ITKE Community Blog


June 18, 2008  7:03 PM

We’ve been named as one of the “10 Great Web Sites”

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

ten.gifWe hate to sing our own praises (not really, we actually love to) but IT Knowledge Exchange has been named as one of the 10 Great Media Web Sites in the June issue of Media Business Magazine.

We’re not really boasting about ourselves, as we fully realize it’s our helpful members – like you! – who make IT Knowledge Exchange a true community. So give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done.

We’ve set up a feedback question where you can opine on how we can further improve IT Knowledge Exchange. Be sure to visit that page and let us know what you love (and hate) about the site. It’s the place to share your suggestions, comments and feature requests.

So continue spreading the word about us and helping us to build the best enterprise IT community on the Web. We thank each and every one of our members for sharing their precious time, expertise and experience in our community. Thank you!

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June 17, 2008  4:56 PM

TechStop, new blog for Network Administrators

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

ServerPlease welcome one of our newest bloggers, Joshua Wood. Joshua has been a Network Administrator for more than 8 years and has a number of certifications, including MCSE, CCNA, SMBE, A+ and Network+.

Joshua’s blog is called TechStop and he’ll be covering a wealth of information about network administration and operations. Be sure to bookmark Joshua’s blog and visit often for the latest on Network Administration.

My expertise includes technical infrastructure, network architecture, implementation, security, disaster recovery planning and management. Including the installation and maintenance of VPNs, backup systems, and VMware virtualization. — Joshua Wood

Have you considered starting your own blog? It’s a great way to share your unique IT viewpoint with the community — and even earn a little cash. Request your own blog and we’ll help you get started building a readership. Thanks.

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June 12, 2008  8:31 PM

Answer wisely and we shall clothe you!

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

… So sometimes we like to be a bit dramatic.

Starting today, we are opening a new contest. You may remember last week’s contest for the best questions. Now we’re all about answers – a week from tomorrow (June 20th), we will select five users who have submitted excellent answers to user questions.

The criteria for drafting great answers are much like drafting great questions – the answer should be very specific, well-thought-out and properly written. Remember that as a site with mostly user-generated content, ITKE’s quality depends directly on the quality of what you contribute to it. Keep things professional and well-worded, and you will be rewarded!

Which brings us to the prize – and you know you’ve been wanting one – the famous IT Knowledge Exchange t-shirt! I myself am hoping to snag one shortly, but your answers have a lot more pull power. So tap into the guru in you; answer away, and we’ll see you in a week!

Jenny Mackintosh
Community Manager


June 11, 2008  2:41 PM

Soft skills and the human side of IT

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Cave entranceI want to introduce a new member blog that’s a bit different from the customary technical fare. Suzanne Wheeler has been involved with IT for over a decade and her new blog will be focusing on the human side of IT.

Her blog is called Views from the P.I.T. – People in IT. So drop by “the pit” to welcome Suzanne to the community and join her as she explores the human perspective of IT.

Stop digging a deeper hole to crawl into! Join me for a fresh look on all things human in the technology world. This “People Geek” tackles topics like soft skills, mental health, building career relationships, workplace dynamics, and recreation. —Suzanne Wheeler

What are your experiences in the IT world? Maybe you should consider starting a blog of your own on IT Knowledge Exchange, too? Simply fill out a blog request and we’ll help you get started and build a readership. Thanks.

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June 9, 2008  7:14 PM

Winners of the “Best Questions” t-shirt contest

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

Congratulations to our five latest winners, who were selected for posting exceptional questions!

- Bobkberg
- DLM2007
- Koohiisan
- Nanopit
- Monk

Each winner receives a coveted (and very stylish) ITKE t-shirt!

So how do I write a good question?

The things that take a post from “good” to “great” are fairly simple — providing plenty of information, being specific, correct spelling, capitalization and punctuation, and smart tagging all help your questions get answered faster… never mind that it makes the community managers very happy! Need more information on proper posting etiquette? We tell it like it is here.

Stay tuned for future contests, and remember, if you’re new to IT Knowledge Exchange, you too can get your hands on an awesome ITKE shirt. All you have to do is earn 500 Knowledge Points, which is explained here.

