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Aug 26 2010   3:57PM GMT

ITKE Update: Cool new things around the site

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We understand you’ve got a lot going on, from troubleshooting to saving your entire data center from meltdown; we’ve got you covered. Below are some of the latest weekly and temporary giveaways going on around the site. And remember to check back to the Community blog for updates on any future changes or additions around the site!

Free IT Books? Oh my!

Every Monday, check out IT answers or search the IT books tag for the latest free IT book giveaway. We’ll provide you with a list of five unanswered questions to answer, then once you provide a link to your answer, you’re officially entered into the contest. Books we’ve sent out so far:

Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online – Michael Miller (Winner: Dee101)

VMware VI and vSphere SDK – Steve Jin (Winner: Jinteik)

Networking 2nd Edition (with software) – Jeffrey S. Beasley (Winner: Carlosdl)

The Official Ubuntu Book (Winner: Carlosdl)

A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming (Winner: Labnuke99)

This week’s giveaway is for The Official Ubuntu Server Book, 2nd Ed. and you still have until tomorrow at noon ET to enter! Remember: Multiple answers means multiple chances to win, so start answering!

Open IT Forum: We want your opinions!

Each Wednesday, check out IT answers for the latest Open IT Forum question. These questions are meant to compile what the enterprise IT community thinks about certain timely topics in IT, from tape storage to the shifting focus of endpoint security. Search through the Open IT Forum tag to get what today’s enterprise IT professionals are saying about the industry’s standards, shortcomings, and future. Looking for the current industry’s climate regarding Windows operating systems? Get the scoop from an active community; these conversations often cover most angles of the debate.

This week’s Open IT Forum question: What brand(s) of routers/switches do you trust the most for your network?

Have an enterprise IT question you want the community to weigh in on? Simply tag your question Open IT Forum and get everyone involved! Remember: The conversation keeps going, so search through the tag page for conversations you may have missed!

Free CCNA Network Simulator!

This one’s a one-time giveaway: CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator. Awesome, huh? All you need to do is tell us why you want or need it, including your best networking story. We want to hear horror stories, great successes or impressive accomplishments in your studies. Share your stories and we’ll share our loot!

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Spread the word and we’ll spread the wealth!

We hope you find IT Knowledge Exchange helpful in answering all of your enterprise IT questions. We’re always looking to get more experts in here to help you and your fellow members figure out even the toughest or acute troubleshooting concerns, and we’re requesting your help to get the word out! If you have a blog or website that covers topics you find on IT Knowledge Exchange, post a link to the ITKE homepage and we’ll give you 100 knowledge points in return! Simply post a link to your blog in the discussion area here or send an email to

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As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions! Send them to me at

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at

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