The SysAdmin Network Needs Some New Leaders. Are You One?

Once upon a time, some dread and fabled tech-berzerkers saw a need for a new online village targeted to sysadmins. Given the blessings of King RedGate they established an outpost and began recruiting other like-minded admins. That community was known as The SysAdmin Network.

Fast forward two years or so, and the outpost has become a small town of very smart individuals who share their trials and success. Their fears and hopes. Dreams and nightmare. It’s not yet a bustling metropolis, but it has potential. There are 912 members that are currently enrolled, with a few more signing up each week.

Built on the Ning platform, there are a lot of inherent features that exist to help the community gel, communicate, and participate. There exists a forum, gallery, chat room, an ability to schedule events, user blogs, videos, and a few more lesser features. One of my fondest memories is of a Solaris / ZFS event done by Isaac Bush (who I also interviewed after he revealed on the SysAdmin Network that he removed all anti-virus from his Windows machines and survived quite nicely). With that I first learned of the wonders of ZFS and began to consider using it for production systems.

Heck, I even relied on The SysAdmin Network as a means of communicating with members of the 2012 RedHat Study Buddy group.

RedGate is reordering its commitments and the SysAdmin Network has come under scrutiny. It’s a fine community, but deserves more love and care than it is currently getting. That’s where the sysadmin community at large can step in.

Friends. Geeks. SysAdmins. Lend me Your Modship.

RedGate is looking to pass off the moderating and managing of the SysAdmin Network onto interested members of the SysAdmin community at large. There’s no hard pre-requisites or rules of engagement. Just show a real interest in the community and participate in its moderation.

The opportunity has been offered to me, but I’m hesitant to accept it alone. I’ve got a lot that I’m working on lately and don’t think I can do a community like that the justice that it deserves. At least, not alone. However with a posse of responsible co-leaders, I think it can be done.

Here’s the question posed to you:

Will you be an administrator for the SysAdmin Network? If you’re interested, of an adult age and truly experienced as a systems administrator, please consider this opportunity. Personally, I’d like to see The SysAdmin Network flourish, but to do so it would take genuine effort to cultivate participation and a healthy, vibrant culture. That’s great, but it needs a small population of motivated individuals to make it happen. It can’t happen with just one person.

Personally, I’m hoping to see at least two other people show enough interest in this to make it happen. There’s no true limit. If just one person speaks up with genuine interest, then you’re likely to be seriously considered. After all, this is RedGate’s baby to pass off, not mine. I’m merely interjecting my own thoughts into the matter. I believe a handful of interested people would be nicer.

To be sure, there is no recompense for this responsibility. It’s just a labor of love. Neither RedGate nor anyone else is offering any kind of renumeration. If you feel like contributing to the sysadmin community in this way, comment below or email me at [email protected] and I can get you in touch with the berserkers at RedGate.

Lastly, I can neither confirm nor deny any allegations that viking helmets help your chances of being granted moderator status.


  1. Mathew

    November 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

    How much time do you anticipate this requiring?


    • Wesley David

      November 30, 2012 at 9:02 am

      It could be as much as you want, but I was hoping to scrounge up some folks that really want to put the effort into promoting it and making it even better. That could take an indeterminate amount of time. Also to take the time to post discussion points a few times a week.

      What’s that sound like? An hour or two a week? Maybe more depending on how well we want to see it succeed.


  2. Rowell

    March 7, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I am interested


    • Wesley David

      March 8, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Hello Rowell! This post is a little old – the new leaders were already determined. They are Dan Taylor, Will Bradley and myself. Hop on over and say hey. =)


      • Rowell

        March 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

        Thanks. I replied on my phone so I didn’t see the date but thanks for getting back. I’ll check it out.


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