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Brian Sneddon 
660 Yorkshire Ct
Sewell, NJ  08080
US
brian@colynx.com
Home: Not Disclosed  
Contact Preference: Email
URL: http://www.darklegacies.com
RESUME ^BACK TO TOP
Resume Headline: Sr. Network Administrator / Sr. Systems Administrator  
OBJECTIVE:My primary objective is to work for a company where I truely feel like my work is directly benefitting others.

To go into detail I am looking for a place where I can directly handle network and systems administration, implement new technologies, and plan and implement corporate IT strategies that will increase productivity and functionality. I am seeking only senior level positions as I enjoy developing and implementing an IT strategy for each new situation rather than implementing an existing strategy.

An employer will benefit from an employee who enjoys network and system administration and continues to learn not simply as a job requirement, but because of a personal desire to improve his skills.

I am currently employed by a wonderful company and do not want to leave. Only contact me if you're offering >$150,000 because that's what it would take for me to even consider it.
EXPERIENCE:5/2005 - PresentGlobal ConnectMays Landing, New Jersey
Industry: Telecommunications Services
Sr. Systems Administrator
Responsible for maintaining over 100 servers distributed between multiple datacenters and supervising systems and database administration staff during daily operations as well as for off-hours downtime maintenance. Quickly explored and familiarized myself with existing systems, custom built software, and database schema in order to understand them well enough to troubleshoot problems as they occur and identify components that would best benefit from increased capacity or redundancy. Standardized Linux operating systems on CentOS providing an enterprise level operating system with mature lifecycle at no cost. Purchased, installed, and configured additional racks and servers to support rapid growth. Planned and led move of all servers from legacy network racks to newly purchased datacenter suite focusing on minimizing system downtime (move was completed within downtime window). Implemented SSL VPN solution to provide simple, encrypted, secure access to the corporate network. Setup parallel testing/development cluster and database so development could avoid impacting the production environment. Setup multiple system clusters for load balancing traffic and providing redundancy. Implemented high-availability solutions for critcal components (shared storage, web servers, etc.) Designed disaster recovery site and implemented methods for failing-over between the primary and backup sites. Performed off-hours system maintenance frequently in addition to working standard hours in order to ensure the highest availability. Administered multiple MySQL servers including handling user creation, permissions, routine table maintenance, schema changes, performance analysis, query optimization, and failure recovery. Performed VoIP interop testing with multiple carriers, troubleshot and corrected VoIP-related issues. Replaced aging office networking equipment with new Cisco switches and routers to leverage their stability and configurability. Deployed Zimbra groupware product to provide centralized e-mail and groupware administration. Served as liaison between operations staff, systems & database administration staff, and development staff to determine which staff was best suited to address a given issue.
4/2003 - 5/2005Metrologic InstrumentsBlackwood, NJ
Industry: Manufacturing - Other
Network/Systems Administrator
Performed systems administration tasks for 25+ servers including configuring a McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator server, installing and administering Microsoft SUS. Architected and administered L2/L3 network infrastructure using Cisco switches. Designed a spam filtering mail gateway using RedHat Linux, Sendmail, and SpamAssassin. Responsible for administering all corporate Linux servers and providing Linux support to collegues. Performed complete migration of QAD MFG/PRO ERP software including Progress 8 databases from Alpha NT to RedHat Linux AS 3.0 running QAD eB2, Desktop2, and Progress 9. Responsible for administering Definity G3si PBX, Avaya S8300 Media Gateway, and Intuity voicemail system. Deployed Avaya IP phones in new sales office to provide a flexible IP telephony solution where no legacy analog infrastructure had been previously setup. Planned, documented, and provided support for NT4 to Windows 2000 migrations for several remote offices. Designed an enterprise DNS structure to support Active Directory spanning multiple offices and DNS servers. Administered fibre-channel SAN including 3 Dell PowerEdge 2650 servers, a Dell PowerEdge 6600 server, a Dell/EMC CX-200 storage array, and a Dell PV136T tape library. Configured VPN server allowing encrypted access for remote users. Managed deployment and administration of Blackberries to employees including setup and administration of a Blackberry Enterprise Server.
11/2001 - 4/2003Rutgers University Network Operations CenterPiscataway, New Jersey
Industry: Internet Services
Student Telecommunications Analyst
Performed network monitoring, allocation, and troubleshooting for a University network spanning multiple campuses and off-site locations. Involved in Cisco router/switch configuration, installation, and maintenance. Proactively searched for security vulnerabilities and recommended solutions. Researched and proposed configuration recommendations for a university-wide authentication scheme to administer network infrastructure. Developed and deployed software applications to assist in network monitoring. Detected, investigated, and resolved incidents of host compromises.
5/2001 - 9/2001Metrologic InstrumentsBlackwood, New Jersey
Industry: Manufacturing - Other
MIS Department Intern
Worked on domain migration strategies for migrating a Windows NT4 domain to a Windows 2000 domain (with Active Directory). Analyzing the current global corporate structure of the company, developed and implemented an Active Directory layout which will be rolled out as the migration takes place. Continued implementing VPN tunneling and routing to leverage the Internet as an inexpensive method of providing secure and reliable connectivity between the offices worldwide. Tested and proposed strategies for migrating an Exchange 5.5 environment to Exchange 2000.
6/2000 - 9/2000Metrologic Instruments, Inc.Blackwood, NJ
Industry: Manufacturing - Other
MIS Department Intern
Worked for the MIS department where I performed (among other things) the following activities:
1. Assembling, troubleshooting, and maintaining servers and workstations.
2. Operating system installation, configuration, and support for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000.
3. Building, configuring, and securing an eCommerce web server and FTP server using IIS 4.0 on Windows NT 4.0.
4. Microsoft Exchange 5.5 email administration including problem solving, user support, connectivity, and security issues.
5. Basic Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting including security analysis and VPN tunneling.
6. Configued and maintained workstation and server anti-virus software using McAfee Virusscan, NetShield, and Groupshield for Exchange.
7. Maintained backups for multiple servers using Veritas Backup Exec.

