Now that I have been doing some SysAdmin stuff, I have an increased admiration for good system administrators.
System administration is a non-trivial task requiring extensive knowledge and a variety of computing skills.
If I was looking for a SysAdmin, then they would have to correctly answer the following.
- explain command-line syntax
- explain the power of the pipe
- explain why they are interested in Unix, Open Source, and the Internet
My SysAdmin doesn't need to know every shell, every text editor, every scripting language, every version of Unix, and so forth. What they do need to know, however, is how to design and implement tools using the Unix Philosophy.
If you have an ethically grounded SysAdmin that can keep systems simple, open, secure, efficient, and maintainable, then you have yourself a good one. Keep them happy and show them some respect.
A good SysAdmin should be allocated time to participate in professional organizations and local user groups.
Creator: Gerald Thurman
Created: 27 July 1999