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Sr. Systems Engineer/ Solutions Architect Resume

Mooresville, NC

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Virtualization: VMware vSphere 6.7,6.5,6.0,5x,4,x, VSAN, VDI VMware Horizon View, VMware vCenter, VMware DRS, HA and FT, VMware Converter, Site Recovery Manager (SRM), VMware Update Manager, vRealize Operations Manager (vROPS), VMWare vRealize Automation (VRA), vRealize Orchestrator (vRO), vRealize Log Insight, SDDC Manager, vRealize Life Cycle Manager (vLCM), VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), Hyper - V

Hyper Converged Systems: Nutanix NX Series, Nutanix Dell XC series, Nutanix Lenovo Series, VxRail with VSAN, VxRack and Scale IO, SimpliVity, Cisco Hyperflex, HPE Synergy

Converged Systems: Confidential, vBlock, Flex pod, Nimble Smart Stack

Compute: Cisco UCS Servers (Blade series and Rack management), UCS Fabric Interconnects, HP C7000, HPE Synergy, ProLiant servers, Dell Blade Chassis and Rack servers, UCS Performance Manager, UCS Manager, UCS Central.

Storage - SAN/NAS: Power Max, VMAX 3, VMAX 2, Unity, VNX, VIPR Controller, VIPR SRM, VPLEX, XtremIO, Isilon X, NL Series, NetApp FAS, NetApp C Dot and 7 Mode, NetApp E series, Nimble Storage, Pure, RecoverPoint, Recover point for VM (RP4VM), VPLEX

Switches: Cisco MDS, Brocade, Cisco Nexus switches

Backup & Recovery: Veeam, Avamar, Data Domain, Networker, Data Protection Suite (DPS), Data Protection Advisor (DPA), IDPA, Rubrik, Cohesity, NetBackup, Commvault, Exagrid, HP Data Protect

Automation Tools: Power Cli, UCS Director, vRealize Automation, vRealize Orchestrator, Terraform

Operating Systems: Windows 2016/2012/2003/2008 , Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Unix, VMware ESXi, 6.x,5.x, Hyper-V

Windows: Microsoft Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, WINS, SQL server, Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), WSUS, Microsoft failover Clustering, SCCM, SCVMM, Exchange

Cloud: Azure, Office 365, EMC Hybrid Cloud (EHC)

DC Relocations/Migrations: Veeam Replication, vSphere Replication, VMware Converter, Double-Take, Zerto, SRM, PPME

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Confidential, Mooresville, NC

Sr. Systems engineer/ Solutions Architect

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the customer with the operational responsibility and daily administration activities at the customer site(s) to support the Confidential, vScale, VxRail & VxRack environments.
  • Deploy SDDC Manager to manage the entire HCI VxRack SDDC/VxRail environment for logical, physical and capacity issues.
  • Worked on present VMware's technical value proposition to customers and provide technical deep dives on VMware's Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) vision, vSAN Product, VxRail Appliances, and Cloud Foundation solutions.
  • Customer support engineer for Dell EMC on the hyper-converged VxRail product line. Troubleshoot, repair, and advise customers on their VxRail/VMware product environment.
  • Worked on Vxrail and VCF upgrades from 4.7.211 to 4.7.41 and 3.8.1 to 3.9.1
  • Create vision and guidance to enhance customer experience on VxRail appliance.
  • Take customer calls and troubleshoot errors, alerts, and issues on their VxRail appliance.
  • Troubleshoot repair and advise customers on the VMware vSphere environment installed on the appliance.
  • Investigate alerts and alarms in VMware vCenter through log analysis.
  • Assist with integrating the Confidential, vScale, VxRail & VxRack into existing operational processes and tools.
  • Collaborate on the definition and layout of application workloads for the new environment.
  • Providing knowledge transfer of Dell EMC Best Practices to address the customer’s skills and resource gaps to ensure that the customer obtains an operational understanding of the infrastructure in order to successfully run their day-to-day operations.
  • Develop a set of recommended performance and capacity management KPI’s and metrics