Happy posting,

Jenny Mackintosh
Community Manager


June 6, 2008  6:52 PM

If it has a plug, it’s IT stuff

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Electrical plugAlessandro Panzetta is a systems administrator who recently joined our community. He sure didn’t waste any time and has not only started his own blog but taken home a Nintendo Wii for placing 1st in our recent Most Active Member contest.

With 10 years experience on Microsoft platforms, Alessandro provides miscellaneous tips, helpful resources and news for IT personnel on his blog, If it has a plug, it’s IT stuff.

Maybe it’s time you considered starting a blog of your own on IT Knowledge Exchange, too? Fill out a blog request and start sharing your expertise with the community. Thanks.

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June 4, 2008  8:02 PM

Announcing the winners in the Nintendo Wii contest

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Nintendo WiiOur Nintendo Wii contest has ended and the winners have been determined. Congratulations to the 3 outstanding members below that won some very cool prizes for being the most active during the contest period.

Click on the username of our winners to view their most recent IT answers and discussion or read their blogs to see what IT issues are most on their minds.

1st Place – Nintendo Wii game system
Alessandro Panzetta (Alessandro.panzetta)
ITKE Blog: If it has a plug, it’s IT stuff

2nd Place – Canon PowerShot Digital Camera
Troy Tate (Labnuke99)
ITKE Blog: IT Trenches

3rd Place – Amazon $100 gift certificate
Melissa (Technochic)

Everyone enjoys winning a prize, especially some of the cool prizes we offer, but the important thing is that our community is growing and providing our IT pro membership with a forum to share expertise and exchange knowledge.

Got an idea for a new contest or prize? We’re always open to suggestions from our members. Email us or post it right here. Thanks.

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May 7, 2008  2:18 PM

Filter to see only answered or unanswered IT questions

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Question MarkIn case you hadn’t noticed, we recently added some new features to the homepage. We’ve upped the list of most recent questions and answers on the homepage from 60 to a whopping 200. Plus, you’ll also find a new tab for filtering unanswered questions.

In addition to the homepage, you’ll now find these 3 tabs on every major topic: Recent IT Questions, Recent IT Answers and Unanswered IT Questions.

So now, if you’re looking for questions to answer within your specific expertise, simply click the Unanswered IT Questions tab on any of the topics of your choice below.

Recent IT Questions
→ This tab displays the most recent 200 questions, both unanswered and answered. This is the default view.

Recent IT Answers
→ This tab displays the most recent 200 questions that have an answer or a partial answer. The answer may be rated, improved or reverted by fellow members.

Unanswered IT Questions
→ This tab displays the most recent 200 unanswered questions. This is a handy tab, especially during contests, to quickly view only unanswered questions.

We currently have a Most Active Member contest during the month of May, so jump to your area of expertise and start answering questions to build up your Knowledge Points and you could be our next winner. Thanks.

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VIEW UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON THESE TOPICS

AS/400 (unanswered questions)
Channel (unanswered questions)
CIO (unanswered questions)
CRM (unanswered questions)
Database (unanswered questions)
Data Center (unanswered questions)
Data Management (unanswered questions)
Development (unanswered questions)
Exchange (unanswered questions)
Linux (unanswered questions)
Lotus Domino (unanswered questions)
Microsoft Windows (unanswered questions)
Mobile (unanswered questions)
Networking (unanswered questions)
Oracle (unanswered questions)
SAP (unanswered questions)
Security (unanswered questions)
SQL Server (unanswered questions)
Storage (unanswered questions)
Virtualization / VMware (unanswered questions)
Unified Communications / VoIP (unanswered questions)


VIEW ANSWERED QUESTIONS ON THESE TOPICS

AS/400 (answered questions)
Channel (answered questions)
CIO (answered questions)
CRM (answered questions)
Database (answered questions)
Data Center (answered questions)
Data Management (answered questions)
Development (answered questions)
Exchange (answered questions)
Linux (answered questions)
Lotus Domino (answered questions)
Microsoft Windows (answered questions)
Mobile (answered questions)
Networking (answered questions)
Oracle (answered questions)
SAP (answered questions)
Security (answered questions)
SQL Server (answered questions)
Storage (answered questions)
Virtualization / VMware (answered questions)
Unified Communications / VoIP (answered questions)


