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ServerFault is a great resource! Glad to have found it. What other online resources / forums / newsgroups do you frequent that are similar to serverfault?

I'm looking for high-traffic sites, the ones you can go to when you have a very specific question and have at least a little better chance that someone has "been there done that" with your needle-in-the-haystack questions ;-)

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Should probably be community wiki... –  Zoredache Oct 20 '09 at 1:43

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why no one mentioned IRC? Freenode is a wonderful place to hang out, and there are several rooms (#lopsa, #debian, #unix, #bash) that tend to be full of sysadmins

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This is true. I hang out on #LOPSA, and sometimes #AMANDA. #puppet is great, too. –  Matt Simmons Oct 20 '09 at 6:36
#bash on freenode is a place that's easy to learn incredible amounts in. –  Cian Oct 20 '09 at 10:17
true. I'm usually on #rhel and #rhev myself –  dyasny Feb 9 '10 at 21:05

SAGE's sage-members list.

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Or the local equivalent. –  John Gardeniers Oct 20 '09 at 2:50
Also the Also the LOPSA mailing lists. (discuss and tech in particular) lopsa.org/mailman/listinfo –  freiheit Oct 20 '09 at 3:04

There are a number of forums online that you can look into. the ServerFault family being some of them, but you already know about those. =)

  • For Microsoft based help, try Petri.co.il's forums. There is a gaggle of Microsoft MVPs that hang out there, including Mr. Petri himself.
  • TechGenix has a number of sites under its umbrella such as isaserver.org, msexchange.org, windowssecurity.com (message boards forward to security-forums.com), windowsnetworking.com (message boards also forward to security-forums.com) and virtualizationadmin.com. Each has forums with varying levels of activity. Windowssecurity.com's forums are the former Security-Forums.com and as such tends to move well beyond Windows security in spite of the name of the domain. Indicentally, Security-Forums.com will forward you to the WindowsSecurity.com forums.
  • Some might cringe at what I'm about to suggest, but I think it should be mentioned: Experts-Exchange.com. And yes, you can really get a free account in spite of their filthy lies to the contrary.
  • The new Sysadmin-Network.com is budding (Thanks to Matt Simmons for giving me the tip!) and has the potential to be a lot bigger than what it currently is. Why don't you join and help us grow it?
  • I've heard some halfway decent reviews of Daniweb.com's community but have never joined it myself.
  • Google has come back with some interesting results that I've never heard of before such as SysAdmin TALK Forums and sysadminforum.com. I can't pledge for their usefulness though and so won't provide a link to them.
  • Each individual systems vendor will oftentimes have forums and a community that can bolster your knowledge and community support for that specific item. For example, HP has a vast network of forums for both the IT Pro and the consumer (even if th eoverall experience on HP's web sites is approximately as pleasant as brushing your teeth with a bench grinder).

Notice that most of those area really just help forums and not so much a "hangout". That's because, in the end, I believe that you are right in noticing that there is a lack of a really awesome SysAdmin "hangout". I've been pining for one for years, but haven't quite found it. I think sysadmin-network.com is the closest thing so far, but it could use a little meat on its bones. That will come with time, I hope, as its relatively new.

I look forward to seeing what other people can contribute. Of course, if you find anything on your own, let us all know about it. =)

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check out http://planetsysadmin.com/ it's a nice aggregator for sysadmins blog

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The primary one that I can think of is Sysadmin Network - http://www.sysadmin-network.com

It's not big yet, but it's growing, and there's a few hundred members. It concentrates more on the social networking side.

Other than that, do you have a blog?

You might check this question too: http://serverfault.com/questions/73140/it-community-or-and-blog-sites/73173#73173

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For a community with a Microsoft Systems Management, Administration and Deployment bent check out myITforum.com as they have some really good articles, great forums on the following:

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Although I'd like to see everyone come here for everything (and I bet they eventually will), MyITForum is still the best place for the stuff listed above. –  Doug Chase Oct 20 '09 at 12:40

For Windows stuff, I like the Sysinternals forums.

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Usually I just end up hanging out at (Joking of course). Seriously, the sysadmin crew I work with is a fun gang to hang out with in RL. Often you will find us around food or beer or both after work.

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Real Life? How'd you get one of those? How far do you have to level up before it appears in the armory? –  Wesley Oct 20 '09 at 2:49
I think it's a rare drop off of those fire dudes on the plains. –  Yannone Oct 20 '09 at 15:07

nothing better than http://serverfault.com it has every thing.

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Best one that I've found yet is at http://www.google.com


Obviously Google lacks the community, but it does have the answers, and more importantly, it will lead you to the specific special purpose communities that focus on the kind of work that leads you to ask questions.

Otherwise we can only offer vaguely helpful lists of sites which may or may not match what you want. Even on a community site, you will still need to wade through a bunch of not quite relevant answers to find the gems that you seek.

There is no magic bullet.

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Well, for searching for stuff... But what about community? –  ExtraLean Oct 20 '09 at 1:30
That's not particularly helpful or directly answering the question (or even indirectly for that matter). Seriously. –  Wesley Oct 20 '09 at 1:37