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These are the questions we have identified as Canonical: Capacity Planning Generic Capacity Planning: Can you help me with my capacity planning? How do you do load testing and capacity planning for databases? How do you do load testing and capacity planning for web sites? Career Starting out: What a beginner should know/learn for sysadmin job? Databases ...


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Provide as much information as necessary to answer the question. You may obfuscate anything that may be sensitive, but be careful of obfuscating too much. These may occasionally come into conflict... Server Fault does not require you to obfuscate anything. These guidelines are intended to keep you out of trouble and to help you get better answers to your ...


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It's very useful to know that a particular version of software/drivers/firmware actually fixes the problem that someone is describing, so these answers can be incredibly helpful to other people facing the same problem (especially people for whom upgrading firmware may be a practical problem, e.g. in production systems, high availability systems, or just ...


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List of Canonical Topics that do not have a Q/A yet or need improvement: Career When does my small business need a SA How many users/servers/whatever should a SA be responsible for How do I protect my company from my IT guy? "Our previous specialist left, HALP?" Value of Certifications? Datacenter Design What to look for in a server rack? Physical server ...


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I disagree with this, because this is way too broad, and it's unhelpful, and it will encourage people to hit people on the head with this question instead of, you know, helping them. There is a time and a place when advising someone to get professional help is appropriate, but it should not be the first answer. Otherwise, this answer could basically apply ...


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Although meta tags are generally seen as a bad thing canonical questions are hardly the run of the mill stuff either. I personally find it very bothersome to have to go over to meta and then search for "canonical" just to find the list (there are probably quicker ways but this is the method I can always remember). I believe there is more in favour of a ...


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Since this question's floated up to to the top of the front page, I'm going to give my contrarian answer, which is: obfuscate nearly no technical data in your question. Michael has a point inasmuch as some data are supposed to be secret, and you shouldn't post them. Passwords, SSL secret keys (don't laugh, it's happened, though I can no longer find the ...


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If we manage it right (and we have so far) bookmarking this: faq a.k.a.: https://meta.serverfault.com/questions/tagged/faq Will give you the list of meta-questions that are part of the FAQ. As of this moment we have 4 of them, one of which is the canonical-question-question. The way the system is designed right now, canonical questions should get ...


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This is not a good idea. We have enough of a problem with being snippy around here without being able to rattle off a 'U NOOB! HIRE A SYSADMIN!' with a link to a canonical answer saying so. That is REALLY going to put people off the site.


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To my understanding canonical questions are a ServerFault convention, of which the review-question selection algorithm is completely unaware. Which is to say, it had to happen some time. Treat it like any other question.


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One time I had to rush at a customer's site whose quite impressive Exchange 2010 system (talking about > 20 servers here) kept randomly stopping mail delivery, which definitely isn't something you would like a mail system to do. The root issue was a random crash of the main mail transport service (edgetransport.exe, for those who know and/or care) on all ...


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Yes, please. I have that Q&A "starred" and regularly use it as a duplicate and in comments to point out that people made their bed and now must lie in it...


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We should First of all see if a suitable Q&A already exists and if one does it should be made into our canonical. If one doesn't exist then we should make one. Once we have a canonical Q&A we should arrange an event with the co-operation of the moderators and get as many people as possible to work through the relevant searches/tags. It should be ...


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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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I think it would be a good canonical question to have. I imagine the core of the question would be roughly this: Which protocols support hostname based proxying and what can I do if I need to support a protocol which doesn't? But some context on why you would want to do such a thing in the first place could make it a better question. The list of ...


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I did some writing about two weeks back that included me rambling on that... we can probably pick or even draft up a question on which I can talk about start small, measure, and scale well. There is no shortage of folks running around the world trying to create the next Facebook. They crop up regularly on Serverfault asking what it takes to handle 10,000 ...


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Title: Can you help me with dependency or other compile errors on Linux? This is a Canonical Question about Compile Dependencies and Package Management. I have a question regarding compiling ports/software for Linux. Can the Server Fault community please help with the following: What dependencies are necessary for source to compile? I got this error ...


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You can always downvote and move on. Leave a comment if you really wanna help, but there's no obligation to help any question asker, let alone the especially clueless, lazy or stupid. And really, someone who doesn't have the good sense God gave pigeons in not someone worth getting burned out over.


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It's a good question. But I'm not convinced we have a good existing question that covers this issue in sufficient depth: I don't see that the existing answers fully explain what is happening. The existing questions and answers seem to be MTA-specific. Some MTAs and cloud email services don't seem to be covered at all. None of the existing answers I saw ...


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I don't think it's a good idea...and I honestly don't see it come up that often. Who actually posts questions on this site? It's not "non-IT" folks from other departments/professions posting questions, 99% of the time I'd venture it is someone in IT or at least been given the responsibility of administering whatever they are asking about (otherwise it's ...


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As TheCleaner pointed out, this is "too localized" for Server Fault. Since we don't know what your company does (the advice for a medical services company or DoD contractor will be substantially different from a company that sells coffee mugs), or what each employee you're intending to speak with does (different job roles require different briefings - the ...


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As a point of reference, it is worth reading this blog post which is an argument against "meta tags". As an excerpt: The reason meta-tags are a problem is that they do not describe the content of the question. They describe some other aspect of the question, like the author’s skill level, or the author’s motivation for asking it, or generally what “...


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The only reason I haven't created one is because it would be a meta tag, and as Mark pointed out, Meta Tags Suck. (Sure, this one seems like a good idea, but then it's only a matter of time before we start getting curiosity and such). I do however agree that it's easier than searching the Canonical Questions question here, and it might be a valuable ...


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Yes I think a canonical Q&A for ENOSPC. There are so many that turn up it can only be a good thing.


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I've gone ahead and created one: I am under DDoS. What can I do? I think it's pretty comprehensive, but of course I'm sure it can be improved upon. Let's close a bunch of things as a duplicate of it.


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A canonical question is fine, but a couple comments: It's not clear to me what you're proposing to write about. Your title and some of the post make it sound like you're talking about migrating from a Samba NT domain to a Samba AD domain, but you also mention preserving NT compatibility in Win10 clients. So it's not clear if you mean migrating from ...


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The canonical solution to this kind of thing is to create a canonical Q&A then close stuff as a duplicate of it. The canonical cron Q&A is a good example of this. For new cron related questions I will often cast a close duplicate vote on it and then leave a comment Please work your way through the link above it will almost certainly help you solve ...


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Most providers just null-route the server/VPS when under DDoS. Telling people to "contact their upstream provider" is not a solution at all in most cases. Providers just don't want to continue providing service to you, they don't want to fight for you, they just null-route. They care about their network, not you. In fact this null-route is usually automatic:...


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The closest one we have right now is probably this one: How do you do load testing and capacity planning for web sites? And another for databases.


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