Life as a System Admin...

Life as a System Admin...

Post by Newacctt » Thu, 11 Nov 2004 23:19:15


Hi there,

I want to know what its like being a Systems admin, from your experience
can you tell me if it is worth doing it? Does it disconnect you from the
society or anything like that? Is it enjoyable?

Any ideas/comments is useful.

Cheers
 
 
 

Life as a System Admin...

Post by IANAL_VIST » Thu, 11 Nov 2004 23:59:00

Newaccttt < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in



When no problems exist, the SA is a lazy BOFH with seemingly nothing to do.
When things go wrong, regardless of actual cause, the SA is (ir)responsible
and incompentent for allowing the problem to occur in the 1st place and too
slow getting the problem corrected.

 
 
 

Life as a System Admin...

Post by James Knot » Fri, 12 Nov 2004 00:54:45


Sysadmins are not allowed to have a life. ;-)
 
 
 

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Post by Barry Keen » Fri, 12 Nov 2004 01:11:20


:> Hi there,
:>
:> I want to know what its like being a Systems admin, from your experience
:> can you tell me if it is worth doing it? Does it disconnect you from the
:> society or anything like that? Is it enjoyable?
:>
:> Any ideas/comments is useful.

: Sysadmins are not allowed to have a life. ;-)

we wouldn't know what to do with one anyway.... :^)

--
Barry Keeney
Chaos Consulting
email barryk<at>chaoscon.com

"Rap is Square Dancing gone terribly, terribly Wrong...."
 
 
 

Life as a System Admin...

Post by Bill Marcu » Fri, 12 Nov 2004 07:32:52

["Followup-To:" header set to comp.os.linux.admin.]
On Thu, 11 Nov 2004 01:19:15 +1100, Newaccttt


Ater you've been one for a while, you'll want to join the scary devil
monastery.

--
"How can 59,054,087 people be so dumb?" And that's the headline in
Britain, our closest ally. But here in America, as long as you-know-who
is president, we don't give a $%&# what the rest of the world thinks.
 
 
 

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Post by Steve Schr » Fri, 12 Nov 2004 08:05:06


Sorry, don't have time to answer.... pager is going off and cell phone
is ringing.... so much for that vacation.

S.

--


--> GNU/Linux is user friendly... it's just picky about its friends.
 
 
 

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Post by Juhan Leem » Fri, 12 Nov 2004 16:01:50


I think it depends on the shop. I have managed a 7x24 operation
(computerized weather data feeds to media clients), and when we did the
calculations it turns out that you really need 5 FTE (full-time employees)
to cover staggered shifts, weekends, vacations, sick days, etc. OTOH, I
have heard of shops that have only one sysadmin with a pager "surgically
implanted" (just a joke... I hope?). If there are ANY (persistent)
problems, that poor fellow will soon become suicidal. It probably depends
on how active/chaotic the operation happens to be. Are they doing heavy
development and/or modifications? Growing and/or expanding?

For a small mom/pop business that runs a few machines (not 7x24 with
99.999% availability, or anything "silly") then you could probably get by
with one solid sysadmin, with a "deputy". Plan to spend some extra $ on HA
(cluster, RAID) and automation (tape libraries), and bonus(es?)! YMMV!

BTW, if you're in a large shop, and the lowest on the totem pole, you
might end up getting lots of night shifts or weekends to work. That can
isolate you from (some) humanity. You might have to hang out with shift
workers, or get used to solitary "quiet, personal time" (i.e. read, learn).

FWIW, if you're going to do the "isolation" thing, you might as well make
it worthwhile: find a job somewhere remote, so you get high (isolation)
pay. Sometimes there is danger associated (danger pay?). Choose priorities.

--
Juhan Leemet
Logicognosis, Inc.
 
 
 

Life as a System Admin...

Post by luigi.rogg » Sat, 27 Nov 2004 22:35:01

yes, you can have your social life, but for many of your users you
will look like a sort of strange wizard, eventually evil and dark..

Users don't use ;) to understand what are the basis of the system they
work with, so they will always and forever come to you asking such
incredible or totally silly things that you can't guess untill you
try!
 
 
 

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Post by luigi.rogg » Sat, 27 Nov 2004 23:57:51

sysadmin is a person who knows a terrible language, spoken by and with the shell..
;)
 
 
 

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Post by anonymou » Mon, 03 Jan 2005 02:23:55

 
 
 

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Post by Jerry McBr » Tue, 04 Jan 2005 05:30:04


One good personal rule I can share with you is... NEVER, EVER volunteer for
anything.




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Post by anonymou » Wed, 05 Jan 2005 00:39:47


Right! Never, NEVER tell anyone what you do for a living, least of all
your boss ;-)