Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
sysadmin, System administrators
I just heard that today is the 10th Annual Sysadmin Day. From the website:
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.
So if you’re not a sysadmin, honor them today and file a random Helpdesk ticket. And make sure that no matter how menial the problem, mark it “urgent.” If you’re in a real giving mood, order some Domino’s pizza and a case of Mountain Dew for lunch. The sysadmins will be eternally grateful.