Confidential, GA

Sr Systems Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • Migrate vCenter, ESXi hosts and Virtual machines from ESXi 5.x/4.x to ESXi 6.7. This involved using various tools like vmotion/svmotion, VMware Upgrade Manager, Cross vCenter Migration Utility etc. Virtual Machine VM Tools and CPU was also upgraded.
  • Architect and Implemented a vSAN HCI VxRail Hyper Converged solution on Dell hardware platform and the hypervisor used was VMware ESXi 6.x
  • Installed, configured, and maintained Site Recovery Manager with vSphere replication
  • EMC VxRail Infrastructure implementation, Migration from legacy infrastructure.
  • Design and implement multiple VMware VSAN on VxRail nodes for the customer across multiple DC’s
  • Configure VMware VSAN along with vCenter and VMware Operations Manager
  • Deploy SDDC Manager to manager the entire HCI VxRack SDDC/VxRail environment for logical, physical and capacity issues
  • Integrate VxRack SDDC Manager Solution with vROPS and Log Insight
  • Migrate both Physical and Virtual data from older storage arrays like VNX, NetApp to VxRack SDDC/VxRail using various tools like Cross vCenter Migration Utility etc.
  • Configure VSAN storage policies based on the different tolerance failures. Also implemented VSAN storage policies for stretched clusters
  • Implemented Deduplication and Compression on VxRail/VSAN clusters
  • Managed 1000+ Windows Server 2008 and 2012 R2 environments. Maintained proper security patches installed to ensure environments are secure.
  • Implemented Encryption on VxRail VSAN Cluster
  • Worked on vROPS by customized dashboards for data store, Host, VM, Services alerts using vROPS, generated email notifications, create thresholds and automate reporting with customized policies through vROPS
  • Architect the Upgrade of VMware environment from 5 to 6.7U1 across 2 DC’s. This involved upgrading Vcenters, upgrading hosts and virtual machines (VM tools and VM hardware upgrades) using VMware Update Manager
  • Implementation of large-scale vSphere Infrastructure with (700+) ESXi 6.0 hosts and (6) vCenters in linked mode on Cisco UCS, HP C7000 Servers hardware with EMC VMAX/XTREMIO Storage and Cisco MDS 9K Switches with 10GB Network connectivity to support 10,000+ VMs.
  • Responsible to build and maintain new UCS domains with Network and Storage configurations
  • Responsible to create and manage Templates, Service profiles in UCS domain’s in B&C series servers
  • Experience in troubleshooting complex production network issues with multiple teams and vendor engagements. Excellent understanding of virtual and physical network stacks and their topologies
  • Experience in Writing PowerShell Scripts to automate manual task in VMware Environment
  • Worked on major migration project in migrating VM’s to different vCenter through automation process using PowerShell and PowerCLI Scripts
  • Migrated VM’s to different datacenter and converting server’s Physical to Virtual using VMware Standalone Converter tool
  • Responsible to maintain, troubleshoot and upgrade software in Hyper converged infrastructure VXrail and Nutanix
  • Migrated VM’s from Legacy vCenter to Hyper converged Servers VxRail and Nutanix using VMotion and Automation
  • Use Cisco UCS Manager to create pools, policies, Service profiles, templates etc. for ESXi, Windows, Linux
  • Extensively working on VMware, Cisco UCS day - day operations, builds, troubleshooting tasks.
  • Responsible for day to day administration and troubleshooting of VCE VxRack System 1000 Flex Nodes, EMC Scale IO (SDS), VxRack Manager
  • Architect an implement a DR solution for a VMware environment across 2 DC’s. the solution included vSphere 6.x with Site Recovery Manager (SRM) with backend storage. Automated provisioning of VM’s during the production site failure by meeting RTO and RPO’s
  • Configuration of all aspects of vSphere virtual networking including VMKernel Management interface, vMotion interface, VM port group VLAN, security settings, NIC teaming and load balancing policies.
  • Performed more than 6000+ Windows Server updates and patch management. Configuration and Management of vSphere High Availability, vMotion, Storage vMotion, VAAI, Host Profiles, Network & Storage I/O Control, VMFS Datastores, Storage Profiles, Resource Utilization
  • VMware vRealize Operations for automation.
  • Virtualization Consolidation with P2V migration done on 800+ Physical servers using VMware Convertor tool.
  • Installed and Configured VMware vRealize Orchestrator 6.0 in the environment and created the work flows.
  • Implemented VMware SRM across 2 DC’s with underlying EMC storage. Met the RPO and RTO for the customer and performed DR testing
  • Implementing SRM 6.0 between primary and failover location with 3PAR Storage Architecture and using MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching).
  • Responsible for architecting the vSphere 6.5 environment and migrated data from legacy hardware to the VxRail environment using various tools like Cross vCenter Migration Utility
  • Involved in setting up new vBlock 340 and Cisco UCS Blade Servers with EMC VNX2 storage.

