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Sr. Systems - VMware, Windows, Wintel Admin

Location:
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 44223, United States
Posted:
October 23, 2018

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BAQA U. RAHEEMI

Sr. Systems - VMware, Windows, Wintel Admin

(732) 734 – 0440

GREEN CARD Work Status

Summary of Qualifications:

Result-driven IT Professional with 8+ years of experience in Administration of Windows/Wintel/VMWare Platform.

Demonstrated excellence in leading enterprise-wide virtualization effort with accountability of overseeing vendor / hardware qualification, architecture / design, installation, configuration, migration & documentation.

Skilled in installation & Deploying Windows Servers 2003/2008/2008R2/2012/2012R2/2016 in Physical and Virtual environment.

Migrations from P2V, P2P, V2V using Double-take, V-converter and Plate spin.

Resource Management, Configuring VMware HA, VMware DRS Clusters for VMotion migrations between ESX Servers.

Experience with vRA and vRO product sets,

Highly skilled on infrastructure activities including Server Hardware, VMware Environment, Data Storage, Switching & Routing, Backups, E-Mail, Firewall, Spam Filtering, AV, VPN, Mobile Devices, VOIP Systems, Network Monitoring and all Microsoft Technologies.

Experience on infrastructure management.

Excellent knowledge of server hardware, networks, infrastructure design concepts, Database.

Extensive experience on networking, IP addressing, DHCP, DNS, TCP/IP and IIS.

Working knowledge on Oracle DB, WebSphere, UNIX, SDLC and SQL.

Experience with Azure Services, O365 Administration.

Experience on various Ticketing Tools (HP open-view, Service Center, Remedy, Microsoft ticketing tools).

Proficient in installation & troubleshooting of Blade Server, Rack Servers, etc. viz. Dell, HP and Assembled.

Proficient in configuration and maintenance of DFS, DNS, DHCP, SMTP and Networking with TCP/IP.

Excellent knowledge of PowerCLI and PowerShell scripting.

Experience in racking and stacking servers, switches and storage in the datacenter.

Experience with VOIP phone administration.

Expertise in installing configuring, managing & troubleshooting of VMware ESXi 5x, 6.x/ESX4.5, vCenter Server.

Experience on Desktop Support (Applications &Operating Systems). Experience on ITIL Process.

Skilled on implementing hybrid system integration, transformation, virtualization and Datacenter consolidation projects.

Strong customer centric approach with excellent analytical, coordination, presentation and leadership skills; skilled in grasping the big picture and conceptualizing solutions.

Certifications & Education:

MCITP - Microsoft Certified IT Professional

VCP - VMware Certified Professional

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science (Graduated in 2010)

NFC Institute of Engineering, Multan, Pakistan

Technical competencies:

Hardware: HP, Cisco UCS, Dell, MDS, EMC, NETAPP

Virtualization Technologies: VMware ESX 3.x, 4.x, VMware ESXi 4.x, 5.x, 6.0, 6.5

O/S and Platforms: Microsoft Windows 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Windows 2012 Hyper-V, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 2003, Microsoft Windows 2008, Microsoft Windows 2012, Microsoft Windows 2016, Windows 7, Windows 8.1,Windows 10,Suse Linux 11.3, SuSE Linux 11.2 RedHat Linux 6.5, RedHat Linux 6.4 Servers

Tools & Technologies: FTP, SFTP, HTML, DHCP, DNS, CIFS, iSCSI, NFS, Active Directory, Microsoft Network Load Balancing, Microsoft Clusters, MS Exchange, MS SharePoint, MS SharePoint, MS System Center Virtual Machine Manager, MS Server Manager, MS IIS 6.0,7.0,7.5,8.0,8.5, Tomcat, Quest Migration Manager Tool, Symantec Antivirus Servers, MacAfee Antivirus Servers, SSL certificates, VMware Site recovery Manager (SRM), VMware Replication, VMware fault tolerance, VMware High availability (HA), VMware Dynamic Resource Scheduler(DRS), VMware VMotion, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), Network teaming, LACP, vPC, VLAN, PlateSpin Migrate and PlateSpin Recon

Network Protocols: XMPP, DHCP, DIG, DNS, SNMP, SMTP, Ethernet, IOS, NetStat, NSlookup, RIP, TCP/IP & TCP Dump, NFS, NIS

Professional Experience:

Client: Goodyear - Akron, OH Jan 2017 - Present

Role: System Admin - Windows/VMware

Roles & Responsibilities:

Configured and deployed Servers on VMware ESXi 6.5, 6.0, 5.5 and vCenter 5.5.

