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Systems Administrator Resume

Houston, Tx

Dexter Stone

More than 25 years experience as a Systems Admin/SAN Administrator of large scale Infrastructure/Server teams that administered Netapp Filers and HP EVA’s. SAN Admin during roll out of new equipment using HP Storage and HP Blade Servers. Designed and implemented Storage Requirements and strategies company wide. Planned several major migrations from physical HP Servers to Virtual machines running on HP Blades and VMware ESX 3.5 and HP EVA Storage and Compellent SANs. Proficient at Fibre Channel zoning. Advanced knowledge of all the HP ML, DL & BL Proliant Server line. Advanced knowledge of EMC, HP, HDS, Equalogic SAN solutions. Completed Capacity Planning for 1.5PB of SAN Storage. Advanced knowledge of SAN infrastructure and design. PreSales design and implementation of Disaster Recovery Solutions.

SUMMARY

  • PreSales Engineer for DR Planning
  • Managed Domain Administrators and installation of Windows 2000 & 2003, NT4
  • Installed Falconstor SAN Virtualization - NSS
  • Managed HP EVA 8100 & 4400 Storage
  • Managed Compellent SAN
  • CDP Falconstor protection design
  • Implemented best practices for VMware Datacenter
  • Managed and installed new Citrix Web server and backend application servers
  • Utilized HP Insight Manager (SIM) for real-time server monitoring and paging
  • Managed M+ Guardian for Spam Filtering
  • Monitored Server with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
  • Managed NetApp NAS with 100TB of Storage
  • Managed 6 HP EVA’s with 120TB of Storage
  • Installed Microsoft Exchange Cluster Servers
  • Managed ESX servers
  • SAN Datacenter Manager
  • Enforced Domain Security using Group Policy Management. (GPO’s)
  • Managed user access via security groups in Active Directory
  • Zoned Fibre Channel Storage into SAN fabric
  • Monitor Servers using WhatsUp Pro for Uptime Status
  • Installed and managed Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Servers
  • Managed push Microsoft Updates via Microsoft WSUS Server
  • Managed the implementation of HP Storage Essentials Software
  • Used EMC Clarion for UNIX storage
  • Managed Command View EVA to configure HP EVA 8100 & 4400 Storage Solutions.
  • Experience with HP Proliant, IBM and Dell servers

EXPERIENCE

Confidential

Data Migration\Disaster Recovery Engineer

  • Upgrading VMware 5.1 to 5.5 company wide
  • Upgrading Compellent SAN in Houston and Dallas Datacenter
  • Migrating all Virtual Machines from old SAN to new SAN with sVmotion
  • Refreshing old ESX host Hardware to new Cisco UCS Blades
  • Decommission old SAN and remove from VMware environment
  • Setup SRM between Dallas and Houston for Disaster Recovery
  • Deploy new VM's from templates as needed
  • Start migration from old Windows 2003 & 2008 to Windows 2012
  • Manage HyperV servers and VM's

Confidential

Data Migration\Disaster Recovery Engineer

  • Migrating data from Los Angles office to Seattle using Falconstor replication
  • Designing the Disaster Recovery process for all physical and virtual machines
  • Working with practice managers; Windows, VMware, Linux/UNIX to move/ protect data
  • Testing Disaster Recovery scenarios
  • Moving from EMC VMAX to Compellent Arrays
  • Ensuring load balancing on the arrays for performance

Confidential

SAN Storage Engineer

  • Designing an implementation of primary SAN storage and backup solutions for clients nationwide
  • Working as a PreSales Engineer supporting the TOLA region and nationwide
  • Extensive background in SAN technologies
  • Project Manager for SAN storage implementation
  • FC(Fiber Channel) switch configuration and zoning on Brocade, Cisco, McData & Qlogic
  • Experience with HP, EMC, HDS, Equalogic, XIOtech SAN solutions
  • Implement primary data protection with Falconstor CDP(Continuous Data Protection)
  • Design and install SAN Virtualization with Falconstor NSS(Network Storage Server)
  • Setup Disaster Recovery Replication with Falconstor from dissimilar storage products
  • Ensure full Downstream Load Balancing from Falconstor NSS to primary SAN
  • Install and configure MPIO(Multipath I/O) on all client side FC connectivity
  • Setup and configure iSCSI for clients not attached via FC
  • Install and setup Falconstor NSS SAN virtualization with production data with minimal downtime and complete protection of primary data

Confidential

VP Storage Architect

  • Designed and implemented primary SAN’s for Enterprise customers
  • Install Compellent SAN in small/medium business
  • Sold and installed Falconstor CDP, NSS, FDS and VTL to customers(JP Morgan Chase)
  • Installed new HP/Dell servers(University of Texas Medical Center, University of Texas Galveston)
  • FC zoning on all new SAN installations
  • Full documentation of all systems to client
  • Installed new HP EVA systems (Houston Metro)

Confidential \ Houston, TX

Storage/VMware Administrator

  • Currently managing 3 VMware Datacenters w/ 400+VM’s running on 22 ESX hosts.
  • Managing about 100TB of data
  • HP EVA Storage Arrays
  • Compellent SAN Manager
  • Performs all Fiber Channel zoning via Brocade FC switches
  • Planned and conducted major migration of VM server from Houston to Dallas Colo
  • Using Thin Provisioning for all new VM servers
  • Supporting 6000+ users from a server/storage prospective
  • Senior design architect for all new application, server and storage requirements
  • Supporting all AD and DNS designs for company
  • Implementing all patch management solutions

