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Test Engineer

December 31, 2018

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Mark A. Merchant

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Award winning professional with extensive experience in a broad cross-section of computing disciplines including Unix and Windows System Administration, LAN/WAN administration & design, Open Source software Integration, Server/Network Security, Software Development and Developer/User Support.


Sun/Netscape/iPlanet Messaging & Directory, Veritas Filesystem & Volume Manager, Sun Solaris Performance Tuning, IBM/Availant/Clam HACMP, AIX, SQL I & II.

Knowledge and Skills

UNIX Platform Administration

Sun Solaris 2.5 - 10; SLES9 - 11; IBM AIX v. 4.0 - 6.1; Compaq Tru64 ( Digital Unix ); HP UX 10.10 11.0; Open BSD; RedHat Linux 5.2 - 9.0, RHEL, Fedora Core 1-10; OS X; SuSE 9-10; Veritas Filesystem, Volume Manager; Veritas HA; IBM ( Clam/Availant) HACMP; EMC Clariion; StorageTek; SanTricity, Vmware ESX.

NT Server Administration

Windows 2000 & Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition ( Active Directory, ADSI programming, Unix/Ldap integration ). WinNT 4.0

Ancillary Administration

Novell 3.11; BeOS r4; OS2 2.0 2.1 3.0; MAC OS 7.0 7.5 9.0, OSX; Sun OS 4.2, SCO, ATT Unix System 5

Network/Telecom Equipment

Cisco, Enterasys, & Bay Networks Switches & Routers; T-1 & T3 circuits, PR-I over T-1, ISDN/BR-I, Atlas Adtran DSUs

Artificial Languages

C, C++, Pascal, Basic, Perl, Rexx, HTML, Python, BASH/KSH, VBS, MS-DOS & WinNT batch

Work Experience

Huntington Bancshares Inc., Unix System Administrator Sr. (5 - 8/2007 contractor; 8/2007-Present employee)

Primarily responsible for the enterprise Solaris machines which serve mission critical software including Image Acquisition and Archive, intranet web servers, and customer facing banking applications. Also, responsible for general SUSE Linux and AIX system administration.

Featured Projects:

SLES9 – 10.3 Upgrade (in progress): Planned and implemented the conversion of legacy SLES9 instances to SLES10 in order to maintain vendor support.

Unix to OpenLDAP project: Served as project manager and wrote the custom schema that allowed AIX, Solaris, and Linux to use the same OpenLDAP directory for authentication and authorization.

Solaris Patching Automation: Wrote & deployed a custom solution to automate Solaris OS patching.

BVS Automation; Phase 1: Wrote a middleware API to interface the legacy ticketing system to the CMDB. The first application of this was to automate SOx user password compliance.

BVS Automation; Phase 2: Used the API to automate the synchronization between user termination tickets cut from the HR database with standard Unix authentication databases across Unix platforms.

Dispatch Printing Company, Unix System Administrator (10/2000-5/2007)

Unix and Windows 2003 System Administrator in the Networking Systems Area. Primarily responsible for the Unix and W2K3 servers at the heart of the enterprise including, Email, Identity Management, File & Print Services, Content Management, and Ad Delivery.

Featured Projects:

Proof-of-Concept CMDB: Designed and wrote a multi-platform Hardware Configuration Management Database, including both Windows and Unix based client-side daemons capable of updating in real time.

Sun One to Microsoft Exchange Email Migration: Planned, Designed and rolled out Microsoft Exchange. Wrote the custom middleware to migrate users, their mailboxes and contacts to Active Directory/ Exchange. Wrote the business plan and the software tools to do an “In Place” or rolling migration in which the users experienced no interruption of service.

iPlanet to Sun One Java Messaging Server Migration: Full scale Email upgrade. Added secure email gateways, inbound and outbound Virus scanning and Spam mark up. Increased mail throughput 400% and storage 800% across a massively distributed email system.

IBM Tape Library Driver: Wrote a CLI interface for use between standard AIX backup software and an IBM Magnum 20 robotic tape library.

Aide Pilot Project: Integrated existing open source intrusion detection software with custom software into an intranet website showing enterprise wide security status at a glance.

Application Monitoring Software: Developed a “Plug in” type architecture for determining system status at an application level in near real time. The “mile high” perspective has enabled help desk personnel to diagnose and respond more quickly to wide scale problems.

Standard Linux Recovery Method ( SLuRM Project ): Developed a Single DVD system for bare-metal restores of x86 & Sparc computers. A more versatile open source version of Ghost without the high licensing cost.

Standard Linux High Availability Cluster ( SLHaC Project ): Designed and implemented a low cost replacement for expensive High Availability Computing Platforms using pairs of low cost PCs, open source software, and custom logic. This has enabled the roll-out of High Availability in nearly all business areas.

Ftp Electronic Ad Delivery System ( FEADS Project ): Created a zero-cost-of-administration ftp server for receiving ads in electronic form. Though this code is now 6 years old it is still responsible for 90% of Dispatch Ad Revenue and has enjoyed better than 99.99% up-time since its initial deployment.

Banyan Sharkmail/Unix Sendmail to iPlanet Messaging Server Email Migration: Developed the project plan and custom software to convert Banyan mailboxes to Unix Standard mailboxes. Won project-of-the-year award Dec. 2001.

Foresight, Inc., Network Administrator (10/1997 – 10/2000)

Responsible for design, deployment and upkeep of the TCP Network and Unix/WinNT Server resources. Served as the LAN/WAN subject matter expert for EDI software development teams. Successfully planned and transitioned the organization's voice & data networks to a new facility. Standardized disaster recovery procedures, software, and hardware platforms throughout organization. Linked intercontinental organizational resources by introducing VPN technology. Instituted rigorous and automated product pre-launch testing criteria for sale and distribution of software.

Aerotek, Systems Consultant (4/1997 - 10/1997)

Provided level 3 technical support for a Fortune 500 organization with over a thousand on-site employees during the initial stages of their Novell to Windows NT transition. Crucial member of the tech team that initiated the Lotus Notes based trouble ticket system.

Fractal Dimensions, Computer Consultant (5/1990 - 4/1997)

Assisted small businesses with the purchase, installation, upgrade, and maintenance of work groups and small networks. Also taught courses in MS Office, Word Perfect, Quattro Pro, and other office packages. Programmed custom database applications for inventory control, legal applications, and customer tracking using a variety of off the shelf database solutions. Created content and documentation including technical drawings, network diagrams, and blueprints for corporate video training videos and cable television broadcast.


Otterbein College, (1990) B.A.

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