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I do my own research - when confronted with an issue I break out scientific method, being structured really does help in problem solving. It hasn't always been possible/practical to go and ask the internet so I learned early on to read manuals and other sources. It helps me that I am naturally inquisitive - I generally don't want to just fix something I ...


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You missed me off the list! 2155 answers, 28 questions :) Anyway the answer is that they, and I, are smart, experienced and resourceful. We've done this a long time, building instincts that help with fault-finding and know where to go to get answers quickly. We actually probably run into MORE problems than more junior guys, we're usually doing more so ...


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Often the process of writing a question out forces you to think critically about your problem and break it down into its component pieces. During this process, the problem and its solution reveal themselves using magic (often related to unicorns), making the question pointless to post. There are in fact many problem solving techniques that use this tactic, ...


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My thought is that this is something we deal with as administrators of business networks, and as such would fall in scope of SF. The part of the FAQ that you're referring to is for people that tinker with servers and such at home, but don't do it in a professional capacity. I think it would be fine here. Better than SU, for sure.


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My comment on Mark's answer shows my agreement with him. I've done exactly what he suggests many, many time. Additionally, the problems I end up stumped on are rarely good SF questions. They tend to be full of nuance, and I've found that the act of explaining the nuance brings it smack into the domain of Too Localized. Or worse, need a fair amount of back-...


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Code-questions on SF tend to be focused on scripting and automation, and even those are getting foisted off to SO these days (they didn't used to). Information Security questions relating to code-specific items used to be somewhat topical here, but they're now going over to security.stackexchange.com. In general, SF is more about installation, ...


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You've answered the question yourself: serverfault community is just for professionals That is it. If you don't ask questions useful to a professional systems administrator, this is not the place for your question. The kind of questions you've asked so far are mostly the kind that a professional sysadmin is expected to be able to handle. You've asked ...


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Almost certainly Yes. Unless you're trying to do something hack-ish, unsupportable, or completely weird. For example, Ikea Table "Racks" would be off-topic. But assembly of 0U PDUs would be on-topic...


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Remote worker/teleworker at home isn't "home usage" per se, so SF is fine.


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What the others said, plus A black belt in Google-Fu A patient rubber duck. I have a little stuffed Tux instead :) Persistence and the art to prevent to let persistence turn into stubbornness.


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I poke at the problem until it goes away, using my vast knowledge of Strange Shit I've seen in this business since I started. If the problem doesn't go away, or I'm still in the dark at the end of my poking I ask a young person. Or Google. The above steps have always solved the problem - If they don't I'll post a question here in the hopes that someone ...


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There's a major difference between configuring a pass through NIC (which makes it transparent to the host) and just configuring a pNIC and vNIC with the same MAC. This is apparent to anyone that's worked with vSphere. You also say VMWARE instead of VMWare vSphere or ESXi. VMWare is a company not a product. This is the sign of a user that's inexperienced with ...


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As an exercise to the reader, have a look at the questions asked by some of the most prolific question askers on the site (all of who are > 40k users mind you): Kyle Brandt (A Stack Exchange employee and systems administrator) ewwhite (One of the highest repped users on the site) Mark Henderson (me!) Have a look at how these questions differ from your own. ...


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Have to agree with the answers here, as experienced IT people, we probably face more problems and we certainly face more complex problems than junior IT staff. My own troubleshooting process goes like this: Define the problem fully - I've solved numerous problems just by taking the time to properly describe them, which causes the troublesome area to ...


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I don't see any problems with the edits (with the exception of yours about the question being "hijacked" -- please confine meta discussion like that to this site). If you can articulate a specific reason the edits are invalid I'll take another look, but the question seems to have been substantially improved by the edits. Re: people "picking on you for doing ...


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Ever since the SO/SU/SF triumvirate came about, people have been missing what SF is about. The other two are for anyone dealing with the topical area, SF changed it up in aiming for professionals. We've expended a lot of meta posts over the years about just what professional means in the context of our topic, but the state of the consensus right now is ...


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Float your mouse pointer over your name in the top bar and click on logout in the popout that appears. This will take you to a logout page The recent changes to the top bar have moved logout, it's now in the main StackExchage drop down


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For the context of such questions the "home" user is effectively a remote office. Most of us would recognise this immediately but some would still see "home" and cast a knee-jerk vote. I therefore suggest you avoid attracting unnecessary attention to the home aspect by simply neglecting to mention it and discuss it as a remote office.


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What is server fault for? IT Professionals asking practical and answerable questions about production systems that they manage in a professional capacity. I am a student and I need help?No thanks, serverfault community is just for professionals It sounds like you've answered your own question.


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Yes, for the majority of users on SF, this distinction is important for several reasons. Browse through meta.sf to get the picture, this is a regular topic here. It boils down to "We are not the helpdesk for the internet". Our target audience are professional system administrators exclusively and we have certain expectation of users participating here that ...


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So You Want some Data Pr0n? This is all for this particular question. Page Views:


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Anything in a home setting. No exceptions This isn't a "home setting", it's a location that happens to also be a home. This is a corporate use of the location, as you have described it, and so fits within our FAQ, also out of SU's FAQ as you have noted.


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Or, the TL;DR version: Your question was closed for being a shopping question: a request for "Product, service, or learning material recommendations." That type of question is routinely closed on all SE sites.


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I don't worry about reading every question that might interest me. I have favorite tags, but don't ignore anything. If something catches my eye, I read it. Life's too short to worry about the rest. That said, this seems to be a topic that has come up over and over. Site Proposals like Networking.SE are 100% overlap with SF, and on historical basis shouldn'...


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Please note that you're only banned from asking new questions, you are still allowed to post answers, and highly encouraged to do so. Please pay it forward. Please see What can I do when getting “We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account”? Typically limits take deleted questions into account as well. By design the user interface ...


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I ask a lot of questions compared to most high-rep users. They tend to be good questions, complex questions, or questions that will be helpful to other users (e.g. Google results). It's a balancing act. Many times, I know I can feel my way through an issue, and there's value in doing that. Other times, it makes sense to know when to get help (and where to ...


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1- I could post asking for what server would be good in order to solve my problem As you seem to understand, questions asking "what should I buy to fit these requirements" are off-topic on most/all SE sites. 2- I could post asking about configuration problems, why my newly installed server gives me boot errors. --->question gets downvoted and ...


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While I personally think we've gone much too far with the shopping question issue, something I've raised before, your question is a shopping question as described in the FAQ. I should also mention that I think my views on shopping questions are in the minority, so don't expect anything to get changed any time soon.


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Review the FAQ on each site; they outline what types of questions are on topic.


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Although that question ranks hugely in terms of server fault traffic, it doesn't even come close to some of the insane levels of popularity that stack overflow questions get (4,350 upvotes, 280kviews anyone?). One of the things us mods have asked for over on meta.stackoverflow.com is to ask for the ability to see referral stats and a breakdown of traffic ...


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