The mantra for this year's sysadmin: Work smarter, not harder

The mantra for this year's sysadmin: Work smarter, not harder

These top articles cover containers, monitoring, networking, and more. Plus, learn how to be lazy.

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Being a systems administrator is not an easy job. Sysadmins often have to design, build, monitor, and maintain a large array of disparate services running on a patchwork of platforms. Most sysadmins come into the field by happy accident, so they sometimes lack formal, organized training on the toolsets.

With these high demands and uneven starting points, it's no wonder that many of 2018's top sysadmin articles on take a look at tools sysadmins may already be familiar with. Most Linux admins already have some familiarity with the Bash shell, but it has a lot of configuration options. Who has time to explore them all? And most sysadmins know networking, but there's always something new to learn there, too.

But this year's articles aren't just about leveling current sysadmins' knowledge. The abstractions provided by containers and serverless environments mean that developers sometimes end up being their own sysadmins. This year's best articles are valuable whether you're a developer learning to administer your environment or a sysadmin looking for more insight on the cutting edge of modern computing.

Top 10 sysadmin tools, guides, and how to's

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Get out of the office faster with these network administration cheat sheets and tools.
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What you need to know to understand how containers work.
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A reference list of Linux utilities and commands makes managing servers and networks easier.
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Save time doing updates with the Ansible IT automation engine.
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Tips and tricks for making the Bash shell work better for you.
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Here's what you need to know about time-series data and metrics aggregation tools.
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There are many ways to automate common sysadmin tasks with Ansible. Here are several of them.
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Serverless computing is transforming traditional software development. These open source platforms will help you get started.
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Log aggregation systems can help with troubleshooting and other tasks. Here are three top options.
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Work smarter, not harder, and still do your job well.

About the author

Ben Cotton - Ben Cotton is a meteorologist by training, but weather makes a great hobby. Ben works as the Fedora Program Manager at Red Hat. He co-founded a local open source meetup group, and is a member of the Open Source Initiative and a supporter of Software Freedom Conservancy. Find him on Twitter (@FunnelFiasco) or at