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Jul 16 2010   7:21PM GMT

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

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