Happy SysAdmin’s Day!

Since Ted Kekatos, a SysAdmin in the Chicago area suggested the day, to the first celebration on July 28, 2000.  System Administrator Appreciation Day has become the one day a year set aside to show your appreciation for those people who keep all your systems running, having been a System Administrator for many years, I can tell you it’s a tireless and thankless job; but a necessary one, especially as we move into the future.

For those of you who don’t know what a System Administrator (sysadmin) does, or aren’t sure why they should have their own day, please take a moment to ponder the following from the SysAdmin’s Day website (http://www.sysadminday.com):

A sysadmin unpacked the server for this website from its box, installed an operating system, patched it for security, made sure the power and air conditioning was working in the server room, monitored it for stability, set up the software, and kept backups in case anything went wrong. All to serve this webpage.

A sysadmin installed the routers, laid the cables, configured the networks, set up the firewalls, and watched and guided the traffic for each hop of the network that runs over copper, fiber optic glass, and even the air itself to bring the Internet to your computer. All to make sure the webpage found its way from the server to your computer.

A sysadmin makes sure your network connection is safe, secure, open, and working. A sysadmin makes sure your computer is working in a healthy way on a healthy network. A sysadmin takes backups to guard against disaster both human and otherwise, holds the gates against security threats and crackers, and keeps the printers going no matter how many copies of the tax code someone from Accounting prints out.

A sysadmin makes sure your network connection is safe, secure, open, and working. A sysadmin makes sure your computer is working in a healthy way on a healthy network. A sysadmin takes backups to guard against disaster both human and otherwise, holds the gates against security threats and crackers, and keeps the printers going no matter how many copies of the tax code someone from Accounting prints out.

A sysadmin worries about spam, viruses, spyware, but also power outages, fires and floods.

When the email server goes down at 2 AM on a Sunday, your sysadmin is paged, wakes up, and goes to work.

A sysadmin is a professional, who plans, worries, hacks, fixes, pushes, advocates, protects and creates good computer networks, to get you your data, to help you do work — to bring the potential of computing ever closer to reality.

So if you can read this, thank your sysadmin — and know he or she is only one of dozens or possibly hundreds whose work brings you the email from your aunt on the West Coast, the instant message from your son at college, the free phone call from the friend in Australia, and this webpage.

From one sysadmin to another, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Below are a few quotes from the alt.sysadmin.recovery News Group:

“Best viewed with Netscape 4.7 for UNIX/X on a 1280×1024 resolution with 24-bit color depth, maximum contrast, minimum brightness, in a 1000×960 window placed in the exact center of your display with this window manager configuration” – Unk

“I never really understood how there could be things that would drive you insane just because you knew them until I ran into Windows.” – Peter da Silva

“Here's your cable. We made it fifty feet long, just in case. In case what, in case tectonic movement makes the serial ports farther apart” – Carl Jacobs

“Blessed are the pessimists for they hath made backups.” – Jim Restucci

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3 Responses to Happy SysAdmin’s Day!

  1. AvatarTVNews says:

    Happy SysAdmin Day as well. Without you none of this would be possible.

    Hopefully you got a bouquet of memory sticks or something equally suitable for the occasion.

  2. Avatarjimr says:

    No problem EW, glad I could help, besides, reading your posts makes it all worth it!

  3. AvatarEagleWatch says:

    And last but not least, a SysAdmin helped this hapless writer find a home on this space, and for that, every day that I’m read is SysAdmin Day.