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Whether you’re looking to migrate from Windows Server 2008 or upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Active Directory, Rand Morimoto, Michael Noel, Guy Yardeni, Omar Droubi, Andrew Abbate, and Chris Amaris’s book, Windows Server 2012 Unleashed, provides tips, tricks, best practices, lessons learned from actual deployments and practical information for using Windows Server 2012 to solve real business problems. We have an excerpt of the book on our IT Bookworm Blog.
And as you probably guessed…we’re giving away a copy! To win, tell us what’s your favorite innovation in Windows Server 2012. Good luck!
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AS/400 expert? SQL expert? Some of our users could use your help as these topics came up in the most active questions from the past two weeks. Come see if you can help (There may be a surprise in ITKE points if you help).
- AS/400 handling Data Area – Nikrajpapa
- Modernization for a COBOL/400 shop – LetItBe
- Sending Job into MSGW – TNKR
- AS/400 – Editing an FTP script in CL – phil755
- CPF4326 – Sai4AS400
- SQL – Select record using MAX over date in 3 fields mm dd yy – CharlieBrowne
- DosCreateMutexSem privilege escalation – CarlCioffi
- Lines of code in c-spec – rpgle4
- Kernal, Linux kernal – patrickScott12
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Now you may be asking yourselves why there’s a picture of The Rolling Stones here. Well, they were actually featured in our top blog post for the month of September! Check out the story and the rest of the top 10.
- Apple has a lot in common with The Rolling Stones by Ron Miller (View From Above)
- For the best Win 8.1 deal, buy a Windows 8 upgrade now!!! by Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- Microsoft’s pathetic attempt to buy Windows 8 mobile customers by Ron Miller (View From Above)
- Microsoft and Nokia should beware of “can’t miss” deals by Ron Miller (View From Above)
- Windows 8.1 upgrade gone awry teaches valuable lesson by Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- Interesting experiences with Win 8.1 RTM installation by Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- Nirvanix prepares to close, tell customers to stop using its cloud by Sonia Lelii (Storage Soup)
- On DevOps … Or something like it by Matt Heusser (Unchartered Waters)
- Customers who used Nirvanix for disaster recovery racing their own disaster by Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- Apple’s WWDC 2013 announcements by Raj Perumal (The musings of an IT Consultant)
ITKnowledgeExchange recently had the chance to talk to ITKE blogger, President of the Bradley Strategy Group and this month’s ‘featured blogger’ Tony Bradley. His blog, Tech Strategy Trends, helps business owners and IT administrators wade through marketing hype and navigate the rapidly changing tech landscape.
ITKE: Tell us a little bit about yourself: What do you do? What’s your area of expertise?
TB: I am a principal analyst with Bradley Strategy Group. I analyze and write about emerging trends in technology—with a particular focus on security, Microsoft, mobile devices, and social networks. As a tech writer, I keep in touch with new technologies, services, and devices, and try to keep readers informed in plain English terms that non-techies can relate to. As an analyst, I work with companies to help them make smarter decisions about their own investments in technology. As a marketing consultant, I work with companies to craft effective marketing content and deliver it to the right audience.
ITKE: If you weren’t working in IT, you’d be…
TB: That’s a great question. Pilot would be my first choice. As a teen I wanted to be a pilot, and I joined the Air Force with aspirations of becoming a pilot, but got…”distracted” with the sort of college fraternity lifestyle of just being in the Air Force. If I wasn’t a pilot, I’d probably be a performer. I could see myself in an acting or singing career—as if there aren’t thousands of people more talented than me who can’t get a break.
ITKE: Who’s one person you look up to in the IT world, and why?
TB: Living? I respect Aaron Levie, and what he’s been able to do with Box. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with him personally on multiple occasions, and his vision is ambitious and infectious. Box is about much, much more than just storing some data online. If dead people are allowed, I’d have to go with Steve Jobs. Until recently I was staunchly pro-PC, and part of the irrational Apple-bashing crowd. Now that I’ve embraced the iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X, I’ve gained more appreciation for Apple, and as I’ve learned more about Jobs, the man, I admire how he was able to get those around him to see his reality and how he made the impossible possible. He was the Walt Disney of the tech world.
ITKE: How to you see the future of IT developing over the next decade?
TB: First, I think the various platforms will matter less. There’s a new breed of technology—led by companies like Box—that transcends the device and operating system. Your experience, and your ability to access and sync will be constrained less and less by which vendor you choose. Second, although the comparison has become trite, our tech will be more and more like “Minority Report”. I’m not referring to Tom Cruise swiping his hands in mid-air to navigate windows a’ la Leap Motion. I’m talking more about the way information and ads sort of “knew” who people are, and delivered custom results. Things like Apple’s Siri, or Google Now will continue to evolve to become more intelligent, and more useful—more like Tony Stark’s “JARVIS” virtual assistant in the Iron Man movies.
TB: What advice would you give prospective IT workers (say college students)?
ITKE: Learn to program. I wish I had invested more time earlier in my life and career learning to program. You don’t have to become a developer per se, but having the foundation of understanding how program code works opens a lot of doors that you can’t open without that foundation. As a CISSP, I’d also say security is a good direction to go. Security in and of itself is very broad, but the bottom line is that there will always be a need for it.
