The System Administrator
The System Administrator (SA) is responsible for the effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure. Typically assigned to team, the system administrator is a qualified subject matter expert, and participates in technical research and development to enable continuing innovation within the existing network systems infrastructure of an organization. This individual ensures that system hardware, operating systems, software systems, and related procedures adhere to organizational values. They also enhance the work environment by training and enabling system end users, and other members of their respective organizations.
Interfacing with the project manager and relevant personnel, the system administrator assists project teams with technical issues in the initiation and infrastructure planning phases. These activities typically include the definition of needs, benefits, and technical strategy; research & development within the project life-cycle; technical analysis and design; and support of operations staff in executing, testing and rolling-out the solutions. System administrator participation on specific projects is focused on smoothing the project transition from development to implementation by performing operations activities within the project life-cycle.
System administrators are accountable for systems including, but not limited to the following: Linux and Windows workstations and servers in support of the existing Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, and application systems that support asset management and accountability. In order to provide sustained operations, the responsibilities on these types of systems also involves SA interface with the general and upper level users in order to guarantee sustained support. Maintenance, research and development and well structured guidance are also vital to ensure continued system and network modernization.
Types of System Administrators
Generally, smaller companies employ one or a couple of system administrators to oversee the entire range of responsibilities of the organization. The circumstances differ in larger organizations, where there are a number of system administrators, each having specific responsibility.
The baseline or general system administrator is accountable for almost all portions of a computer network. Depending on the operating system with which they are well-versed, system administrators fall into two...