System Administrator Appreciation Day

By Sakshi Ojha|Updated : July 30th, 2021


  • System Administrator Appreciation Day, also known as Sysadmin Day, is an annual event created by system administrator Ted Kekatos.
  • The event exists to express appreciation for the work of system administrators and other IT staff. It is celebrated on the last Friday of July.


  • On July 28, 2000, the first system administrator thanks day was celebrated. Kekatos was inspired and created a special day in an advertisement in HewlettPackard magazine. The system administrator received flowers and fruit baskets thanking his colleagues to thank you for installing a new printer. Kekatos just installed a few in his workplace with the same model.
  • The official website of SysAdmin Day contains a lot of advice on keeping the holidays properly. The most common are cakes and ice cream. There are many international websites celebrating festivals.
  • Many geeks and Internet culture companies, such as O'Reilly Media, also celebrate this holiday with special product offers and competitions. Several movie songs have been written to commemorate this day. The songs have reached a certain level, and other performers have also played them.
  • The holiday has been recognized and promoted by many professional IT organizations, professional system administrator alliances, SAGE/USENIX, and SNIPhub.

Sysadmin Day Around the world: 

  • Russia Since 2006, the All-Russian Conference of System Administrators has been held every year near the city of Kaluga. Today, thousands of people come from more than 150 cities in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
  • There is also a separate event near Kaluga called LinuxFest, which is held on the last Friday of July. There are similar regular activities in Novosibirsk on the shore of the Novosibirsk Reservoir. 
  • Yekaterinburg technicians also celebrate the last Friday in July. Before 2010, there was a spontaneous conference. Since 2010, the event has been officially approved by the Yekaterinburg authorities.
  • It is held every year with the support of IT companies near the famous keyboard monument in the city centre. There was a "system administrator contest" among participants: they threw the lost PC mouse to the maximum distance and threw these mice (with the "tail" cut off) into a distant empty computer case to use as a basket. In addition, they will also pick up a pack of unused hard drives. 
  • In 2016, during such an event, a commemorative plaque was placed on the memorial commemorating Eugene Zorin, the recently deceased Ekaterinburg FidoNet organizer and Internet pioneer.

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