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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)


April 8, 2008  6:40 PM

Symmetry for the midmarket Chief Information Officer

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Time is MoneyTime is money, as they say, and nowhere is this more evident than in the midmarket. Midmarket CIOs face unique challenges but finding a reliable source of news and information can be difficult. So I’m happy to introduce our newest editorial blog geared specifically to technology management strategies for the midmarket CIO. If you’re looking for a savvy look at the latest issues, then drop by the CIO Symmetry blog today.

See why other midmarket CIOs are making news and you aren’t. We’ll gather relevant news for you to peruse – here — at your leisure. Considering attending a trade show aimed at CIOs, but you’re just not sure that effusive PR person is being totally honest with you? We’ll give you the skinny.
— CIO Symmetry

The bloggers, Zach Church and Brian Kraemer, are no strangers to the ins and outs of the issues facing midmarket CIOs and can usually be found on SearchCIO-Midmarket.com. They describe their CIO Symmetry blog as a proportional mix of news and wit for the midmarket. So be sure to mouse over and check it out today.

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April 3, 2008  5:58 PM

How to upgrade to Hyper-V Release Candidate

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Double plugsSince many of our members have an interest in virtualization, I wanted to point out a good post that I read recently. It’s a how-to, titled How to upgrade to Hyper-V Release Candidate. Mouse over and check it out.

If you haven’t visited the Virtualization Pro blog, found right here on IT Knowledge Exchange – then be sure to stop by today for some great blog topics brought to you by the SearchVMware.com folks. Thanks.

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March 31, 2008  1:37 PM

Linking to us could be music to your ears

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Blogroll ContestStarting on April 1st (no fooling!) and running for the full month of April – our readers are eligible to win an Apple iPod shuffle. All you need to do to enter is add IT Knowledge Exchange to your blogroll or link to us from the homepage of your website. Then simply let us know where you’ve added our link and bada bing — you’ll be entered in our random drawing for a sweet little iPod shuffle.

If you have a Blog — Add IT Knowledge Exchange to your blogroll and then send me an email showing where, so I can enter you in our iPod giveaway.

If you have a Website — Add a link to IT Knowledge Exchange on the homepage of your website and send me an email showing where, so I can enter you in our iPod giveaway.

iPod shuffleLinking to us could be sweet music to your ears, because if your name is drawn, we’ll be sending you an oh-so-cool Apple iPod shuffle (1GB model).

The 1GB model iPod shuffle lets you wear up to 250 songs on your sleeve. Or your lapel. Or your belt. Clip on iPod shuffle and wear it as a badge of musical devotion. Put some music on: iPod shuffle is the only iPod that’s wearable right out of the box.

You may enter once for each blog or website that you use to link to us. So for instance, if you have 2 blogs and you add IT Knowledge Exchange to the blogroll of both blogs – you’ll be entered twice in the drawing.

How simple can it get, right? You love getting answers to your IT questions on IT Knowledge Exchange, so help spread the word by linking to us – and you may just win an iPod for doing so. So add that link today and be sure to let us know where.

For more information, please read the full contest rules. Thanks.

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March 19, 2008  9:04 PM

The future of IT professionals?

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Hal 9000I wanted to share an interesting blog entry I recently came across, written by Chuck Hollis, Vice President of Technology Alliances at EMC. It’s a good read, so mouse over and check it out. I’ve always been a sucker for these “what’s down the road for IT” type articles from industry pundits.

In my previous life as a full-time editor – along with every other editor on the planet – the conclusion of each year was synonymous with grinding out the mandatory predictions for the coming year. I no longer have to participate in that ritual but I still enjoy reading what others think.

The Future of IT (Professionals)
The mega-trend is hard to argue with; if anything, information and its associated delivery technologies are getting more important to business, and not less. In any given calendar year, I’ve yet to see someone who has less information, fewer new application requirements, etc. Maybe less budget, but that’s a different story …

Every year, IT becomes more and more important to more and more businesses.

I’d also argue that, over time, IT organizations move up the value stack. Less time is spent on the operations, etc. and more time is spent solving business problems. Every IT organization is at different points in this journey, but the trend is inescapable.

One thing is for certain about the future of IT. You’ll continue to face numerous challenges this year, next year and forever. No one ever said a career in IT would be simple – but I hope you’ll continue to turn to our community when you need the kind of real world help that can only come from your peers and colleagues on IT Knowledge Exchange.

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