Rich Weissler
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Professional IT Troubleshooter with over thirty years of experience.

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Points this month2,287
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Questions: 18
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Full Biography

- "Started" in IT in 1985.  (Started making some money in IT, teaching business how to use the computers they were starting to buy... and serving in various advisory capacities.)  Really started my career in IT, making it my full time job in 1993.
- Self taught network generalist, dabbling in MS SQL, SCOM, VMWare, and a few other technologies for the IT department of a large east coast university.
- Ex-Instructor at a couple community colleges for various entry level computer courses.  (Not a trained educator.)
- I've written the occasional minor program and more than a few scripts.  (But I'm not a programmer.)
- One of the original developers of the CompTIA Server+ exam (as well as a member of the focus group which outlined the exam).
- Developer for multiple Brainbench exams, and validator for many others.
- I used to participate on the "No Wonder" site, before it went to the fee structure.
- (self taught) MCSE+I (4.0), MCNE (NT Integration), CNE (4.11 & 5), CCNA (1.0), Inet+ (beta), Network+ (beta), Server+ (SME), A+, Security+ and a few other minor old Microsoft MCTs...

Starting over with new certs.  'Ego Wall':
14 Sep 2010 : 070-640 : MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration
11 Nov 2010 : 070-642 : MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration
14 Nov 2010 : EE - Windows 2003 Server - Master
09 Dec 2010 : EE - Miscellaneous - Master
10 Dec 2010 : EE - Windows Server 2008 - Master
10 Dec 2010 : EE - SQL Server 2005 - Master
08 Feb 2011 : 070-647 : MCITP: Windows 2008, Enterprise Administrator (Test taken out of order, MCITP not yet earned.)
15 Mar 2011 : 070-680 : MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring
19 Apr 2011 : 070-643 : MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Application Infrastructure, Configuration (now finishes MCITP: Enterprise Administrator)
11 Jul 2011 : EE - Domain Name Service (DNS) - Master
13 Sep 2011 : 070-432 : MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
25 Oct 2011 : EE - SQL Server 2008 - Master
19 Dec 2011: EE - MS SQL Server - Master
16 Apr 2012: MCSA (Solutions Associate): Windows Server 2008
13 Jun 2012: EE - Active Directory - Master
23 Jul 2012: EE - Microsoft Operating Systems - Master
07 Aug 2012: FCC - Amateur Radio License : Technician
25 Aug 2012 : EE - Windows Server 2008 - Guru
17 Sep 2012 : EE - Microsoft Server - Master
08 Oct 2012 : EE - SQL Server 2008 - Guru
07 Nov 2012 : 070-433 MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development
24 Mar 2013 : EE - IT Administration - Master
01 Apr 2013 : EX0117 ITIL Foundation (v3)
10 Jun 2013 : EE - Misc Networking – Master
11 Jun 2013 : ESXLab - Certified Virtualization Specialist (ECVS) on VMWare vSphere 5.1
12 Jun 2013 : 070-457 MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 1
10 Nov 2013 : EE - MS SQL Server - Guru
04 Dec 2013 : 070-417 - MCSA: Windows Server 2012
20 Dec 2013 : EE - Windows Networking - Master
12 Feb 2014 : 074-409 Microsoft Certified Specialist - Server Virtualization with Hyper-V and System Center
21 Aug 2014: EE - Computer Servers - Master
22 Oct 2014: GIAC - Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN)
11 Dec 2014: EE - Microsoft Windows Operating Systems - Master
23 Jan 2015: EE - Server Applications - Master
05 Feb 2015: EE - Windows 2003 Server - Guru
18 Jun 2015 : EE - Windows Server 2012 - Master
02 Dec 2015 : 070-413  - MCSE: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure (Windows Server 2012 R2)
10 Mar 2016 : EE - Windows 7 – Master
01 Jun 2016 : 70-458 - Transition your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012 -Part 2 (now finished MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014)
22 Jun 2016 : EE - MS SQL Server 2005 - Guru
05 Aug 2016 : EE - Windows Server 2008 - Wizard
22 Aug 2016 : EE - Microsoft IIS Web Server - Master
26 Oct 2016 : EE - Active Directory - Guru
16 Nov 2016: 070-414 - Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure (Complete MCSE: Server Infrastructure.  Grandfathered as Charter Member MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure.)
23 Feb 2016 : 200-125 - Cisco Certified Network Associate Exam (CCNA Routing and Switching)

