System Administrator Appreciation Day 2008


SysAdmin Day – last Friday in July every year


If you can read this, thank your sysadmin

A sysadmin unpacked the server for this website from its box, installed an operating system, patched it for security, made sure the power and air conditioning was working in the server room, monitored it for stability, set up the software, and kept backups in case anything went wrong. All to serve this webpage.

A sysadmin installed the routers, laid the cables, configured the networks, set up the firewalls, and watched and guided the traffic for each hop of the network that runs over copper, fiber optic glass, and even the air itself to bring the Internet to your computer. All to make sure the webpage found its way from the server to your computer.

If you are not sure why you should show your appreciation, gratitude and even love for your SysAdmin, why not watch the System Administrator Song from Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie

Make sure you don’t forget SysAdmin Day this year or ever again


Click to download a calendar entry (.ics file) and add it to your diary (eg in Outlook or Lotus Notes) to remind you every year.

<update> Just found this SysAdmin day cartoon – maybe you should set it as your desktop background to remind you to celebrate on the day.

If you are a SysAdmin, are you celebrating this day? What gifts would you most appreciate from your colleagues?

If you are not in IT, how will you be showing your SysAdmin that you care?