Maintain and troubleshoot Windows Servers Windows 2008R2, 2012, 2016 versions and creating disk spaces for windows servers.

Applying monthly updates to windows server’s 2008R2/2012/2016 versions.

Work with Cisco USCS Server, Cisco Networking Switches, EMC storage etc.

Worked on Hardware SKU’s, generating BOM’s.

Installed and configured VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) on multiple sites and created disaster recovery plans

Implementation of VMware cloud solution using tools like Identity Manager, VRA and VRO

Configuring Compute, Storage & Networking all the three pillars of Converged infrastructure.

Performance tuning & IO Measurement matrix improvement.

Day to day activities with vSphere 6.0, Virtual Distributed Switching, VMware VSAN, ScaleIO etc.

Perform automation using VMware vRA.

Implement VMware operation manager to gain granular details.

Created, managed, and disabled user accounts and security groups in Active Directory.

Performed Active Directory cleanups.

Linked Active Directory to other technologies using LDAP, Radius, and ADSync.

During the active directory consolidation project, wrote script to change DNS settings on servers and migrate server account to target domain.

Create administrative accounts in Active Directory and Oracle. Create Active Directory security groups and service accounts.

Periodic ESXi/Windows log and alert analysis to ensure relevant alerts are being monitored and the system uptime were maintained at agreed SLAs.

Creating port groups, VLAN networking and NIC teaming on VMware ESX 6.x, 5.x and vCenter environment.

Worked on VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) for maintaining business continuity and performing disaster recovery (DR) activity.

Analyzing performance metrics and memory management techniques.

Generating and analyzing custom reports in vCops.

Monitoring of VM’s & ESXi server components (CPU, Memory, Disk, Network Utilization) and security hardening for Security Compliance.

Analyzing the workloads and provided advice on the landing zones.

Extensively worked on Windows clustering on virtualized environments.

Managing vBlock using native element managers including vCenter, UCS, UIM, UniSphere, Cisco Nexus CLI and fabric manager.

Applied RAID setup, BIOS configuration, and OS installation for UCS 200 and UCS 400 series hardware.

Worked with IIS 7/8 installation, migrations and administration on Windows 2008, 2012,2016

Deploy and manage Clustered File& Print servers, Microsoft DHCP servers for the organization.

Racking and stacking servers, switches and SAN in the datacenter.

Enterprise wide VMware and x86 hardware standard for multi-site organization including ESX/ESXi, Windows 2008/2012 R2 OS and server built standards.

Managing DHCP server, DNS server & IIS server globally.

Troubleshooting AD, DNS & WINS replications globally.

Implementation and administration Software Define Network technologies such as VMware NSX, VMware vCloud Networking and Security.

Installing RedHat Linux using kickstart and applying security polices for hardening the server based on the company policies.

Patched Servers with Shavlik Ivanti for Windows patching.

Resolved server issues remotely using Integrated Lights Out (ILO).

Manage provisioning, software deployment, and inventory with Ivanti Management Suite (previously used SCCM 2007 and BMC Track-IT).

Manage monthly patching for MS and 3rd party vendors; inventory control (agent installs); and setup preferred servers.

Create and modify PowerShell scripting to automate tasks and Created TFS Work Items via PowerShell scripting.

Developed and maintain PowerShell scripting and SQL query knowledge base to increase team efficiency

Develop PowerShell scripts to automate processes in Windows, VMware SharePoint and other applications.

Managed network security, patching, VPN, firewall and related network devices.

Manage project task to migrate from Cisco ASA firewalls to Check Point firewalls.

Configuring and analyzing ASA firewall logs.

Enabling Single Sign On feature for existing application integrating with Azure Active Directory

Oversaw Microsoft Azure SSO environment for user provisioning and access.

Leveraged Microsoft Azure to setup and manage SSO.

Deployed Azure services for a hybrid based authorization and encryption system.

