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Great Systems Administrators

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The following is the opening line of Chapter 1 of the book, “MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit: Windows Server Administration (Exam 70-646).[1]” 

Great systems administrators do not show up at work in the morning, have some coffee and a biscuit, and then decide to install a server operating system because they have got a few spare hours before lunch.

This really made my day.  At the time I was reading the book (this was two years ago), I was taking a sip of my Starbucks Mocha Frappucino; I couldn’t help but laugh out loud, and in so doing spilled (spit) coffee all over my workstation.  I found it so hilarious simply because I could relate to it: Given the opportunity to be a little bit (or rather, a little too much) “creative,” I just might actually do that! 🙂

The opening paragraph concludes, thus:

Great systems administrators work with a plan. They know how they are going to install the server operating system before the server hardware leaves the vendor’s warehouse.

Being unprepared about what one plans to do with one’s work, and with one’s life in general, is one of the worst things one can do to one’s self. 

Be a great systems administrator: Plan your work right.

Be a great person to yourself: Plan your life right.

Jesus, I trust in You!


[1] McLean, Ian, and Orin Thomas. MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit: Windows Server Administration (Exam 70-646). Microsoft Press, 2008. Books24x7. Web. November 29, 2010. <http://common.books24x7.com/book/id_24523/book.asp>. 

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