Best System Administrator Named

Best System Administrator Named
12 May 2010
12 May 2010

Dmitry Balaschenko, trainer and system administrator of Information Technologies Department of the Belarusian State University of Transport, became the absolute winner of the first Belarus AdminChallenge 2010. Dmitry was first in two nominations – “The Best System Administrator of the Republic of Belarus” and “The Best Microsoft System Administrator”.

The AdminChallenge final took place on May 12, 2010 in Hi-Tech Park and was organized by HTP Belarus and Knowledge Center.





234 system administrators from 16 cities of Belarus took part in the competition. Based on the results of the qualifying round 10 strongest competitors were invited to the final. The finalists performed tasks on customizing infrastructure of an imaginary enterprise, deployment of a corporate web-server, configuration of Cisco network equipment and other.



Korneliuk Anton, fourth-year student of the Telecommunication Faculty of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, was second. Anton already has professional certificates CCNA and CCDA.



Serhei Zhigirov, technical security equipment engineer of Minsk Regional Institute of Education Development, won bronze. During the awarding Serhei confessed that invitation to the final came as a surprise and he is very grateful to HTP for this unique opportunity to test and improve his professional qualification.

All the winners of AdminChallenge were awarded with vouchers for gratis training on any Knowledge Centre educational course. Taking such authorized training courses gives opportunity to obtain international certificates which are the best confirmation of a high level of professional qualification.

All the finalists were awarded with prizes from HTP resident-company VirusBlokAda Ltd., and the winners also received annual subscriptions to ITBel magazine.

Alexander Martinkevich, Deputy Director of HTP administration:
“The goal of the AdminChallenge was to promote the profession of system administrator. The everyday work of system administrators is mostly not evident, they are recalled only if something breaks down. The AdminChallenge took place for the first time, but judging by its results and comments of the participants we hope that such competitions will be held on an annual basis and the number of contestants will grow year by year”.


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