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And The Judges Are… Part I

November 2, 2009

Tick tock tick tock… tomorrow the Sysadmin of the Year winners will be announced. Soon you will hear the sound “and the winners are…” In the meantime, we thought it would be good to let you know who the judges are.

They are eight  people:

-AEleen Frisch (author, Essential System Administration)
-Doug Hughes (serial presenter and guru at many USENIX LISA conferences)
-Ben Kus (founder, BigFix User Group)
-Thomas A. Limoncelli (sysadmin author,
-Johnny Long (founder, Hackers for Charity,
-Ryan Russell (author, Stealing the Network)
-Robert Scoble (blogger,
-Amrit Williams (BigFix CTO and blogger,

We will profile four of them today. And the other four tomorrow. Here goes:

AEleen Frisch

AEleen is a renaissance woman. She has been a system administrator for over 20 years, tending a plethora of VMS, Unix, Linux and Windows systems over the years. Her current system administration responsibilities center on looking after a very heterogeneous network of Unix, Linux, Mac & Windows systems. She is also a writer, lecturer, teacher, marketing consultant and occasional database programmer. She has written eight books, including Essential System Administration (now in its third edition) and the Windows 2000 Desktop Reference (both from O’Reilly Media, Inc.) and Exploring Chemistry with Electronic Structure Methods (Gaussian, Inc.). Currently, she writes the “Guru Guidance” column for Linux Magazine. She also writes poetry and is currently working on her first novel. She’s also a quiller. Quilling, if you didn’t know is the art of making things like this:

Photo Courtesy AMD Crafts

Most most currently, according to AEleen’s  Twitter feed, she is “a bit addicted to Mafia Wars. :-(”

Doug Hughes

Doug is serial presenter and guru at many USENIX LISA conferences. In fact, at LISA 09 he will be speaking as part of “The Guru is In” series, on the subject of Data Centers. His day job is as technical lead for systems and operations at a privately held chemistry research company in Manhattan. His responsibilities include datacenter architecture and maintenance, storage, networking, and everything related to commodity computing and HPC. His team is also responsible for integrating an in-house–built, custom supercomputer for computational chemistry. Prior to his current employment Doug worked at Global Crossing as a system administrator supporting the global IP network, and prior to that as the senior system administrator for the College of Engineering at Auburn University. Doug has a B.E. in Computer Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Ben Kus

Ben is founder of BFUG, the BigFix User Group.  As Senior Director of Technology at BigFix, Ben works both with the high-level company strategic vision and also with the product-level details that make BigFix one of the fastest growing and most award-winning security and configuration management products on the market. Ben joined BigFix as the company’s eighth employee and has served in a number of roles during his tenure, including product development, senior support technician, and product manager. Ben has played a hands-on role in the deployment successful implementation of over a million of BigFix agents at more than 100 customers worldwide. Ben received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Thomas A. Limoncelli

Thomas A. Limoncelli is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and system administrator. His books include The Practice of System and Network Administration (Addison-Wesley), Time Management for System Administrators (O’Reilly), and The Complete April Fools’ Day RFCs (Peer-To-Peer). He received the SAGE 2005 Outstanding AchievementAward. He works at Google in NYC and blogs at



Sysadmins Can Win Up To $5,000

September 23, 2009

With just a month left for nominations, BigFix is adding a new prize to the 2009 System Administrator of the Year contest – a progressive jackpot up to $5,000. The prize will start at $2,000, with $200 added to the pot for every 10 new nominations. The final prize will be split between the winning sysadmin and his or her nominator. In the case of self nomination, the entire cash prize will be awarded to the sysadmin.

Do you want to nominate yourself or somebody else? Here’s the link.

You could win $5,000

You could win $5,000

This cash prize will be the new Grand Prize, with the runner up receiving a laptop, a conference pass to the 2010 Large Installation System Administrator (LISA) Conference, Guitar Hero 5 and their choice of Wii, xBox, or PS3. The next Top 3 entrants will win Guitar Hero 5 and their choice of Wii, xBox, or PS3.

BigFix proudly sponsors the 2009 System Administrator of the Year contest, which acknowledges the under-recognized rock stars of information technology who are vital to the smooth functioning of business, government and public services.

Sysadmins are the unsung heroes of information technology, keeping computers up and running, defending infrastructures from malware and hacking attacks, and helping end-users maximize their productivity. The contest is also an opportunity for the sysadmin community to share information on best practices and new ways to deliver value to their constituencies.

Judges include:

Nominations are open untilOctober 23, with contest winner and runners up announced on November 4, 2009, at the USENIX Large Installation System Administrator (LISA) Conference at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.