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David
dgk1981@gmail.com
720-323-5824
1747 Main Divide Dr
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Virtualization/Windows Infrastructure Engineer
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I am a Perspective/Perception Skydiver. That simply means that I start every interaction, project, problem, etc. by working to get as complete a picture of the lay of the land as quickly as possible. This allows me to narrow down my approach to make the most positive impact possible. As each task, fix, conversation, etc is complete, I bring my view back up to see the changes, adjust my planning and approach and do it again.

As a very brief professional summary, I've been an IT professional since 2002 with the vast majority of time spent working as a Systems Administrator of Windows based systems, mostly being a generalist and doing whatever needed to be done. Over the last years my focus has started to be more emphasized and enthusiastic toward VMware and virtualization. Along the way I have acted as Project Manager over many small and medium projects, Team Lead of small teams of engineers, and worn many other hats.

Experience
Systems Engineer II
Banking/Financial
Jun 2016 - present
Raleigh, NC

Day-to-day ops of VMware and backoffice Windows server environments. Coordinating between multiple teams, up and down the management chain within the company to ensure timely, accurate, and beneficial support/implementation: Sole member of the Server Engineering Operations (SEO) team to support both the Windows Systems Operations and Virtual Systems Operations (VMware) during audits and helped maintain consistent 98%+ compliance throughout both environments During 18 month push, partnered with two other SEO engineers to form cross discipline team to provide dedicated operations support while remaining SEO members were dedicated to vulnerabilities remediation across the IT environment Pioneered SEO enterprise level documentation for new employee orientation, SRM DR test runs, VMware and Windows patching process, etc. Provided engineering and operations expertise during the design, build, and launch of several new internal and external facing applications *

VMWare Windows Server Disaster Recovery Process Automation Documentation Compliance Project Management WSUS PowerShell Scripting Auditing Systems Engineering Windows
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Senior Consultant
Government
Jun 2015 - Jun 2016
Lexington Park, MD

* Contracted to design, build, and deliver ENERMS (Enterprise Navy Emergency Response Management System) which replaces the current NERMS (Navy Emergency Response Management System). The new system is designed to centralize and consolidate management of the systems responsible for receiving and coordinating 911 calls and emergency alerts/alarms on US Navy bases impacting worldwide operations.
• Drove the design, configuration, and implementation of a backup strategy for all 7 sites
• Helped to design and perform system operation verification tests for several sites At 7 sites across 5 geographical areas the following systems were integrated, configured, and managed: Windows (7, 2008 R2), Active Directory configuration and management including GPO and WSUS, NetApp (FAS3250, DS2246, DS4246), Dell (M1000e, M620 blades, R530), VMware ESXi 5.5 U3, VMware View (Horizon) over 10-50 zero clients at each of the 5 regional dispatch centers

VMWare Windows Server NetApp Project Management WSUS MS Active Directory Disaster Recovery Documentation Compliance Project Management
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Virtualization Engineer II
Telecommunications
Jul 2013 - May 2015
Raleigh, NC

* Delivered support of VMware infrastructure for Cloud based customer environments as well as performed implementation and on-going support for both new and existing customers. Our small team managed over 60 different private clouds and 8 nationwide public cloud based environments with totals in excess of 300 hosts, over 500 customers, and more than 20,000 VMs spread across all locations with these numbers growing every week. Operations Level Support - Delivered customer resolution on technical issues, disaster recovery support, recommendations of services and systems design, provided regular status reports, implementation of new environments or requested increased capacity, and helped lead our Enterprise Client Service "Red Pod" which provided a small set of our best customers specialized, specific, and personal support. Internal Support - Ensured the continued operation and improvement of our VMware (ESX, vCenter) environment including, but not limited to, physical and virtual hardware upgrades and break/fix, OS level (Windows) support, disaster recovery, and new product implementation *

VMWare Disaster Recovery Windows Server Documentation Database Upgrades Private Cloud Public Cloud vCenter Windows
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IT Network/Systems Coordinator
Manufacturing
Oct 2011 - Jul 2013
Tarboro, NC

* Responsibilities include: administration of the networked computer systems in the local plant and linked systems in corporate headquarters proactive and reactive resolution of network system related issues across the organization project planning and implementation of updates, upgrades, improvements, or replacements of hardware and software utilized in the regular operation of the organizations network communication between local and corporate management for any major changes, upgrades, problems and resolutions, suggestions, and concerns as well as coordinating expectations, desires, and directions regarding IT infrastructure Coordinated efforts with companywide Network Administrators to update and streamline the virtual architecture for use in the combined local and corporate environments Generated and performed daily/weekly/monthly systems maintenance plans for: Microsoft AD, Network monitoring, Windows client and server OS (NT - 7, 2000 - 2008 R2), Microsoft Exchange, SAN Storage (NetApp and EMC), Directed and engaged in efforts of small to large effect planned and emergency downtime Initiated and oversaw continuous project to document all policies, procedures, inventory, disaster recovery plan, and any other necessary information for local plant and corporate level activities and systems
• Oversaw installation of EMC SAN and transition from NetApp SAN to allow best practice and efficient data storage and usage Supported the planning and creation of a training schedule for the plant IT Networking team
• Managed and mentored PC Technicians and junior staff in technical methodology and service-oriented excellence to encourage best practices in PC/Server maintenance and repair
• Maintained a running budget of all equipment orders, and worked hours including repairs done to servers, network devices, and PCs and their related peripherals Additional IT Experience

Windows Server Disaster Recovery VMWare Documentation Compliance NetApp Project Management MS Active Directory EMC Microsoft Excel Network Administration Network Monitoring Project Planning SAN Windows
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Education
Bachelor's in Computer Network Administration
Westwood College of Technology
Certifications
VCP-DCV 5.5
VMware, 2014
ITIL Foundation
Axelos, 2016
Skills
Documentation
2021
17
Windows Server
2021
17
VMWare
2021
10
Disaster Recovery
2021
8
Windows
2021
8
Project Management
2021
8
Auditing
2021
4
Compliance
2021
4
Systems Engineering
2021
4
NetApp
2016
5
MS Active Directory
2016
4
WSUS
2021
4
Process Automation
2021
3
Database Upgrades
2015
2
EMC
2013
2
Microsoft Excel
2013
2
Network Administration
2013
2
Network Monitoring
2013
2
Private Cloud
2015
2
Project Planning
2013
2
Public Cloud
2015
2
SAN
2013
2
vCenter
2015
2
PowerShell
2021
1
Scripting
2021
1
Project Management
2016
1
System Administration
0
1
Languages
English, Fluent/Bilingual