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New "Not A Professional" close reason Questions must be relevant to professional system administration. Server Fault is a site dedicated to professional system and network administrators; questions by end users or enthusiasts are off-topic (you should contact your system administrator, or hire a professional to help you out). Please see the Help Center ...


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We like interesting IT questions. You can certainly ask complex or unusual questions about how various aspects of systemd work. But to be sure you get a good answer, you should include as much detail about your use case as your company will allow you to do. Avoid making the question too generic; this usually doesn't work and makes it harder to provide a ...


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This is one of those areas where logical and emotional approaches give different answers. Logically, much of what mainframes deal with is entirely topical here and we welcome them. Emotionally, they're radically different parts of the industry. Mainframers are a small minority compared to the Windows/Linux administration population, and like the now-dead ...


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All of them are on-topic here. Feel free to ask them on the main site. Side note: If you can find anyone in real life to help mentor you, you'll be miles ahead. I say this mostly because you've got a lot of misconceptions in those questions. And many of the details are going to be best articulated with an extended history lesson.


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If a setup is known to be unsupported by manufacturers and as such they won't support it, I don't see why we in particular and the internet in general should support it. If you knowingly use an unsupported configuration then you're on your own. It's no different really than adding the latest version of $application to EL by compiling it from source, all ...


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Yes, questions to learn about what criteria to apply when searching for a service are on-topic. You should make it extra clear that you are not looking for specific recommendations.


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There's no separate rule for banning policy circumvention, it comes under the banner of "professional sysadmin". We don't consider it a professional behaviour to attempt to circumvent organisational policy. If your question shows evidence of that, it will be closed as off-topic. If your question is XY problematic, and further clarification reveals ...


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Background: Long ago at University I was a mainframe user and spent some time learning about the IBM and compatible systems the university had and a bit about their operating systems. Later (but stll al long time ago) I was a long-time minicomputer user and sysadmin and had some exposure to higher-end minicomputers that were getting close to mainframe ...


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The appropriate thing to do with repetitive, boring novice questions is to close them as a duplicate of the appropriate canonical question. If we are lacking a sufficient canonical Q&A, we need to make one (which shouldn't be hard, right?). We do, however, have a problem in that the canonical questions are not visible during the close process, and you ...


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Without seeing your actual question it's difficult to tell. The best thing to do is just ask and see how the community responds to it. It may though, fall foul of Requests for product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they attract low quality, opinionated and spam answers, and the answers become obsolete quickly. ...


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Sure, go for it. Make sure you read the help section so that you understand what our expectations are. We don't do tutorials. The best SF questions are well-researched, reasonably-scoped, and well-articulated. Good luck!


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I would vote to close a question that uses a client OS in as a server OS. Other people's mileage may vary.


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There are a lot of terms and phrases there I've been happy to forget since moving on from mainframe ops. Without commenting on the specific questions, in theory mainframe questions in general are welcome on server fault (iirc I answered at least one way back) but they're tightly focused to a small audience and as such I think they're probably better off ...


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Are the example questions predominantly on topic (and welcome) on Serverfault No, I don't think so. Several of them are shopping questions (eg "Where can I find free online IBM Mainframe Manuals and Programming Guides?", "Where can I get a free prebuilt operating system for an emulated IBM mainframe?"), and most of the rest of them are development ...


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I would probably answer that question. I've answered questions about SQL Server on client OSes for applications here. That's probably just me, though. When I do, they often get migrated to DBA.stackexchange.com, along with the associated rep. ;) It might be worthwhile to ask there if it's a good fit. I think it would probably be accepted at Super ...


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Moreover, in my opinion tech questions about designing systems in a non-vendor predicted way should be valid as long as they cover a valid business need. It seems that to a lot of members, using a setup not offered by presales is not a valid question. I disagree with that. Serverfault is a Q&A site and should provide answers to common problems based on ...


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So you want to develop a... monitoring and/or alerting service? O...K. I'd recommend buying my book titled: The Wheel, and How to Reinvent It. Like Iain said, it's hard to say for sure without seeing your actual question, but if your question really does boil down to how to reinvent a monitoring/alerting system, or which one of the 8 trillion you should ...


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Because trying to use a non-powershell command line on a 17 year old, unsupported Windows server is the poster child for the reasonable information technology management practices close reason.


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This is a case where Stack Exchange's desire to be nicer leads to confusion. I forget the explanation of why it's nicer, but details of why a question was closed are hidden from anyone with less than 3000 reputation. You see this short explanation: Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? ...


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This question would be rejected for being about a server running DirectAdmin, a web hosting control panel. See Where can I ask questions about web hosting control panels? for further information about that. If you can reproduce the problem on a standard server which does not use a web hosting control panel, and can show that it is not a problem with the ...


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There's a gray wasteland between serverfault and superuser, where these kinds of topics dwell. It doesn't belong on SU because it's a business environment. It doesn't belong on SF because it's such a niche/specific-to-the-OP situation. SF admins primarily have a bias toward situations that are duplicatable. We try to buy hardware in identical batches and ...


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Yah, seems like you've done your homework. Go ahead and ask. Be sure to provide as much detail as you can, including your thought process and what you've already tried to implement thus far.


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So my question is: are topics that won't fit serverfault (too broad, too basic) combined with inherent community a good reason for an own site? Or would these questions be automatically "bad, should be closed" there, too?


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The proposal has already passed, but I'll give my $0.02 anyway. The mainframe is quite unique in that it jobs roles are often quite distinct, but solutions cross these boundaries. To solve a problem, some part of it may be for a developer to implement, and another part for a sysprog (sysadmin); a correct answer to a question would really cross from ...


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Myself being a DBA and new to Stack Exchange I would agree in part with @KennyRasschaert. My job as a DBA is to optimize the performance, configure the settings and debug errors on the database engine level, be it Microsoft SQL or Oracle Database Server. In my job I am not responsible for the configuration and/or tuning of the underlying Windows Server. ...


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