~ Dedicated Senior Wintel Systems Engineer eager to contribute exceptional strengths in VMware virtual infrastructure design and support toward supporting a dynamic employer in optimizing operational performance. ~
Seasoned IT professional and certified systems administrator with proven ability to drive multiple projects concurrently from initial design, testing and build-out, to training, support and documentation. Excel in VMware ESX server administration and VMware migration, and managing Virtual Center with HA (high availability) and DRS (distributed resource scheduler). Recognized as pioneering production user of ESX and instrumental in development of Virtual Center solution. Proficiency in server optimization and consolidation, Active Directory administration, hardware and software troubleshooting, disaster recovery, technical/user support (remote and onsite), and project management.
Delivered presentations at two VMworld conferences and chosen as lead architect to design and implement disaster recovery solution for Guardian's Windows environment immediately following 9/11 attacks.
Initiated implementation of live replication using EMC SRDF and VMware.
Authored project plan to seamlessly migrate over 1,300 NT and Netware servers to Windows 2000 and Active Directory.
Adeptly supported 150+ IBM servers including NT & Netware file and print servers, Terminal Server, application servers, and Internet Information Server (IIS) in a 24/7 and multiple domain environment.
Steered successful migration of servers from physical to virtual and led server consolidation using VMware ESX, improving utilization and performance.
Established, designed, documented and managed Virtual Desktop Infrastructure for developers to expedite and streamline programming activities.
Championed planning, design and engineering of corporate-wide VMware ESX Infrastructure encompassing high availability, disaster recovery and capacity planning.
Innovatively leveraged data gathering methods to devise a simple charge-back system to help recoup IT costs.
Guardian Life Insurance Company, Bethlehem, PA, 1996 to 2008
Senior Wintel Systems Administrator
- Spearheaded server installation, configuration and support for Guardian s main data center.
- Served as architect and administrator of comprehensive VMware ESX environment running on over 80 IBM servers throughout five locations.
- Project-managed development and deployment of Intel disaster recovery solution.
Directed, motivated, and supervised team of five consultants in disaster recovery solution implementation.
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Professional Experience continued
Expertly built physical and virtual servers from the ground up for production and test deployment.
Resourcefully integrated enhancements to provide failover and load-balancing of SAN disks and data networks for ESX.
Supported broad-based applications on servers spanning File and Print, Web (IIS and WebSphere), database (MS SQL and Oracle), Citrix, and infrastructure utility (WINS, DNS, PDC, BDC, etc.)
Performed full-scope server administration, upgrades and service pack application, performance tuning, and infrastructure enhancement.
Relied on to drive and ensure business continuity via backup procedures, restores, cluster fail-over testing, network load balancing, and disaster recovery planning and testing.
Established, nurtured and maintained excellent end user relations to expedite incident response and boost customer satisfaction levels.
Leveraged exemplary troubleshooting talents to provide 3rd level support for Active Director and 1,600+ servers used in production and in test environment, 3rd level support.
Prior background includes role as PC Systems Support Analyst for
Sun Oil Company, Marcus Hook, PA, 1994 to 1996.
Widener University C Chester, Pennsylvania, graduated May 1994
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Management Information Systems
MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)
Completed extensive training in Microsoft & VMware products
Operating Systems & Hardware:
Windows 2000/2003, VMware ESX 1.x-4.x, Virtual Center, VMware Converter, Linux, IBM/Compaq/Dell Servers, IBM Blade technology, EMC SAN
Software & Tools:
Microsoft Office Suite, Lotus Notes, Symantec Antivirus, VMware HA & DRS, IBM Tivoli, SQL Server, IBM Director, Compaq Insight Manager
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