Happy sysadmin day!!

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.
  1. #1 by Phillip on July 29, 2011 - 10:56 PM

    I recently figured out that I could do something to connect to the router and that it uses some version of Unix, and I remember screwing around trying to find out of it actually had a specific page (which I eventually found out that it didn’t). The commands were kind of similar between Windows, but different enough in that I had to Google how to do it. So, you have my props.

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