SysAdmin Day Turns 19 – Techies Rejoice!

Enterprise IT, MSP

July 28, 2000 — SysAdmin Ted Kekatos announced SysAdmin Day, this year celebrated on July 27.

The struggles that Kekatos faced almost two decades ago are much the same today, fixing niggling problems with endpoints and struggling with printers. With this constant hassle, Ted wanted unsung heroes such as himself to have at least one day of reward, one where there is appreciation and perhaps even a gift or two.

Kekatos got the idea when reading a magazine ad by HP celebrating the fact that a SysAdmin had just installed new printers and was given flowers and gift baskets by his end users. Kekatos had just accomplished the same feat – with the same model printer!

Last year Kaseya decided to celebrate as well, offering gifts and recognition to these unsung heroes with T-shirts and  Loot Boxes. We are upping that ante this year and giving away five crates of IT Survival Gear valued at $500. Not only that, but everyone who enters the drawing will get a free SysAdmin Day T-shirt to show off their techie pride.

Get your T- shirt and register to win a $500 IT Survival Gear crate here. This contest is over.

Some SysAdmin Day Basics

The creator of SysAdmin Day is just as excited now as he was in the summer of 2000 in explaining the concept. “What exactly is SysAdmin Day? Oh, it is only the single greatest 24 hours on the planet … and pretty much the most important holiday of the year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the heroic men and women who, come rain or shine, prevent disasters, keep IT secure and put out tech fires left and right,” Kekatos enthused.

Gifts are Welcome

One goal of SysAdmin Day is to encourage gift giving. “Your network is secure, your computer is up and running, and your printer is jam-free. Why? Because you’ve got an awesome SysAdmin (or maybe a whole IT department) keeping your business up and running. So say IT loud; say IT proud …,” Kekatos said. “At this point, you may be thinking, ’Great. I get it. My SysAdmin is a rock star. But now what?’ Glad you asked! Proper observation of SysAdmin Day includes (but is not limited to):

  • Cake & Ice Cream
  • Pizza
  • Cards
  • Gifts
  • Words of gratitude
  • Custom t-shirts celebrating the epic greatness of your SysAdmin
  • Balloons
  • Confetti

“Did I say gifts?”

The Best SysAdmin Solution Ever – VSA by Kaseya

Perhaps the best gift you can give your SysAdmin, however, are optimal solutions to perform with maximum effectiveness. VSA by Kaseya delivers the industry’s fastest, and most reliable and functionally complete remote monitoring and management to reimagine the technician experience. It offers:

Real-Time Visibility: Live Connect module delivers immediate, comprehensive, and real-time visibility into every aspect of an endpoint such as CPU utilization, application processes, services, disk utilization, activity metrics and service tickets — without interrupting the end user’s system.

Fast Remote Control: VSA’s remote control is accessible within Live Connect to enable rapid resolution of complex device problems by technicians.

Reduced Site Visits: New VSA and Intel vPro integration enables non-responsive PCs or kiosks to be repaired remotely without the cost or delays associated with a site visit.

Extensible Automation: Technicians can leverage an extensible library of automated procedures to address common issues, such as rebooting, disk cleanup, service restarts, or clearing registry problems.

Improved Technician Multi-tasking and Efficiency: Technicians can simultaneously monitor multiple devices, quickly toggle between remote sessions, and quickly zero-in to resolve issues.

New Technician Experience: Live Connect employs Google’s Material Design guidelines to deliver a modern, clean and intuitive interface, which further increases efficiency and dramatically reduces staff training requirements.

Learn more about VSA, and how to put a smile on a SysAdmin’s face here.

Posted by Doug Barney
Doug Barney was the founding editor of Redmond Magazine, Redmond Channel Partner, Redmond Developer News and Virtualization Review. Doug also served as Executive Editor of Network World, Editor in Chief of AmigaWorld, and Editor in Chief of Network Computing.
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