Started working at daytime and it was a mess, we had a lot of work to do. Then I said fuck it, boss told me that I could work at night so I started doing "maintenance" and check if the service was working,
I come here at 11pm and leave 7am, I usually play video games and get paid a lot for doing nothing.
>>45576448 If I drop out of college, I'm thinking about trying to get a job at a local company doing something like this. It's a really small town, so I probably have a chance to at least be someone's apprentice or something.
>>45576448 Mostly browse the Internet, field requests and streamline our processes. I'm a sucker for process automation, as far as I'm concerned I should only have to get hands-on if something's never happened before.
Sunday and Thursday I watch anime, browse /g/, drink coffee and try to pretend like I haven't scripted out two whole days of work.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday I am relieved from actually doing incident level stuff and work on problem management and change management. Basically I just tweak nagios monitoring and/or tell applications to get there shit together.
Occasionally something is on fire and I do something cool.
The guy just knew me and talked to me a lot about shit with his systems >multi-store lan cafe Went there many years during HS, so when I got out he hired me for odd jobs until I got an actual job under him. Was the easiest shit ever.
I work in a school, basically they go to Kent Country Council, go "gib IT pls", and they get a dedicated internet line, firewall blocking, antivirus and a plethora of other stuff for about £10k a year.
>>45576873 >how many gentoo machines have you administered in the past? Only ever used Gentoo on my old X201. Does ricing count as administering? >what is your position on GPLv3? Cancer. >do you ever eat skin off your feet? Haven't tried that yet actually.
>>45576880 >How much hentai have you watched? Too much. I can't even get it up to 3DPD anymore. >Do you masturbate to exclusively dickgirls? Dickgirls aren't bad in a while, but not exclusively. >Why haven't you installed Gentoo, shaved your legs, and bought a Dragon Dildo yet? I'm ugly as sin, wouldn't even be cute.
IDK what city you are in but where I live I just basically listed experience in linux that I got from fiddling around at home and started applying everywhere.
When I got my phone screen which at our company is really what the use to decide if they will hire you or not the didn't ask me anything about my resume. I was just drilled on linux questions for 45min. My case might be unique but I would say just know your material.
>>45576835 You get paid for screwing your health. The healthiest time for sleeping is exactly between those hours. Otherwise your brain's circadian rhythms will get screwed up and when you're old, you will have lots of health problems because of that.
>>45576448 I'm an IT technician. It's also my responsibility to take care of servers (thankfully almost everything is virtualized in hyper-v) >What the fuck do you do all day? Replacing old PCs with new PCs, fixing any problems with software/hardware, playing cs:go with my colleagues. It's the best job I've ever had.
He works as a contractor, the pay is around $15/hour and he's gonna be jobless within 12 months spending any savings he scrounged together to keep a roof over his head because 12 months doesn't accumulate enough unemployment credits to pay a sustainable amount of money.
TL;DR - Contract jobs are the new cyclic recessions and you should kill yourself. Stay poor goy.
Everyday has new issues, between then you either screw about or get some low-priority work done like documentation.
Some tasks off top of my head: >Attempt P2V conversion of servers for DR testing >Configure replacement pfsense firewall to replace shitty Cisco 5505 >Check backup jobs and try to work out why VSS failed AGAIN! >Help end-user with SharePoint docs not opening >Help end-user to setup email archiving when he hits the mailbox quota >Create Security groups in a vain attempt to make SharePoint permissions manageable >Shuffle VMs about in a vain attempt to prevent Developers overloading the Hypervisors again and remove the umpteen snapshots clogging the drive space
12 year sysadmin here. I build new systems, troubleshoot current ones, and decommission the old. Handle escalations from helpdesk when they get stuck. Manage business needs weighed against budget restrictions. Look at my users' internet and email data when I'm bored. And the 100k a year isn't bad.
>>45581198 Local LANs and networking systems require design, maintenance, upkeep, and upgrades to stay current. System Admins actually design, implement and maintain their LAN system. Depending on the needs the "system" can vary quite a bit. Example Walmart's system is vastly larger, and more complex than say a family owned restaurant. But they both accomplish the same thing, they link all the computers and network devices in the business together to share resources and communicate. They both have points of sale, workstations (for inventory or the books), wifi, TVs, etc, etc They both have printers, NAS, and need say a POS to communicate a transaction to a server, who then contacts the card company, who then contacts the bank... So like I said, systems admins design these systems. Servers, OSs, applications, hardware, etc are all tools that are used to build up a system, and then it needs maintenance and upgrades periodically. System admins make all of this happen. Like a lot have said, a good system needs very little invention once its up and running, just periodic things, and "whack a mole" or putting out fires when they occur.
I get where youre coming from, its hard to see not being in IT, but its a lot of jackin it and doritos if you're good at your job.
Systems analyst (step below admin but its the same shit) Spend day doing the following: >Answering calls from old ladies who expect me to remote into their computer with not internet connection when in reality they turned off wifi on their laptop
>Remote into my computer and download torrents
>Browse 4 chan
>Pick up calls for some shit head who need a network drive remapped or something
>Sit in a chair, listen to people complain and fix their shit problems
It is fun, but be prepared to be in the realm of true neckbeards and to eventually spend all your money on useless new technology.
>>45582909 Roughly speaking what do you have to take into account when designing these "systems"? From buying stuff for lan parties my mindset is basically: have a DHCP server, a bunch of switches, and a gateway to the internet, done. But I'm guessing that is naive
>>45583164 Some networks span multiple physical locations, so tunneling and multiple routers would need to be set up. Not only that, every service you have needs to be configured and given appropriate permissions/access.
You also need to keep a close eye on security. Configuring routers and firewalls to keep out the rabble, manage active directory and security groups to prevent morons from infecting everything and masturbate furiously to cartoon women getting reamed.
>>45583164 for one example, email: local or hosted exchange? how many users? what licenses (server, CALS, exchange)? do the clients all have outlook already? spam filtering? virus scanning? encryption required (medical/hippa)?
there's a lot of things to take into consideration for every tiny little business need some owner can dream up. it's all about big data now (n-able, labtech, spiceworks, etc)
>>45583195 >>45583228 >>45583257 All very apt. Another example is keeping transactions secure. A lot of business use the same equipment for POS and everything else. How do you keep the traffic secure from one another while using the same infrastructure. How do you manage the POS? Are they dumb terminals with a server? Semi-smart machines with no local storage, and a RAM disk that builds from a PxE boot, or maybe they're fully autonomous computers that have local resources. Each has their pros and cons.
The new big thing, especially in sales, and this BS is coming from the top down, is that execs want as many sales associates to be mobile, and ringing people up with iPads. Can you imagine that? You have Unix servers, windows workstations/POS and some windows servers, and then your management demands that everyone has iPads just when you've gotten the system stable and happy after migrating from windows XP to 7.
>1st thing check emails for any urgent requests or outages >check logs and server health >complete outstanding high priority tickets >do as many menial task tickets as possible and any requests as they come-in >lunch >check server health and urgent requests and tickets >work on long term projects
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