Erik Bjers
Principal Systems Administrator
  • Philippines
Member Since: 2004/02/25
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Professional Background
Principal Systems Administrator
Development Alternaties Inc
May 2008 – Present
Manila, Philippines/ Bethesda, Marylad, USA
Provide installation of computer and network systems for DAI implemented USAID projects along with DAI home office network including; Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity between project sites and DAI home office, Voice over IP (VoIP) phone systems (TrixBox, PBX in a Flash, Free PBX), Lotus Domino/ Notes mail systems, Microsoft Windows Server/Desktop operating systems (2003, 2008, 2012, XP, Vista, 7, 8) Computer Associates ARCserve (11, 12, 12.5) backup software, Microsoft SQL server (2005 & 2008), Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Administration Kit (6.x, 8.x, 9.x), and Symantec Endpoint protection.  I also led the effort to migrate all DAI systems (home office & some projects) from Symantec Anti-Virus to Kaspersky Anti-Virus including; testing various anti-virus solutions, designing and testing a deployment plan, successful deployment, ongoing configuration and maintenance, and all documentation associated with the project.  I have also used SonicWALL firewalls, Websense, and Cisco Access Control Servers to strengthen the security and provide network level anti-virus, intrusion prevention, content filtering, and centralized user identification at many project sites and the DAI Bethesda office.  I assisted in the design and implementation of Windows Software Update Service (WSUS) on the DAI home office and project network including; server deployment, group policy settings, and some documentation.  I have assisted in the deployment of VoIP to multiple project locations including documentation of VoIP setup, VoIP maintenance, and VoIP user guides.  I have designed and deployed a Websense filtering system to protect DAI systems while using the Internet.  In addition to these duties/ projects I provide general maintenance on the DAI network.  I have provided project start-up and closedown support and training to DAI projects in several locations.  I have also worked with the Haiti Recovery Initiative (HRI) to provide an IT package to the Prime Minister and Ministry of Planning in Haiti including; network design, providing input for the procurement of computer systems, sourcing internet service, reviewing the network wiring, and implementing systems.
Sr. Systems Engineer
ManTech IS&T
February 2008 – May 2008
Virginia
Work with team mates to help trouble shoot and repair; Exchange 2000 and Distributed File System (DFS) replication in a Windows 2000 Server environment.  I assisted in updating the methods used for deploying new servers as well as contributing to the documentation of those methods.  I worked with Windows 2000/ 2003/ XP group policy and third party applications to audit and enhance security in a Windows network to meat Department of Defense (DOD) security standards.  I also provided general system support to other members of the team.
Systems Administrator/Engineer/Implementer
SAIC
March 2005 – February 2008
Virginia, USA
Design, test, and deploy a secure VPN network that provides remote access to a central database utilizing proprietary software, CITRIX Presentation Server, and CISCO networking equipment as well as communication through MS Exchange 2007 and Live Communication Server 2005. Provide installation and support service for Windows 2000 and 2003/ Windows XP Professional networks including; setup and maintenance of workstation and server hardware, installation of Windows 2000 and 2003 server and Windows XP Professional, installation of Oracle server and client programs, installation of Microsoft SQL server 2000 and 2005, installation and setup of Backup Exec 8 – 11d and backup hardware, installation configuration and management of Symantec Antivirus Corporate edition 8.x 10.x, Symantec Client Security 3.x and Symantec Endpoint Protection 11  Installation and maintenance of Microsoft Exchange 2003 and 2007, and installation of proprietary applications at many worldwide locations. Also provide training for system administrators at the remote sites. Assist in testing and development of proprietary software. Assist in design and implementation of broad-band internet based VPN system, utilizing CISCO routers and VPN equipment. Design and implement server side and client side security and virus protection for VPN system using Symantec Client Security 3.x and Symantec Enterprise Firewall 8.x. Provide installation and support for VPN clients at worldwide locations. Provide ideas to save time and increase productivity. Provide installation and support for satellite based communications for remote VPN clients. Created documentation for installation and usage of internet based VPN system. Researched and recommended software and hardware solutions for internet based VPN system. Assist in standardizing installer equipment, and procedures. I also assisted in the development and improvement of processes to enhance project reliability and performance.
Network Engineer
Acclaim Technical Services (ATS) Subcontract to SAIC
June 2004 – March 2005
Virginia, USA
Provide installation and support service for Windows 2000/ Windows XP Professional networks including; setup and maintenance of workstation and server hardware, installation of Windows 2000 server and Windows XP Professional, installation of Oracle server and client programs, installation
and setup of backup software and hardware, installation of Symantec Antivirus Corporate edition, and installation of proprietary applications at many worldwide locations. Also provide training for system administrators at the remote sites. Assist in testing and development of proprietary software. Provide
installation and support for VPN clients at worldwide locations. Provide ideas to save time and increase productivity. Assist in standardizing installer equipment, and procedures.
Field Service Technician
General Dynamics
September 2002 – June 2004
Virginia, USA
Provide hardware maintenance support for the US Army Including; support for HP, Compaq, and Dell systems, support for HP, Lexmark, Wang, and other printers, installing generic base line load on new
systems, and inspect and sanitize old systems for turn in.
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Education
ECPI College of Technology
Bachelors in Applied Science
Computer Information Systems, Network Security
2011 – 2012
ECPI College of Technology
Associates in Applied Science
Computer Network Technology
2000 – 2002
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Full Biography

I am an international information technology (IT) specialist with thirteen years of experience in information systems analysis, system administration, system design and support with seven years experience working in multiple international locations averaging 65% or greater travel outside the US per year.  As a Principal Systems Administrator with DAI I have provided information system installation and support, both onsite and remote, for multiple USAID projects around the world including; Africa, the Caribbean, Central Europe, Middle East, South America, and South East Asia.  In addition to mywork with DAI I have five years with S.A.I.C. and ATS working with US and local government representatives in over 60 countries in; Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and the South Pacific.  He is experienced in Windows 2000/2003/2008 server network infrastructure planning, installation, and administration; Cisco routers, switches, and firewalls, SonicWALL firewalls, backup, and management appliances hardware installation and configuration; Symantec antivirus and backup products; HP and Dell server, desktop, laptop, and printer hardware; Kaspersky Anti-Virus products; Computer Associates backup products; Websense filtering products; and Microsoft Exchange 2003/2007 Installation, configuration, and administration, Lotus Notes and Domino installation and configuration.  I have in-depth knowledge and understanding of various operating systems and possesses extensive knowledge of computer architecture. He is also competent in planning, designing, and implementing networks systems to support secure remote access.

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English
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Current: Level 23
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    4
  • Cisco
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  • Operating Systems
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    3
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    1
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    1
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    1
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    1
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    1
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    1
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