Brad Groux

Brad Groux

Senior Systems Engineer at Quantlab Financial, LLC

Location
Houston, Texas Area
Industry
Information Technology and Services

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Brad Groux's Summary

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I am an IT Infrastructure, Microsoft Platforms and Active Directory expert with over thirteen years of support and implementation experience in enterprise level environments. I have extensive experience and expertise in systems consolidation, virtualization, documentation, compliance, team leadership, project management, planning and expert level "SME" support. If it is made by Microsoft and is a role of feature of Windows Server, I've installed, used and supported it in some of the largest environments in the world.

Brad Groux's Experience

Senior Systems Engineer

Quantlab Financial, LLC

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Financial Services industry

August 2014Present (2 months) Houston, Texas

Premier Field Engineer

Microsoft

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MSFT; Computer Software industry

October 2011July 2014 (2 years 10 months) Houston, TX

• Perform Active Directory Risk Assessments (ADRAPs) for a multitude of clients throughout the continental United States, spanning various infrastructure sizes (1-200 domain controllers).
• Troubleshoot and remediate Active Directory, systems and and DNS issues that are detrimental to a healthy environment.
• Implement Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) Single Sign-On (SSO) infrastructure and systems including Relying Party Trusts and Claims Provider Trusts.
• Plan and perform Active Directory forest and domain level migrations across global infrastructures.
• Provide expert level support onsite and remotely as needed for more than forty enterprise customers per calendar year.
• Assist and preserve client relationships by maintaining strong customer service and support ties by adding value when available.
• Proactively seeking out potential future engagements and opportunities to ensure optimal utilization metrics for myself and my team.
• Actively participate in team building exercises while providing guidance and direction to new hires and team members.
• Help to develop and maintain on boarding and training documentation and procedures.
• Continually developing skill set through further training to better facilitate future customer support scenarios.

Infrastructure Manager

Targa Resources

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; TRGP; Oil & Energy industry

June 2008September 2011 (3 years 4 months)

• Lead a team of nine local and outsourced (overseas) resources through day to day operations supporting 200+ Windows servers (2003/2008), 10 HP UNIX servers and 1200+ local and remote Windows end-users.
• Planned and implements additions, deletions and major modifications across the entire corporate infrastructure.
• Thought leader on infrastructure scaling and physical to virtual migrations using Hyper-V to reduce overall hardware footprint, including scaling back physical server footprint by 100+ servers.
• Oversees troubleshooting, systems backups, archiving, disaster recovery and provides expert-level support when necessary.
• Go to project leader on various large scale projects including corporate-wide application rollouts, application upgrades and system refreshes.
• Designed and implemented disaster recovery plan while building the Dallas disaster recovery site from the ground up.
• Worked directly with the client management and application leads to support and rollout systems across the infrastructure.
• Worked directly with the client management teams to ensure that all systems, applications and polices are Sarbanes-Oxley compliant.
• Took proactive steps to improving the stability, cost and security of the infrastructure as a whole including performing SAN storage audits and cleanup.
• Managed the budgeting and purchasing of all software, hardware and IT supplies across the entire organization.
• A thought leader for areas of improvement across the infrastructure and internal processes and procedures, including SOX compliant documentation for all policies, procedures and applications.
• Initiates team and weekly status meetings to ensure that operations and projects remain on track, while communicating all status updates directly to the client.
• Provides leadership, guidance and mentors each team member with career development plans.
• Perform bi-annual project contribution evaluations and overall performance evaluations for all team members.

Senior Windows Systems Administrator

Chevron

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; CVX; Oil & Energy industry

June 2007June 2008 (1 year 1 month)

• Administered over 2500 physical HP and VMWare ESX virtual servers across four global locations in a Windows 2000 and 2003 Server environment.
• Installed and configured physical and VMWare ESX virtual servers depending on the needs of customers which included the use of SAN storage and clustering.
• Worked directly with the customer and application vendors to install and configure large scale and proprietary applications on virtual, physical and web servers.
• Performed various functions using Microsoft Active Directory including the creation of User IDs, shares, permissions and Group Policy Objects (GPOs).
• Supported and maintained application and web servers including Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005, Exchange Server 2003, SharePoint Server 2007 and Internet Information Services 6.0.
• Worked one on one with customers and vendors to build, configure and rollout dedicated server applications on both physical and virtual servers to the production environment.
• Performed monthly system updates utilizing Microsoft SMS while using a change management process as needed.
• Monitored various aspects of the servers, network and applications using the HP OpenView suite of tools.