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Several of our experts need your help! Here’s your chance to contribute to the community by answering some of the most active questions over the past two weeks. Hey, you might even receive some ITKE points in the process.
- RUNSQLSTM – 6r
- CPF4326 – Sai4AS400
- AS400 – Editing an FTP script in CL – phil755
- AS/400 schedule job – 9783444184
- Level 20 Error – Sai4AS400
- CPYF command – Gaganas
- QBatch CPU limitation – CaptainFAWAZ
- Decimal data error – Sai4AS400
- Problem in Compilation of LF – Sai4AS400
- Data fetching from file – Sai4AS400
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Join us on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 AM EDT to discuss the benefits that the cloud can bring to your enterprise. During this chat, you’ll discover how the cloud of the future will transform your business, power innovation and help you realize your organization’s full potential.
Cloud computing has significantly altered the competitive landscape. By strengthening the flexibility of the enterprise IT infrastructure, the cloud provides new ways for businesses to create and deliver value, realize significant benefits and more.
To help you get started, we’ve selected several related pieces of cloud content that showcase how cloud computing is evolving today, the impact it’s having on CIOs and business leaders, and more. Once inside, you’ll also have the opportunity to submit your own questions to be answered during the live chat on September 26th!
Join this live chat so that you can bring the future of your organization, and bring your organization to the future. Hope to see you there!
Steve Strutt: CTO, Cloud Computing, UK & Ireland
Steve Strutt is CTO for Cloud Computing, IBM UK and Ireland. He is client focused and responsible for assisting clients to innovate in IT service delivery and infrastructure, pioneering the adoption of cloud computing and virtualization to drive increased IT and energy efficiency. In his 26 years in the IT industry, he has broad experience as a consultant on systems, storage, software, and management solutions.
Doug Clark: Cloud Leader, UK & Ireland
Doug Clark is the cloud leader for IBM UK and Ireland. He is part of a global team in IBM shaping and implementing the IBM Cloud Strategy. He leads a specialist team of business development, solution and technical architects that link across IBM’s extensive lines of business to support the ambitions of our customers.
Mark Tomlinson: CTO, Cloud Computing, UK/IE
Mark currently works as a CTO within the IBM cloud computing organisation in the UK & Ireland, leading transformational client engagements which exploit the full breadth of IBM’s cloud capabilities to increase business agility and reduce cost. His previous roles in the UK and Ireland include Innovation and Emerging Technology Leader for the IBM Software Group and SOA Technical Leader for Financial Services.
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Ron Miller, Sharon Fisher and Ed Tittel were the ‘cream of the crop’ in August as several of their posts made it into the top posts for the month of August. Find out why their topics were so hot with the community.
- Windows 8.1 OEM release scheduled before end of August ’13 by Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- BlackBerry begins its death march by Ron Miller (View From Above)
- Storage upgrade takes state of Oregon offline for a day by Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- iPhone and Android could be the next BlackBerry at some point by Ron Miller (View From Above)
- More of Windows 8.1 backup (or lack thereof) by Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- Will this year’s VMworld be its swan song? by Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- Is the operating system dead weight? by Aaron Delp (Clouds in the Open: The Operations Evolution of Open Source & Public Clouds)
- Some startups outgrow the cloud by Ron Miller (View From Above)
- What’s the storage capacity of an NSA data center? by Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- Rumor: Build 9477 represents “escrow stage” for Win 8.1, sent to OEMs for testing by Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
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Are you an AS/400 experts? Well, if you are, here’s your chance to help the community by answering some of our most active questions from the past two weeks. You might even receive 200 ITKE points in the process!
- Fetching multiple rows in SQLRPGLE – as400dev
- WRKQRY query – RamvishakRamesh
- RUNRMTCDM problems. – 400CodeMonkey
- Start clause – Durgesh813
- Chain With KLIST – Sai4AS400
- CRTPGM and UPDPGM – Sai4AS400
- Printer file – Sai4AS400
- Connect DB2 from MS-Excel – Sureyz
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Microsoft SharePoint is a place where you can store, organize, share and access information from almost any device. And if your business is using Microsoft SharePoint 2013, you’re in luck as we’re giving away a copy of Scott Jamison, Susan Hanley and Chris Bortlik’s book, Essential SharePoint 2013: Practical Guidance for Meaningful Business Results, 3rd Edition. This book will help you align SharePoint projects with your business strategy to deliver successful results. We have an excerpt of the book on our IT Bookworm blog.
To win the book, tell us your favorite feature when it comes to Microsoft SharePoint. Good luck!
We’ve made a couple more updates to the site today which I think you’ll appreciate.
First, as an update to the Q&A changes we released earlier this month, you’ll now be able to see which questions listed on the homepage or on any topic page have answers, and which do not. If a question already has an answer, the button below the question will read “View Answer”, while unanswered questions will have a button that simply says “Answer”. Of course, you can still add your perspective to any questions that already have answers.
Also, starting today, you’ll now be able to earn points by commenting on (and writing) blog posts. Every time you add a comment to any of our blog posts, you’ll earn 5 Knowledge Points, getting you closer to a new badge and an associated reward. The author of that blog post will also earn points, so you’re helping out your favorite bloggers just by adding your opinion.