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 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