Working with AWS EC2 services capable of creating on demand instances, configuring and launch and register new AMI's, copying, modifying and registering AMI's.

Worked in managing VMs in Amazon using AWS EC2 and maintaining the build artifact backups and moved to Amazon S3 buckets.

Good understanding of other cloud technologies like Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and OpenStack.

Deployed and monitored scalable infrastructure on Amazon Web Services (AWS) & configuration management using Puppet.

Successfully worked on design and deployment of mid to large scale SCCM infrastructures.

Planning, implementing, and configuring the following SCCM Versions in a large Scale Environment in SCCM 2007 R3, SCCM 2012, MDT 2012, and SMS.

Support, Office 2010,2013,2016, Office 365, Cloud Applications, SharePoint

Worked with SCCM Patching, SCOM monitoring, IIS administration.

Configured virtual servers for the Exchange deployment utilizing VMWare ESXi platform.

Implementation of different Host Profiles for Multiple Clusters across Multiple Data centers.

Worked with system, network, security, and storage engineering teams to prepare and configure new servers for the VMware ESX environment.

Supported Ticket for SharePoint site creation and access issue.

Developing powerful business applications within SharePoint to increase efficiency and productivity.

Security hardening and Monitoring of VM's & ESX servers for Security Compliance.

Updating windows environment with latest patches, updates, rollups & service packs.

Implementing and designing high available Microsoft clusters.

Working closely with application and Database team during testing and implementation phases.

Handled FC cabling between Switch-Server & Switch-SAN. Expertise in creating VLan tagging and NIC teaming on windows server and on ESXi.

Installing patches on the client. Adequate working knowledge of SQL server 2008, IIS V6.0, 7.0& 7.5.

Performed backup and recovery of all systems, configurations, applications and data in the data center environment using Netback up and other backup and recovery systems.

Migrating Existing Active Directory and Exchange users to Microsoft Azure AD using Azure AD Connect and DirSync tools.

Uploaded Vhd files into Azure Storage Account using AZ Copy.

Troubleshoot the network and manage the connectivity. Maintain the Printer and scanner.

Update and install the new software’s and OS patches on windows using SCCM.

Migrated Servers using PlateSpin migrate and VMware converter (P2V, V2V, SQL Cluster migration, SQL Queries, File server migration, Web server migration, SAP cluster migration) Manage Group policy Objects (GPO) on 8000+ users and computers.

Installation and configuration of VMware vCenter for maintaining the virtual environment.

Maintain and manage the capacity of virtual environment with VMware Operation Manger.

Create server farm of the application servers in XenApp.

Document Product support documents for Support team, Upgrade documents for system upgrade.

Work with different manufacturer hardware for compute stack.

Design datacenter and next generation of Cloud enabled products.

Client: Qualcomm - San Diego, CA April 2014 - Dec 2016

Role: Sr. VMware/Windows/Wintel Admin

Roles & Responsibilities:

Administering Windows servers 2008/2008 R2/2012 Active Directory, DNS, DHCP and building new windows physical/virtual servers as per the requirements.

Supported VMware, specifically ESXi 5.5 to monitor cluster performance, optimize the server environment, diagnose and resolve production issues amongst Data Centers and over servers.

Configuration of vMotion, vSwitch, and VLAN in VMware vCenter.

Performed Hot Cloning, Cold Cloning, Classic vMotion and Storage vMotion using capacity planner for Data center Migration. In depth Knowledge in vMotion.

Security hardening and Monitoring of VM’s & ESX servers (CPU, Memory, Disk, Network Utilization) for Security Compliance.

Develop, test, and maintain a disaster recovery plan for critical VMs and application data

Configuring and managing Cisco UCS Service Profiles, vNIC/vHBA interfaces, MAC/UUID/WWPN/WWNN identity pools various Server, Network and Storage related policies.

Work with Network Team to make changes to the network involving the Cisco UCS.

Manage the scalability and redundancy of the physical UCS environment through the implementation of UCS templates.

Involved in the migration of Virtual Machines and Virtual machine files using the vMotion and Storage vMotion

Providing and maintaining user access in VMware virtual Center, configuring mail alert for any failure in HA, DRS, CPU and memory.

Involved in the configuration of Terminal server using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to access the servers.

