Over the past few years I’ve been working to modernize and automate our deployment of Linux VM’s. As such I’ve developed our VM environment to use Puppet for configuration management and application deployment. We had a need to deploy FreeRadius to many sites to support our WPA-Enterprise wireless network. Each site required a separate instanceRead more.
Microsoft Azure As part of our on going migration to the Cloud I’ve successfully integrated our On-Premise Active Directory with Microsoft Azure. I was charged with creating and configuring the ADFS authentication complete with Multi-Factor Authentication for All users. I also configured and integrated the Azure AD Connect component. For running VM’s and other servicesRead more.
Chocolatey For managing commonly deployed applications and tools I’ve built Chocolatey with integration with SCCM into our environment. This offers the reporting and compliance of SCCM with the easy to use and easy to update software packages of Chocolatey. Saving the hassle of creating new SCCM packages every time a new piece of software isRead more.
As part of our on going security and content management concerns we have implemented Cisco Umbrella company wide. We currently use Cisco Umbrella at all our locations and have locked down the DNS to use only the Cisco Umbrella Servers. On sites with Hyper-V or VMware servers we have deployed the Cisco Umbrella Virtual machineRead more.
Cisco Meraki For small sites the simplified cloud management of Cisco Meraki equipment allows us to quickly configure and deploy equipment without worry about management or remote access. We utilizes Meraki’s VPN and mesh technology to rapidly setup VPN tunnels and access points. The reports allow us to track usage statistics and points out anyRead more.
PFsense and Netgate Routers
PFsense and Netgate Routers Our company uses PFsense for many of our sites. We utilize PFsense ability to be customized to provide various services to remote and local sites. We implemented our PFsense routers using the built in CARP based High Availability, allowing us to do maintenance and upgrades on the routers without downtime. WeRead more.
Microsoft Skype for Business 2013/2015/2016
Microsoft Skype for Business 2013/2015/2016 In 2015 we successfully migrated from Lync 2013 to Skype for Business 2015. Skype for Business allows the company to quickly and effectively locate and route calls and messages to individuals in the company. Skype for Business has been deployed to all the major offices including several of our smallerRead more.
Microsoft Exchange 2010/2013/2016/O365/Hybrid
Built with site to site fail-over in mind I designed and deployed Exchange 2016 in an Active-Active setup across 2 sites. A software load balancer (HAProxy) has been placed in front of each Exchange server to automatically switch clients to the remote site in the event of a local server failure. HAProxy will monitor eachRead more.
System Center Configuration Manager 2012/2016/1806 (SCCM)
I designed and configured our SCCM 2012 environment. We utilize SCCM for asset and license tracking. SCCM 2012 was deployed with full HTTPS support allowing us to monitor and track assets that are not locally in the office or on the VPN. HTTPS support entails deploying a Microsoft Certificate Authority with Auto Enrollment enabled andRead more.
Microsoft Office 2010/2013/2016
I am proficient in Microsoft 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365. I can deploy (silently or otherwise) all Microsoft Office products, and can diagnose and solve almost any issue with them. I am proficient in using these products as well. I commonly build Visio diagrams for IT documentation. I’ve packaged Office 365 using Chocolatey packagingRead more.
VMware Horizon View High Availability
In 2015 Packt Publishing contacted me to write a book about VMware Horizon View High Availability. The book was completed and published in Nov 2015. This book includes 9 chapters on VMware Horizon View and how to configure and build an environment to maximize build time. Chapters include: 1. VMware View Connection Server HA 2.Read more.
VMware Horizon View Desktop Virtualization Cookbook by Packt Publishing
I was included in the review process of Packt Publishing’s VMware Horizon View Desktop Virtualization Cookbook. I provided feedback and advice regarding the guide and the information contained within. I was accredited as a reviewer for the book.Read more.
Unitrends Enterprise Backups
We utilize Unitrends Backup Appliances to provide automated backups of our VMware environment. We currently have the Unitrends Appliances deployed as a redundant pair. With backups replicating between our two major data centers. In the event of a data center failure the backups from the other site can be used to restore the VMs inRead more.
