For the past 20 years I have worked in the field of Information Technology, and currently work as the Technology Director for a school district in Oregon. I am Microsoft certified (MCP, MCSA, MCTS), but all things sysadmin related is a passion. I’ve self-taught FreeBSD, Gentoo, Redhat, CentOS, and Ubuntu, but my preferred OS is FreeBSD by far.
My current work environment revolves around providing support services for 800 staff and 5,500 students. I wear many, many hats as it is a typical K-12 environment (lack of funding means optimizing services, TCO, ROI, etc.) and always finding ways to get done what’s needed with very sparse consideration of realistic support matrices. I am the principal architect/engineer of our current infrastructure environment (complete rebuild completed in 2015). I am also the principal sysadmin running 45 virtualized (VMWare-4 host cluster) servers, 10 physical servers, 80 access switches (13 sites) connected to Cisco core devices and almost 300 wireless access points, adding more soon. I run everything from Ubuntu and FreeBSD web servers, to back office Lync, Exchange and System Center services; ChromeOS and IOS MDM services. Soon to be converting our entire telephony environment to a cloud-based VoIP system.
I love technology and learning different methods within systems administration and systems analysis. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge with others to help them better understand the technology that surrounds us today.
I have worked in a myriad of technology environments over the years and I believe my experience is worth conveying in written form, thus the creation of this blog.