Describe your Tech Skills/Specialties

Discussion in 'Tech Heads' started by Utumno, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. Utumno

    Utumno Administrator Staff Member

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    I'll start. No need to follow my format, just shooting off the top of my head.

    In a single sentence I'd say I'm an IT generalist who's moving more towards management but keeps a direct hand in the tech to keep up with day to day stuff. I'm lately more focused on cloud (EC2/public as well as private cloud stuff) and data storage technologies, but also have strong server/virtualization background, network (mostly layer 2) experience, as well as a wide range of desktop/server/OS experience (Windows, Linux, OSX, various desktop/server flavors).

    Dabble in DB stuff such as mysql and ms-sql but far from expert. A little bash scripting is all I have, probably my biggest tech "weak-point" that I'd like to improve... it's just amazing to me that I've gotten this far in my career without ever doing much scripting/programming.
     
  2. Solayce

    Solayce Would you like some making **** BERSERKER!!! Staff Member

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    We're very similar. I am a generalist as well. When I was trying to break into the gig, I told myself I wanted to learn everything. Now that I am positioned to do so, it's pretty daunting. I love getting dirty with this stuff, but wouldn't mind a management position in the future.

    I would say I am a Windows Desktop expert at this point, familiar with everything from Win95/98/Me/XP/7 and Win2000/2003/2008/2008 R2, soon to be certified at the Enterprise level (hopefully) with MCITP:EA. I am currently certified in Active Directory Configuration.

    I don't have much Linux experience, but at one point achieved the RHCSA, so am teachable on the subject but would need time to review. I am getting some experience since being handed administration of our Mac's, and have moved to a MacBook as my work travel/home machine. I will also get some LDAP experience through this, since we do not use Mac's Open Directory. Hopefully my AD experience will assist a little here, though LDAP is so configurable it might not.

    I am theoretically prepared to walk into a Medium Sized business, or smaller, and run their network, with my recent CCNA. I have very little practical experience though, and would consider myself a novice.

    I have a Comp Sci degree that was entirely programming based. I have just started work at the server level, so script writing is just starting for me. With the advent of PowerShell, and the VMware equivalent, I will be moving in that direction soon. Right now, I am just writing some basic batch stuff. My Education makes it pretty easy to pick it up. I have written several copy and install scripts, all windows focused. Due to our totally mixed environment, and downsizing, I will soon we working on our Mac Integration script that prepares our new machines for access to LDAP, any automounts, and printing.

    We also have a full VDI infrastructure with about 100 desktops accessed through Wyse Zero Clients, and have also virtualized most of our server infrastructure all with VMware. My yearly training budget next year will be used towards learning this (VCP).

    I am also the defacto Enterprise Antivirus Admin, soon to upgrade on major revision, and one of 2 bungling Altiris admins (me and my Boss), also due to downsizing/brain-drain.
     
  3. Doldil

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    I really feel like a noob in the business as most all of my experience is strictly working with a windows environment. All of our major stuff is pretty much outsourced and I just kind of run around fixing things that need to be fixed. I pretty much do all of our AD stuff here and semi manage our POS systems and simple networking stuff. I also do any sort of programming that I can convince them to let me do (coding some vb stuff inside of excel files for instance). I thought I had a chance to redesign our webpage recently, but they (the CEO) decided that our receptionist would be the best person for that job (not the guy with an MIS degree focused on programming/dba stuff) :tickedoff:

    The things I feel work in my favor on my resume at least...I work in a corporate office so I directly support all of our officers/department heads etc. Our IT department consists of 2 people and we have 10 different facilities and hundreds of users. ummm, shit I need a new job to get some better experience.
     
  4. Solayce

    Solayce Would you like some making **** BERSERKER!!! Staff Member

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    You're not still a noob, but you haven't been in for very long - keep that in mind. Remember Utumno and I are knocking-on, or falling over, the other side of 40. You got time. Do what you do the best it can be done. Learn everything you can from your other IT guy. That was a pretty dumb move on their part to let the receptionist do it, but maybe she has experience. Why not come up with your own design and present it to the Boss?
     
  5. cruoris

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    I've come up through the helpdesk ranks, right now I'm moving more into the systems side. For the last several years I have predominantly dealt with OS X client deployment/management. I write all our login scripts, handle most of our packaging, creating base images for our field tech's to customize.

    In the last few months I was handed the keys to a Windows RDS project, initially we are using a very classroom minded product called Windows Multipoint Server w/ an HP t200 thin client. I'll be responsible for deploying about 200 thin clients to replace a portion of our aging Mac fleet. If all goes well I suspect it is going to be a very rapid transition from our eMacs(G4) to these new core i7 workstations/servers that will then have 5-8 thin clients attached.
     
