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Wanted: System / Network Administrator

by Joel Spolsky
Thursday, July 20, 2006

Yesterday, the net sum of what I managed to accomplish consisted, approximately, of creating one new email address.

Sure, there were extenuating factors: it was the first email address on the fogcreek.de domain, the German registry doesn't understand that the order of your domain's name servers should not make any difference, it was a Bad Hayfever Day, and lots of people interrupt me all day long. And the combination of Postfix + Cyrus + ActiveDirectory authentication over LDAP is a little bit too much for my rapidly shrinking brain to handle.

But still, it's gotten to the point where my personal to do list now consists of 75% system administration tasks. There's a big stack of seven Dell PowerEdge 2850 servers outside my office that need to be configured and installed somewhere. This is getting ridiculous. It's time to get a full time sysadmin.

So, before I post this on the Fog Creek Jobs board... do any of you happen to know a brilliant system/network administrator who would be interested in working at Fog Creek?

We're still a small friendly company and we all eat lunch together every day at one big table.

We need someone with extensive experience administering mixed networks (Windows, Linux, NetBSD, and Macintosh). We operate two small data centers and will be building a third.

Some of the things we need maintained: DNS and BIND, Postfix, Cyrus, BSD firewalls and routing, LDAP and Windows 2003 Active Directory, Nagios, IPSec VPNs, Subversion, Dell server hardware, Veritas Backup Exec, Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005, IIS 6.0, and VMWare Server. We need someone who can program well enough to write maintenance applications (for example, SQL Log Mirroring to create warm backups) and scripts for monitoring applications (like GFI Network Monitor), and who has the good sense to document everything extensively. We don't care about certifications.

We're in New York City. We pay well and have great benefits, like free lunch, stock options, Aeron chairs and private offices. You get four weeks of paid vacation and six holidays, health insurance, a dental plan, gym membership, and relocation expenses paid. We'll consider applicants from anywhere in the US. We will not consider telecommuting. Please email resumes to jobs@fogcreek.com and I'll look at them.

Fine print: Fog Creek Software, Inc. does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class. We support workplace diversity.


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