Outstanding new sysadmin resource

I always like posting cool sites and resources that I find, and man, today’s is no exception.

I’m willing to bet a bunch of you have already heard of it and are probably participating. It just got out of beta the other day, and it’s live for new members. It’s called Server Fault, created by the same people who did Stack Overflow.

The general idea is that a sysadmin asks a question to the group. People answer the question in the thread, and the question (and answers) get voted up and down. Think of it like Reddit with a signal to noise ratio of infinity.

I’ve been active on there, checking it out, and while it’s frustrating in the beginning (you can’t do anything but ask and answer questions, and in your answers you can’t even include links. As your questions and answers get voted up, you receive “reputation”, and as your reputation improves, you get more abilities on the site. Like an RPG or something, I guess. Check the FAQ for more details.

The absolute best part is that you can learn more and more and more, all the time. I can’t tell you how many questions I’ve seen where I thought “I’ve always sort of wondered that, too”, and I just never took the time to research it. *click*

It’s outstanding, and as a technical resource, probably unparalleled in the sysadmin world. Let me know what you think of it (and post a link to your account, if you’d like. Mine is here).

  • goozbach

    here’s my account

  • Matt


    Awesome! I really thought that we’d be able to add people as our friends, but I guess not. Sorry :-/

  • augmentedfourth

    Maybe we can’t add friends, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bookmark others’ profile pages and see what they’ve been up to. Here’s mine.

  • Matt


    You make an excellent point!

  • Steve.Lippert

    It is frustrating not being able to leave a link until you get the rep to do it. My profile is as always steve.lippert.

    I have been reading many of the questions and answers and trying to learn whatever I can.

  • Ryan Nedeff

    Sites like this usually leave me disappointed.

    Unless you lurk on them and post a comment on a question almost immediately after it is asked, I find it difficult to your answers noticed.

    Then, add in the fact that this site make you earn “points” by participating in the site before you can even use the full functionality, and it gets sort of rough.

    By the time you actually write and proofread and fact check your answers, there are already a slew of half-correct answers. Maybe I just need to get better at “shooting from the hip” when firing out answers.

  • Brad Gilbert

    ServerFault acccount

    I say if you went through the effort of writing an answer already, just go ahead and post it.

    If you note my User ID number is lower than most, because I'm one of the people who heard about it from the blog

  • Matt


    wow! #768 that's impressive! Heck, I didn't even know about stack overflow until serverfault came out :-)

    Thanks for sharing!