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How much spare time do you have?

By Garret` ·
I work in a fairly small place - 50+ users, 3 sites, 5 servers. There are two of us in the IT dept. My job is basically to manage all the IT gear while my colleague handles more of a manager's role.

He has been away on holidays recently and I've had the place to myself. I find I have a lot of spare time. The network takes care of itself, basicly...and I have to make work for myself to keep myself occupied.

When my colleague is back I wont be able to bum around on the net so much and will get onto some more serious stuff, but while he's been away I find things relaxing...almost too relaxing.

Does anyone else find this also? And what do you do to keep yourself occupied...there's only so much you can learn from wikipedia in one day

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It happens if you are doing your job right

by jmgarvin In reply to How much spare time do yo ...

You should have downtime if you are doing your job right. However, those 20 hour days when something goes wrong will MORE than make up for the time you spend slacking. ;-)

Seriously, sometimes in smaller shops you have down time. This is the time to write SOPs, get cabling cleaned up, and run around with the lysol :-)

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"what do you do to keep yourself occupied?"

by jardinier In reply to How much spare time do yo ...

That's an easy one. Lose yourself in the pandemonium of Miscellaneous Discussions.

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Keeping yourself occupied?

Work on more ways to have more leisure time to work on more ways to have it, I suppose!

I'm still working on the 30-hour day in my spare time!

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Education!

by unixdude In reply to How much spare time do yo ...

As Unix admin of several systems that are really stable I also tend to have spare time... sometimes days. I use it to learn things like...

-Disaster recovery.. on a spare box. Veritas, Oracle, TSM, and other UNIX applications that are absolutely mission critical to the organization have now been tested from bare-bones recovery successfully.

- Certifications.

- Planning for OS upgrades, projects, etc.

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Spare Time

by jabamonte In reply to How much spare time do yo ...

I am the sole IT person. Like you my network is small 3 servers 50+ users one remote location and it pretty much runs itself. My boss is the VP of Ops and states that the company doesn't pay my for 80% of my time, but for the 20% when things go awry. I take the slack time and study for my recertification in windows 2k3 mcsa/mcse. After that is done, I am going to learn every little thing about AD that I don't already know.

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New pet projects

by Toddz In reply to How much spare time do yo ...

As the sole IT guy in a shop of 50+ users with 5 servers, I use my spare time to learn more about web development, perl or other new areas. For example, During a recent downtime, I redesigned our Intranet to pull things like phonelists from a database using active server pages. It can be challenging to keep yourself occupied, but you can do (and learn) some really cool new things when you have that downtime.

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time to lean, time to clean... or not

by mindilator In reply to New pet projects

keeping the appearance of being busy is sometimes more of a job, and much less fun, than working. instead of dusting your mobos, think of new things you can create for your company that will add value. come up with new services, apps, or workflows to benefit your users. things like a task manager displayed on an active desktop, or drop-box system for files too large to email. use your imagination but keep your focus on the benefit of your organization, not just how cool a new service would be.

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Challenge

by nbrought In reply to How much spare time do yo ...

I agree with those that say if you do it right, that can happen. But, if you want a real challenge...get a public service job! No time, no money, no security, too many hats, not enough time to learn any one skill properly. I think I am approaching burnout!

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Monitor, Monitor, Monitor

by wdeckert In reply to How much spare time do yo ...

I am also the sole IT person in a small bank with 125 users and 20 servers. When things are running well, I continue to monitor everything from updates on all 125 workstations to anti-virus definitions, and intrusion detection. Almost all networks need regular updating, nothing stays "status quo" anymore. Keeping up to date with Windows and Novell patches is a contining job.

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I agree, Monitor, Monitor, Monitor

by sloowwhand In reply to Monitor, Monitor, Monitor

If you have so much free time on your hands, you're not doing your job. Almost all networks need regular updating, nothing stays "status quo" anymore. Keeping up to date with Windows and Novell patches is a contining job.

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