Stopped working in early September to return to college.
7/1999 - 9/1999SprintPhiladelphia, PA
Industry: Telecommunications Services
Temporary Switch Technician
Worked as a temporary switch tech. Responsibilities included maintaining the Sprint PCS phone network, performing remote maintenance on cell sites, and maintaining documentation regarding T3 and T1 id's and connections. Had no prior experience in telephony, but was able to pick up all I needed to know very quickly. Stopped working in early September to begin my next semester at college.
EDUCATION:7/2007RedHat Certified Engineer (RHEL5)US-NJ-Edison
Certification
Scored 100% on entire exam.
1/2004RedHat Certified Engineer (RHEL3)US-PA-Conshohocken
Certification
1/2003Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)US-NJ-Piscataway
Certification
Passed CCNA exam with score of 950/1000.
5/2002Rutgers UniversityUS-NJ-New Brunswick
Bachelor's Degree
Graduated from Rutgers University with a B.Sc. in Computer Science. Also completed the Internet Technology certificate program which requires a minimum grade of B in 5 specific high level computer science classes which are taken in addition to the standard computer science curriculum. Cumulative GPA of 3.2, major GPA of 3.7.
6/1998Washington Township High SchoolUS-NJ-Sewell
High School or equivalent
Attended WTHS for four years. Spent all four years as a cadet in the Air Force Junior ROTC program where I rose to the rank of Cadet Colonel, the highest possible rank. Additionally, I was inducted into my high school's chapter of the National Honor Society.
AFFILIATIONS: 9/1997 - 6/1998National Honor Society (High School)member
9/1994 - 6/1998Air Force Junior ROTCVarious positions of leadership
SKILLS:Skill NameSkill LevelLast Used/Experience
Computer Programming (C++, C, Java, Perl, Scheme)IntermediateCurrently used/15 years
FreeBSD, RedHat, Slackware, Solaris, Debian, UnixExpertCurrently used/6 years
Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003ExpertCurrently used/10 years
Web DesignIntermediateCurrently used/7 years
Cisco Router/Switch ConfigurationExpertCurrently used/5 years
NT Server AdministrationIntermediateCurrently used/5 years
Network AdministrationIntermediateCurrently used/5 years
PC assembly and troubleshootingIntermediateCurrently used/8 years
NetworkingExpertCurrently used/5 years
Windows 2000 Active DirectoryIntermediateCurrently used/4 years
Windows NT -> Windows 2000 MigrationIntermediateCurrently used/4 years
MySQL & Database TechnologyIntermediateCurrently used/4 years
Network Services - DNS, DHCP, SSH, SambaIntermediateCurrently used/3 years
Definity PBX, Intuity AudixBeginnerCurrently used/2 years
Asterisk PBXBeginnerCurrently used/2 years
EMC PowerPathIntermediateCurrently used/2 years
Cisco Pix FirewallBeginner2 years ago/1 years
Netapp Storage AdministrationBeginnerCurrently used/1 years
LANGUAGES:LanguagesProficiency Level
SpanishBasic - Familiar
REFERENCES:Reference Name:Barry Schwartz
Reference Company:Metrologic Instruments
Reference Title:Network Manager
Phone:856-228-8100
Type:Professional
Reference Name:Alex Podchaski
Reference Company:Rutgers University
Reference Title:Network Operations Manager
Phone:732-445-8030
Type:Professional
ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION:
When I begin something new I learn quickly and soon become quite proficient. I have been working with computers for many years and much of my experience is self-taught.