Confidential, VA

Systems Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • Implemented 8 node VSAN on the Dell EMC VxRail for their new virtual environment. Responsible for architecting the vSphere 6.5 environment and migrated data from legacy hardware to the VxRail vSAN environment. Also implemented Veeam backup for the environment.
  • Automate VMware Cluster creation, VM Affinity/Anti Affinity Rules, vSphere Networking using Terraform scripts
  • Implemented a 3 node Nutanix HCI solution for a research institute and implemented vSphere 6.5 on it
  • Day to day operations on Dell EMC VxRail VSAN nodes which includes code upgrades. Migrate VMware data from older arrays to VxRail using Cross vCenter Migration Utility
  • Implement vRealize suite for a small credit Union using vRealize Automation of the box, vRealize Operations, Log Insight etc.
  • Integrate vRealize Automation with tools like EMC VIPR, vRealize Log Insight, Cisco UCS Director etc.
  • Implement VMware VSAN 5.x and 6.x for multiple customers as part of the VMware VSAN Fast track projects
  • Use vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Operations Manager to monitor environment and diagnose issues.
  • Implemented VSAN Solution for a customer as part of their VRealize setup. Part of the team responsible for implementing Out of the Box vRealize Automation and vRealize Operations (vRops)
  • Automated the Virtual machine builds/decommissions, port group creation, datastore creation etc. using vRealize Automation and Orchestrator
  • Upgraded the VMware environment for a customer from 5.5 to 6.0 and from 5.1 to 6.0 without downtime. This included upgrading Vcenter, ESXi hosts, virtual machine hardware, VMware tools and VMFS datastores.
  • Migrating data from VNX and NetApp arrays to Isilon arrays using host-based tools like Secure Copy, Robo Copy etc.
  • Implemented an 8 node Cisco Hyperflex solution for VMware VDI on vSphere 6
  • Implemented a vSphere 6 solution for a financial customer with VNXe 3200 and configured Veaam backups for the virtual machines. Upgraded their vSphere environment from 5.1 to 6.0
  • Implemented a VMAX3 All Flash array for a financial customer for their Databases/VMware and Mission critical applications. Migrated their data from older Vmax arrays to VMAX All Flash array
  • Implemented Unity 400 and 500 Hybrid arrays for a retail customer for their VDI environment
  • Implement and configure an Isilon solution for a utility customer and migrate all their CIFS data from NetApp to Isilon
  • Implemented a VxRail solution for a financial customer for their VMware environment
  • Configured Disaster recovery solution for VMware vSphere Environment using Site Recovery Manager (SRM) integrating with storage-based replication
  • Manage Cisco UCS servers using Cisco UCS manager to ensure all the alerts were addressed
  • Replace Memory, CPU, Mother Boards, Blades, Chassis and Fabric Interconnects in Cisco UCS domain and HP blade servers to resolve issues related to hardware failure.
  • Involved in Customizing VM's (Memory, hard disk, NIC) and Analyzing log files, Resources utilizing monitoring.
  • Scheduling tasks, monitoring tasks, creating alarms. Deploying load balancing, implementing Network security.
  • Configuring NAS, SAN, and iSCSi storages to the VMware ESX servers and installed the iSCSi Software and Hardware Adapters to the ESX servers.
  • Involved in On Call rotation for supporting production strictly maintaining SLA's.
  • Created documentation for Server Builds, Application Installations, Mapping the drives and Issues which occur during software upgrades
  • Created Custom Groups and Custom Data Centers in the vRealize Operations Manager (vRops) to collects the data from all vCenter Servers which helps us to give recommendations for troubleshooting process when alerts popped up.
  • Experience in Installation, Configuration, Maintenance RHEL Linux Systems.
  • Worked on powerCLi scripts to automate few tasks and to collect reports related to usage and configuration on vCenters.
  • Configure vRealize Operations Manager Dashboards for monitoring the performance, create and run reports.
  • Monitor Log Insight and Scale IO dashboards on a daily basis to pro-actively work on issues.

