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<h1>FSFE is looking for a systems administrator and
architect</h1>
<p>
<strong>Please note that this position is no longer open for
applications.</strong><br />
The Free Software Foundation Europe was
founded in 2001 and has gone through a tremendous growth
since then, both in the number of volunteers and staff, and
also in the complexity of our technical infrastructure and
the number of services we run and offer for both internal and
external use. We're currently looking for a system
administrator and architect that, for a limited time, can
support us in our work to migrate our services to a new
infrastructure.</p>
<p>The migration project will move our services to a new
infrastructure and revise the services we currently offer.
The goal of the project is to make the infrastructure more
coherent, with less dependencies, and with a separation of
services that make it easier for volunteers to manage and
help the organisation manage individual services in the long
term.</p>
<h2>Who we're looking for</h2>
<p>We're looking for a senior system administrator or systems
architect that can work in close coordination with our
existing system administrators, staff and volunteers, to
support our migration project through all of its stages,
starting with the archaeological challenge of creating a high
level overview of our services and their dependencies, and
ending with the migration of our core services. Key skills
will include technical documentation, virtualization
environments, MTAs (Postfix), database servers and web
services.</p>
<h2>What we need to do</h2>
<p>The person we're looking with will be tasked with the
following. Please note that the first steps are more detailed
than the latter steps, and we'll work together to
continuously revise this plan as we go. All of this will also
involve coordination with others, and a lot of information,
especially for the first parts, can be gotten from existing
documentation or from other system administrators.</p>
<ol>
<li>Create a high level service documentation, with a focus
on (for each service):
<ol>
<li>Authentication mechanisms</li>
<li>Code base (custom work, patches, or off the shelf
components)</li>
<li>Interdependencies with other services</li>
<li>Physical / virtual infrastructure location</li>
<li>Usage (estimate usage from logs etc, as well as a
brief synopsis of who the main users are:
external, internal, etc)</li>
</ol></li>
<li>Additional documentation that may be needed for
specific services (such as mail), the nature of which will
need to be discussed and determined at a later time, when
the first high level overview is complete.</li>
<li>Analyse the current services and propose a new
architecture, focusing on the services and the dependencies
between them.</li>
<li>Provide a migration plan that detail the steps needed
to be taken in order to successfully migrate our existing
services to the new architecture and infrastructure.</li>
<li>Migrate, and support the migration, of core services to
it, including shutting down and removing old services in an
orderly fashion.</li>
</ol>
<h2>Location and travel</h2>
<p>The FSFE system administrators work largely remotely, and
most of the work can be done from anywhere in the world. It's
beneficial for communication that the person helping us is
roughly located in Europe, and one or two trips may be needed
to meet with other system administrators and staff.</p>
<h2>More information</h2>
<p>If you think that you're the right person, know someone who
is, or just want more information, you're more than welcome to
reach out to FSFE's executive director
Jonas Öberg, preferrably by email to
<a href="mailto:jonas@fsfe.org">jonas@fsfe.org</a>.
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