Who Needs a System Administrator (Part 1)

Let’s review some of the responsibilities of a Systems Administrator to better understand the importance of this role. Systems Administrators have the responsibility to…

  • Diagnose and fix network problems; both hardware and software
  • Maintain network and software security
  • Maintain upgrades to server and workstation software
  • Perform routine backups for all workstations and servers on the network
  • Documenting network, server, and workstation specifications

When considering candidates for the role of Systems Administrator, you would look for the following skill sets and experience…

  • The ability to communicate effectively both in written and oral form
  • A complete knowledge of your Server and Workstation Operating systems
  • Effective hardware and software problem solving abilities
  • Experience in network security
  • Experience in performing system backups
  • Experience in Training Users
  • Patience in working with Users and Management

To recap, Systems Administrators play an important role in maintaining the health of an organization’s network operations. They ensure the proper organization, implementation, and ongoing support of networks and workstations; to ensure that proper security is in place; and to trouble-shoot and resolve hardware and software issues. The best candidates for this position are those who have sufficient experience, and exhibit a positive attitude towards trouble-shooting difficult problems.

It is unfortunate that many small organizations only consider a Systems Administrator after a problem occurs that cannot be resolved in a timely manner (or not resolved at all). Simply relying on a Service provider could end up costing your organization far more than the annual salary of an Administrator; especially if data is lost.

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