Don Blake

Freelance Datacenter Freelancer & System Administrator

Location:Plainfield, Illinois, United States
2 Skills
Don Blake
Technical Certifications
VCP - Cloud
VCP  4
VCP  3
CCA – XenServer 6
CCA – XenDesktop 5
CCA – XenApp 6

MCITP - Windows 2008 R2 Virtualization
Technical Skills Summary
Server Farm Design, XenApp 6.5/XenDesktop 5.5, Netscaler, Branch Repeater, Metaframe Presentation Server 4.5/4.0/, Metaframe Presentation Server 3.0, Metaframe XP Presentation Server, Metaframe 1.8, Web Interface 4.0, Nfuse 2.0, Nfuse 1.7, Secure Gateway, Secure Ticket Authority, Installation Manager, Resource Manager, Policies
Windows Server 2008/2003/2000/NT, Hyper-V 2008 R2, App-V, MED-V, SCOM, SCCM, VMM, SCE, Terminal Services, Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP/Vista, Internet Information Server (IIS)6.0/7.0, SQL Server 2005/2003, Exchange Server 2007/2003, KMS, Active Directory, Group Policy Creation and Management, Visio, Project, Office Suite 97/2000/2003/2007/2010, Internet Explorer, Virtual Server 2005, DFS/DRS, Sharepoint 2007/2003, ISA 2006
ESX Servers 5.0/4.0/3.5/3.0/3i/2.X/VC 1.X/VC 2/VC 4/VC 5, VMWare View, VMware Server,  vRanger (Vizioncore), vCharter, vReplicator, vMigrator,vConverter, vControl, Veeam
EMC CX4-120/240, AX4-5, NetApp, DataDomain, HDX, LAN, WAN, Wireless, Remote Access, DMZ, VPN, SonicWall Firewalls, Barracuda Spam Firewalls, VOIP, Fiber Switches, Fiber SAN, iSCSI, NAS, Cisco/Dell Switches, Cisco Routers, Astocom ISP Load Balancer
Professional Experience

April 2011 – Present
Augmentity , Chicago, IL
Virtualization Practice Lead

Built the Virtualization Practice
Created Cloud Service Offerings
VMware vSphere Design and Implementation
VMWare vCloud Design and Implementation
Citrix Xenapp Design and Implementation
Citrix XenDesktop Design and Implementation
Citrix XenServer Design and Implementation
VMWare View Design and Implementation
Microsoft Hyper-V Design and Implementation
PreSales Discussions and White Boards
Post Sales Architecture and Design

October 2010 – April 2011
    Project Leadership Associates, Chicago, IL
     Technical Architect

Built the Virtualization Practice
Design and Plan Desktop Virtualization Environments
Design and Configure XenDesktop 5 and XenApp 6
Design and Configure VMWare View 4.5
Design and Configure Microsoft App-v and Med-V
Design and Configure VMWare vSphere 4.1
Design and Configure Hyper-v R2
Design and Configure EMC CX and AX series SANs
Working with clients and advising them on key architectural decisions concerning the platform and the supporting technologies.
Evaluating projects from a technical stance, guaranteeing that the development methods used are correct and practical.
Signing off system requirements, identifying resources and estimating timelines for project completion
Producing technical architectures that are modifiable, dependable and scalable
Delivering solutions to customers including database consolidation, implementation, and application integration with stress on architectural services
Microsoft System Center Suite Integration and Troubleshooting
January 2006 – October 2010
Vizioncore, Inc Buffalo Grove, IL
IT Infrastructure Manager / VMWare Engineer
Manage a team of 5, Plan, Design, and Implement anything with regards to the internal and external infrastructure. 
Architected, Configured, and Managed Citrix 3.0 / 4.0 environment
Upgraded Citrix 4.0 Environment to XenApp 5.
Designed XenApp 5 for upgrade to XenApp6.
Designed and Installed Microsoft Key Management Server for a 100 seat demo environment. Mix of Windows 7 and Server 2008.
Designed and Configured multiple WAN connections to XenApp 5 as well as External Connections.
Architected, Configured, and Managed  Vmware ESX 2.5,3.0, and 3.5 environments (incl VC and VCB)
Very Heavy Windows Server work.
Linux OS and Unix console support
Manage and Oversee an IT budget of $750,000 a year.
Created Policies and Project Plans
Work closely with vendors to order hardware, T1s, PRIs, MPLS 
Redesigned the network because of growth.
Setup Exchange 2007 cluster, Migrated Exchange 2003 to 2007. 
Setup and configured BES server for Blackberries.
Configured and supported all Windows Mobile Devices
Migrated Public Folders to Sharepoint 2007 
Designed and Configured DMZ. 
Designed and Configured Sonicwall Firewall
Configured Colocation, with DR backups using DRS and deduplication.
Configured and Managed Fiber SANs as well as iSCSI SANs. 
Rebuilt AD environment, with GPO creation, DHCP, DNS. 
Configured and installed Astrocom WAN ISP Failover device. 
Configured and setup site to site connection.
Planned,Designed and implemented Sharepoint 2007. 
Designed and Configured Demo System
Designed and Configured SQL Server 2005 environment including replication to another SQL 2005 Server
Worked heavily with Dell equipment
Designed and implemented a lab for Dell to train on vizioncore products
Designed and configured ISA 2006 for use with Sharepoint 2007
Microsoft Operations Manager configuration and design
September 2005 – January 2006
TEKSystems (Supporting ABN Amro)
Citrix Engineer

