Hot sysadmin reads for the new year

Hot sysadmin reads for the new year

What's the one thing you would save if your datacenter was literally on fire?

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The sysadmin job is challenging and requires a lot of firefighting.

Knowing that putting out fires is a big part of your job, what one thing would you save if your datacenter was literally on fire? Please share your answers in the comments below. P.S. You can only save ONE thing!

We hope that the articles on make the sysadmin’s job a little easier (or at least prevent you from getting burned too often), and these 12 sysadmin articles cover a lot of ground—from mistakes, to lessons learned, to ways to avoid scary moments. There are lists of books, tools, answers, and confessions. It will be a fun ride reading through them.

12 hot sysadmin reads

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Recommendations and reviews from our writer community of their favorite books for admins.

Get answers to the big questions about life, the universe, and everything else about Security-Enhanced Linux.
My first sysadmin mistake

How to focus on finding a solution amid the panic.

Use these tools to build security testing into the software development process.

The new Operator SDK makes it easy to create a Kubernetes controller to deploy and manage a service or application in a cluster.
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Even smart admins can make bad decisions.
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Avoid these common test automation mistakes in the era of DevOps and Agile.
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These open source tools help users understand system behavior and output, and provide alerts for potential problems.
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As many have found, the lure of the Perl is hard to resist.
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This reading list includes uncommon books to fine-tune your DevOps practice.

Adopting DevOps practices is fast becoming essential for digital businesses. Here are 6 common pitfalls, and how to avoid them.

Terrifying ghosts are hanging around every data center, just waiting to haunt the unsuspecting sysadmin.

About the author

Archit Modi - OpenStack enthusiast. Linux and Networking guy. Currently working as a Software Test Engineer at Red Hat, involved in Nova project- OpenStack. Just trying to give my two cents in this billion-trillion dollar "Open Source" world.