There are so many tasks that are performed by a system administrator that it is impossible to mention them all. Our duties have included building network cables, installing a network, configuring routers, answering user questions, assembling tables upon which the system equipment will sit, and almost anything else you can think of. A system administrator who appears to have free time is fair game. Never mind that you are compiling a kernel on a remote machine while downloading accidentally deleted files from a backup. Users, managers, salespeople—they all think they have the right to interrupt you and start you off on a wholly unexpected task if you aren't obviously doing something already—and sometimes even when you are. Life for a system administrator is never boring.
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