Administrator Responsibilities: Part 5

Who does what?

Next, let’s discuss the specific roles and responsibilities of application administrators.

System Administrator Responsibilities (Server and Data Center)

In short, a system admin maintains the equipment the applications need to function, like web servers, databases, networks, firewalls, mail servers, etc. Many sys admin functions are things you set up once and rarely change. For example, once the mail server is connected, it’s unlikely to change settings very often. 

System admins can access tools used to monitor the application and keep it healthy. For example, they can run the integrity checker, to find problems with issues, workflows, and filters. Sys admins can also access options that affect performance and availability. For example, if the mail queue sending interval is increased it slows the receipt of email notifications. That may be good for the mail server, but bad for users.


It’s important to understand the impact of your actions when you’re wearing the system administrator hat.



Scheduled jobs admin page in Confluence Server and Data Center

Example responsibilities:

  • Configure mail server

  • Manage user directories

  • Create application links

  • Monitor listeners and services

  • Monitor logging, profiling, and the job scheduler

  • View user sessions and manage license details

  • Add and remove fellow system administrators

  • And more

Part 6: Who does what? (continued)




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