Senior Windows Network Administrator

Men's Wearhouse

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; mw; Retail industry

June 2006June 2007 (1 year 1 month)

• Main point of contact and support for over 300 Dell PowerEdge servers running Windows NT, 2000 and 2003 Server across multiple geographical locations including the United States, Canada and South Korea.
• Administered various infrastructure applications in a team environment including Citrix 4.5, Microsoft Exchange 2003, Blackberry Enterprise Server and Trend Micro OfficeScan 7.3.
• Configured and maintained a Windows 2003 Server running Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Remote Installation Services (RIS) for Microsoft patch management and Windows Server imaging.
• Utilized LANDesk Server Manager 8.7 for server performance monitoring, server BIOS and firmware updates, inventory auditing, software license monitoring, reporting and software/OS deployment.
• Setup, managed and maintained a VMware 3.01 ESX Server and VMware VirtualCenter, including creating Windows Server based VM machines, images and clones.
• Performed various functions using Microsoft Active Directory including the creation of User IDs, shares, permissions and Group Policy Objects (GPOs).
• Lead Systems Administrator on the Disaster Recovery team and installed, updated, configured and planned many aspects of the Dallas-based disaster recovery site.
• Managed IP Scopes, DHCP addresses and DNS using Infoblox ID Grid Manager 4.1 on Infoblox 1550 Network Service Appliances while using HP OpenView to monitor system and application statuses.
• Authored and developed department and company-wide policies and procedures while implementing a thorough change management process to help maintain Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance.

Senior Systems Administrator

RBC Builder Finance

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; RY; Banking industry

June 2004June 2006 (2 years 1 month)

• Administered IBM servers and network security across sixteen nationwide locations in a Windows 2000 and 2003 Server environment.
• Supported and maintained application and web servers including Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Exchange Server 2003, Internet Information Services 6.0, IBM DB2 Content Management 8, Tivoli Storage Manager and Crystal Enterprise 10.
• Installed, configured and managed Windows 2003 Terminal Servers running Citrix 4.0, Softricity and VMware allowing remote users instant access to database information.
• Monitored network traffic and data flow using various tools and techniques including Iris Network Traffic Analyzer and Orion Network Performance Monitor.
• Maintained high network security and stability while running weekly security audits and daily monitoring using Retina Network Security Scanner and StealthWatch Architecture.
• Insured that the department and environment remained in Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
• Configured and maintained data backups using IBM Tivoli Storage Manager with IBM tape libraries while working with Iron Mountain off-site data protection.
• Updated business applications, security patches, hotfixes, hardware drivers and Blackberry firmware by utilizing and maintaining a Windows 2003 Application server.
• Performed security audits on desktops, laptops, servers and equipment to ensure network security and user compliance.
• Provided third tier business application and hardware support, including on-call executive and Blackberry support.
• Maintained PC, Server, Network and Blackberry inventory using Track-It! 7.0.
• Analyzed and validated monthly billing and invoices for all equipment and telecom.
• Ran quarterly software audits to help maintain corporate licensing accuracy.

Senior Systems Administrator

KBR

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; KBR; Construction industry

August 2000June 2004 (3 years 11 months)

• Installed, configured and maintained Compaq servers and Cisco network equipment in a Windows Server environment.
• Performed Data Backups using VERITAS and NovaStor backup software packages.
• Administered user and email accounts using Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange across a Windows 2000-2003 Server network.
• Maintained network security and related server updates and patches using Microsoft SMS.
• Provided third tier business application and hardware support, including on-call executive support.
• Lead a team of seven server and desktop technicians through their IT support duties.