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Professional Background
Sr. Professional Technologist (LAN Specialist/Network Engineer)
West Virginia University
July 2003 – Present
Primary systems: SQL Server (2000, 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012); Windows (2003, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016), VMWare/ESXi, SCOM.  I also dabble in other Microsoft System Center components, and love to fix things, so get involved where I can in a variety of other systems.
I am frequently involved when the topic involves network, security, monitoring and recovery issues.
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Education
Virginia Tech
Master of Business Administration
(Information Systems)
1991 – 1993
Virginia Tech
Bachelor of Science
(1) Economics and (2) Management Science (Decision Support Systems)
1987 – 1991
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Languages
English
Native or Bilingual Proficiency

Level Progress

Current: Level 30
Rich needs 21,203 points to level up.
LVL 31
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    13
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
    11
  • Microsoft SQL Server
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  • Active Directory
    9
  • Windows Server 2003
    9
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005
    8
  • Windows Server 2012
    8
  • Microsoft Server OS
    8
  • Microsoft Legacy OS
    7
  • Miscellaneous
    7
  • Networking
    6
  • Windows OS
    6
  • DNS
    6
  • Windows Networking
    6
  • IT Administration
    6
  • Microsoft Server Apps
    5
  • Windows 7
    5
  • Server Hardware
    5
  • Microsoft IIS Web Server
    5
  • Security
    4
  • SSL / HTTPS
    4
  • Network Management
    4
  • Microsoft Applications
    3
  • Hardware
    3
  • Windows XP
    3
  • Powershell
    3
  • Networking Hardware-Other
    3
  • Databases
    3
  • Exchange
    3
  • Server Software
    3
  • Email Servers
    3
  • OS Security
    3
  • Dell
    3
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    3
  • Storage
    3
  • Encryption
    3
  • Network Security
    3
  • Math / Science
    2
  • Routers
    2
  • Email Protocols
    2
  • DHCP
    2
  • Components
    2
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    2
  • Network Operations
    2
  • TCP/IP
    2
  • Software-Other
    2
  • System Utilities
    2
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    2
  • Web Servers
    2
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    2
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    2
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    2
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    2
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    2
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    2
  • Virtualization
    2
  • Internet Protocols
    2
  • SCCM
    2
  • File Sharing Software
    2
  • Network Analysis
    2
  • Desktops
    2
  • Microsoft Hardware
    2
  • Microsoft Virtual Server
    2
  • Printers and Scanners
    2
  • Microsoft Office
    2
  • Proofreading
    2
  • Anti-Virus Apps
    1
  • MySQL Server
    1
  • ASP.NET
    1
  • Windows 2000
    1
  • Web Browsers
    1
  • Microsoft Enterprise
    1
  • Automotive
    1
  • Programming
    1
  • Application Servers
    1
  • Groupware
    1
  • Linux
    1
  • Hardware Firewalls
    1
  • Apache Web Server
    1
  • DB Reporting Tools
    1
  • Citrix
    1
  • Visual Basic.NET
    1
  • Windows 8
    1
  • Disaster Recovery
    1
  • Software Firewalls
    1
  • Displays / Monitors
    1
  • PC
    1
  • SSAS
    1
  • Politics
    1
  • Peripherals
    1
  • Scripting Languages
    1
  • Outlook
    1
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    1
  • Email Clients
    1
  • SSH / Telnet Software
    1
  • Web Services
    1
  • RAID
    1
  • Microsoft Access
    1
  • Windows Vista
    1
  • Internet Protocol Security
    1
  • Web Development
    1
  • Laptops Notebooks
    1
  • E-Commerce
    1
  • Java
    1
  • Philosophy / Religion
    1
  • VB Script
    1
  • Apple Software
    1
  • Google Apps
    1
  • Microsoft Forefront ISA Server
    1
  • Python
    1
  • Smartphones
    1
  • Windows Batch
    1
  • Digital Audio
    1
  • Thunderbird
    1
  • Cloud Services
    1
  • SSIS
    1
  • Web-Based CMS
    1
  • Azure
    1
  • Internet Marketing
    1
  • SQL
    1
  • Telecommunications
    1
  • Wireless Hardware
    1
  • C#
    1
  • Anti-Spyware
    1
  • Wireless Networking
    1
  • Acronis
    1
  • Android
    1
  • LibreOffice
    1
  • Linux Security
    1
  • Microsoft Excel
    1
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
    1
  • MultiMedia Applications
    1
  • Project Management
    1
  • Project Management Software
    1
  • Raspberry Pi
    1
  • Shell Scripting
    1
  • Vulnerabilities
    1
  • Web Graphics Software
    1
  • Windows Live Mail
    1
  • Windows Server 2016
    1

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