I have been in the IT industry for about 10 years, before then I was a field technician repairing and installing alarm, CCTV, and fire systems for which I did for about 6 years (pulling every type of cable you can image); I always had about twenty 1Kohm resistors in hand, a fluke 87, wire strippers, cutters, and a single multi-purpose screw driver that you could convert to flat head or phillips (I had hundreds of these small screw drivers). During the time I was I was a field technician, I spent most of my time working with CCTV equipment. It was only ten years ago, CCTV over TCP/IP networks was new and it was exciting; networks were either token based, 10Mbps or 100Mbps Ethernet. This is where I got the itch for networking, I was still wet behind the ear, stuck in the mud and couldn't tell my a** from a hole in the ground.
A Colocation Data Center Service Provider is where everything comes together; everything that I have learned in school I got to see at first hand how it all works (BGP, OSPF, STP, Routers, Switches, Mail Servers, IDS/IPS Systems, Load Balancers, and everything else you can think of. What I enjoy the most is the designing of customer and core network infrastructures, implementation, and security. This is why I love working for a data center Service Provider as a Network Engineer; you are exposed to just about everything that you can think of. The day to day operations are the same, but the challenges are different, and I love that I have to apply different skill-sets to resolve different issues. There is one thing about this business is that there some pretty damn smart people in the industry and when you work together to resolve an issue, you accomplished 3 things: made the customer happy, you learned something new, or someone else learned something new.
It was back in 2002 I decided that it was time to go back to school; received my first degree (Associates of Applied Science [Network Engineering]), and started working for a local service provider, same company to this day. I started in the NOC (Network Operations Center) and wore many hats; DNS administrator(Bind and Microsoft), Mail administrator (Exchange and sendmail), System administrator (Linux and Microsoft), worked with every operating system you can think of, managing over a few thousand managed servers, routers, switches, T1s, T3,s ATM Circuits, DSLs, etc. I did it all! It was a really great experienced being exposed to all of that technology as it helped me make my decision on what I wanted to specialize in; Network Engineering (Routing and Switching), Mainly I now focus on BGP, OSPF, and IPv6.
I am a Geek, therefore I am!
Yes, I am a basement dwelling geek, and if you are in need of a network engineer to troubleshoot your network in the Denver Metro area, I am available for in-person IT services. If you are not located in the Denver Metro Area, I can be made available for remote network services if you are not in my area.
The free services I provide on Experts-Exchange are for those that have open questions. Please, do not attempt to e-mail me with any type of questions regarding the support of your network unless you are prepared to pay me an appropriate fee (Dollars! Yes, I like to drink, but I do not geek for alcohol!). One more thing, please, do not email the link of your open question expecting me to assist; I have alerts and notifications of anything related to networking, and if I have the time and knowledge, I will comment and attempt to assist. There is a limit on the time that I spend on an open question; If I feel that the question is worth more than the value of points, I will not comment on that question. I honestly just do not have free hours to spend on a question that relates to a network redesign or a complex network issue that you need resolved.
You may or may not know, but ALL the Experts that comment on a question on Experts-Exchange are volunteers, nothing more, nothing less. I do understand that you are a customer of Experts-Exchange, but just understand that the Experts commenting on a question is doing so at their free will. Please, take the time and properly grade your question and award points as you see fit; think of it as a way saying "Thanks" to the Expert who spent their valuable time providing you with information that has helped you or has guided you in the direction to find a solution. If I spend a great deal of time on a question, providing some information for you to use as a solution, I expect some points for the assistance or solution, and if not, you will more than likely not see me comment on any of your future question, I do have a very good memory! Of course, If I was way out in left field, then by all means, I expect nothing in return.
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