Confidential – Houston, TX

Storage Administrator

  • Managed 16 ESX Vmware servers with 350 VM’s
  • Managed 700TB of data on 18 NetApp Filers worldwide
  • Deployed new servers remotely via HP RDP servers and server images
  • Scoped capacity for new project install on HP Blade servers
  • Worked with NetApp on project to right size all storage on Filers
  • Worked with StorWize on compression for data on NetApp Filers
  • Coordinated maintenance downtime for all server and storage related changes
  • Scheduled projects for new storage installation
  • Lead Project Plan for reallocation of data across existing NetApp Filers

Confidential – Houston, TX

Server Services – Systems Administrator

  • Supported 300+ server datacenter and another 20 offsite Disaster Recovery Servers; 6 person team.
  • Implemented Exchange 2003 from Exchange 2000 running on 2 node Cluster Server with an MSA 1500 for backend storage of the mailboxes.
  • Deployed many HP DL380’s, DL360’s, ML570’s and DL580’s into the datacenter.
  • Over the past 2 years, responsible for the rollout of 60 c3000 Enclosures that have HP BL480 Blade Servers in them.
  • Running VMware ESX 3.5 on these Blades with a VM server density of at least 15 to 1 VM Windows 2003 Severs to each ESX install.
  • Deployed 2 new HP EVA8100’s and 4 new EVA4400’s in our Production environment with a total storage capacity of 120TB.
  • Planned the installation of a new backup solution from HP that includes a Virtual Library System (VLS) that has 20TB of storage space for quick backups disk to disk running HP Data Protector.
  • Installed a new LTO-4 Enterprise Storage Library (ESL) Tape Library System to create backups for offsite storage. Managing the Server Team for 2 years.
  • In the process of converting from Legato running on UNIX to HP Data Protector running on a Windows 2003 environment.
  • Managed a project to migrate 70TB of data from NetApp Filer to a new HP 8100 EVA.
  • For Datacenter Monitoring, have been using HP SIM, WhatsUpPro, Solarwinds and Microsoft MOM to obtain our goal of 5 9’s of downtime per server per year. Also working on replacing the Sun Solaris Servers with new HP Itanium Servers running HP-UX.
  • Used Microsoft Project and Sharepoint to monitor all projects, issues and daily activities for the team.

Confidential – Houston, TX

Exchange Systems Administrator

  • Exchange support for 13 Exchange 2000 and 14 Exchange 2003 servers split across 2 domains, one Windows 2000 and one 2003. A 2-way trust is established between the two.
  • Recently merged with 2 other companies, one on Exchange; one Lotus Notes. Trusts for these domains setup as well. RPP has two Datacenters, one US and one EU.
  • Project Manager for the migration of approx 7000 RPP users into a new domain for new merged company. Migrating Exchange 2000 users to 2003 and some users to Lotus Notes.
  • Results: Created a high degree of failover between Exchange servers in case of data lines down. Moved about 1000 users to new Exchange server with better performance.
  • Gained a greater knowledge of the interaction between Exchange 2000 / 2003 and Lotus Notes.

Confidential – Houston, TX

Network Administrator

  • Server Support for Corporate office: Server support for server team that supported a 150 unit server farm. Administered Active Directory, SQL, SMS, Exchange 5.5 and 2003, and Oracle for Windows. Responsible for all server related updates including firmware for the servers and any new Windows Hot fixes and patches. Managed Legato backup tape libraries for all offsite data storage.
  • Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003 Migration Project: This was a major project that was scheduled for a weekend, but clean up lasted into the next week. Installed (3) HP DL380 G3 servers running Windows 2003 standard and Exchange Standard. Utilized a product from NetIQ for the migration on all the mailboxes. Results: Completed the major pieces of the migration over one weekend with little interruption to the end users.
  • New Server Installation into Domain: All builds were Windows 2003. These boxes were used for various reasons, SQL, Web Servers, Oracle, ScanMail, FTP Boxes, and multiple in-house apps. They still have several older NT4 boxes here some of which were reinstalled with Windows 2003. Some builds were with new DL380 G4 and DL580 G2 servers. Some were re-builds of older Compaq servers to upgrade to Windows 2003 and Active Directory. Results: The reason for the server builds is to get to a common server network OS and to fully utilize Active Directory.

Confidential – Houston, TX

Network Administrator

  • Managed and supported approximately 40 Dell servers and 150 desktops locally loaded with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Server 2000 & 2003.
  • Installed new 3COM SuperStack Switches and 3COM Routers in remote offices.
  • Administered the servers and desktops and applications locally and remotely via Remote Desktop Connection in Windows XP.
  • Results: Maintained a high level of up time for the servers at the local and satellite offices.
  • Ensured that all security and antivirus software was up to date on the user’s machines.

Confidential – Houston, TX

Server Administrator

  • Managed Windows 2000 network rollout
  • Worked with SBC to order/install Frame Relay connections to 140 apartment properties nationwide. Installed 11 remote Domain Controllers in strategic locations to facilitate network traffic to all 140 communities.
  • Utilized the Integrated Lights Out (iLO) technology to control the server in the event of a failure. Designed migration from Windows 2000 and Netware to Windows 2003 AD.
  • Results: Keep corporate network servers up and running on the Windows platform.

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