Swapped the mezzanine cards on HP BL 460c blade servers for C7000 chassis with virtual connect.

Racked, stacked and performed cabling of HP DL 380 and HP DL 580 Gen 9 servers in the datacenter.

Implemented HP Oneview to create & manage service profiles, policies for HP C7000 and HP 3PAR.

Implemented vShield in the virtual environment.

Involved with the team in database design and development using SQL Azure, Microsoft SQL

Involved in creating azure cloud service to store inspection data in Blob and SQL Azure

Aligning business requirements with latest cost effective technologies and consolidating application and infrastructure landscape using hyper converged solution and Hybrid cloud solutions.

During patch installation and software deployment, disabled the McAfee on access scan during change Window.

Worked with implementation of vOperation manager upgrade.

Used AWS cloud Platform including EC2, VPC, S3, RDS, CloudFormation, Route53, CloudWatch, IAM, and CloudFront.

Manage exchange stores, mailbox provisioning, active sync and monitoring the mailboxes.

Provide comprehensive disaster recovery plan for exchange environment.

SCCM Site Server configuration & troubleshooting and SCCM 2007 Reporting and Custom Reporting for Deployment Penetration

Responsible for hardware, software, security updates and service pack updates.

Good hands on experience on Microsoft SCCM 2007- Deployment, administration, configuration and troubleshooting.

Ran what-if analysis operation manager to determine usable compute capacity in the environment.

Performed vNic upgrade to VMnext3 for exchange clusters in the environment.

File migration from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013.

Upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 Farm.

Extensively worked with Active Directory and Exchange database

Migrate VMware operation manager to vRealize operation manager.

Create custom dashboard on vROPS for the higher management to look at the resource utilization.

Generate What-if analysis on the VMware operation manager to determine resource availability for new builds.

Generate reports and remediate VMs that were undersized/oversized using VMware operation manager.

Migrated Windows 2003 OS on VM to Windows 2008 and 2012 for the legacy servers in the environment.

Deploy and troubleshoot McAfee agents on Windows/Linux servers from McAfee ePO.

Defined and maintained ePO policy as defined by clients. Do ILO installs for HP Blade servers.

Automated repetitive tasks by using batch files, PowerShell, VBScript.

Utilizing Bash and PowerShell scripts for an administrative and backup tasks automation.

Managed user accounts, groups, print queues and controlling access rights using Active Directory and PowerShell scripting;

Wrote PowerCLI script to determine snapshots associated with virtual machines in the environment.

Performed DR drill using SRM and EMC replication adaptor.

Provided RCA for incidents that caused production failures.

Performed periodic ESXi/Windows log and alert analysis to ensure relevant alerts are being monitored and the system uptime are maintained at agreed SLAs. Migrated physical files servers to virtual machines.

As part of PCI compliance enabled on access scan and schedule full scan on Saturday every week for Windows servers.

Deployed VMware VADP solution for backing up VMS.

Install and configure RedHat Linux server on the HP ILO BL460c servers.

Configure binding and IP address on the network interface of the physical RedHat Linux servers.

Install and upgrade VMware tools on the RedHat Linux servers.

Install Tar files on the Linux servers as per the requirements from the client.

Configure and manage SAN/NFS drive on the Linux servers.

Client: Georgia Power - Atlanta, GA Nov 2012 - Mar 2014

Role: VMware/Windows System Admin

Roles & Responsibilities:

Created and managed Host profiles, Datastore Pools for Multiple Host and Datastore Clusters across Multiple Data centers.

ESXi patching using VMware Update Manager.

Performed VMotion and Storage Migration of over 1300 VMs to consolidate multiple vData centers into one

Coordinating with the storage and network teams to migrate storage (EMC SAN) from one vData center to another.

Worked on Host Profiles, Distributed Switch, DRS, VMotion, Storage vMotion, Resource pools, permissions, Patches, Snapshots, Tools Upgrade, disk expansions, Templates.

Managing vCenter permissions.

Responsible for upgrading entire enterprise from Windows Server 2003 to windows server 2008 R2

Installed ESXi 5.x on servers and configured via direct console and via vSphere.

Converted physical servers to VMware VMs.

Deploy and manage Clustered File& Print servers, Microsoft DHCP servers for the organization.

