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Bring Some Turkey to the Server Room This Thanksgiving

Jeff Edwards| November 22 2018

| IT insights


With the holiday’s right around the corner, it is time to give thanks for the people that are really important in your life—like your SysAdmin (aka your Systems Administrator). 

As one of the most important people you encounter during your work day, SysAdmins ensure that the network remains online and available so that you can access critical applications and be productive in your job function. It’s not an easy job and the general lack of appreciation this group feels only adds to the strain. 

So, in hopes of easing that strain, here are some creative ways to say thanks this holiday season: 

Say Thank You, Really: 

Just like you, Sysadmins work hard, and just like you, they appreciate being recognized for that had work.

While some may think SysAdmins are knights in shining armor with a steel sword, it’s time their Halloween costumes come off and we realize they're just regular people who would like to hear a simple “thank you” or “I couldn’t get my job done without you.”

Reboot Your Computer:

"Did you turn it off and on again?" this is the questions IT Helpdesk personnel repeat day in and day out, and even in their dreams. Oftentimes, a misconfigured computer can be sorted out with a simple reboot, so please, before you submit that ticket, try restarting your machine first.

Give Them a Free Tool:

Here at Ipswitch we do what we can to make the IT team's life easier. Sure, we make and sell software, but we also know that free tools are popular, often out of necessity when budgets don't allow for commercial software.

We've got a long list of network monitoring tools that can cover many network and application monitoring essentials. These are some of the best tools out there for helping you manage network bandwidth, Syslog data, configuration files, virtual machines, and more. And several of them help you get a better view into that Microsoft stack of yours. 

Our free tools can all be found here. Please help yourself.

Bring Some Turkey to the Server Room

IT pros often work in isolation, sequestered away from the general workforce, where they can focus on the task at hand. While that's all very good for focus, it can also mean that IT pros miss events, and the general social atmosphere of the office. Next time you have a social event, and notice your IT team isn't there, check for them at their desks, or in the server room, where they may be hard at work. By involving that hardworking IT pro in your event, you might just make their day. 

So this year, when you're thinking about who you should be thankful for, make sure your SysAdmin is at the top of your nice list—and put your bad IT habits on the naughty list, along with your week passwords.

These IT pros work hard to arm their colleagues with the technology and support that is needed to do their jobs. Offer them some relief, invite them over for Thanksgiving desert and make sure you are the one saying a humble “thank you."

Topics: IT insights

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Jeff Edwards is a tech writer and analyst with three years of experience covering Information Security and IT. Jeff has written on all things cybersecurity, from APTs to zero-days, and previously worked as a reporter covering Boston City Hall.

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