Today is the day that you should thank your loyal system administrators – the folks who keep your servers running. Go to http://www.sysadminday.com for some fun ideas!
I’m celebrating sysadmin day by updating some old system administration scripts and potentially going out to a jazz lounge this evening.
Some fun tools to make [*nix] system administration easier (I don’t do windows):
- htop (linux): a colorful, easier-to-read version of top.
- iptraf: an ncurses-based network interface traffic monitor.
- dialog (linux): a neat way to make mouse-interactive menu-based interfaces from the command line (no X needed!).
- dstat (linux): an at-a-glance system monitor that combines iostat, vmstat, and prstat and adds color.
- logwatch: a system log distiller that gives you a good overview of what’s going on on your machine with special focus on errors and unusual activity.
- whatis/apropos: look up a one-sentence description of any command.
- locate: quickly find files with fuzzy matching by searching a hashtable instead of the filesystem.
- webmin: remotely administer your machine via this powerful perl-based web interface.