Systems Administrators: 'Thanks!'

Showing appreciation to systems administrators worldwide on July 26 for their relentless, hard work year-round.

Think of systems administrators as the life guards of IT, constantly scanning the network and clients for trouble. Periodically, sysadmins come to the rescue of blue-screening servers and end users from computer conniptions, but not often acknowledged by coworkers with a "thanks" for a job well done.

"System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year," states Ted Kekatos on his Web site, So, he's trying to change that again this year, with a reminder to those who bump into their sysadmins to extend some appreciation on Systems Administrator Day this Friday, July 26.

This is the third year that Kekatos, who's now a software consultant/sysadmin at heart, is celebrating what originally began as a small company picnic in Chicago. (See last year's story, "System Administrator Appreciation Day" in the News archive.) Meant as a day to highlight the hard-working efforts of sysadmins worldwide with their own day, Kekatos suggests on his Web site that coworkers show appreciation with gifts (excluding any item with a corporate logo), a day off, or a cake and ice cream party.

Last year, Kekatos says he sent requests to Hallmark and Bluemountain to publish greeting cards. Although he isn't certain if his campaign is responsible, Bluemountain this year offers one (

About the Author

Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Aug 2, 2002 Lev Tolstoy Anonymous

I hate all the bosses, they think everything is working by itself and when something is wrong the only person responsible for this is me and not Microsoft and noone else. I hate them even more for what they think about me or talk behind my back. I think the situation is the same everywhere. Hope they will change...

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 Big_Geek Birmingham, AL

AMEN Brad!!! Happy Sys Admin Day!!!

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 Brad Los Angeles

I don't know about the rest of you, but I work to LIVE, not live to work! I don't have a problem with a little appreciation. I know d#$% well I end up at the office late and on weekends much more than ANY of my co-workers, (except my fellow IT team-members that is). Appreciation throughout the year is great, and so is a special day, lest they forget...

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 TMan San Mateo

Treat your system administrator with extreme kindness...take him or her out for a drink and buy lunch! Suggestion: skip the fast food!

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

It is good to acknowledge them. But we work to earn a living. That is why appreciation is not something special

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 Ted Chicago

Many of the special days listed in the first message DO exist.
The Blue Mountain date is from last year. Their software should be smart enought for "Last Friday of July", instead of dates.
Where is your sense of humor? This is just for fun. Remember "fun"? I hope you have a Happy Sys Admin Day. Buy yourself a ice cream today with lunch. Ted

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 TMoney D.C.

Everyone but CA has a point. It is better to receive unsolicited comments about our work, but a day on the calendar certainly can't do any harm. I enjoy my job very much, and I understood when I chose this career that a "thank you" would not come about very often. It is just part of the job.

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 Rulis Texas

Commitment = Love, and that doesn't have to do with an specific day for us, I stick with CBC on enjoying our job and being the most respected phone extension on the company. But anyway its nice to know we have our day...

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 Big_Geek Birmingham, A

Come on now... Why can't the Sys Admin get a little pat on the back or a handshake or maybe some lunch? So what if it's only once a year (it still feels great!) Anonymous from CA -- GET A LIFE... or a job where people will notice the good you are doing (Actually, probably just a life.)

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 CBC Anonymous

I prefer spontaneous appreciation over a day where people feel obligated to show it. I'm a sysadmin that enjoys my job. I do it for the pleasure of helping others whether they say "thanks" or not. I appreciate the "thanks" a lot more when it's unsolicited.

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 JAG Texas

Just call IT staff appreciation day! We are like the line backers of the NFL. Noone really notices us unless something is broke.

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

It's hard to believe that any self-respecting reader of MCPMag would bash SysAdmin Day. What's wrong, can't get a job?

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

um there's already a Nurse's Day btw ;)

Fri, Jul 26, 2002 Anonymous Connecticut

Anonymous from California took the words out of my mouth...

Thu, Jul 25, 2002 JHM Anonymous

too bad that Blu Mountain couldn't even bother to get the date correct!

Thu, Jul 25, 2002 Anonymous California

Why not Business Consultants' Day, Programmers' Day, Doctors' Day, Nurses' Day, Day Care Workers' Day, Engineers' Day, Sheriff's Day, Trash Collectors' Day, Staff Analysts' Day, CIOs' Day . . . Gifts, you say? To add to Secretary's Day, Bosses' Day, Birthdays, Retirements, Baby Showers, Christmas, Valentine's Day. . . I am sure that Hallmark appreciates your efforts.

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