Happy SysAdmin Day!

If you are in the world of IT, you know the stresses, trials and troubles that can go with the turf. This is one of the few jobs that you can go from zero-to-hero in under five seconds and back just as quickly. Eleven years ago, SysAdmin Day was created by system administrator Ted Kekatos, to honor the hard work by these individuals who stay late to restart servers so that it doesnt impact everyones work day. SysAdmin Day is celebrated on the last Friday in July, by System Administrators everywhere.

What is a SysAdmin?

Now, most people read "system" to mean an individual computer, and think that all a sysadmin does is clean viruses off your computer and replace your monitor. That's not wrong -- but it is only one page of the whole story.


A real computing system is larger. Very few computers work just on their own anymore; when you use the web, play a game online, share files with a friend, or send email, you're using a complex and intricate collection of computers, networks and software that come together to do the job you're asking.


A sysadmin manages these systems -- they figure out how to bring storage from one server, processing from another, backups from a third and networking from a fourth computer all together, working seamlessly. For you.
 - From SysAdminDay.Com

What Do SysAdmins do on SysAdminDay?

Pretty much the same as any other day, we keep things running and help out with technical problems. (Unless you are in my IT Team, then we have cake and coffee while playing Quake all day long.)

What Should YOU Do on SysAdminDay?

This depends on how much you like your IT Guy or Gal, and how much you enjoy receiving email, having network access and someone to complain to. At a minimum, I would suggest a polite greeting and cup of their favourite beverage from the local Starbucks. If you want to splash out a little, candy usually goes a long way to getting you noticed.

If you really want to help your IT Guy or Gal, check out this (humorous) list of tips of how to help out and make their life easier.

What Shouldn't YOU Do on SysAdminDay?

Complain that we are trying to get a recognized professionals day. Don't whine that you never see us doing anything - we are like ninjas - operating with stealth and speed. If you computer, network connection, internet access and email are working properly, we have done our job. We are there when there is a problem and do our best to ensure that it doesn't affect you.