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Who are you and what do you do?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by BrizoH, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. BrizoH

    BrizoH Byte Poster

    This may or may not have been done before but being a nosey individual I'd be interested to know what job role the members on here have, what you're working on currently etc?

    I'll kick it off:

    I'm currently Infrastructure manager for a software firm in the financial sector.

    When I joined the company just under a year ago it had a very disjointed network with 4 worldwide offices running as separate entities and a couple of racks in a datacentre hosting the servers that our managed application service runs on.

    Since then I've connected all locations via VPN and migrated to a single AD domain with 4 AD sites.

    We're also about to migrate our managed service to a new Tier 4 datacentre. I've had to design the network infrastructure for this making sure all network hardware, connectivity, Web, SQL and application servers are load balanced, clustered etc. Within 6 months I'll be doing the same in the US as we expand.

    Projects for the future will be geared towards the LAN side of things, Exchange 2007 and Vista rollouts are definitely on the agenda amongst others.

    What are you guys up to?
    Certifications: CCNA, CCNA Security
  2. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    After being a network administrator for several years, I now write certification practice exam content for Boson. As a Senior Content Developer, I am also responsible for training up new writers and editors, of which we have several.

    I'm currently developing content for the new ICND1 (CCENT), ICND2, and CCNA exams.
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  3. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    I am not in IT yet but:

    I am an image processing technician

    Using CTP machines to output pages for newspapers to get ready for printing, and also using server 2003 to monitor rips and output flow.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  4. tripwire45
    Honorary Member

    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    I'm a layabout who spends most of his time swilling gin and watching soaps.

    Just kidding. :biggrin

    I'm a technical writer working for a content management company. We are the "outsource" for a number of companies including HP, Adobe, SUN Microsystems, and others for producing content such as user manuals, help files and such for their products.

    I am also a book author with my latest publication SharePoint 2007: The Definitive Guide hitting the bookstores this month (next month in the UK).

    On occasion, I write 4 to 6 lesson courses for a number of different hardware vendors but usually for the HP Learning Center.

    That's about it. I have to sleep sometimes. :wink:
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  5. BrizoH

    BrizoH Byte Poster

    Man, I want that job :biggrin

    All interesting stuff, you know I've still bareley used Sharepoint although some of our developers are looking at ways we can use it internally.

    Might have to pick up a copy of your book to help me find out about it.
    Certifications: CCNA, CCNA Security
  6. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

    I'm the IT Security Officer for a UK Police Force.

    I manage all aspects of the organisations's IT security, from policy to tin. The technical aspects include Firewalls, Content Filtering, IDS, NAC, infrastructure security, group policies, anti-virus, web threat and anything else you can think of.

    The 'softer' side involves maintaining our AUP, risk assessment/analysis, contiruting to and writing policy docuemntation and all the HR gubbins that comes with a security role.

    Since we don't have a network admin, I also manage the network (without getting paid for it!) which involves all of our infrastructure (switches, WAN, ISP etc)
    Certifications: A few
    WIP: None - f*** 'em
  7. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    I work with the health service in the UK as a desktop and server engineer carrying out IT infrastructure duties managing active directory, Server 2003 exchange daily administration, veritas backup schedules etc.

    I am currently working on assigning RSA tokens to users for home use via Citrix client connection as well as 3 G rollout on laptops for remote access etc. The list goes on as we are currently running application and hardware test on Vista business and ultimate edition with some glitches as 3 G connection does not work. I almost forgot to mention PDA and blackberry support as well, them blackberry especially with half the users asking how do I?.

    We are also looking to implementing exchange server 2007 in a windows server 2008 active directory environment including SAN. There's more to keep me and the team busy with VOIP included but currently looked after by a third party of whom we carry out most of the task on their behalf.