Confidential, Phoenix, Arizona

Systems Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible to Build and maintain all aspects of the VMware vSphere environment, vCenter 5.5/6.0/6.5, ESXi 5.0/5.1/5.5/6.0/6.5 and Virtual Server (Windows/Linux)
  • Worked on vROPS by customized dashboards for data store, Host, VM, Services alerts using vROPS, generated email notifications, create thresholds and automate reporting with customized policies through vROPS
  • Responsible to maintain VMware Horizon View 6.1/7.0/7.0.2/ environment to maintain Windows desktops
  • Use vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Operations Manager to monitor environment and diagnose issues.
  • Responsible to build and maintain new UCS domains with Network and Storage configurations
  • Responsible to create and manage Templates, Service profiles in UCS domain’s in B&C series servers
  • Experience in troubleshooting complex production network issues with multiple teams and vendor engagements. Excellent understanding of virtual and physical network stacks and their topologies
  • Experience in Writing PowerShell Scripts to automate manual task in VMware Environment
  • Worked on major migration project in migrating VM’s to different vCenter through automation process using PowerShell and PowerCLI Scripts
  • Migrated VM’s to different datacenter and converting server’s Physical to Virtual using VMware Standalone Converter tool
  • Migrated VM’s from Legacy vCenter to Hyper converged Servers VxRail and Nutanix using VMotion and Automation

Confidential

System Admin

Responsibilities:

  • Managing large VMware infrastructure - 100+ hosts and 1500+ virtual machines and performed hundreds of migrations such as P2V, V2V and P2P using VM Converter and PlateSpin.
  • Installed VMware ESXi server 5.0/5.5 and created virtual machines on ESXi Servers. Designed standard templates and deployed virtual machines from these templates.
  • Installation and configuration of Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, 2012 R2 Servers on Virtual Machines and Citrix virtual desktop support.
  • Creating and configuring clusters VMware HA, VMware DRS Clusters for load balancing, Resource pools and adding VM's to them and installing VM Tools.
  • Performed Snapshots, Cloning, Migration across ESXi host like Cold, Hot migrations using vMotion
  • Responsible for the monitoring and troubleshooting server issues with Event Log Analyzer
  • Plan, implement and configure Fault Tolerance (FT) solutions for business-critical servers
  • Responsible for Virtual Environment maintain and well-organizing Administering Windows 2008/2012 Active Directory, DNS, DHCP and building new windows physical/virtual servers as per the requirement of the project.
  • Responsible to Build and Maintain VMware vCenter, ESX, ESXi hosts, Windows and Linux Servers
  • Involved in troubleshooting the issues related to Servers, Local Services, Data Center and Server Configuration for Microsoft Windows Systems.
  • Building and Maintaining Windows Servers 2000/2003/2008
  • Cloning, deploying VM's to Template, Templates to VM's, VMotion, Storage VMotion.
  • Generated report summary and performance for ESXi Servers and VM's using PowerShell Script. Created snapshots for the VM's and also created new folders, data center, clusters and resource pools in the VC.
  • Involved in Scheduling Tasks, Monitoring Tasks, created alarms and Deploying load balancing, implementing Network security.
  • Deploying HA & DRS Cluster, Managing resources. Migrating virtual machine configuration files and virtual disks from one Data store to another Data store
  • Migration of servers P2V and V2V by using VMware Converter and Plate Spin Migrate.
  • Problem analysis and Troubleshooting of ESXi Server with service console. Resolving issues on servers, VLANs, routers, and switches in the data center.
  • Responsible to maintain the server inventory & document the server build / decommission, application installation/configuration, backup verifications, Operating System user accounts auditing.
  • Responsible in Migration Projects moving the servers from legacy environments to newly commissioned clusters in new virtual centers.

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