VMware Horizon Workspace Essentials from Packt Publishing
I was included in the review process of Packt Publishing’s VMware Horizon Workspace Essentials. I provided feedback and advice regarding the guide and the information contained within. I was accredited as a reviewer for the book.Read more.
Riverbed Wan Optimization (Steelhead)
In high latency and low bandwidth environments, it is very important to have WAN optimizers to improve user experience. WAN optimizers can setup along a VPN connection and configured to reuse TCP sessions. This allows TCP sessions to be setup without waiting for 3 link trips. In environments with 600-3000ms latencies this can mean theRead more.
When dealing with legacy software that is difficult to run on newer platforms VMware ThinApp can be essential to upgrades and roll outs. ThinApp creates a portable application that is independent of the source operating system. It can be deployed wherever need without prerequisite software and configurations. ThinApp allows upgrades to Windows 7 and beyondRead more.
Kaspersky is used in a VMware vSphere environment to provide hypervisor level anti-virus to various VMs in conjunction with vShield. Kaspersky has a centralized management suite that allows for one stop management and configuration of all clients. Kaspersky Anti-Virus compares favorably to solutions from Trend Micro and F-Secure.Read more.
VMware vShield allows us to monitor scan and remediate virus and malware issues on our Virtual Machines. vShield works at the hypervisor level allowing a single anti-virus suite to be loaded and monitored per host rather than per VM. This has major resource savings in that only one copy of an anti-virus program has toRead more.
VMware vSphere (ESXi)
As a VMware Certified Professional I am trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of VMware ESXi infrastructure. Deployments include a primary multisite datacenter, remote standalone ESXi servers, and HA Pairs in busy locations. I’ve utilized SRM to meet my organization’s disaster recovery targets. I’ve architected and deployed redundant HA designs, complete with 10GB backbones. I’veRead more.
VMware Horizon View
I’ve designed and built the current VMware Horizon View environment running at our office. VMware Horizon View allows us to maintain and deploy applications to dozens of computers in under 15 minutes. VMs are built with base images tailored to each department’s needs. Finky software can be consistently deployed without worry across a large environment.Read more.
Microsoft SQL Server
We use Microsoft SQL server for a large number of applications and uses. I maintain Microsoft SQL server as a backend for major business critical applications such as Microsoft Lync, SharePoint, SCCM, and numerous custom applications. I am charged with deploying, maintaining and backing up SQL Databases and services. I have written custom SQL code,Read more.
I can deploy and maintain MySQL Servers. Commonly I maintain these in association with a websites hosted on Linux servers running Apache. Applications include Drupal, WordPress, cPanel, OwnCloud, and ICTFax.Read more.
I can deploy and maintain PostgreSQL Servers, usually providing a backend database to an Apache website. Used by some internal website databases.Read more.
Microsoft Active Directory I am responsible for maintaining and configuring various aspects of active directory, including user permissions, Domain controllers, group management and security. I’ve configured cross forest trusts and sub-domains in AD. On occasion I have had to fix issues with services and configurations using ADSI edit.Read more.
Active Directory Group Policy
Active Directory Group Policy I am responsible for Active Directory Group Policies. Our group polices include Folder Redirection Microsoft Office Skype client configuration Firewall configuration Application deployment Printer deployment Shared folders Various registry tweaks ext. Certificate Management Web Browser Management Roaming ProfilesRead more.
I designed and deployed ICTFax as part of our VoIP migration. ICTFax integrates with any SMTP email server and uses a SIP Trunk to send and receive faxes to and from emails. ICTFax requires deploying a working FreeSwitch server and configuring it to work with the ICTFax software. I’ve contributed several bug fixes to theRead more.
We utilize OpenVPN as part of our ever mobile fleet of offices and sites. OpenVPN allows us to quickly and reliably setup offices without the worry of static IPs, NAT or all the other problems that can be associated with IPSec or PPT firewalls. OpenVPN is an SSL/TLS based VPN solution. Clients and Servers areRead more.
I built and configured our current OpenNMS environment. It allows us to monitor and respond to network outages. It can monitor Windows Services using SMNP and alert us to service crashes. This is particularly useful for identifying when support services such as Backup, Anti-Virus, and VMware Tool services have stopped working.Read more.