Monitored Resources for Offshore Clients
Recommended Design ideas and changes to fix latency and bottlenecks
Implemented fixes and farm design changes
Troubleshot Citrix latency and implemented changes to resolve issues
Supported a farm of 15 servers and 700 users
Citrix Presentation Server 4.0, 3.0, CSG, Web Interface
Windows 2003 Server
Lotus Notes 6.5

February 2004 – September 2005
First American Bank
Lead Citrix Engineer
Design, Test and Implement the upgrade of existing Citrix Farm from Metaframe 1.8 to XP
Upgrade Windows NT Server to Windows 2003 Server
Installed and configured CSG, STA, and Web Interface servers
Setup Offsite High Availabilty (Replica of production farm)
Documentation of all aspects of the Citrix environment
Managed two Junior Citrix Administrators
Created documentation and training for Help Desk
Installed and configured VMware ESX 2.5 Servers
Configured and Applied group policies
Documented and taught Help Desk how to resolve Citrix Issues
Farm of 75 Citrix Servers and 700 Users
Microsoft Operation Manager Configuration
July 2001 – February 2004
CIB Bank
Citrix Administrator/VMWare Engineer
Design, Test and Implement new install of Citrix XP Farm
Upgrade Windows NT to Windows Server 2000
Installed and configured Citrix Web Interface, STA, and CSG
Documented and kept Inventory of all software for Disaster Recovery
Worked Closely with vendors to order software and hardware
Trained and helped rebuild Help Desk
Help in hiring Help Desk users
Documented the Citrix Server Farm to help assist Help Desk
Installed Cisco VPN
Created and documented SLAs
Created Help Desk Intranet Site, FAQs, Forms, Outages and Weekly Tips
Farm of 17 servers and 700 users
May 2000 – July 2001
Acuent Inc
Citrix Administrator

Monitored and Troubleshot current Citrix 1.8 farm.
Worked with Help Desk to train on current environment
Worked with Veritas Backup Exec and created schedules
Installed and documented how to run VPN
Handled all Inventory for 4 offices
Configured Help Desk Application
Ran Terminal server UPHClean for Roaming Profiles
Configured and Troubleshot GPOs

November 1997 – May 2000
Dendrite Americas
Senior Help Desk Representative
Senior Help Desk Technician supporting over 6,000 dial in users.
Handled between 50-85 calls per day maintaining a 90% first call resolution
Analyze problems and forward to the appropriate group for resolution if necessary
Work closely with third level support and other help desks to ensure customer satisfaction
Participate in team projects that enhance the quality and efficiency of Help Desk
Provide first and second level hardware troubleshooting and support for IBM laptop computers
Provide Team Lead and guidance when manager was unavailable
     February 1997 – November 1997
Computer Magic
Lead Technician
Field and In house technician
Field experience included network installations, wire runs, and software calls
Windows 95, NT, Novell Netware 4.12
In house troubleshooting of customers PCs as well and new PC builds