[svlug] Help me in Defining what a "Sr Linux Admin" is.
oldestgeek at gmail.com
Thu Sep 4 15:38:35 PDT 2008
There are several descriptions on craigslist for "Linux admin".
Alvin has given a good spec. The listings are another good source and
in a conventional form.
On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 3:20 PM, Alvin Oga
<alvin at mail.linux-consulting.com> wrote:
> hi ya james
>> james at linuxrebel.org wrote:
>> One of the things I want to do (That is polite) before I depart my
>> current position is to leave behind a proper definition of what a Sr.
>> Linux Admin is. (and thereby explain why I'm no longer wanting to
>> remain with them under the guise of my new "duties" or rather lack of
>> The PHB's seem to think it has more to do with Time in slot, than
>> knowledge and I'd like to properly define things otherwise.
> - yeah, them phb's think its somebody on call when something happens
> that can come fix it .. no matter what time of the day it is
> ( it's the wrong view of "Sr" anything )
> - beginners and intermediate admins will be asking "howto" questions
> my view of the world, sr people should be able to:
> - work and get the task done w/o the use of google/yahoo
> - "what do you know" and what has been your past experience
> - can automate their task ( esp silly things like monitoring )
> "automate" as in write your own tools since most all
> existing monitoring tools are lacking something or other
> - definitely needs to be able to do reliable backups which does
> not contain the "virus" that killed the corp network
> - most folks end up overwriting the "good backup"
> - sr admin should be using multiple partitions for
> /tmp, /var, /usr, /opt, /home, /Backup, ...
> - sr admins can build a box and not touch it for the next 3yrs
> and it'd be working fine
> other side of the coin, they can build a box, have it update
> itself daily, and still be working fine for the next 3 yrs
> - aka, they can buy reliable parts from reliable vendors
> - there is NO such thing as disk failure or power supply failure
> ( buy something better from better sources )
> - sr admins would have been involved or witness near corp meltdowns
> and have learned what NOT to do ... or allow to happen or exist
> to prevent their job would be at risk since management needs
> to point their fingers at somebody
> - sr admins can and should manually maintain say 10-30 machines at the
> nitty gritty level
> - sr admins can also maintain 100 or 500 or 1000 machines
> in an automated fashion ( 100% hands off except for the initial
> put the box on the rack and turn it on )
> - sr admins can provision new boxes with hands on ( build yourself )
> or hands off ( automated with scripts )
> - sr admins will NOT have "this hardware is NOT supported problem"
> - sr admins will make do with the computer resources they have on hand
> and put in a request for the new widgets and if said widgets does
> not arrive by a particular period, xyz things are at risk
> - sr admins can argue the merits and problems of any distro ( OS including MS )
> compared to another
> - sr admins ( the community minded ones ) might be publishing stuff
> and or have websites and/or volunteer their time/skills at other places
> - sr admins have built hobby projects w/ 555 timers, 741 op amps, 2n2222, etc
> and wrote ( video, kb, disk ) interrupt routines to run with 8080, 6800, z80, ...
> - aka, solid understanding of computers and how it works
> - sr admins know that 80% of comptuer failures will be due to people
> doing or not doing what they should have been doing to prevent the failure
> - email that cant be sent or received might be a people problem
> since not everybody is computer literate
> - not being able to print stuff might be a people problem
> since not everybody can change the printer toner properly
> ... endless list of what sr folks should be able to do ??
> c ya
> dont print
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