As many may have noticed: teleworking has seen a bit of a bump in popularity as of late. Now seems like a good time to remind everyone ahead of time, that July 31st, is SysAdmin Appreciation Day.
Being SysAdmin is often a thankless job. They’re also often underpaid for what they do; with their departments frequently, and drastically, underfunded. However, they’re often the most important people within any organization. Managing a vast and complex web of heterogeneous infrastructure; with more and more demanded of them every single day (with even fewer and fewer funds to pay for it all).
During the COVID pandemic, SysAdmin across the world have been busy at the helm trying to keep the dumpster fire that is our collective I.T. infrastructure from completely melting down. All behind the scenes, without fanfare.
SysAdmin keep our machines humming along. They keep us productive, and in Production. They keep us safe (at the cost of their sanity). They keep us connected to coworkers… and connected with our loved ones during these most difficult of times.
They do not seek fame. They do not seek glory. Most importantly: They do not tell your Manager or H.R. that you’re buying antique cat collectables from eBay on company time… They’re too busy working miracles every day to be so boisterous.
SysAdmin are proof, that not all heroes wear capes.
So please, this July 31st, thank your SysAdmin for all they do. Send them cakes and cookies; trinkets and truffles; Club Mate or Cognac.
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Have we ever taken an additional minute to
think, “Why is my tool behaving weird?”, “Why is my password invalid?”, “Why
doesn’t my mouse work?”, “Why is a key missing in my keyboard?”, or anything?
The answer would be a big NO! And why is that? Because we’ve always had this
universal solution—Call an Admin!
Admins have always been our last-minute fairy
godmothers, who do God knows what, but end up cleaning our mess. What do they
actually do? If Admins aren’t troubleshooting a computer crash, cleaning out a
virus, or repairing coffee-damaged keyboards, they’re most probably upgrading
our PC’s hardware, maintaining servers, or providing training.
Despite these high-pressure tasks and constantly
dealing with us at our most stressed, SysAdmins go about their work with quiet
composure and never-ending patience. Office life, especially in this pandemic,
would be impossible if not for the dedication and expertise of our Admins,
which is why it’s mandatory that we show them our gratitude.
Say “Thank You” this SysAdmin Day
Do our admins know exactly how much we appreciate them? Or could we do a
System administration is
one of those jobs that most never notice until things don’t work.
Right from March 2020, we login to work every day at
the comfort of our home, in our cozy couch, surrounded by warm sheets tucked
around. What makes it possible? That supercomputer on your lap? Nope! Somewhere
there’s a SysAdmin making sure that each service we rely on is running—which
gives us that connected lifestyle we enjoy—and also ensuring our data are
secure. With new security loopholes constantly popping up, the cat and mouse
game between hackers and SysAdmins is still in full swing.
We take technology for
granted, and sometimes forget that someone, somewhere, is busting their brains
off to keep these systems working. Once I found a quote somewhere online that
“System Administrator, I solve problems you
don’t know you have, in ways you can’t understand.”
That statement really sums it up.
Well, this day is our chance to thank one of the least
thanked people. System administration carries a ton load of responsibilities. They’re
expected to be experts in technology, from printers to desktops, smartphones, or
anything with a CPU, and in some cases, anything even slightly more complicated
than a toaster. They’ve even taken up the responsibility of delivering new
laptops at our door step if the one we have starts troubling. Talk about being
These “extra” duties don’t even take into consideration
the complex systems they’re actually here to support—clusters,
virtualization, remote connections, email, messaging, calendaring, web sites…
So, how can we thank them? It can be as simple as
taking your admin buddy out for a coffee, which isn’t the case now, or just
dropping them an email saying, “Thank you.”
You can even thank them with a tiny splash of pixie
dust, a little something that might actually qualify to be the best gift you
can give them on SysAdmin Appreciation Day—trying to understand the stresses of
a SysAdmin and a little more patience rather than nagging them for instant
Feel free to say, “Thank you for keeping my IT
systems running.” You don’t have to wait for something to go wrong before
saying “Hi.” Just say it.
And here goes my thanks…
Thanks for making any issue seem
solvable; thanks for all the updates; and thanks for making it a nice place to work!
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Had a novel issue come up; client wanted to be able to preview images before opening them.
It turns out,
on Windows Server, thumbnails are turned off.
You can turn them on in the Control Panel (small icons mode, not category mode) by going to Folder Options (or something similarly named) and then on the View tab, uncheck “Always show icons, never thumbnails”.
Apply and you should now be seeing thumbnail previews for your images.