Racking and stacking servers, switches and SAN in the datacenter.

Worked with implementing and efficient management of Active directory infrastructure setup with DNS services on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platform.

Responsible for domain and workgroup management, user & computer accounts.

Responsible for efficient group policy management.

Created VMs as necessary. Used vSphere 5.1, 5.5 client to manage multiple VMware VMs (terminal servers, various servers running other apps, Citrix server, LINUX) for many clients.

Worked with vCenter Server and ESX 4.x, 5.x hosts cluster running VMs from a Dell EMC SAN with HA and DRS.

Worked with Microsoft Hyper-V VMs. Configured multiple iSCSI NAS/SAN and migrated data at many sites.

Set up, maintained, and troubleshot Office 365 for several clients. Set up multiple servers, AD domains, group policies, and scripts.

Creating and managing the VMware cluster with HA and DRS.

Monitoring and managing performances of ESX/ESXi servers and virtual machines.

Installing and Configuring HP Blade D460, Citrix Terminal Servers.

Patching all Windows servers and workstations with Company standards.

Customize the 2003/2008 R2 servers in terms of Registry, Audit/Account/Security policy, patching, to sustain Company Standard Operating Environment.

Customize RedHat 5 for Linux Server Virtual Machine.

Work with business clients to evaluate, streamline, and improve current systems, processes, and workflow.

Coordinate with the IT Department with the issues. Document and report problems.

User management by Active Directory.

Created and managed user and group accounts which include configuring password policies, user rights, domain and local user accounts and setting profiles for multiple accounts.

Incident Analyst Activities such as monitoring Mail Box and ticketing tools.

Follow ITIL process, Incident & change management.

Analyses the issues and assigning to appropriate team. Responding within SLA.

Providing RCA for critical issues.

Maintaining Activities and RFC.

Coordinate with other Teams to perform activities.

Providing effective solutions to clients without fail.

Client: Abbott Laboratories - Lake Bluff, IL June 2010 - Oct 2012

Role: Windows/Unix/VMware Admin

Roles & Responsibilities:

Install and maintain Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 servers on DELL and HP Servers.

Install and configure VMware ESXi 4.x, 5.x on servers in datacenter and DR site.

Installed and maintained SQL 2005 and SQL 2008 clusters in physical and virtual environment.

Installed configured vCenter with database configured on the external database instance in the SQL cluster.

Configure HA and DRS for the VMware clusters agreed by the customer.

Created Virtual Machines and Installed VMware Tools

Provided physical to virtual migrations for servers utilizing VMware Converter and VizionCore.

Configured DHCP.

Managed and troubleshoot Virtual Network issues

Worked on VMware clustering like HA and DRS clusters using VC.

Patched all Windows servers and workstations with updates through WSUS server

Configured customized alarms for Virtual environment as per the requirement from Client.

Configured Distributed switches for each clusters and configured port groups for VMs based on their functionality.

Completed Physical-to-Virtual (P2V), Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) and Virtual-to-Physical (V2P) migration of 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2012 as well as Linux servers using VMware converter and PlateSpin Migrate.

Creation & troubleshooting of Virtual Network.

Worked on VMware clustering like HA and DRS clusters using VC.

Worked on Migration concepts like VMotion and cold migration. Configuring NetBackup Client.

Installed and configured MS-Office, Antivirus software likes McAfee, Norton Corporate Edition.

Installed Windows Server 2003 with Domain and Configured Win9x as clients.

Provided technical support for the users and resolving software/hardware issues.

Performed hands-on administration and monitoring of Local Area Network (LAN).

Used Solar Winds monitoring tools for servers and network devices.

Resolved Microsoft desktop applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) issues.

Managed the installation and configuration of Windows 2003.20012.2012 R2 Server/Workstations.

Created user and computer accounts on the Active Directory users and computers.

Configured servers for DHCP, WINS and DNS services.

Installation, Configuration, and Administration of IIS web servers.

Provided Norton Antivirus support for virus security.

Administration of print servers and troubleshooting print jobs.

Take Backups on daily and weekly basis

Looked after all OS related issues including Server health checkup, Server health optimization and performance tuning.

Publish application defined by customer in the application server farm.

References: Provided upon request…



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