Over 20 years professional experience as a Unix/Linux, Web and Computing Hardware Administrator. Performed in both team member and team lead roles, to install, configure and maintain Unix and Linux environments for Automotive, CAD/CAE, Web/E-Commerce, Insurance, Banking and Health Care organizations ranging in size from 300 to 6500 servers.
I am currently employed full-time, but always seeking part-time, evening/weekend work supporting Linux, Ansible, Docker and AWS Cloud Computing environments.
Currently supporting 1700+ RedHat and CentOS servers which are 90% virtualized on VMWare. Aided in the buildout, and currently support the Dev/Test/Prod Docker Container clustered environments both on-prem and in AWS Cloud. Developed a custom solution for Docker host and container logging, metrics and formatting with Splunk ingestion. Consistent configuration management maintained via Ansible. OS patching via RedHat Satellite. Automation of routine tasks. Extensive shell scripting.
Worked on a Team of 8 Unix Administrators (4 Linux, 4 AIX). Primarily responsible for the installation and administration of several hundred SLES and RHEL servers both physical and virtual. Installations using Kickstart and Autoyast. Patching using zypper and yum. Configuration Management via Puppet and Ansible as well as several custom shell scripts. Monitoring via Nagios and SiteScope. Backups via Tivoli TSM. Utilizing storage on both SAN and NAS. Authored many scripts to perform daily audits for user access, backups, server inventory, and 2-factor authentication using Radius and DUO. Subject matter expert for the Puppet, Nagios, and DUO Authentication infrastructure and applications. SME for the Hadoop Data Analytics Cluster. SME on all Secure File Transfers into and out of the Health System. Authored several documents covering processes and procedures for all aspects of daily work.
Worked as a Team Lead with Unix Systems Engineers/Administrators as primary support for over 4500 corporate web, database, and application servers running SUSE Linux (SLES 11), SUN Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Win2K8. Responsibilities included managing 13 Systems Engineering resources in the installation and deployment of both physical and virtual server infrastructure globally on the Ford network, administration of the Tivoli Monitoring Framework, WebSphere Application Servers, IIS and IHS Web Servers, SiteScope Monitoring, WebIntelligence, WebAlyzer, SeOS/eTrust, Veritas, TSM, all OS maintenance, patching and tuning, and support of related software such as sudo, IP Filter, and custom shell scripts. Authored over 200 BASH scripts currently in use at Ford Motor Company for maintenance, data retrieval and parsing, reporting, and automation of routine tasks. Authored several technical documents for use by Global Enterprise Server Operations within Ford. Effective daily communication and interaction with various IT teams (storage, DB, Backup), as well as all levels of Management within the organization.
Provided Unix Systems Administration and support while employed by TRW Automotive. Installed and configured many CAD/CAE packages on various Unix OS platforms. Replaced and upgraded CPU’s, memory, system boards, motherboards, internal and external storage systems, printers, plotters, digitizers, etc. Installation and implementation of complete backup and restore strategies. Maintain intranet web servers running both Apache and Netscape Enterprise Server, and all content including HTML pages and Perl scripts. Maintain FTP server and all Electronic Data Interchange.
While employed as a Unix Systems Admin at Distributed Computing Consulting, Inc (DCCI), installed an “Airlock Lab” for Blue Cross, Blue Shield consisting of two IBM AIX servers, one Sun 220R server, five Compaq Proliant 7000 servers and twenty NT workstations. Setup included installation of all hardware and software, DNS, DHCP, WINS, SQL Server 2000, and Rational Testing Tools. This lab is now used as an isolated final pass test environment for hardware and software installs and upgrades before being rolled out to production.
Worked with a team at DCCI to build an educational environment for YouthLINKS with cooperation from Sun Microsystems consisting of two Sun 220R servers, thirty Sun Rays, and twenty Ultra 5’s. Setup included installation of hardware and software, DNS, NIS, Jumpstart, Sun Ray Server, iPlanet Web Server, and Netscape messaging software. This Sun Certified Educational Institution is now being used to train and certify underprivileged youth in the city of Detroit to become Unix Systems Administrators on the Sun Solaris operating system.
Part of a 15-member team at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) supporting 6500 General Motors Unix workstations and servers on various Hardware platforms. Supported CAD/CAE applications. Maintain user and NIS databases. Troubleshoot OS and application issues. Received training in ISO 9002 policies and standards in conformance with General Motors requirements.
RedHat, SuSE, Ubuntu, Centos, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, VMWare. Apache, MySQL, PHP. Monitoring background with Nagios, SiteScope, Tivoli Management Framework and Tivoli Monitoring. Configuration Management includes Puppet, Ansible, XCAT, custom shell scripts. Backup/Restore packages include Legato Networker, Veritas Netbackup, and TSM. Programming languages include Python, HTML, UNIX shell scripting, SQL, as well as some Perl. Auth includes LDAP, Radius, DUO. Versioning with SVN, GIT. Log aggregation using Splunk.
Apart from being a Linux Admin, I enjoy most of my time being outdoors. During the warmer months here in Michigan, I enjoy camping, hiking, ATV's and riding my Harley.
When forced indoors, I follow a number of sci-fi and fantasy genre movies and television shows, I am an aspiring programmer, and I spend a large amount of my free time exploring the latest technology advancements.
I am also currently studying towards achieving AWS Cloud Computing and Docker certifications.
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