profile

patrick houston

Skills

Active Directory

Windows Server

Management

Storage administration

Education

Trinity College Dublin

English Literature , English Literature

July 2010 - July 2010

Trinity College Dublin

English Literature , English Literature

July 1995 - July 1995

Experience

Senior Systems Engineer

NOVARTIS INSTITUTE FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

November 2009 - July 2012

• Lead Engineer for optimization and qualification of new Active Directory resource forest. • Implemented storage migration to move user home directories off legacy windows storage to a modern, resilient NetApps platform. • Key Engineer for application virtualization effort designed to move desktop software off the desktop and in to a VMware/Citrix-based Cloud. • Responsible performance analysis and optimization of distributed cell analysis application, resulting in up to a 50% improvement in systems performance. • Deployed GLPI Inventory system for 1400+ servers for cost effective Global asset management.

Active Directory
Citrix
Vmware
IT Systems Manager

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

January 2007 - November 2009

• Developed 12-18 month Technical Road map for FAS Windows Systems Projects, and set team priorities accordingly. • Day-to-day management for team of 5 Systems Administrators. • Restructured Active Directory for 30,000 users to leverage OU’s, GPO’s, and Network Home folders for improved desktop client control and consistent user experience. • Architect for Exchange 2007 environment for 6000 FAS staff and Faculty. • Technical Advisor to Active Directory Best Practices Committee for FAS. • Technical Advisor to Server Best Practices Committee for FAS. • Member of Change Advisory Board. • Created Staff development track for entire team. • Presenting and liaising with Executive board for Windows and Mac Technologies. • Implemented Security procedures to create a more standardized, controlled environment. • Designed an EMC based geographically distributed File Cluster using Geocluster to provide Business continuity.

Management
Active Directory
IT Security
Systems Team Lead

Harvard University

December 2005 - January 2007

• Upgraded NT 4 domain of 35,000 users to AD 2003 R2 Domain • Spearheaded best practices for FAS windows environment he implementation of standard processes and tools. • Implemented Active Administrator to ease monitoring, backup and restore of Active Directory. • Managed Windows/Mac server team of 4 people. • Researched, planned, and delivered Active Directory workshops. • Served as Active Directory Technical escalation point to other IT organizations. • Deployed VMWARE ESX server for our development testing needs • Contributed to University-wide Active Directory Technical Working Group. • Developed and wrote Project Plans for Major IT implementations.

Active Directory
Management
Vmware
Systems Administrator

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

January 2003 - January 2005

• Consolidated and simplified FAS Micro server environment, collapsing multiple file servers onto single Windows 2003 cluster server, and migrating outdated Novell servers into Windows environment. • Spearheaded effort to transition the team from primarily a lab support team, to primarily a Systems team. • Documented FAS NT/MAC server environment. • Researched and developed new relationships with vendors such as Equallogic and Raritan to upgrade our existing infrastructure. Negotiated purchases with vendors to get best price possible for Harvard FAS. • Bought, configured and put into production two Equallogic ISCSI SAN’s to increase scalability and flexibility of existing server infrastructure. • Introduced Raritan Dominion KVM’s with built in remote access for offsite emergency console access. • Audited and tightened FAS Windows server security. • Restructured backup architecture to a more robust triple layer system. • Upgraded legacy Windows servers to 2003.

Windows Server
Storage administration
SQL server

Workplace personality

100+

Company Size

12

Day Length

25+

Team Size

Loud

Noise Level

Formal

Dress Code

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