To our readers: Happy Sysadmin Day!

Yes, we blurred out the "S" word :P

What would the world be without sysadmins? Well first of all, you wouldn't be reading Neowin.net. Chances are you'd have a web browser but nowhere on the Internet to visit! Sysadmins are the glue that keep the computer world together. Remember last week when Neowin was down? If not for Redmak and DaveLegg, we'd still be down! But how often do you think of the poor sysadmins who keep the sites you love running by waking up at 3am to install new hardware and software or fix bugs? The answer is generally, "Only when it's broken."

That's where Sysadmin Day, the last Friday of every July, comes in: While some may find it silly, it's a good tool to show people that a lot of work goes into keeping servers up and running. The holiday covers a wide swath of careers: From UNIX people to desktop support people to application support people, to everything in between, it takes a special type of person to work in the shadows, get no recognition on most days, but get yelled at when something goes wrong.

So what should you do for Sysadmin Day? Anything you want, as long as you recognize the hard work that goes into the job. Walk by your desktop support team and say, "Thanks for cleaning up my malware last week!" Take your server admins out to lunch. Buy your application support folks a new car. Trust us, any token will be appreciated and may even be helpful in moving your request higher in the queue the next time you have an issue.

To that end, we'd like to ask you how Neobond should say thanks to Redmak and DaveLegg, so be sure to answer the poll question!

Source: Sysadmin Day | Cartoon courtesy of XKCD

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As a Sysadmin, I'd quite like the day off to go outside and enjoy the summer weather. I don't think my boss will allow it though.

But then you'd have to deal with the evil day star, and that's long been known to cause sysadmins to shrivel up faster than a Trekkie at a Star Wars convention!

The day may come when we are appreciated in the respect of what keep running or create......but it is not this day!

I don't care about lunch, how about people stop blaming us for problems? We provide solutions to fix, support and improve things, no break things!

ahh sys admins.....everyone thinks they are a jack of all trades, master of none.

In reality, they are a jack of all trades, master of all trades.

The only IT profession where they have to learn a massive range of products and technologies

Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 (and the differences)
AD, DNS, DHCP, DFSR, ABE, IIS, Certificate Authority, Direct Access, Branch Cache

Windows Clients XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 (and thier differences, especially when creating GPOs)

Then there's HyperV, VMware, Exchange, Sharepoint, SQL, DPM, ConfigMgr, OpManager, AV Solutions, Clustering, SANs

List is endless.......Happy Sys Admin Day!

glen8 said,
ahh sys admins.....everyone thinks they are a jack of all trades, master of none.

In reality, they are a jack of all trades, master of all trades.

The only IT profession where they have to learn a massive range of products and technologies

Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 (and the differences)
AD, DNS, DHCP, DFSR, ABE, IIS, Certificate Authority, Direct Access, Branch Cache

Windows Clients XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 (and thier differences, especially when creating GPOs)

Then there's HyperV, VMware, Exchange, Sharepoint, SQL, DPM, ConfigMgr, OpManager, AV Solutions, Clustering, SANs

List is endless.......Happy Sys Admin Day!


You are mixing up so many areas....Big corporations don't have a sysadmin. They have a sysadmin that orders the (for example) netadmin to fix a DHCP problem.

But yes, small sysadmins (coughcoughmecoughcough) have to do all that and a lot more.

Yeah, the day kind of backfires when the only ones that know about it are the people that are supposed to be appreciated.

SHoTTa35 said,
Happy SysAdmin day! Gonna be dropping hits at work today since nobody seems to know this day.

Dropping "hits"?! ...there's no need to get violent(!) lol

Yay! It's better then my birthday! But no tokens or appreciation gifts.
Will try to get a pizza out of somewhere tho.

Happy SysAdmin day to every SysAdmin!
And to every client out there, go give your sysadmin a hug

Last year, SysAdmin day was on my birthday. But unlike then, no recognition today

Actually, they should recognize me since I've been getting called sporadically the last couple of weeks since SharePoint was down off and on....

Happy Sysadmin Day to all my fellow systems administrators. Alas, no one at my workplace is aware of this, though admittedly I had forgotten until seeing this.

Maybe I can ask them to get me what I've always wanted; an IV bag designed for coffee. I can justify it as "increasing productivity and boosting alertness."

Was a Sysadmin for my old school... for a year... till I had to move with family.. OH THE HUMANITY!!!

Happy Sysadmin day folks!

Someone at work gave me a 4-pack of his favorite beer today, and someone said thank you for all my hard work. I felt vindicated. :-)

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