Today is the day on which systems administrators around the globe are lauded by their grateful colleagues fortheir unwavering commitment to providing expert support and service. They regularly deal with a whole range of problems from the painfully ridiculous, like PCs not being plugged in, to monumental catastrophes, like server meltdowns, in a patient manner.

Or it should be. For most sysadmins, today will be a normal day with no particularly special recognition. They are relied upon and expected to be in front of their inbox or on the end of a phone should anything go wrong at any time. Like the postman or a bus driver, they thanklessly do their job everyday, invisibly keeping the worldmoving.

If you are a systems administrator who is feeling the love from your colleagues then bask in the glory on this, your day, SysAdmin Day. If you are yet to receive a letter of admiration, take comfort in the service that you provide to your organisation everyday. I know how big sys admins’ workloads are so here are 6 everyday tasks that you can automate, giving you the time to get on with more important tasks:

1. Transparency in IT infrastructure

A centralised systems management solution that gathers information on all end devices in existence within a company and the software installed on them, giving companies a clear overview of their IT environment.

2. Efficient management

Automation of software distribution,update installation, backup processes and other tasks, making the management of IT infrastructure substantially more efficient.

3. Lower support costs

Remote access to computers reduces the number of callouts for administrators and slashes support costs. For instance, remote access enables end user devices to be automatically switched off overnight or at weekends, cutting down on energy costs.

4. Proactive error management

A centralised systems management solution continuously monitors all components of a company’s IT infrastructure and gives error management a preventive focus, resulting in high performance and system stability.

5. Overview of applications’ license status

A license check function creates an inventory of all applications used and the licenses available for them, meaning companies can check up on their licenses at anytime.

6. Adherence to compliance regulations

Ongoing analysis is a key component of systems management. The reports produced enable administrators to check adherence to compliance regulations.