  6. Marglar

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    My work load is 60% help desk / 20% sys admin / 10% projects / 10% networking. my skills are very generalist based like most people in the field in small to medium sized businesses. I enjoy the system admin side of things and that's where I see myself heading atm. I only have 6 years in the field on a professional level but I've grown up building and supporting desktops and setting up networks for small companies, so I had a good head start on my job skills

    I have strong skills in general troubleshooting, active directory/group policy, OS/software/patch deployment, backup management, VOIP and various aged phone systems, security and viral/malware removal, and recently started developing skillsets in p to v and other virtualization tasks.

    I think one of the most desirable and often over looked skills I have relates to my customer service level. I'm more social than the average IT guy and I am excellent at making people feel comfortable in just about any scenario. I don't just solve problems but I educate folks as to what happened, why it happened, how to prevent it, and I relate to them in the process so they don't feel like an idiot. I am very well liked at my company, I get all sorts of kudos and gifts and stuff. I see most peoples patience wear pretty thin with end users after x/years but I am still striving for providing excellent service.

    my weak points that I want to work on soon relate to scripting and task automation. I am clever enough to work with, modify and duplicate things that are pre-existing, but I don't know nearly enough.
     
  7. kamara veldereth

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    It's time to get out the measuring sticks to see who has the largest IT penis.

    My focus has always been SQL. I do everything from DBA related stuff, BI, and some integration work via SSIS. My day job is that I'm a consultant for a company that pimps me out to other companies to implement ERP systems, SQL, and BI solutions via SSAS and SSRS, but occasionally I'll also do server implementations as well so I do dabble in implementing active directory, group policy, etc. There's a lot of IT project management that I do. I've gotten my Project+ certification through COMPTia (which actually doesn't really mean much), but have kicked around the idea of PMP.

    My background is actually development having gotten a BS in CIS in college, but I actually don't like programming much.

    I do consulting on the side over the weekend and afterhours occasionally for "micro businesses" (10 users or less). Recently implemented a network with a single server hosting active directory and an internal website coded in ColdFusion along with 5 workstations. For more of the hardcore stuff and virtualization, I'll defer. I'm sure it's easy enough, but I haven't gotten enough peripheral involvement to be comfortable with that yet.

    While I dabble in coding and Windows admin related stuff, SQL has always been my passion and probably will always be my passion. I post a lot on sqlservercentral.com and visit daily. I like to submit QotD's candidate entries and see them posted. Traversing that site makes me feel extremely noobish though with all the MSSQL MVPs that know an absolute shit ton, but then I work with the people I interact with day to day and no longer feel noobish lol.
     
  8. Daliak

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    100% programmer. I have no desire to manage. I would like to get into more of an architect role though... code monkeying can only take me so far and I enjoy thinking through the big picture shit of how things are going to work together.

    Java pays my bills. I'm very comfortable with command line in a number of OSes, though I hate Solaris. Other languages I can write/understand include SQL, Javascript, Ruby, Python, Perl, PHP, shell scripts, and theoretically C/C++ but those are from a past life and a really different way of coding that I would have a hard time switching back to.

    I understand the J2EE stack deeply and a number of its ancillary libraries/technologies. I'm strongest with JBoss as an Application Server though I have used both WebLogic and GlassFish... I'm also proficient with a lot of various buzzwordy crap like SOAP/WS-*, REST, JSON, AJAX, XML etc...
     
  9. Chemosh

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    Jack of all trades, master of some? -Maybe not.

    I'm really good at support. You can pretty much throw anything at me, and I can find a solution it. I've done things from simple network setups and implementations on small businesses to resolving active directory issues and exchange clusters to fortune 100 companies. I also work well in disaster recovery situations, I've had so many SQL, Exchange, AD, DNS, etc disaster recovery issues that it's really second nature to me on if/how you can recover data and the speed / worth of doing it vs starting over.

    I have a very strong background in Microsoft, with server 2003 being my strong suit (MCSE), and Exchange 03 being my next. I do know the 2008 AD pretty well, but when it comes to Exch 2007/2010, I admit I don't know as much as I should. Though, I can pretty much fix any exch 7/10 issues if they end up on my plate.

    I have a very strong understanding of DNS and how it works within Active Directory and outside in web(domain) sense.

    I've learned a lot about how web stuff works while working at AWS. Learning things from how cookies work, to http headers and CDN usage using latency based routing. I'm still lacking some in this area, but I seem to be picking it up pretty fast.

    Virtualization - I've been to a few ESX classes, though was to lazy to get the damn cert (stupid of me not to). I can handle ESX and seting up huge HA Clusters within it. Though, I may be a bit off currently when doing this with all the changes to ESX in the past year or two.

    One of my strongest area's is systems management. Anything SNMP, IPMI, WMI related I can handle. For some reason I love being proactive with this stuff and showing people how to prevent huge events from happening by monitoring systems. Things such as SCOM, OpenManage, HP OpenView, Tivoli, KACE, etc.. Those things are super fun to tinker with.

