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Senior Windows Systems Engineer

Lansing, MI
​We are looking for a Senior level Windows System Engineer for a long term contracting role in Lansing, MI. 


 
  • Experienced systems engineer who has 7+ years of system administration experience with Windows Server 2008, 2012, and 2016 operating systems in large environments (200 servers+)
  • A deep knowledge of multi-forest, multi-domain Active Directory design and administration; Planning, testing and application of group policies; Public/private DNS administration
  • Strong PowerShell scripting background for administrative tasks, standardization, desired state configuration, and automation
  • Experience leveraging System Center Configuration Manager for patch management and software distribution. Package creation and custom reporting is a plus.
  • Experience with planning, designing and testing disaster recovery/business continuity scenarios.
  • Knowledgeable of system backup/restore methodologies and experience applying the correct method to the appropriate aspect of the environment
  • Expert with diagnostic tools, administrative tools and performance optimization/tuning.
  • Well-rounded knowledge of networking (LAN, WAN, VMPLS, VLAN, Routing, Firewalls, etc.
  • CISCO network administration a major plus


Qualifications:
 
 
Education and Years of Experience: 
 
 
  • Bachelor’s degree or Relevant hands-on experience
  • Experienced systems engineer who has 7+ years of system administration experience with Windows Server 2008, 2012, and 2016 operating systems.
 
 
Required Skills/Certifications:
 
  • Strong technical acumen specific to Microsoft Windows Server operating systems in an enterprise environment supporting over 400 servers and multiple sites
  • A deep knowledge of multi-forest, multi-domain Active Directory design and administration; Planning, testing and application of group policies; Public/private DNS administration
  • Experienced with Certificate Authority administration, best practices, and management of certificates in an enterprise environment
  • Strong PowerShell scripting background for administrative tasks, standardization, desired state configuration, and automation
  • Experience leveraging System Center Configuration Manager for patch management and software distribution. Package creation and custom reporting is a plus.
  • Familiar with the administration of Solarwinds and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Experience deploying, configuring, and maintaining Hyper-V, XenApp/XenDesktop, and/or vSphere in a Cisco UCS environment
  • Familiar with integrating enterprise environments to cloud services such as Azure or AWS.
  •  Experience with planning, designing and testing disaster recovery/business continuity scenarios.
  •  Strong technical acumen specific to Microsoft Windows Server operating systems in an enterprise environment supporting over 400 servers and multiple sites
  • A deep knowledge of multi-forest, multi-domain Active Directory design and administration; Planning, testing and application of group policies; Public/private DNS administration
  • Experienced with Certificate Authority administration, best practices, and management of certificates in an enterprise environment
  • Strong PowerShell scripting background for administrative tasks, standardization, desired state configuration, and automation
  • Experience leveraging System Center Configuration Manager for patch management and software distribution. Package creation and custom reporting is a plus.
  • Familiar with the administration of Solarwinds and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Experience deploying, configuring, and maintaining Hyper-V, XenApp/XenDesktop, and/or vSphere in a Cisco UCS environment
 
  • Familiar with integrating enterprise environments to cloud services such as Azure or AWS.
  • Experience with planning, designing and testing disaster recovery/business continuity scenarios.
  • Ability to collaborate with resources across multiple disciplines
  • Ability to design and document complex workflowsStrong proficiency in managing DNS, DFS, SMTP, clustering
  • Experience scripting in Powershell, Python, Perl or other languages
  • Strong proficiency in VMware VSphere and cloud management technologies
  • Well-rounded knowledge of networking (LAN, WAN, VMPLS, VLAN, Routing, Firewalls, etc.)
  • Well-rounded knowledge of storage solutions (Vmax, VNX, Data Domain, Nimble)
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, flexibility in concepts and action, able to handle aggressive mission critical deadlines
  • Looks for any areas of improvement and suggests changes, rather than waiting for direction
  • Excellent team player - proven ability to resolve problems professionally and systematically
  • Other duties as assigned
 
Desired Skills/Certifications:
 
  • Knowledgeable of system backup/restore methodologies and experience applying the correct method to the appropriate aspect of the environment
  • Experience with building, configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting Microsoft based clusters. History of managing and maintaining vendor relationships
  • Diagnose, solve or assist staff in solving non-routine or complex software, hardware, and procedural problems.
  • Ensure all platforms conform to Safe Auto’s configuration, performance and security requirements and standards.
  • Analyze and minimize the impact of production changes on business operations by leveraging test/validation processes, process documentation and change management.
  • Knowledge of data replication, storage protocols, network protocols and connectivity
  • Maximize system availability and optimize the end user experience.
  • Work with team members and manager to develop long term vision and road map strategy for responsible platforms in alignment with organizational and company strategic objectives.
  • Analyze business needs and conduct research for technical and procedural solutions. Implement and monitor process improvement efforts, including quantifiable measures of success.
  • Lead project efforts and work with IT and business partners to define project scope, identify and prioritize requirements, and building thorough, clean project plans.
  • Participate in on-call rotation with Server and Storage Team
  • Expert with diagnostic tools, administrative tools and performance optimization/tuning.
 
Additional Requirement(s):
 
  • Experience with Microsoft Azure and O365 Administration
  • Expert-level knowledge of Active Directory, including Group Policy creation and management
  • Experience in server and desktop virtualization platforms such as VMWare
  • Experience with automated monitoring systems and technologies, with practical knowledge of MS SCOM, and SCCM, and automated patching procedures
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