May 6, 2008  6:37 PM

SQL and SQL Server tutorial and reference guide

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

SQL ServerThere’s no doubt our community is one of the best places to post an IT question. Our members are some of the best and brightest and the distilled knowledge of our membership can be a lifesaver when an IT issue is driving you mad. But did you also know that your fellow members are sharing their expertise in their blogs?

You’ll be amazed at the tips, tweaks and time-savers you’ll find in the blogs of your peers and colleagues on IT Knowledge Exchange. Our sister site, SearchSQLServer.com, has gathered together related posts from our SQL Server with Mr. Denny blog to create a reference guide for those just getting started with SQL or anyone wishing to brush up their skills.

So be sure to visit the SQL and SQL Server tutorial and reference guide and take a moment to browse through our growing number of IT blogs for other topics of interest.

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April 21, 2008  6:00 AM

Don’t let the taxman crimp your geek budget

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Uncle SamBenjamin Franklin said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” If Uncle Sam has just taken a bite out of your geek budget, keep reading, as today marks the start of our newest Most Active Member contest. Our previous winners are already kicking back and enjoying their prizes — and you could be our next winner.

Check out the sweet new prizes we’re offering…

1st PlaceNintendo Wii game system

To truly understand how Wii revolutionizes gaming, you have to try it for yourself. Quite simply, Wii is for everyone. The ease of use and interactivity of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk allows for a unique social gaming experience for the whole family. You don’t just play Wii, you experience it.

2nd PlaceCanon PowerShot SD100 IS 8MP Digital Camera

With 8.0-megapixel technology at its heart, PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH brings you high resolution images that maintain their sharpness and vivid impact even when they’re enlarged and cropped. The 3x Optical Zoom is a clear winner when it comes to getting up close and personal. And Canon’s invaluable Optical Image Stabilizer reduces the blur of camera movement, even in tricky low light situations.

3rd Place$100 Amazon gift certificate

Redeem your gift certificate for whatever you wish. You’ll find a huge variety of geek gear on Amazon.com and this shopping spree is on us.

You’ve heard it said that April showers bring May flowers? All I know is that April Knowledge Points bring May prizes. Each time you ask your own question, answer or discuss IT questions, you are automatically earning Knowledge Points. Whoever is sitting in the top three spots at the end of the day on May 31st will claim the title of Most Active Member and win one of these great prizes.

So be sure to visit the main unanswered questions section on IT Knowledge Exchange often during the contest period and ask, answer or discuss an IT question and earn Knowledge Points. You can also find unanswered questions for specific IT topics.

The prizes are our way of thanking the top contributors for sharing their expertise and helping build the ITKE community knowledgebase. It’s a brand new contest and everyone has an equal chance of being the next Most Active Member. So read the Contest Rules and start participating today. Thanks!

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p.s. And don’t forget about our other “Link to ITKE” Contest that ends on April 30th. All you have to do is add IT Knowledge Exchange to your blogroll or homepage. It’s that simple and you could win an Apple iPod shuffle. Enter today for the random drawing.


Visit these links to find unanswered questions in these categories
AS/400 (unanswered questions)
Channel (unanswered questions)
CIO (unanswered questions)
CRM (unanswered questions)
Database (unanswered questions)
Data Center (unanswered questions)
Data Management (unanswered questions)
Development (unanswered questions)
Exchange (unanswered questions)
Linux (unanswered questions)
Lotus Domino (unanswered questions)
Microsoft Windows (unanswered questions)
Mobile (unanswered questions)
Networking (unanswered questions)
Oracle (unanswered questions)
SAP (unanswered questions)
Security (unanswered questions)
SQL Server (unanswered questions)
Storage (unanswered questions)
Virtualization (unanswered questions)
Unified Communications/VoIP (unanswered questions)


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