for you.

Question Title = “Product Review – Super-duper Server Tools v4.2”
Tag = “Product Review”

Product: Super-duper Server Tools v4.2
Platform: Windows, Linux and Commodore 64
Manufacturer: Super-duper Inc.

Pros: This product really is super-duper, no fooling. Broad OS support and cost savings.
Cons: The default settings accidentally erase 6 terabytes of customer data, so be sure to change that.

Review: Unlike similar tools in this space, Super-duper Server Tools supports both Windows and Linux, not to mention C64. Wow, now that’s what I call a homogeneous environment tool. We were able to consolidate our servers and cut costs by 99%. You should download the patch v1936486.9374g5873h3jk immediately after installation to avoid blah blah, etc.

Cut-and-paste the text below into your text editor or word processor
Then simply fill in by writing your product review and post your review on ITKE.




May 8, 2009  5:17 PM

Okay, listen up! …to these Podcasts

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Frank Gorshin - The RiddlerQuick, riddle me this: If a picture is worth a thousand words – then how much is a podcast worth? If you answered with a technical response, such as “a bunch” – then you’re absolutely correct. And we just happen to have 3 new podcast blogs on IT Knowledge Exchange for your listening enjoyment.

Visit these podcasts authored by TechTarget editors and industry experts today!

Community Manager

Security Wire Weekly
Listen to the top security experts and learn about the latest cybersecurity research. Whether it’s the spread of malware, the explosion of spam or hackers exploiting flaws to steal sensitive data, this podcast series aims to find the right ways to defend against ongoing attacks to your systems.

Patrolling the Channel
A podcast that educates security solution providers on how to make the best security decisions for customers. Topics include how to implement and monitor technologies in customer environments, how to improve business relations with customers, and how certain circumstances can affect your business.

Voices of CRM
A CRM blog for marketing, sales and call center professionals with commentary on CRM news, industry trends and CRM software products from CRM vendors. Read about CRM topics like customer service and call center strategy, sales and marketing strategy and software, SaaS CRM and data integration.

May 7, 2009  7:19 PM

IT Blogger of the Week: Vjekoslav Babic of “Navigate Into Success”

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

Vjekoslav Babic

This week’s featured blogger is Vjekoslav Babic of Navigate Into Success. Hailing from Croatia, Vjekoslav is a consultant at Microsoft who specializes in Microsoft Dynamics NAV. When he is not working or writing in his blog, Vjekoslav is pursuing his writing talents — he recently co-authored Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, the first and currently the only book on this product. He recently wrote about us; you can check out his review of IT Knowledge Exchange here.

Be sure to take a look at Vjekoslav’s recent thoughts on risk management and his WinDays9 presentation on Dynamics NAV.

Congratulations, Vjekoslav, on being our blogger of the week!

May 1, 2009  2:41 PM

Site Outage update

Sean Brooks Profile: Brooksie18

As most of you are aware we have been having some site outages for the past week. The outages have been due to load and database issues and we are resolving them as we speak. This issue has also given us the opportunity to make sure we remain fully scalable to the amount of traffic and content that you, our members, are creating.
I apologize for the inconvenience and if you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to email me directly at sbrooks at
I know from the many emails we receive that this site has been extremely helpful for IT professionals around the globe. Our mission is to provide FREE answers and information that will help make IT pros jobs easier on a day to day basis. Without our members that wouldn’t be possible.

Community Leader

April 30, 2009  8:01 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Barry Coombs of Virtualised Reality

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

This week’s featured blogger is Barry Coombs of Virtualised Reality. Barry is a VMware Certified Professional who blogs about (surprise surprise!) VMware and its related news and troubleshooting tips. He recently blogged about viewing ghost hardware after P2V, and also provided a link to an ESX 3.x command guide. He also has a central location for VMware download links. Congratulations, Barry, on being our blogger of the week!

You can visit Barry’s blog, “Virtualised Reality,” here.

April 23, 2009  8:29 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Scott Herold of VMGuru

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

This week’s featured blogger is Scott Herold of VMGuru. Scott is a lead virtualization architect and co-author of two books on VMware.
His blog, VMGuru, covers all topics related to VMware and virtualization. He recently wrote about Virtualization EcoShell and released a video of his related pitch at VMworld 2009. You can visit Scott on his blog here:

Congratulations, Scott, on being our blogger of the week!

April 16, 2009  4:48 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Christofer Hoff

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

This week’s featured blogger is Christofer Hoff of “Rational Survivability”. Hoff blogs mostly about information centricity and risk management, but he’s also a fan of virtualization and cloud computing, and has recently been writing about cloud infrastructure and security. His wry sense of humor makes his posts enjoyable reads, and it’s immediately apparent that Hoff not only knows how to captivate his audience, but he knows his stuff. You can visit Hoff’s blog here:

Congratulations, Christofer, on being our Featured IT Blogger of the Week!

April 14, 2009  2:45 PM

We want your product reviews!

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

We are looking to create a new section of the site that will offer IT professionals an easy way to find product reviews on servers, storage solutions, software and anything else IT related.

Help your peers by posting your unbiased reviews of any software or hardware you are using in your IT department. Simply visit our IT Knowledge Exchange Ask a Question page and post your review today.

Each week we will pick a review at random and send the reviewer an t-shirt.

April 9, 2009  2:58 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Jesse Gilleland

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

This week’s featured blogger is Jesse Gilleland of Jesse is referred to as the “SAN God” among his friends, and his blog encompasses all there is to discuss about storage. Having been a storage pro at EMC, he knows a little bit about the industry, and has recently covered topic including EMC Atmos, third-party replication appliances, and Clariion and Symmetrix products. If you’re into enterprise storage, Jesse’s blog is definitely one to add to your repertoire.

You can visit here.

April 3, 2009  3:10 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Windows Virtualization Team Blog

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

This week’s featured blog is the Windows Virtualization Team Blog. In a time when technology is moving so fast, sometimes it pays to head straight to the source. On the Microsoft Virtualization Product Group’s team blog, you can stay abreast of the latest developments related to enterprise desktop virtualization, management tools, Hyper-V, and any other Microsoft virtualization products. The other nice thing about the blog — you are getting viewpoints from not only the managers, but the developers and testers as well.

Visit Microsoft’s Virtualization Team blog here.

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