Systems Administrator Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Systems Administrator in Lufkin:
"Take risks and take initiatave."
Never ever be doubtful of your skills. Be bold in your actions, know when it's okay to ask for help and when it isn't. Before asking for help always attempt to research things on your in order to solve the problem yourself. Most importantly never cease to learn and never EVER give up.

Systems Administrator in San Jose:
Study subnetting and how to maintain multiple subnets on the same wire.

Systems Administrator in Washington:
Make sure to keep learning. As a Sys Admin, you need to be aware of security holes in your system, and make sure all systems are patched up to date.

Systems Administrator in Fort Lauderdale:
Consider information security. Vmware is essential. Linux also. Cloud integration.

Systems Administrator in Riverside:
"One Job but Many Hats."
Run a helpdesk for support calls via email and phone, but I also maintain several windows servers and cisco network devices. I have to manually install windows security updates as well as other updates for other products such as Adobe flash player, Adobe reader, and orcacle Java. Perform STIG configuration changes on windows servers and cisco devices to stay complient with company DoD policy. Use VISIO to design and deploy new network configurations. Research new equipment to replace old equipment or to expand on current network requirements.

Systems Administrator in Colorado Springs:
"You must go up."
Don't be lackadaisical, keep moving up -- this is not a job to become an old man in.

Systems Administrator in Colorado Springs:
Seek consul from current Systems Administrators, know the ins-and-outs of the day-to-day roles and responsibilities. Be customer focused, patient, don't be a know-it-all, ask for guidance (tips-n-tricks). Somewhere, someone has already reported an issue, whether it be software or hardware related, so the Internet is a good tool to research fix-actions.