Today, July 31st 2009, is the 10th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day (always the last Friday in July).
I used to be a system administrator, so I know how tough a job it is – the breadth of knowledge required to be a good sysadmin is extraordinary. Ultimately I realized I wasn’t cut out for the job (and I hated being on call 24 hours a day), so I changed careers (three times since then).
So here’s to all the system administrators out there – may you get through day without a fire to put out!
What’s a system administrator? Is that like an IT geek? Those guys at work that always tell you to reboot when you report a system problem??
XUP – I think it can include IT and helpdesk guys, but to me in means the guys in the background who actually setup and maintain the servers. You generally won’t even know they exist until there’s a power outage or a catastrophic server crash or a backup fails (and if they’re *really* good – and lucky – you won’t ever know the above events ever occurred).
I’m a sys admin. Most of the time I feel like a like a lake 5 miles wide, and 3 feet deep.