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July 27, 2010  6:05 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: July 27, 2010

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Remember as you peruse this week’s most-watched IT questions that just because there’s an answer doesn’t mean your two cents aren’t welcome. See something you want to weigh in on? Give it a click and share your thoughts! Inspired to help some other lost IT pros? Head over to IT Answers and build up your Knowledge Points along with your Karma points!

1. RickMartinez and Mr. Denny helped us out trying to figure out how to restore a SQL .bak file over the existing database.

2. People are still paying attention to what Mr. Denny, Carlosdl, Batye, Radyair and R3boot have to say about the additional benefits of having a 64-bit OS over a 32-bit.

3. Trying to keep up with the times, we requested some suggestions for a modern replacement for AS/400. Wpoulin, TomLiotta, Philpl1jb and WoodEngineer weighed in. Have any ideas?

4. Mattperrini was looking for companies that are developing the next generation of mobile security and encryption. EmNichs gave him some suggestions, but Mattperrini is still looking for up and coming companies for a possible partnership. Have any suggestions?

5. Mr. Denny, Radyair and Jinteik came to Jimk’s aid with his inquiry about getting the security update for SQL Server 2005 SP3 to work on his Dell running Windows XP. Continued »

July 23, 2010  6:20 PM

Planned downtime tomorrow: Catch up on Saturday morning cartoons!

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

IT Knowledge Exchange will be going through some routine database upgrades tomorrow at 8 a.m. Eastern Time, and the updates might mean you can’t login, post or ask questions for a few hours. Saturday morning is traditionally a fairly slow period for the site so take the time to relax, get some sun or catch up with your loved ones, like the guys in green pictured above.

July 23, 2010  1:56 PM

Freebie Friday for 7/23/2010 – Earn 250 Knowledge Points

EmNichs Emily Nichols Profile: EmNichs

Happy Freebie Friday everyone!

The first 3 members to answer 3 unanswered questions and either retweet the links on twitter using @ITKE and the #ITKEfreebiefriday hashtags or to post the links to those questions in the comments section of this blog will earn 250 Knowledge Points! But hurry up and get started now because you only have until 4:00pm ET.


July 22, 2010  6:35 PM

Weekly Giveaways: IT Books!

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Updated: July 23, 2010 4:58 PM ET.

Our goal here is to help spread the knowledge, and we’re doing that by giving away free IT books! We’ll be posting an array of questions for you to pick from and answer. Post the link to your answer in the giveaway’s discussion area and the book is yours!

This week’s giveaway is Michael Miller’s Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online.

Check back in IT Answers each Monday for a new IT giveaway.

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Dee101.

July 22, 2010  6:04 AM

Featured Member: RGunther

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Today’s featured member, Ryan, is a network engineer from Michigan. His work in IT started in 2003, and he’s worked on servers, desktops, phone systems, video conferencing, switches and firewalls. For the past month, he’s been scouring IT Answers, answering questions that fall under his expertise: Cisco Routers and Switches, Cisco ASAs, and watchguard firewalls. He’s even helped us out with one of our Windows 7 in 2010 questions. Thanks, Ryan, and keep up the great work!

Feeling left out? Want to join the elite of our featured members? All you have to do is be active in your community; ask and answer great questions at IT Answers, and give us your honest feedback. In return we’ll give you Knowledge Points (that count toward our latest contest)and free IT Knowledge Exchange swag.  So upload a photo and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

We love hearing from you, so let me know your suggestions in the comments section or email me directly.

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

July 22, 2010  6:03 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: July 22, 2010

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Don’t worry, these blog posts have passed the test, and are deemed safe for your enjoyment and education. Peruse and see what everyone’s been reading for the past week. Have a gem you want to share that didn’t make our list? Leave it in the comments section to share with everyone else!

1. VMware adopts per-VM licensing, pricing from the Search Server Virtualization blog by Colin Steele.

2. OpenSolaris governing board threatens to dissolve from Eye on Oracle by Mark Fontecchio.

3. Enterprise pits iPad vs. laptop: Which one gets clobbered? from Unified Communications Nation by Jessica Scarpati.

4. Dell buys Ocarina, plans dedupe across its storage portfolio from Storage Soup by Dave Raffo.

5. Tracking cloud services problem – from Security Wire Weekly, from Continued »

July 20, 2010  6:35 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: July 20, 2010

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Below are the top 10 most-watched questions, so peruse and see if there’s anything down there that interests you. See something you can add insight to? Don’t hesitate; you’ll be helping out the inquirer and all your fellow IT Knowledge Exchangers keeping an eye on the question. What questions have you been watching? Let us know in the comments section!

1. The age-old question continues:Exchange 64 bit: Is it worth it compared to 32 bit Exchange? Mr. Denny provided an approved answer.

