I used to be the administrator of a handful of servers as well as having regular developer responsibilities. At the time I saw it as a way to make myself more of a valuable resource to the company, which almost backfired during the dot bomb era when billable hours were the main measure of value to the company.
In recent weeks I have had to take on responsibility for configuring production servers once again.
There have been a mixture of feelings:
- expectation that I would be delegated the task
- curiosity at why the estimate for my work was lower than that for the original resource, despite the requirements increasing
It's been reassuring to see that I can still find my way around the configuration of Redhat and Apache, but I know I don't want to be stuck doing this long term.