Most important skills for sysadmins to develop
Sysadmins are awesome. There’s no denying that at all, but inside every sysadmin is that drive to become even better. That’s why you do what you do, starting way before 9am and working way past 5pm. That’s why you give up your weekends and spend your time on the beach reading certificate study guides instead of your favorite book. Every sysadmin has a great set of skills, but most sysadmins probably want to develop more. To help you, who so often help us, we’ve scoured the net, including articles from the top job boards, recruiters and head hunters, and we’ve collected a list of the skills that are most important to sysadmins, no matter what their specific focus is. We’ve listed them in no particular order and included some links to help you start learning these skills online at your own pace.
This should be the only skill on this list that is vendor-specific, but it is also a skill that every sysadmin should have and so few do. Good diagrams not only make understanding and troubleshooting a system easier, they support good documentation. Most sysadmins’ Visio diagrams look worse than smartphone camera pictures of a whiteboard. We all need to get better at Visio.
You don’t have to be the network engineer to understand networking. If you admin a system, it uses the network and you need to understand what it requires so you can work with the firewall sysadmin to get the ACLs correct, and the network sysadmin to ensure performance.
Learn more: IT Administrator Salary Outlook
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