Work History


Dates Employed May 19, 2008 - present
Job Title System Administrator

High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC) and National Drought Mitigation Center(NDMC), University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Dates Employed February 1, 2008 - May 9, 2008
Job Title Systems Manager
Supervisors Dr. Kenneth Hubbard, Dr. Michael Hayes
Contact Information,
Reason for Leaving Family Obligations
  • Manage multiple servers, mostly running Red Hat Linux. Other operating systems include Gentoo Linux, Solaris, and Windows Server 2003.
  • Manage multiple instances of Microsoft SQL Server 2005.
  • Maintain reliable server backups.
  • Provide technical advice on hardware purchases, including obtaining quotes from multiple vendors.
  • Assemble, mount, and configure new hardware.
  • Manage UPS usage and balance the power load requirements.
  • Manage per-server firewalls using IP Tables on Linux, hosts.allow/hosts.deny on Solaris, and Windows Firewall on Windows Server.
  • Work with department developers to determine which software needs to be installed on the servers.
  • Provide 24x7 on-call network support.
  • Implemented server virtualization using Xen running Gentoo Linux on both the host and guest servers.
  • Completed formal training on installing and managing Microsoft Office Sharepoint Services 2007.
  • Installed and configured Microsoft Office Sharepoint Services 2007.
  • Migrated administrative documentation from hand-written hard copies to an electronic form using Mediawiki.
  • Implemented a multi-master OpenLDAP directory with automatic failover to provide centralized authentication for all servers.
  • Automated server monitoring using Nagios.

New Digital Group

Dates Employed October 18, 2006 - January 31, 2008
Job Title Network Administrator
Supervisors David Hahn, Monte Ohrt, Eric Elliot
Contact Information (402) 436-2160
Reason for Leaving Reduction in force
  • Manage a network of servers running various flavors of Linux, Solaris, and MacOS X.
  • Provide 24x7 on-call network support.
  • Maintain a number of apache servers, most of which run PHP5. This includes a cluster of web servers behind a hardware load balancer.
  • Maintain server backups, both short-term for immediate retrieval and long-term offsite archives.
  • Maintain a powerful MySQL server hosting hundreds of databases for client websites.
  • Maintain an OpenLDAP directory which provides unified authentication for client websites.
  • Maintain a mail server providing virtual mailboxes using postfix and a MySQL backend.
  • Manage domain registrations for our clients. This includes keeping domains from expiring and managing the DNS entries for these domains.
  • Responsible for setting up new websites for clients.
  • Responsible for installing new software for client websites as well as installing software for internal use.
  • Participate in short-term programming projects, generally PHP scripts to create new, or improve existing, web-based tools.
  • Perform cost/benefit analysis to make purchase recommendations for new hardware and software.
  • Completed a migration from a Solaris based web cluster to a Linux based web cluster. This migration was started by the previous administrator.
  • Evaluated and redesigned the network backup system. The old system used Legato Networker and hardware that was failing. The new system uses a more flexible combination of hard drive based short term backups using rsync and monthly tape archives using amanda.
  • Rebuilt the email system incorporating SPAM and virus filters using postfix, amavisd-new, clamav, spamassassin, sqlgrey, and dovecot sieve scripts.
  • Replaced an outdated SquirrelMail installation with an up to date version of Horde to provide webmail access.
  • Added RAID redundancy to all of the Linux servers. Used software RAID for many of the servers, and installed new hardware RAID cards in others.
  • Implemented an automatic failover to a backup server for the OpenLDAP directory.

Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT)

