About

I’m an unashamed geek, in love with both technology and my family. I watch sci-fi on TV, read Asimov, surf the ‘net (more often than I should), and have a great interest in new & shiny things. (See my blog for more on that and other sysadmin things).

Professional Summary

I’m an enthusiastic and experienced Systems Administrator, having looked after large numbers of Linux and Solaris systems. I also have a background as a developer (in PHP, C, Python, and Go).

Despite my strong technical background, I don’t shy away from “softer” skills like interpersonal communication, giving presentations, writing documentation, and mentoring junior staff.

I’m also a big believer that technical skills back up business goals, not the other way around.

Skill Summary

  • Linux (Debian/Ubuntu, Gentoo, RHEL)
  • Solaris 9, 10
  • Virtualisation – Solaris Containers, Linux-VServers, LXC, VMWare ESXi
  • IPv6 – Systems & Applications
  • DNS (BIND) – authoritative & recursive
  • IronPort – Email Security Appliances and Security Management Appliances
  • Backups – Legato/EMC NetWorker, Amanda
  • Puppet
  • RADIUS – Radiator
  • Apache
  • Sendmail
  • OpenLDAP
  • Documenting then fixing pesky legacy systems
  • MySQL tuning, index optimisation
  • Monitoring (munin, nagios, collectd, mon)
  • PHP development & platform optimisation
  • Python, C, Go
  • HTML / CSS / Javascript
  • Troubleshooting complex environments

Education

  • Bachelor of Information Technology, Flinders University 2003.
  • Certificate IV in Project Management
  • Various courses – Zend Server, XIV SAN, and IPv6
  • On the job! I learn new systems and technologies quickly.

More?

There is an employment history and various recommendations on my LinkedIn profile.

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