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What are the Sysadmin-Related Blogs & Mailing Lists you monitor?

Are there any great IT blogs out there?

Which would you recommend from basic to advance stuff?


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Here is my rss blogroll list:

and you cant go past: XKCD


Mark Russinovich's blog is very technical and comes highly recommended. You'll learn a lot about how Windows actually works including lots of examples of troubleshooting difficult real world problems.

Mark explores (and solves) lots of problems that many would explain by saying things like 'Windows slows down if you've had it installed for a long time'. Those same people will then tell you that reinstalling / rebooting is the best solution.

That is a great blog, though it would be nice if he updated more frequently! – Keithius May 28 '09 at 15:55


Raymond Chen to find out why Windows is the way it is; some of the content is very developer-technical in C and over my head, but much of it isn't.

The Official Microsoft blog from your product teams - Exchange, Word, ISA, SBS, etc.

For malware, Graham Cluley is excellent

Raymond Chen has incredible insight to the fundamentals of Windows. Highly recommended. – Frode Lillerud May 5 '09 at 16:11



Robert X. Cringely -IT Industry commentary

Dilbert Blog - sometimes IT, very funny

Cringley is more of a global insight reporter. I love his postings, but they are more of a speculation based on facts rather then a general IT blog. – mrTomahawk May 5 '09 at 15:47

Not a blog, but an excellent source of the same type of information

Linux Journal

Need more linux answers to this question too...


For SQLServer see Brent Ozar

Brent is already making name for himself here on SF – bendewey May 1 '09 at 21:12
thanks, sir! – Brent Ozar May 28 '10 at 11:35 - MS Directory Services blog, useful for DFS and file related information - Not so much IT Admin, as general Windows/computing news, but a good resources. - Opinion articles may not be agreeable, but usually a good source of news.


How is Joel On Software not listed so far? Given his close association with this site!

but his blog is more about the software, not really IT-related. – kentchen Jun 18 '09 at 6:59
not always, his posts about beauricracy and how a good it team should work are applicable to everyone. – Mark Henderson Jun 18 '09 at 20:18
didn't he quit that blog recently though? – Oskar Duveborn May 28 '10 at 12:31
Not entirely, its focus changed a few months ago. – Mark Henderson May 29 '10 at 8:35

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I've recently become hooked on the Security Now podcast.

I like the content but I want to smack Leo Laporte – Joe Philllips May 28 '09 at 16:47

Not a blog per se, but hacker news has an awesome collection of posts (voted by the users).


In no particular order:

  • Scott Lowe's blog is quite specialized to Virtualization and enterprise storage but it's excellent in that niche.
  • High Scalability is an aggregator of all things massively scaled, not much content there that won't appear in other places but it does bring it all together in one RSS feed.
  • Bitdroppings is good, low traffic though.
  • Matasano Chargen is extremely focused on security and pen testing but it's fantastically well written.
  • Max Indelicato's blog on 'distributed, scalable, software systems design and development.'

For security: Home Of PaulDotCom Security Podcast


There's the mother of all IT blogs:

There's Anton Chuvakin's Security Warrior Blog:

Marcus J Ranum's site is sort of a blog and has valuable if infrequently updated information:

Uber Geek Brian K Jones has a blog at his amusingly named domain. It delves into mostly *nix issues. He is responsible for introducing me to and convincing me of the concept that SysAdmins should be proficient in at least one programming language:

Bruce Schneier's blog and Crypto Gram newsletter is a must for anyone interested in security. It doesn't just focus on computer security, but a much more comprehensive thought process. Watching Schneier and Ranum face off is an enlightening experience.

Basically, peruse the many blogs in the Planet SysAdmin blog roll. In fact, I see at least one person from that blog roll on this site. ::waves at Matt Simmons::

I'm also on planet-sysadmin. I've met Ranum and Schneier and can attest they both rawk. – sysadmin1138 Jun 18 '09 at 2:13
Don't forget to check marcus "rear guard" security podcast It's very sincere about security and IT facts (trust, codpendence, honesty...) – chmeee Jun 18 '09 at 7:21

The Microsoft Blogs are really great across the board. A few favorites:

I despise MS documentation as it's generally written in some oddball bureaucratese language with lots of circular references. I find the folks writing the blogs to be a breath of fresh air as they actually write in English.

While not a blog, I get a ton of useful info from the Ars Technica Forums, Ben Rockwood's blog for Sun stuff and tons of others that aren't coming to mind. Google Reader is my friend.


For security, one of my favorites is


A good Exchange blog:



Interesting posts on some technical AD topics.

Author of adfind and admod (plus others) tools.


Some of my favorite sysadmin/operations/IT blogs:


RunAsRadio - a podcast for IT professionals. Although not a blog it still gives IT pro's a steady stream of valuable info on a variety of topics.

  • IT Toolbox has a few good blogs on a variety of IT topics.
  • can also have some good blog posts at times if you are ok with it being university students posting mostly.




Jurgen Appelo, NOOP.NL blogs author, published Top 100 best blogs for Developers here. Maybe it could be useful for you.


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