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 ====== What exactly does a Systems Administrator do all day? ====== ====== What exactly does a Systems Administrator do all day? ======
  
-Systems ​administrators:​+In summary, for a very small organization,​ systems administrators are simply people who know how the computer systems work, and can respond when something fails. Though, that definition really only describes the smallest of organizations... 
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 +In reality, systems ​administrators:​
   * Install, upgrade, monitor and maintain software and hardware.   * Install, upgrade, monitor and maintain software and hardware.
   * Applying configuration updates and revisions.   * Applying configuration updates and revisions.
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 To keep IT services running smoothly. To keep IT services running smoothly.
 Things they typically maintain include operating systems, business applications,​ mid-range server hardware, local and wide area network hardware and software, security tools, Web servers, e-mail systems and PCs. The job is as unglamorous as it is essential, says Jim Lanzalotto, vice president of strategy and marketing at Yoh, a recruiting and outsourcing provider. "​It'​s like the offensive line guys protecting the quarterback,"​ he says. "If they do their job right, you never hear about them." Things they typically maintain include operating systems, business applications,​ mid-range server hardware, local and wide area network hardware and software, security tools, Web servers, e-mail systems and PCs. The job is as unglamorous as it is essential, says Jim Lanzalotto, vice president of strategy and marketing at Yoh, a recruiting and outsourcing provider. "​It'​s like the offensive line guys protecting the quarterback,"​ he says. "If they do their job right, you never hear about them."
-Why you need oneSystems administrators are experts in the nuts and bolts of the company'​s IT engine, doing mundane but essential tasks every day to prevent problems and improve systems'​ performance. When something does break, they do early-stage diagnostics. They also must stay on top of the fast and constant technology changes affecting the company'​s systems, and as such are repositories of granular and critical knowledge. It's a role that will be in demand for the foreseeable future, says John Estes, vice president at Robert Half Technology, a technical staffing company. "​Systems are growing in numbers and complexity, and of course there are always new product innovations,"​ he says.+ 
 +===== Why would you need one? ===== 
 + Systems administrators are experts in the nuts and bolts of the company'​s IT engine, doing mundane but essential tasks every day to prevent problems and improve systems'​ performance. When something does break, they do early-stage diagnostics. They also must stay on top of the fast and constant technology changes affecting the company'​s systems, and as such are repositories of granular and critical knowledge. It's a role that will be in demand for the foreseeable future, says John Estes, vice president at Robert Half Technology, a technical staffing company. "​Systems are growing in numbers and complexity, and of course there are always new product innovations,"​ he says.
  
 ===== What skills are required for this position? ===== ===== What skills are required for this position? =====
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 ===== What does a typical SysAdmin cost? ===== ===== What does a typical SysAdmin cost? =====
  
-Salary range: US$65,000 to $85,000+Experienced SysAdmins have a [[http://​www.sage.org/​salsurv/​|salary range]] between ​US$65,000 to $115,000; actual pay varies based on job factors, requirements,​ skills, and years experience. Formal education is often not well-rewarded in this career field.
  
 ===== How to find them? ===== ===== How to find them? =====
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 Growing your own: Typically, these employees start as hardware technicians,​ in charge of PCs and peripherals,​ or providing desktop software support, and move up through the ranks. Groom those who have always liked technology, who took computers apart in their teens. Growing your own: Typically, these employees start as hardware technicians,​ in charge of PCs and peripherals,​ or providing desktop software support, and move up through the ranks. Groom those who have always liked technology, who took computers apart in their teens.
-Links:+ 
 +===== How to fire them? ===== 
 + 
 +See [[http://​www.usenix.org/​events/​lisa99/​ringel.html|Adverse Termination Procedures -or- "How To Fire A System Administrator"​]] by Matthew F. Ringel and Thomas A. Limoncelli
  
 ===== Unsorted Links ===== ===== Unsorted Links =====
-[[http://​www.computerworld.com/​action/​article.do?​command=viewArticleBasic&​articleId=9032818&​source=NLT_AM&​nlid=1|Hot]] IT jobs: Systems administrator +  * [[http://​www.computerworld.com/​action/​article.do?​command=viewArticleBasic&​articleId=9032818&​source=NLT_AM&​nlid=1|Hot]] IT jobs: Systems administrator 
-Wikipedia [[http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​System_administrator|definition]] +  ​* ​Wikipedia [[http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​System_administrator|definition]] 
-http://​www.everythingsysadmin.com/​ +  ​* ​http://​www.everythingsysadmin.com/​ 
-http://​www.sage.org/​ +  ​* ​http://​www.sage.org/​ 
-http://​lopsa.org/​ +  ​* ​http://​lopsa.org/​ 
-http://​www.sysadminday.com/​ +  ​* ​http://​www.sysadminday.com/​ 
-http://​valleywag.com/​tech/​silicon-valley-users-guide/​how-do-i-get-my-sysadmin-to-do-anything-230469.php ​+  ​* ​http://​valleywag.com/​tech/​silicon-valley-users-guide/​how-do-i-get-my-sysadmin-to-do-anything-230469.php
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