Systems AdministratorSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions
Most companies can’t function without computers; they need system administrators to make sure their computer systems stay up-to-date and running. A system administrator isn’t just responsible for maintaining computer systems. They are also usually responsible for installing those systems or leading a team of people who install those systems.
A system administrator usually maintains the essential IT functions of a business such as operating systems, business applications, security tools, web-servers, email, PCs, local and wide-area networking of both hardware and software, and mid-range server hardware. They are also in charge of installing updates to software and troubleshooting system issues.
Some system administrators are also in charge of data backup, security, and recovery, depending on the size of the company for which they work. A system administrator needs to stay abreast of the latest changes in technology, to maintain the most efficient system for their company.
Sample job description #1
Our client seeks a Systems Administrator to oversee complex processes that ensure technology resources are distributed, maintained, and effectively utilized across their growing network. This is a technical role that requires hands-on knowledge of User Management & Authentication (Okta), 2FA, MacOS Operating Systems , Cloud Enterprise Collaboration Tools (Google Admin and Office 365), Cloud Infrastructure (AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform), Device Management Platforms (JAMF, Google Admin), and familiarity with networking and wireless.
Manages multiple projects/initiatives in a timely manner while coordinating and communicating with stakeholders.
Clear communicator with ability to articulate technical concepts in a language that anyone can understand
Demonstrates initiative with a strong sense of urgency and purpose
Proven success in the support and administration of customer-centric solutions
Possesses knowledge of industry best practices and the ability to understand complex and advanced technical concepts
Ability to work collaboratively and quickly shift focus in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
Comprehensive knowledge and hands on experience with JAMF, Mac OS, Chrome OS, Google Admin, Okta, Workday, AWS, and other SaaS enterprise cloud-based services
Familiarity with Azure and Active Directory
Experience with operating endpoint management tools including Apple DEP, JAMF Pro/Cloud as well as Windows Server
Experience using IT Service Management software to manage projects and tasks (Preferred: TeamDynamix).
Administers and maintains existing device management frameworks, integration, and identity management solutions
Reviews and applies security best practices & performs proactive performance monitoring and tuning
Manage entire lifecycle of Linux/Unix Systems (i.e. Apple Mac OS/iOS)
Provide systems support to DevOps and application engineers
Acts as tier three support for HelpDesk
Supports Gmail configuration and mailbox management including email routing, spam filtering and forensics
Troubleshooting and maintenance
Serve as point of escalation for systems troubleshooting and issue resolution
Supports business continuity plans and site readiness
Performs testing of data retention and recovery policies
Continuously provides and receives feedback regarding current IT processes to identify areas of improvement
Performs other duties or special projects as assigned in their field
Comfortable with eDiscovery concepts and data collection including Holds and Retention Policies
Expected to work out of the main office location with pre-negotiated remote options
On Call as business needs dictate
Education and experience
Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or related field or 3+ years of experience in IT
3+ years of experience providing technical support in an enterprise environment
Previous experience supporting 25+ offices/sites in large footprint areas
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Sample job description #2
We are looking for an System Administrator to join our team and work closely across IT Operations and architecture to ensure that all the environments are operational and available some on a 24/7 basis. This is a remote role.
What you will do
Administer, maintain and monitor all company vSphere virtual server infrastructure
Maintain, report and upgrade network and computer systems including switches, firewalls, storage devices
Installation, configuration, implementation, and maintenance of Linux (CentOS and RHEL) servers
Ensure all environments are operational and available on a 24/7 basis
Responsible for system performance, analysis, and tuning
Responsible for data backup and recovery
Responsible for installation of systems and software, including system patches and upgrades
Document systems, configurations and operational instructions
Will assist in the development of proposals for recommending upgrades to software/hardware, and plan for sizing and scaling of servers
Ensure proper security, monitoring, alerting and reporting for the infrastructure
Who you are
US citizen with the ability to obtain a security clearance
Strong problem solver with excellent communication skills
Have a growth mindset with a desire to learn and embrace challenges
Innovative and passionate about your work
Excellent team player
What you have
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related discipline
At least 3 years of experience as a System Administrator
In-depth knowledge of RHEL/CentOS Linux (components, commands, layout, maintenance)
Strong knowledge of networking and storage technologies
VMware experience managing vSphere, ESXi deployments and virtual servers
Experience in scripting and building required automation using standard technologies such as puppet, ansible
Expertise with server components and operating systems in data center, cloud and hosted configurations
Sample job description #3
This position is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the environments running Microsoft Windows Server Operating Systems and VMware at all corporate facilities working in cooperation with the IT Network, Security, Systems, Storage and Database administrators to provide highly available and reliable systems to support employees and business departments.
Duties and responsibilities:
Responsible for providing day-to-day support and maintenance for all Windows hardware, operating systems and enterprise applications.
Accountable for maintaining server and security configurations in compliance with established best practices and established baseline configurations.
Responsible for Administration of Microsoft Windows Server OS 2008R2 – 2019, Active Directory, Azure AD, DNS, DHCP, GPO, IIS.
General Administration of SQL.
Upgrade/install Windows OS and Server software.
Administration of VMware including Horizon VDI.
Administration of Exchange on-prem and O365 including SharePoint and Project Online.
Message hygiene solutions; Mimecast, Microsoft ATP, Proofpoint, etc.
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