    Who said working in IT would not be fun? Cheerio:biggrin
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  8. BrizoH

    BrizoH Byte Poster

    I can appreciate that, I'm basically the jack of all trades here. There's a chance we will shortly come under FSA regulation so I've had to create and implement all kinds of security policies too - this is where I'd like to specialise at some point in the future.
    Certifications: CCNA, CCNA Security
  9. BrizoH

    BrizoH Byte Poster

    Coincidentally I've been working with RSA tokens too, we're using it for remote user VPN connections initially but I think it can also be used with Exchange & Blackberry Enterprise Server? (Got all that to look forward to soon)
    Certifications: CCNA, CCNA Security
  10. Iklekid

    Iklekid Bit Poster

    Currently a ColdFusion programmer working for a national company. I also run my own business on the side.
    Certifications: MCP, MCDST, CIW Associate & CIW Pro
    WIP: CIW E-commerce and 70-270
  11. BrizoH

    BrizoH Byte Poster

    Go on, spill :biggrin
    Certifications: CCNA, CCNA Security
  12. Arroryn
    Honorary Member

    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    I've been working in IT support for 9 months now. It's my first IT role. I was hired with a view to becoming the First Line Supervisor, which I was still on track for at my six month review.

    First Line isn't as bad as the rep is cracked up to be... but some of the users... oh boy :biggrin
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  13. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Plus... you're a hippie! :p
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  14. BrotherBill

    BrotherBill Byte Poster

    My situation may be a little different than most here. I own a small business, not IT related. Most of my interests stem from business related needs or desires.

    Sometimes, getting an education is a lot like work. If I wasn't so tight or having so much fun, I'd probably hire someone for this.
  15. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

    I work as a Junior System administrator.

    I basically deal with desktop pc's, printers, faxes, photocopiers, Installing, troubleshooting OS's, working with AD, little bit of exchange, preparation of work stations such as ghosting, installing and troubleshooting applications, etc.

    The main focus of my job role is dealing with internal users. Basically if they are having issues with computers, printers, faxes, etc. I am the one who troubleshoots.

    So far I've been working in IT for a little over a year and I really enjoy it. To me this the best job I ever had.

    Aside from working I am also going to school studying Business.
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
  16. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

    I am pretty much the "IT Guy" at the company I work for which is only 60 people strong. I look after the systems (Server 2003, Exchange, Veritas, Intellisync, Avaya, SQL), the network, taking care of the IT Support and part of the development of our Access/SQL database. I've been in the position for around 18 months and still really enjoy it.

    next... :)
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  17. MrNerdy

    MrNerdy Megabyte Poster

    I'm currently working as a Temp IT Techie in the NHS.
    I cover 2nd & 3rd line support, have daily contact with alll staff & clients and get to mend the odd pc.

    But i'm planning to leave IT soon and go back to working in Logistics.
    Certifications: ECDL, CiscoIT1 & A+
    WIP: Girlfriend & Network+
  18. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    My last exposure to IT was over a year ago as a part time IT support guy for about a year before I was made redundant. Ever since I have been doing customer service jobs. I am currently working for NHS Direct, however in the upcoming weeks that could change as I want to take a break from computers and answering telephones for a while, the job I have now applied for will be an ideal opportunity to do that.
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  19. newkoba

    newkoba Byte Poster

    i am the network security engineer for a school district in the states.

    i have some help to maintain the firewall and ids from our linux admin. other than that i write different scripts to get my log files from our 70 domain controllers and find different projects i can do to add some work load. :) like a honeypot.
    Certifications: Security + and CEH
    WIP: CWNA and CWSP
  20. derkit

    derkit Gigabyte Poster

    I'm a desktop support engineer for about 400 users in whitehall for the MoD. Standard problem identification, rebuilding PCs of a RIS image, helping users with their application problems at their desks - actually most of the stuff the MCDST covers :-)

    Unfortunately, as its a secure environment each different area is need-to-know and AD/networks/data storage/security etc. aren't things I need to know :-(
    Certifications: MBCS, BSc(Hons), Cert(Maths), A+, Net+, MCDST, ITIL-F v3, MCSA
    WIP: 70-293

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