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These are the questions we have identified as Canonical:

Capacity Planning

Career

Datacenter Design

Documentation

EMail & Spam

Hardware

Hosting provider/server hardware shopping

Infrastructure Software

Licensing

Networking

General Unix/Linux OS Stuff

Security

SSH

Terminal Server (RDS)

Uptime

Virtualization

Web Servers

Windows (General)

Meta

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Just reading through these has increased my knowledge, we should make these more prominent. –  Jacob Apr 6 '13 at 22:36

List of Canonical Topics that do not have a Q/A yet or need improvement:

Career

Datacenter Design

Infrastructure Software

Networking

Web Servers

  • Apache vHost
  • Apache .htaccess/overrides

Enterprise Storage

Create one or more Question that covers "ES" topics... not sure how this should be organized exactly. Merge these answers into that Question(s) (keeping them separate/complete answers).

Server Hardware

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"Our previous specialist left, HALP?" and "How many users/servers/whatever should a SA be responsible for" would most likely be too broad. The 1st one doesn't specify what kind of specialist, and the 2nd is completely dependent on type of environment and who the SA is. Just can't see either being canonical if they are mostly opinion. –  TheCleaner Jul 25 '13 at 18:14

In response to Why The Hostility, I wrote this for consideration as a canonical Q/A:

What are the basics of running a Web Server?

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Should we host our own nameservers?

This Q&A has been around for awhile and is well vetted. We get enough questions about self-hosting DNS that we should probably be using it as a dupe close target more often. I've renamed it to be slightly more useful with that purpose in mind.

It's probably a good target for newbie DNS admin mistakes as well, i.e. using the same IP for all nameservers.

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