The average systems administrator or network administrator doesn’t get the glory they’re due. Between reviewing logs, maintaining computer networks, trying to keep track of IoT devices, and attempting to thwart each threat, systems administration is not for the faint of heart. That’s why we think every day should be System Administrator Appreciation Day.
But the era of having to toil quietly in the background is over. Social media has helped prominent IT experts step into the spotlight and share their expertise. Following talented sysadmin influencers can help you stay at the top of your game. We’ll share some of our favorite folks to follow in 2022 in no particular order of awesomeness.
17 sysadmins you should follow
TWiT is the ultimate resource for tech podcasts. With separate shows for security, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Google, enterprise tech, and more, there’s an option for virtually any specialty. This also presents an excellent opportunity to explore areas outside your primary expertise.
4sysops is a community for information technology professionals. It’s chock full of insightful articles to help you fine-tune your skill with PowerShell, enhance your desktop management, become a cloud computing genius, and so much more.
As editor-in-chief of The New Tech Stack, Joab Jackson knows his way around a software stack. He regularly shares insightful articles on all things tech. He also throws in some content on rock and roll, history, and food. Variety is the spice of life, after all.
Krebs on Security
Brian Krebs is one of the biggest names in cybersecurity coverage. As an investigative journalist, he has extensive experience producing in-depth reports on cybercrime. If you’re concerned with how the latest threats may affect your systems, Krebs is your go-to guy.
Darknet Diaries is a podcast about the things that go bump in the night: cybercrime, hacking, shadow government activity, and more. If you have a well-developed sense of professional curiosity and like getting goosebumps, you’ll love Darknet Diaries.
With experience as an IT technician, system administrator, infrastructure administrator, systems engineer, automation specialist, and DevOps engineer, Francois-Xavier Cat’s career has made him an expert in Windows, PowerShell, and automation. He retweets content related to PowerShell, technology, news, and science.
Anoop C. Nair
Anoop C. Nair is the owner and founder of HTMD, a resource for device management professionals. Leveraging his experience as a solution architect, Nair writes about Windows 10, Windows 11, Windows 365, SCCM, Microsoft Intune, and Azure Virtual Desktop.
Nill is a self-proclaimed “colorful kittygirl” with an undeniable gift for explaining fundamental, complex topics in easy-to-understand terms. With a healthy dose of humor worked in throughout, Nill’s content is as entertaining as it is informative.
Chris Titus Tech
For the sysadmin who juggles both Windows and Linux operating systems, finding the right source of content can be tough. Thankfully, Chris Titus Tech covers both. In addition, you’ll find plenty of useful content on phones, websites, networking, storage, and other topics to make you a well-rounded sysadmin.
With over 20 years of experience in IT, Chrissy Lemaire is a PowerShell expert. She is the original author of the dbatools module, and much of her content focuses on helping PowerShell users. She also retweets news on world issues, tech, gaming, and other topics.
As an Australian Microsoft Regional Director, the creator of the data breach aggregation service Have I Been Pwned, and an author/instructor with Pluralsight, Troy Hunt specializes in security and cloud development. While you might see him speak at an event or workshop, you can also catch his latest musings on social media.
After extensive experience as a security architect and strategist with big-name companies like Microsoft and Symantec, Katie Moussouris launched Luta Security to enhance the security maturity of organizations. She tweets and retweets about news, security, business, and more. Since she’s very active on Twitter, you won’t have to worry about your feed running dry.
PDQ’s own pride and joy, Andrew Pla, is one of our systems engineers by day and a PowerShell influencer by night. He shares his problem-solving strategies and adventures in automation.
Popular IT humor & entertainment accounts
seasonally affected server
Life is hard. Sometimes, you just need a good laugh. That’s where seasonally affected server comes in with all-too-relatable existential humor.
SwiftOnSecurity tweets oodles of tech-related humor. Think of Swift as the hilarious coworker you wish you had.
Ever had a toxic manager? Then this Twitter account will crack you up, give you flashbacks, or a delightful cocktail of both.
Linus Tech Tips
Linus Tech Tips is one of the most popular YouTube tech channels. While its focus is fairly general, many sysadmins love it, particularly for learning about hardware.
Following a long list of celebrity cats gives you endless joy. But adding some prominent sysadmin influencers to that list can transform your social media scrolling into a prime opportunity to improve your craft. And don’t stop there! Reading the PDQ blog and watching our YouTube channel can further expand your IT horizons.
Part writer, part sysadmin fangirl, Meredith gets her kicks diving into the depths of IT lore. When she's not spending quality time behind a computer screen, she's probably curled up under a blanket, silently contemplating the efficacy of napping.