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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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One important point that a lot of us seem to be completely missing is: Sysadmins do NOT always have the luxury of choosing the hardware/software! It certainly is nice to be able to choose the best gear for the job at hand. But that is not always possible. My situation is that our company is supporting on a professional basis, many small business clients ...


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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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I'm not going to look at each of those questions and try to asses whether or not they are "server-stuff" but I will say that while I don't use VirtualBox on a server (nor is it intended to be used that way) I do use it as a valuable tool in my role as a system administrator. I think some may be forgetting that SF isn't just about server stuff. Because ...


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If the required experts aren't on SU, then SU should be doing whatever they can to attract those experts. Home networking is explicitly off topic here and I don't see that changing any time soon. There's nothing stopping you from asking the question here and leaving out the part that it's in your home if you have legit gear. If you post a question asking ...


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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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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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As I already stated in a comment: I actually thought the FAQ covered this pretty well. Questions pertaining to "domestic/consumer grade" devices are not automatically off topic. Quite the contrary. The very vast majority of businesses use such devices. It's only the medium and upward businesses that can justify the expense of "enterprise grade". It's not ...


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I have to admit that I am really really glad to see answers trending towards permissive on this question. Frankly I am starting to get worried about a mindset that seems to want to find as many ways as possible to rule a question off topic. And then "burninate" or "baninate" or kill it with some insane amount of overkill. We're starting to sound a lot like ...


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Some general guidelines in the wake of the new official-ized rules (all opinions my own and not representative of any collection of kittens I may or may not have in the documentation bins above my desk!): If your question is explicitly about a home network you're likely to be bounced out of ServerFault as Off Topic. There was a time (before SU existed) that ...


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The topic of the question is less a determinant than the audience who would benefit from the question. If you're not sure, you can always ask in the Comms Room. .htaccess questions generally should go to webmasters.SE "I've never done XYZ server, where do I start" is Off-Topic "Errors in server software" On-Topic See 2nd for I've never done configuration ...


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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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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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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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golden rule: DO NOT MIGRATE CRAP. If it is a bad question poorly written, just close as off-topic. This is important! Ask yourself -- "does this question suck?" If the answer to that is yes, it should NEVER BE MIGRATED ANYWHERE, EVER. There is no need to even think about migration until you have a good, well-asked question to start with.


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I'm the one that's been flagging them, but not all of them. Many of them are either horrible quality and I've flagged as "Very Low Quality" and others belong on SU since they don't mention servers, server OSes or any other SA related quality. I haven't been blanket-flagging everything. I've been leaving off ones that have legit SA implications - good or bad. ...


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I'm as quick as anyone else at voting to close or migrate OT questions but there are times where it can be a bit of a grey area. e.g. My home network also hosts the secondary DNS for my employer's domains. Of course if I had a question about that instance of Bind I'd "forget" to mention that it's running in my home DMZ. Sometimes the word "lab" can be ...


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Our FAQ is pretty clear on this: and it is not about … Networking outside the professional workplace Running servers at home for personal use And yes, this does mean that there is no one definite spot where network experts hang and ask questions to all comers. A lot of the people here could probably make a lot of friends that way over on SU ...


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If Question 1 had been asked directly on SF, it would have been jumped on and closed as Not A Real Question. Should we allow it just because it's interesting? I say no. Question 2 seems... borderline. I have no idea what the hell they're talking about though, so who knows. Question 3 is certainly shopping, and has an awful lot of industry-specific jargon, ...


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Just because the word server is part of the site name doesn't mean questions are necessarily about servers or that all server questions are on topic. It's not the machine or the OS that determines topicality but the actual question itself. As you've provided no context it's impossible to say in your specific case where you question might belong, if anywhere.


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If… …You are using/supporting Windows Server as a workstation as part of your responsibilities as a system administrator in a professional environment (as part of your duties for a company/client) …and/or your question is about system administration functionality (i.e. not "How do I install MS Word on this box?") and you are the administrator of the system ...


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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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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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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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