About Me

About me

I was born in 1988 and should update this page way more often than I do.  I grew up in the south western Sydney area.  I studied Computer Science at the lovely grounds of the University of Wollongong (and am back again, working there now this time).  During and after my studies, I have worked on many different roles with a lot of interesting companies ranging from general IT and support to programming roles and more recently network and systems administration.  I have taken a keen interest in Network Engineering and wish to focus on these areas on the future.

In my leisure time, I am a lover of music.  I like to play the piano and am learning guitar.  I have an interest in electronics; owning several Arduino’s, Raspberri Pi’s and love to crack out C and the soldering iron on a rainy day.  I recently have a new found hobby in photography and intend to start up an album on this site sooner or later.

Career Objectives

I strive to be the best in my field.  At the moment my interests are in the areas of Network engineering and Systems Administration.  During my spare time I’ll probably be working on little pet projects or trying to increase my certifications.  My career objectives are simple, enjoy what I do, and be the best I can possibly be at doing it.

Core competencies

  • RHEL administration
    • Building RPM’s
    • Proficient with mainstream packages (Bind, Nagios, Apache, Cacti tcpdump, puppet, etc)
    • Scripting to automate tasks.
    • Syslog-ng and Splunk experience in setting up logging environments.
    • Configuring and administering postfix mail servers.
  • System design
    • HA System design utilising open source products (DRBD, Heartbeat, Nginx, Apache, Replication in Mysql and PostgreSQL) to provide a highly available software stack.
    • Solid fundamental networking knowledge (with limited Junos and IOS knowledge) to set up highly available SRX chassis cluster border firewall’s (with dual internet connectivity using BGP), highly available switch design (virtual chassis, link aggregation/bonding and STP planning)
    • VPN and OSPF design for highly available networking across different sites, with basic OSPF knowledge for route distribution across network.
  • Network Engineering
    • Skills mainly gained from UOW from playing with a medium sized (just under 200 L3 switches) network.
    • MPLS knowledge to administer our MPLS VPN network (used for segregation of types of traffic on our campus network)
    • Basic skills required to administer voice and video infrastructure (Cisco Call Manager @ UOW.  I use Asterisk at home ;) & Video Conferencing (Cisco Telepresence)
    • Experience managing Cisco IOS devices (Catalyst switches), Junos devices (SRX Firewalls and EX series switches), Cisco wireless LAN, ASA and Palo Alto series firewalls.
  • Programming
    • Though I tend not to find myself writing massive applications any more, my degree was in Computer Science (programming) and I’ll always find myself whipping up a script or application to automate a task or solve a problem at hand.  I’m not going to list any languages, frameworks or anything but what I will do (eventually) is put some of my projects up on this blog.

2 responses

  1. Adeel comments:

    Hello Scott,

    My name is Adeel and i am Student of Electronic Engineering .I saw your Blog it is very very nice and helpful for me.
    I saw that u have great command on Puppet (Configuration Management Tool) . I saw your post ” My experiences of managing a Cisco Switch with Puppet”
    I have a project in my university which is basically related to your Post.the task of my project is
    “Automate Cisco Switch using any Configuration Management Tool”.
    The aim of the project is that Switches and Routers have some Configurations and I have to use any Configuration Management Tool so that i will configure all the switches and router through a server or configure through a single click.

    So please i need your little help about this project i will be very thankful to you.

    Best Regards
    Adeel Ahmed

  2. dgn2200 dd-wrt router comments:

    Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is important and all.
    But think about if you added some great photos or videos to give your posts more, “pop”!

    Your content is excellent but with pics and video clips, this website could undeniably be one of the best in its field.

    Awesome blog!

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