The 18th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day is Friday, July 28, 2017.
As we pay tribute to the heroic men and women who keep your computer workstation working and your network running, take a few minutes to understand the role of a system administrator
The many tasks of the sysadmin
A system administrator, or sysadmin, manages a computer network. At Guru42 universe we reflect upon the System Administrator and the Power User to illustate how a sysadmin thinks in terms of managing systems rather than individual computers
The sysadmin maintains various generations of desktop computer hardware and workstation operating systems. They support various desktop installed software, as well as internet based computer applications. They're expected to know what applications work well with which web browser, and what plugins are needed for every website.
They may also be responsible for the local servers and network operating systems as well. Their many network duties could include monitoring internet security, and making sure the wireless network is functioning.
Depending on the size of the network the sysadmin may setup and maintain various user names and logins. They make sure end users are using proper procedures of accessing the network, and they are not wasting network resources watching silly videos not related to work.<!--break-->
Fighting the stereotypes
System administrators are often under management pressure to contain costs and are limited in terms of time and resources.
In their effort to manage the computer network efficiently, the sysadmin is often stereotyped as a bitter control freak with the goal of standing in the way of end users.
Sysadmins oversee the installation of services and and software on the network purchased by non technical end users and managers, and take the blame for everything that goes wrong
When the sysadmin complaints of network misuse or abuse, unrealistic end user expectations, and self inflicted problems, they are perceived as angry.
Why choose to be a sysadmin
You might wonder why someone would want a thankless job that is often associated with negative stereotypes.
Like many professionals who see their career as more than showing up to receive a paycheck, a good sysadmin spends much of his spare time learning and sharing ideas and information with his colleagues because he enjoys the daily challenges of problem solving.
A good sysadmin thrives on the fact that the world of technology is always changing and never boring.
Happy SysAdmin Day!
There is a holiday for everything else, so why not Sysadmin day?
Send out an email to the person who keeps your technology running smoothly, without having a computer problem to report, and simply say, Happy SysAdmin Day!
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