Dates Employed May 27, 2004 - October 17, 2006
Job Title Systems Manager
Supervisors Dr. Don Rundquist, Dr. Jim Merchant, Chad Boshart
Contact Information 3310 Holdrege St.
Hardin Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0973
(402) 472-8197
Reason for Leaving Job Betterment
  • Maintain heterogeneous network with approximately 75 machines, including several servers, workstations, and lab machines. Operating Systems include various flavors of Linux, Solaris, and Windows.
  • Provide 24x7 on-call network support.
  • Assign tasks to assistant network administrator.
  • Respond to users' questions, suggestions and complaints.
  • Responsible for determining when to purchase new computer equipment.
  • Manage licenses for various GIS software packages using FLEXlm, including ArcInfo, Imagine, and ENVI.
  • Maintain backups for our 10TB file server using large external hard drives on a remote system using rsync and ssh.
  • Operate various Polycom components to manage video conference calls.
  • Perform cost/benefit analysis to determine when to purchase new hardware or software.
  • Arranged the installation of a departmental firewall. Before the firewall was in place, all of our machines were wide open on the public internet.
  • Migrated from a dual-authentication NISplus/Windows NT system to an integrated authentication system using OpenLDAP and Samba. UNIX/Linux systems authenticated directly to OpenLDAP, and Samba provided an NT4-style domain frontend to the OpenLDAP directory for Windows authentication.
  • Migrated from sendmail to postfix with SASL on the mail server. Used amavis, clamav, and spamassassin to help keep users' Inboxes clean.
  • Migrated users' mail folders from mbox to maildir to provide more flexibility in email organization.
  • Installed Horde to provide a web interface to the mail server, as well as an integrated calendar, task list, trouble-ticket system, etc.
  • Provided training for users on various topics, including PGP Email Signatures, SSH Tunnelling using PuTTy, UNIX command-line usage, and more.
  • Removed telnet access to our servers in favor of ssh.
  • Created and maintained a subversion repository for use by projects that could benefit from a versioning system, such as the department website.
  • Implemented various monitoring solutions to keep a close eye on the health of the computer systems using nagios, mrtg, and some custom scripts.
  • There were no successful security breaches or virus outbreaks once my security policies were in place.
  • Developed a number of methods to incorporate some of the more useful features of Active Directory into our domain without having access to an actual Active Directory. i.e. Group Policies.
  • Developed plans to migrate away from our NT4-style domain to Active Directory. (not completed due to leaving my position)
  • Developed and partially caried out plans to remove administrative access from users' PC's. (not completed due to leaving my position)


Dates Employed June 2, 2003 - May 26, 2004
Job Title Internet Support Representative
Supervisor Earl Akers, Harvey Edwards
Contact Information 1440 M St.
Lincoln, NE 68508
Reason for Leaving Accepted a managerial position at CALMIT.
  • Receive calls from customers and assist them in troubleshooting their ADSL or dialup internet connection.
  • Provide support for Cisco 675, 677, 678, 827H, and 827HI DSL routers.
  • Provide support for Speedstream 5660 DSL router and 5200 DSL modem.
  • Support internet connections with Windows 95 and higher.
  • Document calls using TMS Siebel.
  • Escalate unresolvable problems to engineering group.

Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT)

Dates Employed February 3, 2003 - November 14, 2003
Job Title UNIX Administrator
Supervisor Jeff Arnold, Mike Anthofer
Contact Information 3310 Holdrege St.
Hardin Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0973
(402) 472-8197
Reason for Leaving Accepted a fulltime position at Alltel.
  • Maintain a number of machines running Solaris 2.5, Solaris 2.6, Solaris 8, Solaris 9, and Red Hat Linux 9.
  • Maintain network backup system.

The Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL)

Dates Employed February 10, 2003 - August 22, 2003
Job Title Assistant Computer Technician
Supervisor Christine Wiklund, Allison Jones
Contact Information 121 S. 13th Street
Suite 302
Lincoln, NE 68588-0227
(402) 472-3479
Reason for Leaving School responsibilities.
  • Assist head computer specialist with Linux/Windows hybrid network administration.
  • Develop and maintain network backup system.
  • Create documents to assist users with computer equipment.

NetCom Services

Dates Employed November 1999 - August 2002
Job Title Computer Programmer
Supervisor David Wasson
Contact Information 927 Saunders Ave
Lincoln, NE 68521
(402) 476-7080
Reason for Leaving Company Downsized
  • Setup and maintained critical Linux servers. These included a file server, mail servers, DNS servers, web servers, and print servers.
  • Designed, implemented and maintained websites.
  • Designed, implemented and maintained a custom Inventory application for our customers.
  • Set up and maintained backup schedules for various machines using cron and tar utilities.
  • Provided minimal technical support over the phone.