The Sysadmin’s Toolkit

Today, I present the system administrator’s toolkit. Well, not really today because this is an old post (circa 2006) that I’ve moved over from the previous version of the site, but let’s pretend that today really is today.

This is a compilation of the junk that I have accumulated as part of my own personal toolkit. Some examples are dead serious and others are a bit of joke, I’ll leave it to the reader to discern which ones are which. Since not all sysadmins are the same and not all sysadmins perform the same job or have the same duties, I’m sure there are those out there who have a much larger or expanded toolkit than mine. I’m also sure others out there have a much shittier toolkit at their disposal. Since I feel that I’m situated somewhere in the middle of the pack, I think my toolkit can serve as a decent example to others about what should be in their toolkits or make obvious what I’m missing. I’d love to hear back from others if their toolkits include any important items that I’ve left out.After each tool or set of tools is presented, I’ll provide some reasoning behind the item and it’s purpose.

Without further ado, the toolkit:

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The New and Improved…

Here it is: The new and improved Well, I don’t actually know if it’s improved but sure is new. In a rash decision, I’ve decided to drop any fantasy of supporting a community of tech-minded people through The site was previous an SMF forum with a nice mod called TinyPortal that I used to publish articles and coax friends and acquaintances into submitting their own content for publishing.

Community building is hard and I’m lazy. What more can I say?

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