A sysop is the person who runs a computer server . In general, a sysop or system operator is one who runs the day-to-day operation of a server and the term suggests a person who is available when the system is. A related term is administrator . In larger computer systems, the administrator manages security and user access while a system operator monitors and performs routine operations at the computer. In smaller computer systems (for example, UNIX systems), the administrator and the system operator tend to be the same person.
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In a wide area network ( WAN ), a sysop is a tech-savvy employee who receives a small stipend (in addition to their regular salary) for trouble-shooting computer-related problems. Typically, the WAN administrator will assign a sysop to each building on the WAN.