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Typical day for a network administrator including data center work

What's a typical day for a network administrator also taking care of a data center?
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Depends on the enviroment. My day involves working on and maintaing Windows Servers, Exchange, SQL, Linux, Tape backups and software, VMWare, Citrix, 2X, VMWare, Sans, Cisco equipment, Dell servers and about 100 different software packages.

Any problems that come up that help desk cannot solve come to me. I have to do whatever it takes to fix the problem. There is nobody else for me to pass the tickets onto.

I also strive to constantly improve our service to the end users. If new technology becomes available, I review, implement, test and deploy the software.

Something that never ever will be heard from my office is "Thats not my job".

My users depend on me for all there IT needs. I work for them to make life easier and to protect them, whether they think they need it or not.

I think my favorite part of my job is getting to test new stuff. Repetitive task quickly bore me so I pass those off to my jr admins and other help desk personnel so I can focus on other stuff.

Backups are probably the most important part of my job. It is something that many people overlook or neglect. They are never fully appreciated until they are needed and it is difficult to justify the cost to management without being able to show any direct ROI other than being an insurance policy.

I could go on for 100 pages on my typical days, but really, I do not have a typical day. Every day has different challenges and issues.
Being proactive in ensuring all issues regarding the infrastructure and applications hosted on that infrastructure are kept to a minimum. This is done by monitoring, monitoring and more monitoring. Being reactive to issues that do occur in a prompt and efficient way to ensure that downtime and/or disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.

Lots of documentation of processes and policies to ensure that anyone can complete a task in the event someone isn't available.

Ensuring all backups complete and, if not, why not.

Testing, reviewing incessently to ensure that your current policies and processes are as efficient as they can be.

Testing and reviewing new or alternate technologies to see where improvments to the business process or long term savings can be made.

As bcdudley says above, fixing anything that everyone else can't fix. We are the last stop on the line, every effort has to be made to fix it if it gets as far as us, however a careful line has to be drawn to ensure that first and second line don't habitually throw everything your way just because they can't be bothered to do a simple bit of research or don't want to strech themselves.

Drink lots of coffee.
lol............. You will never know what swimming is like, unless you jump in the water. Jump first, be an experienced swimmer and that's what you can encash on, later. People pay for experience and that's what you will earn.

For a DC admin, there is no DAY. Days and nights are the same. 24x7x365, depends on the profile. Hope you will enjoy the swim. :)

For a DC admin, there is no DAY. Days and nights are the same. 24x7x365, depends on the profile.

This is very true, especially for small to medium sized business. I spent 3 of the 5 days of my last vacation working remotely to fix a problem. I typically work from 10:30pm to 6:30pm, then from 10:00pm (when the kids go to bed) until I fall asleep, usually between 2:00am and 3:30am.
In my job as an admin, I've gone through over-stressed to physical exhaustion... what's next?

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