I’m a technology enthusiast who started out slaving away on a Best Buy sales floor years ago. For a short time I tried running a system building business on the side that was more for fun than profit. Along came children and with it the embedded “provider” instinct. It was time to get serious, so I found myself back in 2006 attending a two week MCSE boot camp focused on the Windows Server 2003 operating system. Through that torture I managed to emerge from “zero to MCSA” relatively unscathed. I took another six months to complete the MCSE cert. Since that ground work, I put in time with Best Buy’s Geek Squad. Initially home computer repair and networking then transitioned to their “for business” role deploying SBS 2003.
In 2008 I was able to get my foot in the door at a Portland Oregon based managed services provider. I spent 5 years deploying servers, certifying, and designing solutions in the SMB space. Through my time there I was exposed to a number of environments and varied industries. (Law, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, etc…) I completed numerous migrations across a number of different software and hardware configurations. I had been promoted quickly through the ranks as one of their senior consultants responsible for more and more complex projects ranging from Exchange, Hyper-V/VMware, XenApp, multi-site Active Directory, datacenter migration, High availability UTM, etc…
I chose to leave the consulting role in 2014 and came on board with my current employer, Life Flight Network as an IT Systems Engineer. I’m responsible for managing their server, routing, backup infrastructure.
I began this blog as an attempt to connect with other admins out there and to begin cataloging technical processes with my peers. I appreciate your input. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to e-mail or connect with me on twitter, @atyler555