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IT Infrastructure Engineer
London, the South East & East Anglia
This site is an online version of my
Curriculum Vitae; developed to give recruiters a full and in-depth look at my capabilities, passion and ambitions. It goes far beyond the realms of one’s standard two sides of A4. I cover many projects, both curricular and extra-curricular, that I have undertaken.
If you are seeking a professional, dedicated & enthusiastic person to join your team, look no further.
I am actively seeking a new position in an organisation that can offer a challenging and rewarding role in the remit of IT infrastructure, architecture and implementation.
Once described as "A Geek with a personality", in return you will find a dedicated and enthusiastic employee, one who simply does not understand the phrase “not possible!”
Ten years in IT and learning every day...
My target Organisation appreciates the many advantages of "flexible working"; acknowledging the home working environment is an efficient and effective workplace. Modern communication methods renders the daily commute a thing of the past. Why waste uncomfortable time on public transport or in the car, that can be better spent serving the needs of the customer; effectively reducing the time difference between offices around the globe.
Without a fixed office desk, corporate overheads are reduced and at the same time, reduces the burden on over-stretched public services and arguably helps the environment.
To date, I have been lucky enough to find no two days the same which has led to a varied and wide skill set. I understand, as my career progresses, I shall have to say goodbye to some of those skills and hone in on and specialise in a given area. Not withstanding, past experiences will always proove invaluable in providing a sound foundation to decsisions.
At this point in time, I see my career can take one of several roads. Considering my prooven engineering skills, I see three possible directions:
Whether it be Citrix XenDesktop, VMWare Horizon or Microsoft RDS, each technology should be considered in any proposal. The realm of VDI also lends itself to keeping a hand in more than one work space.
From early on in my career, I have been heavily envolved in the design and implementation of VMWare ESX and its associated shared storage - both HP and NetApp. Albeit, my current role has been lacking in this area, I have kept abreast of developments, by running the foundation of my own home lab with ESXi 5.5 and more recently an instance of Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2.
I appear to be in a minority when it comes to documentation and although I am no author, technical writing and authoring is something that appeals. All things considered, I have an exceptional command of the English language, coupled with the ability to disect complex senarios into bit-sized morsels and tranfering this onto paper in words or diagrams.
Imagin explaining to an alien how to tie a show lace with only words!
With a background in Engineering Design and web development skills, the user manual may never be the same again. I hope you will agree that this site and my blog are testiment to this.
Scripting is another passion of mine. With the advent of Microsoft's PowerShell, I am now a true convert, gradually converting my VBScript' library to PowerShell. The only job role I can think of that would soley use this skill would be "Automation" and therefore I understand scripting is more a tool of my trade as opposed to my trade. Whether it be Exchange, XenApp or ESX, if I have to do it more than once, I script it.
One project that I am most proud of is the automation of my current employer's monitoring stations. A series of five banks of four monitors, connected to Windows 7 thin clients start up, automatically logging in and loading the requested monitoring tool. The PowerShell script reads a single XML file, responsible for holding the highly-customisable settings for all the screens. Features include, auto-signin auto-refresh, screen rotation and loading of Citrix Published Apps.
© Adrian Walker