The Sysadmin Show

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Way back in Episode 3, we had a ‘Dev focused’ show. It’s about time to show some sysadmin love.

Show Notes

What exactly does it mean to be a sysadmin? How do you define “sysadmin”?

What is your favorite thing about devops? How does it change your life as a sysadmin?

Matt has a belief that sysadmins are inherently cynical. Is he an idiot?

What do you miss about “the good old days?”

Alex Howells asks: “How often do you think ‘Fuck it all, I’m going to be a plumber or electrician?’"

Video of guys changing tires while car is on two wheels

Amazon Certified Sysops Admin Associate

Check Outs






  • LOLRoot - self signed cert authority (lolroot is actually from snorby,org, which is now owned by threatstack. all roads lead to Peak Cheslock)
  • Bastard Operator from Hell -
  • Registration is open for Chef Community Summit - ADO listeners can get 10% off their registration with the code ARRESTEDDEVOPS


Chris Read

Chris Read

I currently work at DRW where I help developers and operations deliver more value faster. I used to work for ThoughtWorks as a Principal Technical Consultant and Infrastructure Specialist. I help developers understand the environments they are developing for, and help infrastructure people build better systems. My specialties are Unix (any flavour), networking and development. I’ve done time as a Developer and as a Sys Admin, but now I’m both…

Mike Fiedler

Mike Fiedler

Mike is a long-time systems engineer, building a variety of platforms with all technologies. Currently the Director of Technical Operations at Datadog, he focuses on delivering scalable platforms with short turnaround times via automation. He is the Chief Editor of Ops School, and contributes to Chef, maintains cookbooks, and many other open source projects. Sometimes he writes a few of his own. He’s spoken at Velocity, DevOpsDays, ChefConf and AWS re:Invent, amongst others.

Brian Wagner

Brian Wagner

I am currently working for Bluechip Consulting Group as a Solutions Architect helping to implement various security related and automated OS migration solutions. I spent most of my career supporting Web Developers by both developing build and release solutions and generally as a Linux Systems Administration. Over the years I have seen the benefits first hand of the DevOps way. Which has lead to my focus on getting Ops and Developers working together for the benefit of the companies I have worked with and for. I have worked for various sized companies from Fortune 500 companies like GE and Chrysler all the way down to dot-com start-ups and three man web development shops. They all gain in productivity and profitability with DevOps powering their profit engines.


Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton (he/him)

Matty Stratton is the Director of Developer Relations at Aiven, a well-known member of the DevOps community, and a global organizer of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

Matty has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from DEVOPS to KUBECTL.

He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke.

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess is a Senior Product Manager at Progress Software working on Chef Software. He currently works on the Chef Application Delivery, Compliance and Infrastructure offerings.

Coming from a background in .NET Software Development and consulting, he has worked with several large multinational organizations to help kick start their journey to the cloud and the world of DevOps practices and principals. He is excited to engage in new experiences, and learning opportunities.

Trevor enjoys having hearty discussions about DevOps as well organizational change and transformation.