This award is all about resourcefulness. If you’ve used a traditional or existing technology in a unique or interesting way, were forced to write your own application because the budget wouldn’t cover a purchase, or developed a work-around that would puzzle even MacGyver, this is your category.
Even with a team of talented operators, being a SysAdmin is no easy task – and if you’re flying solo, it’s downright heroic. Regale us with a (true) story of a superhero SysAdmin who saved the day (or company) without any trusty sidekicks.
Just when you thought you’d heard it all, a truly baffling support ticket appears. Tell us about the craziest support ticket you or your SysAdmin has ever seen and how it was resolved. Bonus points for screenshots of the ticket!
SysAdmins take pride in the documentation and organization of cabling, wiring and racks. Wow the judges in this category with photographic evidence showing that your SysAdmin takes their wiring and racking work seriously and is the neatest and most organized of them all. Tell us your story and send us your photos so we can truly understand the magnitude of this project.
Some of the most creative, passionate and determined SysAdmins we’ve ever known have the most limited budgets, outdated resources and hand-me-down equipment in addition to facing layers and layers of red tape. Yet these knights in shining t-shirts manage not only to keep things up and running, but be innovative and cutting edge as well. Tell us about the conditions that make managing your network not just impressive but downright inspiring.