It's System Administrator Appreciation Day today

Please, show your appreciation.

Friday, July 27th, 2012, is the 13th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication.

We've all been there.

Let's face it, System Administrators get no respect 365 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgment. It's the least you could do. Consider all the daunting tasks and long hours (weekends too.) Let's be honest, sometimes we don't know our System Administrators as well as they know us. Remember this is one day to recognize your System Administrator for their workplace contributions and to promote professional excellence. Thank them for all the things they do for you and your business.

We also give thanks to our own system administrators here at Neowin on this special day. I'm sure they will appreciate a message from our members expressing gratitude for the countless forum and main page upgrades, quickly resolved bugs on the site, and who remembers the water damage to our servers last year which meant a few long days getting the site back in good working order.

System administrators really are the unsung heroes behind most companies -including Neowin, because if everything is hunky-dory, it means they are doing their job well and for that we're grateful.

So if you're at work or wherever, don't forget to give your System Administrator a hug, or something.

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MajorWinters said,
As a present, one of our VM hosts went down today ...

We're lucky. We haven't had one go down on us yet

Yesterday my 1U e-mail server suddenly shutdown, no immediate reason. Would not power back on. Tossed ye ole power supply tester on it, bam, power supply toast. It's one of those mini-ITX/Flex ATX teeny weeny units, had to order one online. Had to leave the system open with a normal ATX power supply hooked up for the next few days. System was down ~30 minutes, I got what felt like eleventy billion calls. Even after telling them I had the system back up so fast and it *could* have been down for longer, guess how many thank yous I got? Yup, big fat ZERO lol.

So today is "my day." All my customers/users can KMA today! I'll be grabbing a 4/6-pack of Guinness and enjoying my evening after work for sure.

And big thumbs up to all you fellow IT/Sys-Admins! Don't let anyone crap on you today.

ir0nw0lf said,
Yesterday my 1U e-mail server suddenly shutdown, no immediate reason. Would not power back on. Tossed ye ole power supply tester on it, bam, power supply toast. It's one of those mini-ITX/Flex ATX teeny weeny units, had to order one online. Had to leave the system open with a normal ATX power supply hooked up for the next few days. System was down ~30 minutes, I got what felt like eleventy billion calls. Even after telling them I had the system back up so fast and it *could* have been down for longer, guess how many thank yous I got? Yup, big fat ZERO lol.

So today is "my day." All my customers/users can KMA today! I'll be grabbing a 4/6-pack of Guinness and enjoying my evening after work for sure.

And big thumbs up to all you fellow IT/Sys-Admins! Don't let anyone crap on you today.

Did you work through the night and sort the problem?

If not ... why do you expect thank you's? It's your job right? You get paid. That's your thank you

Nobody here knows this day exists, let alone our managers....
Just glad it isn't a holiday, otherwise we'd get to come in to work, whilst everyone else would be off ;-)

Fellow System Admins..... This day is ours! And to Neowin Admins - Jolly good work I say, and pip pip to you all!!!

Neobond said,
Oops, fixed, but yeah true.. should be 364 days with today as an exception.

But it was a leap year this year, so 365 was correct

n_K said,

But it was a leap year this year, so 365 was correct

oh yeah, i forgot that one!

anyways, happy SysAdmin Day (not even my bosses celebrated this day so it's not just the end users that don't give respect).

Erm ... System Administrators often know less than the people they're system administrating for. So no.

And as for evening and weekend work. Welcome to the last 12 years of my life as a designer. I used to build computer systems for a living. And it was a much easier job than what I do now ... because System Administration is 90% bullish***** about things to people who know nothing about computers.

Spirit Dave said,
Erm ... System Administrators often know less than the people they're system administrating for. So no.

And as for evening and weekend work. Welcome to the last 12 years of my life as a designer. I used to build computer systems for a living. And it was a much easier job than what I do now ... because System Administration is 90% bullish***** about things to people who know nothing about computers.


You paint with a very broad brush. Speak for yourself and from your (obviously very limited) experience.