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    Programming: I've programmed in C++/Pascal, however I probably couldn't write anything off the top of my head these days. But my experience with those langanges can allow me to pretty much decipher anything infront of me and understand it. Heck, I went from not even knowing what json was before working at Amazon to being able to write simple json scripts for our IAM/CloudFront services for a few cases that came in.

    Area's I'd like to know more on:
    Networking I know some basics on, but I don't know jack about routing/tables and VPN stuff. That just makes my eyes glaze over when reading through it

    Databases: Since I support RDS, i'd like to know more on how DBs work when they have issues. When people contact us for really complex stuff usually I have to get someone who's more of a DB guru to answer those questions.

    Map Reducing Jobs: Know nothing of how Map Reducing works really at this moment, but something I'd like to learn more about as well since I have to technically support this at my job.

    Linux: I know enough linux to troubleshoot. I couldn't for the life of me setup some crazy linux system on the fly. I could however, read up on it and figure it out over the course of a few days. I know most of the basic commands for troubleshooting, but usually rely on my customers to be more knoweldge than myself to assist in getting around the OS. I can tell them things ilke you need to edit fstab to make these changes, but I can never remember where that stuff is.
     
  10. Utumno

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    just wanna say, this thread is boss.

    very interesting to me professionally to see what people are up to.
     
  11. KacerRex

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    I WATCH ANIME AND WORK ON TRUCKS
     
  12. Knitting

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    I HAVE WATCHED ALL THE STAR TREKS
     
  13. Doldil

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    not to sidetrack too much, but I know 100% she has no experience (she asked in our meeting about the redesign if she could have money to take training courses in dreamweaver or something) and they pissed me off enough to where I just don't give a shit at the moment. I had planned to work on a site with the marketing director of one of our facilities and then we had that meeting and I couldn't convince them that they really needed more than one site. And yes, thanks for reminding me that you guys are old with almost 10+ years head start, that does make me feel better :ok:
     
  14. Chemosh

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    Honestly, in IT, especially with you being so young in the field, you need to prove yourself. So, screw that bitch. Make a site, make it look damn good, present it to your boss and the Web dev team it IT boss and show them what you can do. A lot of the time people don't know your full potential until they see it first hand. Plus you never know if this will get you noticed by other departments as well. it's ok to be bitter about their decision on who they're letting do it now, but don't let that stop you in your tracks. Maybe this will prove that the Guy who's letting the gal do it show he had abias for hot girls and get him fired.

    Nothing bad would happen if you tried.worst case they say no, you learned and have something to add to you're portfolio

    -Tapatalk
     
  15. Doldil

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    the CEO made the decision, you don't just kinda run in there trying to show him up, lol. When I say we have 2 people in IT, that encompasses everything (there is no web team or anything like that). I originally spoke to my boss about it and let her know I was pissed and she told me she didn't know anything about the decision and had nothing to do with it. At this point it's just easier to let the receptionist deal with the headache. I've got some side projects to work on to help me build a portfolio that will be done on my own time that I can use. To be honest, I have long since decided that I'd rather do coding as a hobby instead of my main focus of 8 hour a day jobs, it's more fun that way. If I was ever able to make something out of it, it would have to be working for myself and not someone else. I think it was one of those times where it was just being overlooked/ignored for the project that pissed me off more than actually not getting it, if that makes sense.
     
  16. alyxmj

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    Was coding programs/basic games for my commodore 64 by the time I was 10. I was trained in cisco (CCNA) in high school, taking it as independent learning and finishing in 1 year rather than 2 (and even that was a lot of slacking). Then took classes in college for network+, A+, HTML/Java, and visual basic. Have self learned, and since forgot from disuse, C++. And yes I said trained, not certified in anything; lack of taking the cert test, not taking and failing.
    Took an internship working for the school district where we went through intensive training and applied none of it, instead hauling around CRTs and printers from Gates grants to install in classrooms. Then worked tech support for 3 years for a cable company troubleshooting inet, voip and cable. Also ended up as person in charge for the graveyard shift so talked with field/maintenance techs and the head back end guys learning a lot of random telecommunications and back end networking in general.

    Oh and every single opportunity I have had, I went into self sabotage panic attack mode and blown it the fuck up. Go me! :uglystupid2:
     
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  18. Solayce

    Solayce Would you like some making **** BERSERKER!!! Staff Member

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    Yeah, I'd like to know a little bit about map reduce, and how to use it as well.

    Chemosh, what can you tell me about Windows and/or WMI scripting? What's a good resource? What should we be using it for? What do you use it for?
     
  19. Daliak

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    Map Reduce = Voodoo that's all there is to it really. :)

    Seriously tho I wish I had a problem to solve w/ M/R as I would like to use it in practice and not just hello world style.
     
  20. Utumno

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    Re: Re: Describe your Tech Skills/Specialties

    this somehow makes me rly sad

    -tapatalk