Computer System Administration: In Small Academic Context and Beyond
Gross, Justin Michael
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It is all too often that the human being takes for granted the complexity of the world around them. During the course of the past two summers I had the opportunity to view, first hand, a situation that in which people do not realize how much work goes on behind the scenes to make things simple and convenient. It was during this time that I had an internship in the field of computer systems administration as part of my Senior Individualized Project at Kalamazoo College. The purpose of this paper is to explain what my responsibilities were during my internship and what I learned during the period. Moreover, it is my goal to relate my perspective to the world of computer systems administration in general, which I will do in the last chapter of this paper. In order to understand my job and the job of the systems administrator in general, we must begin by taking a step back. Computer systems administration is a very broad field within computer science. Moreover, many people are not familiar with the roles and responsibilities of a systems administrator; therefore, I will present this paper from the perspective of an average computer user. From this perspective, we can find a base on which to look deeper systems administrator's world. In the end will see the complex technologies that users take for granted. Most importantly, it is my goal to show that the task of the systems administrator is to create a computer and technology system that users can and do take for granted.