Windows Servers

I started working with Windows NT Server 3.51 late in 1995 and I have worked with all Windows Servers operating systems since.  I decided when Windows NT 4.0 came out that I would get certified so that was the first version that I became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on.  I then updated that certification on the Windows 2000 platform.  After that, I decided that the time and expense of the certifications was too much plus by that time, I was able to depend on my experience which includes but is not limited to:

  • Working in depth with active directory since it's introduction in Windows 2000 Server.  That includes group policies and using them to push out both software and settings to Windows clients
  • Creating many .msi packages to be pushed to client workstations automatically utilizing group policies
  • Using GPOs in many ways to lock down Windows clients and servers to ensure compliance with security best practices
  • Managing and implementing the upgrade of many Windows Servers and Exchange Servers
  • Implementing WSUS (Windows Server Update Service) to keep hundreds of workstations updated with Microsoft patches
  • Administering several web sites on Windows Server IIS
  • Designing and implementing many backup and disaster recovery plans utilizing Windows and Linux software
  • Implementing and maintaining both hardware and software inventory tracking controls to ensure you know not only what hardware you have but also that the software running on it is legal
  • Automating many manual tasks though the use of the Perl scripting language
  • Implementing one of the best (my humble opinion) free server monitoring tools (Nagios) so you are notified in the event of a server hardware or software error HOPEFULLY even before your clients notice it
  • Implementing munin (free) to help analyze resource trends and establish baselines
  • Implementing both Linux and Windows in a virtual environment using VMWare ESXi
  • Implementing and working with SSO (Single Sign On) between Windows and Linux using several different technologies