The FAQ is a very, very important document. It forms the topical-foundation of ServerFault in the way that a constitution forms the foundation of a country's legal system. Because of this, changes to the FAQ have to be approved by the community. Wholesale revision like we're proposing here needs more than just the meta-regulars giving their input on it.
Meta-regulars have been working on a draft text of a new FAQ for ServerFault for the past couple of weeks. We believe we have it in good enough shape to send it up for approval by the overall ServerFault community. Is it ready, or does it still need work?
This question will stay open until 23:59ish UTC Thursday the 2nd. At that time, the question and answers will be locked, and up-votes counted. If "Yes, good enough" votes have a 2/3rds majority this FAQ will be posted as-is by StackExchange staff (after simple copy-editing, if needed).
If we don't reach 2/3rds majority, we will need to work on it more. This question will be closed, a new one posted to handle edits, and another voting-round will be held after the edit-round is completed. If we need an edit-round, we'll follow the edit process outlined out here.
Server Fault is for System Administrators and Desktop Support Professionals needing expert answers on topics related to managing or maintaining computer systems in a professional capacity for their company or clients.
If your question is about…
- Operating Systems, including linux windows-server-2008 freebsd solaris
- Server Software, such as apache2 exchange-2010 sharepoint
- Virtualization, including vmware-esxi hyper-v kvm xen
- Enterprise storage Systems, including san fabrics and raid devices.
- Business Workstations
- Network routing, switches, and firewall devices and administration
- Operations, Maintenance, and Monitoring:
- backup and disaster-recovery
- Service monitoring
- scripting and automation
and it is not about…
- Anything in a home setting. No exceptions.
- Product, service, or learning material recommendations.
- Career, salary, personnel, employment, or formal education
- Licensing, legal (lex legis), and circumventing security or policy
- Unauthorized hacking, password cracking, or system abuse and misuse
We have sister sites…
- StackOverflow for Programming
- SuperUser for general Networking, Hardware, and Technology
- Unix & Linux for general Unix/Linux usage
- DBA for Advanced Database topics
- IT Security for Advanced Security (implementation, theory, white hat)
We also have…
… a list of the most common questions with links to the "best" answer we've identified.
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