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19 Essential SysAdmin Subreddits You Should Follow

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By Nils Macharis

If you’re in tech, you’re probably quite familiar with “The Front Page of the Internet”. Here’s a rundown of some of the most useful subreddits geared toward IT professionals and System Administrators.

1. Networking

The Networking Subreddit focuses on enterprise & business networking topics such as design, troubleshooting, and best practices.

2. SysAdmin

Probably the one you’re most familiar with: the SysAdmin subreddit. It features a wide range of system administration topics of interest to more than 330K subscribers. Discussions range from those about getting rid of computer viruses to tips about sysadmin tools that people use.

3. NetSec

The NetSec subreddit focuses on information security and boasts around 300K “hackers.” It’s a community for technical news and discussion of information security and closely related topics. Rules are designed to keep the group serious, with images/screenshots/comics disallowed.

4. Tech Support MacGyver

A MacGyvered solution is defined as fixing something by using parts that are not the intended replacement parts and/or using unorthodox methods to get something working again. Over 180K MacGyvers share and inquire about unorthodox tech support solutions in this unorthodox subreddit.

5. Windows

The Windows subreddit is a good place to start on Microsoft topics from Windows 10 to Xbox, though note that there are a handful of related subreddits, including those that zero in on products like Azure and Windows 10.

6. Linux

The Linux subreddit has 380K subscribers and lots of offshoots, such as /r/linuxquestions, /r/linux4noobs and /r/linuxmemes. The main topics cover GNU/Linux, Linux kernel itself, the developers of the kernel or open source applications, any application on Linux, and more.

7. Linux Admin

“Expanding Linux SysAdmin knowledge”, that’s what r/linuxadmin is all about. This Linux subreddit aims to be a place where Linux SysAdmins can come together to get help and to support each other.

8. iiiiiiitttttttttttt

Having to deal with constant computer frustrations at work? Another virus ruining a perfect day? Vent it out at iiiiiiitttttttttttt, a subreddit with 113K engaged techies, dedicated specifically for Information Technology rage.

9. Homelab

177K ‘labbers’ are active on this subreddit to share knowledge of their experimental sandbox environment.

10. Lansweeper

A subreddit for everything Lansweeper related. Including the latest Lansweeper news, vulnerability updates, monthly Patch Tuesday reports, Lansweeper-related questions, and custom network reports.

11. SysAdmin Humor

Described as a subreddit for sysadmins with a sense of humor, this sub is perfect browsing material when you’re on a break.

12. Tales From Tech Support

TFTS is a subreddit where more than 587K “tireless techs” post amazing Tales From Tech Support, including but not limited to: incredible feats of networking heroics, tech troubleshooting under the direst of circumstances, unsolvable problems cracked by sheer genius and/or pure Luck, and of course, stupid user stories!

13. Software Gore

The Software Gore subreddit exists to chronicle every kind of software glitch, quirk, and blunder. Basically, software that acts outside its parameters and malfunctions.

14. IT Career Questions

Need help getting started into IT, want to make a change or get that next step in your career? This subreddit with 71K inquiring minds is designed to help anyone in or interested in the IT field to ask career-related questions.

15. DevOps

/r/DevOps is a subreddit dedicated to the DevOps movement where over 89K DevOps discuss upcoming technologies, meetups, conferences and everything that brings us together to build the future of IT systems.

16. Computer Techs

The Computer Techs sub is not a forum for technical support but is a place where computer technicians can come together to share info on the latest tips and tricks for computer/network repair. They can also share their tools of the trade and computer repair methods.

17. Cable Porn

Cable Porn is a place for sharing links to good-looking cabling (primarily data centers) that could be considered art to the network junkies of Reddit. 174K of “cablers” strong. Rule number 1: If it looks like spaghetti, we don’t want to see it. Rule number 2: see rule #1.

18. Tech Support Gore

This sub’s disclaimer is very straightforward: “/r/techsupportgore will not pay for your psychiatrist/mental health care consultant after seeing our content”. Find comfort in the fact that you’re not alone.

19. Command Line

This is for anything regarding the command line, in any operating system. All questions (including dumb ones), tips, and interesting programs/console applications you’ve found or made yourself are welcome in this subreddit with 41K members.

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