What it really means to be a "server" admin

I'm working today on a project for a client, and it struck me just how much more technology goes into working on a server, than the server itself. Without even getting into the the application(s) I'm using on the remote server, I thought it might be [mildly] amusing to share a snapshot of the different layers I'm working through today.

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I don't -- fortunately -- have to touch all of these tiers/technologies directly, and it could be a little simpler (what can I say, Windows 8 is more fun to use on my MacBook hardware than on my HP mobile workstation), but this is all that goes into how I'm getting my work done today.