A Server Administrator is responsible for the computer servers of an organization. This individual ensures that they are running efficiently by performing upgrading and maintenance tasks on hardware and software, resolving technical problems, overseeing their activity levels, ensuring their security, and developing new system structures when necessary.

Also known as System Administrators, they manage both servers and networks to ensure their smooth functioning. They also keep track of data entering or exiting the organization to secure the networks. Because of the nature of this job, they need to be prepared to report to work round-the-clock.

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While Server Administrators work primarily with servers, they also manage various other types of computing equipment that makes up part of the network. This includes PCs, mobile devices and network appliances like routers and switches. Server administrators install, configure, and maintain various types of hardware and software. This often involves creating user accounts, carrying out backup and recovery functions, and monitoring the performance of servers at all times.

As IT equipment can sometimes malfunction, server administrators need to have the ability to troubleshoot hardware and software issues on servers and other related devices. Server Administrators often work with other staff members in an organization to evaluate their technology needs, administer the network environment, set up workstations, create a database of the organization’s IT policies and document them and help train staff on the use of new technologies.

Server administrators need to have adequate knowledge of many types of server-based business applications. This includes tools made by some top names in the industry, such as VMWare and Oracle. As IT professionals, they also have to stay on top of the latest developments in technology so that they can understand how to work with new hardware and software.

Educational requirements and certifications required for Server Administrators

To become a Server Administrator, one has to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or computer sciences and specialization in at least one operating system (Windows or Mac or Linux).

Certification in Server +, MCSE or RHCE is beneficial.

What does the future hold for Server Administrators?

Although Server Administrators can be employed in any organization where there are physical servers and networks, they need to acquire knowledge in virtualization owing to the evolution of cloud computing. It will also help if they learn the core concepts of PowerShell or DevOps, which are changing the landscape of computing.
Jobs for the computer system and network administrators are estimated to grow 6 percent during the 2016-2026 period, according to BLS.

Earnings of Server Administrators

The average annual salary for a Windows Server Administrator is $80,167 in the United States, says indeed.com. On the other hand, the estimated annual median salary for a Linux Administrator in the United States is $90,457, according to salary.com.

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