System Administration areas of responsibility
- Identify customers
- Gather requirements
- Data Center
- Air conditioning
- Physical security
- Software installation
- Remote access
- Service hours
- Security policies
- Disk usage
- CPU loads
- Hardware and software service contracts
- Patch procedures
- Backup and archiving
- Disaster recovery
- Account setup and pruning
- Upgrade procedures
- Operating systems
- "fork-lift upgrades" are the easiest
- Help desk. Desktop support.
- Teamwork and information sharing are much more important than specific
- The only "stupid question" is an unasked question. The person asking the
"stupid questions" today will likely be the guru next year!
"System" or "Systems"? Flip a coin!
General vs. OS-specific tools: the same areas of concern will need to be
addressed no matter what operating system you use, but obviously, the specific
tools you use are likely to differ greatly.
Breadth vs. depth: if you are a "depth person", you might be happier as
a developer. In most shops, the sys admin is a "breadth person" who can do
anything from wielding a screwdriver to designing a network.
Large vs. small shops
- Breadth of responsibilities
- Job security
- Career path options
This page will be found at http://bhami.com/sa/sysadmduties.html
last edit: 2002.08.02 Bruce Hamilton