Systems Administration

Plans and coordinates the installation, testing, operation, and maintenance of hardware and software systems.

Key Behaviors
  • Evaluates, selects, and installs compilers, assemblers and utilities.
  • Integrates hardware and software components within the systems environment.
  • Evaluates new systems engineering technologies and their effect on the operating environment.
  • Ensures that information security/assurance policies, principles, practices are an integral element of the operating environment.
  • Monitors the systems environment to ensure effective performance.
  • Manages hardware and software obsolescence.
  • Anticipates and forecasts hardware requirements when software needs change.
  • Supports decisions to determine when hardware upgrades are required based on emerging software requirements.
  • Plans and schedules the installation of new or modified hardware, operating systems and software.
  • Addresses opportunities and challenges of implementing transformational technology (e.g., virtualization, cloud computing) into the Federal environment.
  • Manages accounts, network rights and access to systems and equipment.
  • Implements security procedures and tools to ensure rigorous security measures are in place.
  • Ensures system availability, functionality, integrity and efficiency, and maintains system configuration.

Developmental opportunities for this competency are available from the NIH Training Center.

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