WALTER G. DAVIES
925.548.0098 · firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic Data Work from home/Felxible location 7/2005 - 7/2006
Infrastructure Specialist with the Automated Operations (AOPS) group
Unix Systems Administrator
Unix systems administration and management (primarily Solaris but also Red
Hat Linux and HP-UX)
Working with both the AOPS Opsware automation system as well as the EDS
Opsware Control Centre automation system
Also performed many one-off or special projects involving hands-on
administration or maintenance:
o Custom software or patch installations
o Configuration updates for EMC provisioning
o Break/fix scenarios involving system access through the service
processor or console and interacting with the FORTH prompt
o Firmware upgrades
Wrote various scripts to customize or automate tasks:
o Original and modified Bourne and Korn shell scripts for system
startup, watchdogs, cron entries, etc.
o Automation scripts for running audits or updating configurations
across the entire AOPS infrastructure
o Scripts for inclusion in the Opsware automation core
Various projects such as:
o Small to medium-scale multi-server patching
o Medium to large-scale software and application updates
o Medium to large-scale software and configuration audits
o Server builds and site decommissions
o Storage management and provisioning using Solstice Disk Suite and
Veritas Volume Manager
o Security auditing and hardening (BSM, bastille)
o Policy compliance (PCM) and change management
Developing and improving processes within the team
Working with other teams to develop and improve processes for the
Private Consulting Albany, Oregon 10/2003 - 7/2005
Unix and Network Systems Consulting
Providing services to local companies
Custom programming in C, PHP, Shell, etc.
Internal and external network security audits
Programming for web, database, and integrated applications
Electronics and firmware design
Lund Performance Albany, Oregon 9/2001 - 10/2003
Unix Systems Administrator
Designed and implemented plan for in-house NIS to NIS+ migration
Maintain NIS+ accounts, NFS cross-mounts, and development environments
Designed and implemented new Development LAN subnet
In charge of in-house security audits and procedures
Maintain network backups and scripts
Use and develop internal tools to monitor performance and analyze trends
Brought in and set up new T1 line
Unix Performance Consultant
Configuration and performance analysis on Solaris and HP-UX systems
Trend performance and provide upgrade paths
Identify performance bottlenecks and provide solutions
Assist other analysts with system-wide and kernel-level debugging and
Help the company transition into the Unix market
Technical support for Solaris and HP-UX product software
"Product Tours" — online demo walkthroughs — of Solaris and HP-UX
Taking technical support calls and emails
Tracking calls and emails in tech support database
Loudcloud Sunnyvale, California 7/2000 - 5/2001
Senior Operations Engineer:
Resolving customer issues related to Unix systems and the programs or
applications running on them (e.g. DNS, mail servers, application suites such
as BEA Weblogic, Netscape Application Server, Netscape Enterprise Server,
Apache, Oracle, etc., and customer code, etc.).
Manage hundreds of customer servers both directly and through automation
Managed user accounts, software packages, and configurations by creating
and modifying RPMs that were pushed to customer machines by automation
software. Used RPMs extensively in customer environments, pkg utilities in
local environments, and dpkg utilities on personal workstation.
Be available and on call 24x7 for 24x7 environment.
Educating NOC staff in the Tao of Unix.
Assist in the design, build, and maintenance of NOC workstations and servers
as well as network applications, programming, tools, and functionality.
Chip in automation tools and whatnot to make life just a little easier to live with.
Provide an interface from the Network Operations Center to the Deployment
and Infrastructure groups in system admin/Unix - related concerns.
Work with development and R&D teams to develop internal automation and
Work with internal IT departments to better design NOC machines, servers,
Help design and improve processes and procedures.
Liberate San Carlos, California 3/1999 - 7/2000
Maintaining DNS tables (primary DNS for the lab, secondary DNS for the
Managing multiple e-mail servers and e-mail gateways
Installation, configuration, and tuning of server hardware and software
Adding to network infrastructure with network switches and load balancers
Juggling resources and their usage
Server QA Engineer:
Black- and white-box testing of Java- and C-based client-server software
serving web content, e-mail, etc. to thin clients.
Work with developers to improve software and software packaging
Kept local skunkworks CVS server for trying out code and builds outside of the
Program automated tests through standalone and API-supplied environments.
Hybrid Networks, San Jose, California 2/1998 - 2/1999
Design and build customer support website featuring multiple levels of access
based on customer subscription level, site search, newsgroup-like forum,
downloads, and Java-based front-end to customer support database.
First implemented on Windows NT 4.0, Service Pack 3 running Internet
Information Server 3.0. Later ported to Solaris 2.6 running Netscape Enterprise
Solaris server features enhanced security and management features by virtue
of modified and self-developed administrative scripts such as process
monitoring and logging. Wrote monitoring programs to page me with
descriptive error messages (seldom needed ;).
Write utility scripts in sh and Perl for distribution to customers.
All projects managed in self-maintained CVS, with full backups and
documentation for all programs written and all processes developed.
Intuit Mountain View, California 11/1997 - 1/1998
Internet Production Specialist (Development Engineer)
Design and implement web pages per internal Business Unit specifications.
languages (csh, awk, etc.).
Work closely with IT department to improve code push and go-live processes.
Knowledge of German became useful on a redesign for a site in Germany.
Stats On Site, Inc. Hayward, California 8/1997 - 11/1997
V.P. Research & Development
Responsible for purchasing, designing, implementing, and maintaining
heterogeneous Unix/Windows/Mac network.
Responsible for writing custom database program in Java and building a
communications delivery system for medical emergency information.
Served on the Board of Directors.
Hybrid Networks, Cupertino, California 4/1997 - 8/1997
Network Test Engineer
Responsible for testing cable modem hardware and software, writing test
cases and test plans.
Made recommendations for equipment purchases for use in tests.
Wrote shell scripts for automated testing and data retrieval.
Apple Computer, Cupertino, California 9/1996 - 4/1997
Cross-Platform Test Engineer
Test new hardware and software for Apple's line of DOS/Windows compatible
Responsibilities included finding, verifying, reporting, and regressing bugs as
new builds of the software and new hardware became available.
Unix experience led to the position of Directly Responsible Individual for
NeXT/OPENSTEP project. Responsibilities for the DRI position included
gathering information about the NeXT OPENSTEP operating system and
reporting on how Apple planned to implement the technology into its new
One24 Intranet Sunnyvale, California 4/1996 - 9/1996
Assist in maintenance, expansion and integration of TCP/IP networks.
Design Intel-based servers and network solutions for clients.
Teach seminars on Linux, X Window installation and configuration, and Intranet
solutions for business.
Update, revise, improve, and maintain One24's website.
Responsible for written proposals, advertisements, fliers and related materials.
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