The question, as it was on ServerFault can be found here and the SuperUser version can be found here. It's clearly server related - I'm trying to establish a local database server for use in development. This is the same software that resides on servers that power websites and enterprise applications - if anyone was to be able to answer my question, it would be the people who regularly install and maintain database servers, not the typical household PC user that you can find on SuperUser.
My understanding is that ServerFault is for server and commercial-grade networking questions, and this is clearly a server question. The name of the software is "MySQL Server Instance Configuration and I'm attempting to use this software in a professional (as opposed to individual/personal) capacity. Because of this, I would like this question moved back here. Is this possible?
Before I posted my question on ServerFault, I went through this thought process when reading the FAQ:
Server Fault is for system administrators and IT professionals, people who manage or maintain computers in a professional capacity. If you are in charge of …
I am currently acting in the role of system administrator for a network of two computers that I am using as development environments for software development. Although I'm not getting paid to do it, I am clearly a system administrator of these machines and am attempting to manage and maintain them in a professional capacity (as opposed to recreational or entertainment use) - I'm trying to further my abilities professionally as a software engineer by taking on personal development projects.
many desktop PCs
(other than your own) … then you're in the right place to ask your question! Well, as long as the question is about your servers, your networks, or desktops you support, anyway.
I'm attempting to install server software on a computer. I interpret this as an "or" statement - if I meet one criteria for a given question, my question is within the scope of ServerFault. I do admit that I own the machines. But so would a system administrator if he was the owner or co-owner of a business. The software and hardware in question is supported by me.
The only possible point of contention to topicality is the number of conditions that must be met. I feel that as long as one is met, the question is on topic. If I'm running a server (whether it's Apache HTTP Server, a MySQL Server, a MS-SQL Server, or a PostgreSQL Server) or if I'm running a network in a professional capacity (I wouldn't try to pass off my cobbled together network solution in my house as a professionally run network - I would take those questions to SuperUser) or if I'm working across multiple computers, my question is fair game for being on-topic. However, a strict interpretation would require that two or even all three conditions are met - if you aren't running your systems in an enterprise environment, take it to SuperUser. I believe that the fact that I met one of these conditions in a capacity directly related to me functioning professionally, I've met the criteria for being on-topic.
Please note that Server Fault is not for general computer troubleshooting questions; if you paid for that desktop hardware, and it's your personal workstation, it is unlikely that your question is appropriate for Server Fault.
It's not a general troubleshooting question. I have a specific question regarding a piece of server software and it's installation/configuration. Yes, it says that my question is not likely to be appropriate, but every other condition has been met.
Please do look around to see if your question has already been asked (and maybe even answered!) before you ask. It's also perfectly fine to ask and answer your own question, as long as you pretend you're on Jeopardy: phrase it in the form of a question.
My specific question has not been answered, but there are indeed a number of other questions relating to supporting MySQL Server installations, both the freely available GA release and the commercially supported software packages.