Sadly most small and medium size organizations misjudge the value in spending resources on operations, and even fewer see sys-adminry as an iterative process.Operations is a competitive advantage explains the operations in a way that managers and programmers can understand.
LISA is one of the best conferences relating to system administration and in ’06 Tom Limoncelli gave a frank and informative talk on how Google handles the largest of the large systems. Though few of us have access to the same tools and resources as Google, I think everyone can take home something from this talk, “My First Year At Google”
For our first post, a nice set of Rules for Sys-Admins. The only thing I might change is 12 should be “Be sure you have remove console/KVM access to a host”, but whose counting.