In college I completed courses in Java which teach the fundamentals of object oriented programming as well as basic Java code. Additionally, I have taken classes in Scheme, Prolog, C, and C++ and have written applications in each of those languages. I have developed networking applications in Java and C such as a proxy server and a chat client which uses multicasting technology. Furthermore, I designed a web application using JSP (Java Server Pages) which provided a web interface to query and update a database. I also designed and managed development of a limited-use email address system which generated unique email addresses that could each be used in a difference instance. This allowed people to abstract their true email email address so that should a virtual address receive too much unsolicited email it could simply be terminated without affecting legitimate senders.

I spent all four years in High School in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) where I rose to the highest rank of Cadet Colonel and received several awards for leadership. During my JROTC career, I held positions of leadership such as Director of Operations and Commander of the Kitty Hawk Honor Society. When given authority I will take charge and see that the job is done.

I am a proponent of using free or open-source software in the workplace. In addition to the direct cost-savings free software serves as strong competetion to incumbent paid-software solutions. This results in competetive improvements in both solutions and ultimately creates products with richer features for the consumer.

I am currently employed by a wonderful company and do not want to leave. Only contact me if you're offering >$150,000 because that's what it would take for me to even consider it.
SUMMARY^BACK TO TOP
Desired Salary/Wage: 150,000.00 USD Per Year
Current Career Level:Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Years of relevant work experience:7+ to 10 Years
Date of Availability:Negotiable
Work Status:US - I am authorized to work in this country for any employer.
Active Security Clearance:No
Target Job:Target Job Title: Sr. Network Administrator
Alternate Target Job Title: Sr. Systems Administrator
Desired Job Type:Employee
Desired Status:Full-Time
Site Location:No Preference
Description of my perfect job:The ideal job will allow me to directly manage and implement the technologies I determine are necessary and appropriate to allow the company to grow and succeed while allowing me to work remotely.
Willing to work weekends:Yes
Target Company:Company Size:Small (1 - 99)
Industry:All
Category:
    IT/Software Development
My ideal company is:The ideal company will have a start-up feel. The employees should be genuinely excited to work because they all feel a sense of satisfaction and teamwork helping the company to succeed. There should be very few levels of management since the company should empower its employees to manage themselves as much as possible. It should embrace modern concepts such as allowing employees to work remotely where applicable.
Target Locations:Selected Locations:US-NJ-Southern
Relocate:Yes
Willingness to travel:Never