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    Default Are there more System Admin/Engineer jobs than Network Admin/Engineer jobs?

    I heard that there are more System jobs because there are more serves than network.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nact View Post
    I heard that there are more System jobs because there are more serves than network.

    Short answer. Yes. However in many smaller companies the Sysadmins also do Network Admin duties.
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    Servers generally need more care and feeding than the network does. Hire/fire a user, there's all sorts of things a sysadmin has to do but networking wise, you activate/deactivate a switch port.
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    I agree to some extent, once you configure a switch and router there's not much else you need to do besides port management, but managing a firewall could keep a network administrator busy depending on the work flow and size of their infrastructure. A systems administrator of course would stay a lot more busier due to server and application preventative maintenance which could also include patching, updates, upgrades, security, AD management, and if not on a cloud hardware management as well.
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    So does network admin have more downtime in general compared to system admins?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nact View Post
    So does network admin have more downtime in general compared to system admins?
    From what I've seen, yes.

    But they pay for it in "Stuff is broken. Must be the network."

    And they doubly pay for it during any kind of office or datacentre moves/migrations considering that for sysadmins, it's usually plug and play (barring data migrations).
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