Building Computers != System Administration

Spirit Dave said,
Erm ... System Administrators often know less than the people they're system administrating for. So no.

And as for evening and weekend work. Welcome to the last 12 years of my life as a designer. I used to build computer systems for a living. And it was a much easier job than what I do now ... because System Administration is 90% bullish***** about things to people who know nothing about computers.

Yeah you obviously don't work for Digi-Key, so you don't know jack. Come hang out for a day with me and I'll show you the ropes. And I too have been doing this work for 12 years.

Dean Wagner said,

You paint with a very broad brush. Speak for yourself and from your (obviously very limited) experience.

Building Computers != System Administration

Calm down ... have you little day if you really need it You may be amazing at your job and work very hard. But in most companies I've worked with, the system admin's are not very knowledgable at all. Fact. You may not like it, but it's true. Don't get me wrong ... I'm a designer, and there's a bunch of lazy ass and bad quality designers out there too. I just don't see why people need a day to praise themselves

briangw said,

Yeah you obviously don't work for Digi-Key, so you don't know jack. Come hang out for a day with me and I'll show you the ropes. And I too have been doing this work for 12 years.

I'd rather not thanks. What a boring job! Unless you love tinkering with computers. But I hate it. I spent my childhood and teens playing around with computers. Now I use them to achieve a task, and that's all. I never have any issues other than hardware issues that need fixed so lucky for me, I never have to call on a System Admin. But I couldn't be bothered to tinker with a computer nowadays. It bores me to tears.

Spirit Dave said,

I'd rather not thanks. What a boring job! Unless you love tinkering with computers. But I hate it. I spent my childhood and teens playing around with computers. Now I use them to achieve a task, and that's all. I never have any issues other than hardware issues that need fixed so lucky for me, I never have to call on a System Admin. But I couldn't be bothered to tinker with a computer nowadays. It bores me to tears.

Wow, you are so naive in to think that's all I do. I write documentation, script out installs/configurations, get to play with new OS's/technologies, manage Exchange, SharePoint, VMWare, and I get to telecommute. On top of that, we don't have an on call rotation so I don't often get called in the middle of the night (once in the past two years that I can remember). We have a DataCenter Admin who takes apart the servers and racks/stacks them. So when I'm bored, I actually ask him if I can help.

briangw said,

Wow, you are so naive in to think that's all I do. I write documentation, script out installs/configurations, get to play with new OS's/technologies, manage Exchange, SharePoint, VMWare, and I get to telecommute. On top of that, we don't have an on call rotation so I don't often get called in the middle of the night (once in the past two years that I can remember). We have a DataCenter Admin who takes apart the servers and racks/stacks them. So when I'm bored, I actually ask him if I can help.

Dude, don't take offence to me saying you tinker with computers... I've worked on major multi-million dollar games and apps... And when people ask what I do for a living, I say " I draw stuff". It's just a phrase, not a detailed example of what you do, and some sys admins (including yourself I'm sure), do work hard and do know their stuff.

I don't think you know what a typical System Admin does. You seem to be confusing it for a typical store front Computer Repair Guy. In which case, I'd agree with you. But they are not the same thing at all.

Aw man damn you America for existing in the past. It's after work here; I forgot to collect my expensive sport car and large pile of cash. >=[

Fred 69 said,
Aw man damn you America for existing in the past.[

It might be worth pointing out that it's still the morning in Europe. The US is probably still tucked up in bed, as I wish I was...

A thank you to the system admins here, as well as my colleagues at work. Many a time we've felt under-appreciated, but we soldier on in an attempt to make sure your computer still works, regardless of the silly things you do to it.

Intrinsica said,

It might be worth pointing out that it's still the morning in Europe. The US is probably still tucked up in bed, as I wish I was...

A thank you to the system admins here, as well as my colleagues at work. Many a time we've felt under-appreciated, but we soldier on in an attempt to make sure your computer still works, regardless of the silly things you do to it.

Eh not so much lol. I'm actually on my way out the door for work.

3:30am. /tired