2. Rmb1981 was having a SQL Server view column conversion problem and Mr. Denny and Carlosdl tried to help him out.

3. We wanted to get more people involved in the discussion and we succeeded: See what Mr. Denny, Carlosdl, Batye, Radyair and R3boot see as the additional benefits of having a 64-bit OS over a 32-bit. It’s not too late to share your own!

4. KarlG helped out a user who can’t VPN using Vista to Windows 7 OS using SonicWall Global VPN.

5. Malikjavediqbal was wondering how to create a date in SQL Server 2000, and Carlosdl, Mr. Denny and NetDeveloper came to his rescue. Continued »

July 20, 2010  6:00 AM

Featured Member: Radyair

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Radyair, or Randy Dyck, hails from Calgary in Canada, like one of our recently featured members. He’s been in IT since 1981, spending 17 years of that as an owner and manager of an Information Systems support company. Thriving on “finding innovative solutions to challenging business opportunities,” Randy’s been helping IT Knowledge Exchange thrive with his answers on topics ranging from WAN to SQL Server to Windows 7 in 2010.

He specializes in accounting software integration, remotely managed network and support services, network and WAN design, provisioning, hardware/software procurement and testing, Novell Netware, Exchange, Pervasive and SQL. Have a question on one of Randy-of-all-trades’ expertise? Ask away and see how he can help!

We really value our featured members, but why? Because they’re always asking and answering great questions at IT Answers. In return we give them Knowledge Points that count toward our latest contest and free IT Knowledge Exchange swag. Want to be eligible? Get involved in the community, provide quality answers, give us honest feedback, upload a photo and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

We love hearing from you, so let me know your suggestions in the comments section or email me directly.

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

July 16, 2010  7:21 PM

Weekly Round Up: July 16, 2010

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

We’ve been busy around IT Knowledge Exchange this past week, and we assume you have been as well, so we’ve compiled some of the cool things going on around the community for your one-stop-consumption pleasure. Enjoy:

Sound Off!

It’s not too late to join some of the great discussions going on around the community. Here’s one:

Mr. Denny, Carlosdl, Batye and Radyair outlined some of the additional benefits of having a 64-bit OS over a 32-bit.

  • Mr. Denny says that 64-bits can get you more memory, CPUs and higher possibility that your server level software will run on it (some are not available in 32-bits, such as Exchange 2010 and most likely the next SQL Server).
  • Batye doesn’t think Windows XP 64-bit is worth it, but if you’re considering Windows 7 32-bit versus 64-bit, you can expect faster loading and some program speeds with the latter.
  • Radyair highlights how data encryption software benefits from 64-bits, sometimes running from three to five times faster than 32-bit.

Share what you see as the best reasons to go with a 64-bit OS rather than 32-bit.


Didn’t have time to read through the IT Knowledge Exchange blogs this week? Don’t worry, here are a couple highlights:

Nathan, from The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy, shared how to script backups with Syinternals Disk2vhd. (Kevin Beaver’s also a fan of Sysinternals for Windows 7.) Nathan also celebrated the release of VMware vSphere 4.1.

Looks like Dave Bateman of Can you hear me now? found free remote PC access, no installation required.

Welcome, New Members

We’re also updating the Community Blog with pointers and tips on how to get the most out of your community. Have something you want cleared up? We’ll cover it for you, just post a question in the forum, comments section or send me an email.

Also, take a moment to visit our new IT Knowledge Exchange Community Feedback Page 2010 for community-related discussions.


You work hard, and we’re working hard to show our appreciation: We’ve got some great giveaways going on right now. Want a free IT book? Want to win an Xbox 360 Slim or $50 Amazon gift card? We’re also handing out IT Knowledge Exchange t-shirts and Knowledge Points galore! So get to getting because you deserve it.

Of course, there’s always something going on around the site. Post your favorite blog posts or questions from the week in the comments section!

Have a great weekend,


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

July 16, 2010  2:34 PM

New Contest: “Freebie Fridays”

EmNichs Emily Nichols Profile: EmNichs

At IT Knowledge Exchange, we’re ambitious. We want to have the biggest and best IT Answers Community out there! Our plan is to provide everyone with the answers they need to be the best they can at their job.

That’s why we’ve created a new weekly contest called ‘Freebie Fridays.’ Every Friday we will be posting a freebie of the week in the Community Blog that you can win, simply by answering unanswered questions. The blog post will detail the rules for that Friday’s contest and highlight the 3 winners. You’ll see a link to the blog post on twitter as well as a link in the “What’s New” box on the homepage. 

So let’s get started…

Freebie Friday, July 16, 2010:
The first 3 ITKE members before 3:00 pm ET to answer 3 unanswered questions and to either re-tweet them with the tag #itkefreebiefriday and @ITKE or post the links to those 3 questions in the comment section of this blog post will receive a t-shirt or 50 knowledge points.

Clock starts now…4:00:00

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