2167 NE Loop 410
Seeking a position to utilize my skills and abilities as a Linux Systems Administrator that offers Professional growth while being resourceful, innovative and flexible.
I'ím Andrew Herrington and I have worked in the technology field for over 10 years. I've done a little bit of everything before settling into my passion, Linux Systems Administration.
BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - WEYERS CAVE, VA - 2007-2009
JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY - HARRISONBURG, VA - 2006-2007
BA in Integrated Science and Technology
SHENANDOAH VALLEY ACADEMY - NEW MARKET, VA - Graduated 2006
Honors Diploma, finished with 4.0 GPA
Platforms: Centos and Debian Linux, Windows Server 2003,2008R2,2012
Concepts: networking, operating systems, systems administration
Customer Support Specialist, Digital Ocean - Mar 2014 - Current
I joined the Digital Ocean team for a chance to be on the cutting edge of cloud hosting technologies. I see a great future at this company.
SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR, OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY - Nov 2013 to March 2014
Joined OLLU's Infrastructure team in time to take part in a $600,000 Data Center revamp project replacing the university's aging Vmware ESXi hosts and SAN infrastructure. Worked with the other member of the Sysadmin team to oversee the project from beginning to end.
In addition, was responsible for other projects including the addition of several Linux servers to the university's infrastructure. Setup the servers to use our SSO (Windows Active Directory) and provided documentation and training for the admins that were unfamiliar with Linux. These servers immediately became vital in daily operations by hosting systems like our team's Wiki for documentation and vital support forms. Was also called on to do custom scripting and programming in PHP and BASH to implement a Palo Alto NGFW, specifically their USER ID API.
My time at OLLU gave me an appreciation for operations at a larger scale then I had before I started. Solutions for OLLU had to be able to support 4000 concurrent users and up to 6000 potential devices connected at time. I was able to successfully research, design, and implement solutions that assisted in improving the infrastructure. Specific time was spent with the university's Exchange 2010 infrastructure. Plans were put in place to move from Windows NLB to a software (HAProxy) load balanced solution
SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR, VISUAL NET DESIGN - March 2011 to Nov 2013
Responsible for growing Visual Net Design's hosting division (vndHost) and planning for upgrades to support future growth. Rebuilt aging Windows 2003 based hosting architecture and modernized. Lead a move from a mainly Windows environment to a primarily Linux one. Worked through a network transition from a single connection to supporting multi-peering using BGP routers designed based on openBSD. Continued work to modernize VND's infrastructure by replacing aging switches and servers with newer and more efficient technologies.
As a part of this position, I was required to be self-motivated and mostly self-managing. I had to balance my time between support roles (answering client inquiries), sales roles, and systems administration. I had to design and manage my own projects and goals and push them forward to completion.
I also worked with VND's development team very closely. Part of this role was acting as a Systems Architect to help design hosting solutions to fit the custom code that was being developed for large clients that needed a custom solution.
CUSTOMER CARE TECHNICIAN, RACKSPACE - April 2010 to August 2010
Responsible for front line customer support for Rackspace's Email & Apps division. Supported hosted email and applications including Exchange, Rackspace Email, Jungledisk, and Sharepoint.
NOC SUPPORT TECHNICIAN, ADJUGGLER INC - April 2009 - April 2010
Responsible for tech support on 2nd shift in a 24/7 NOC environment providing support for AdJuggler's SAAS products as well as Linkstar's hosting clients. Grew my skills in a professional Linux environment by closely working with AdJuggler's engineering team to stop issues from escalating to them. Worked on projects including the deploying of servers, programming projects for a new support portal, and research of technologies to aid in future growth.
This job required a high-degree of self-management due to working alone during part of my 2nd shift time. I also picked up extra swing shifts including coming in a few hours early to have more interface time with the engineering team to learn more from them
TECHNICAL LEAD, SHENANDOAH VALLEY ACADEMY - August 2006 to July 2008
and hosting of SVA's website. Redesigned the website to update for a new look.
Worked with the school's AD domain and redesigned it to allow for more secure permission and user control, removing the need for users to be local administrators in most cases. Worked with a transition from paper gradebooks over to an online grading portal that is still in use today.
Planned an implemented a campus wide technology update and rollout including network rewire, installation of projection equipment in teacher classrooms (DVD/VCRs, Projector, computer, sound systems) and smartboards. Tracked all new inventory via SNMP and managed licensing for Microsoft products to keep the school in compliance.
Full employment history by request or in my PDF resume
.skills and abilities
Linux Systems Administration
Day to day administration and troubleshooting of Linux servers and software including Debian and Centos. Software including Apache, Lighttpd, bind, SSH, MySQL, ProFTPD, iptables, Postfix and Exim.
Windows Systems Administration
Day to day administration and troubleshooting of Windows Server 2003, 2008R2, and 2012 and software including Mssql, IIS6/7, and Exchange server 2007/2010/2013.
Experience with virtualization using KVM and libvrt on Debian linux. Worked with Virtualbox on local desktops to aid in providing development environments
Support and maintenance of Dell and custom-built servers. DC Operations experience including maintaining UPSes (Tripp-Lite, APC, and Opti-UPS), Rack maintenance, and cabling.
Web Design and Web Technologies/Development
I have a decent handle on PHP and basic web design techniques. Familiar with HTML and CSS.
Throughout high school, worked full time to pay for my education while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Continued this through my two years of college, working full time tech jobs while a student.
Good written and verbal presentation skills. Use proper grammar and have a good speaking voice. Enjoy giving presentations and speaking in front of groups.
.interests & hobbies