Server/Network Technician

NASA Johnson Space Center

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Aviation & Aerospace industry

July 1998August 2000 (2 years 2 months)

• Led and managed a team of twelve cable and network technicians in everyday duties while maintaining the highest productivity rating of all team leaders.
• Performed multiple Category 5 cable pulls and migrations for implementation of a 10/100-switched network, while terminating existing Category 3 cables for installation of a new Siemens digital phone system.
• Installed racks, hubs, patch panels, 66 and 110 blocks for new data and telecommunications setup while assisting in the scripted installation and configuration of various Cisco routers and switches.
• Installed and configured new Dell PowerEdge servers running Windows NT Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server while troubleshooting various hardware, software, reworking and cabling issues.

Brad Groux's Publications

  • Microsoft Fanboys

    • September 1, 2011
    Authors: Brad Groux

    My personal blog where I ramble on about all things Microsoft. The site has become a go-to destination for the Microsoft independent developer community. I happily share my thoughts and opinions on Microsoft, their products, their ecosystem, their fans and more. My overall goal is to evangelize Microsoft to any and all who will listen. The site has nearly 5,000 Twitter followers, 2,000 Facebook fans and hundreds of thousands of hits per month. However, the site has no ads and generates no revenue. I do it, because I love it.

Brad Groux's Projects

  • Active Directory Federated Services (AD FS) Integration

    • February 2013 to April 2013
    Team Members: Brad Groux

    Engineered, designed, documented, developed and deployed an Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) single sign-on infrastructure for use by a global customer. I also designed and provided the documentation needed to roll the environment out into production, which the client did after several months of additional testing.

  • Windows 7 Global Deployment and Migration

    • May 2013 to December 2013
    Team Members: Brad Groux

    Lead and managed Windows 7 desktop deployment and forest migration for a global benefits provider with more than 60,000 end users worldwide. Roles Included architecting, documenting and managing build, script and migration processes and procedures. Included extensive work with GPO creation, management and compliance.

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster Rollout

    • May 2014 to Present
    Team Members: Brad Groux

    Engineered, designed, documented and deployed a large-scale 16-node Hyper-V virtualization cluster running on IBM BladeCenter hardware and an IBM System Storage SAN solution. I worked directly with the client to create the large-scale cluster from the ground up while also configuring Windows Server Cluster Aware Updating and performing VMWare to Hyper-V server migrations.

  • SharePoint 2013 Rollout and Implementation

    • August 2014 to Present
    Team Members: Brad Groux

    Architected, documented and deployed a SharePoint Server 2013 farm from the ground up. Worked to insure that the design, deployment and configuration were within Microsoft's supported best practice guidelines. Developed written and video end-user training materials while also leading face to face training sessions to insure user adoption and acceptance.

Brad Groux's Skills & Expertise

  1. Active Directory
  2. Windows Server
  3. DNS
  4. Microsoft Exchange
  5. Windows
  6. IIS
  7. Hyper-V
  8. SharePoint
  9. Disaster Recovery
  10. Microsoft SQL Server
  11. Data Center
  12. VMware ESX
  13. Technical Documentation
  14. Servers
  15. Security
  16. Cisco Technologies
  17. Change Management
  18. VMware
  19. Network Security
  20. Networking
  21. Hardware
  22. Software Installation
  23. Troubleshooting
  24. System Deployment
  25. Citrix
  26. DHCP
  27. Software Documentation
  28. Group Policy
  29. Blackberry Enterprise Server
  30. Microsoft Hyper-V
  31. Microsoft SharePoint
  32. HP
  33. Virtualization
  34. Databases
  35. Switches
  36. ADFS
  37. ADFS 2.0
  38. Direct Access
  39. Windows Server 2012
  40. Windows Server 2012 R2
  41. High Availability Clustering
  42. Windows 7 Migration
  43. Windows 7
  44. Windows 8
  45. Windows 8 Migration
  46. Windows Domain
  47. Domain Migrations
  48. Domain Controller
  49. Domain Consolidations
  50. Clustering

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Brad Groux's Honors and Awards

  • 2006 TIME Person of the Year

    Time Magazine
    • December 2006

    It was a great honor and a humbling experience receiving this globally recognized and prestigious award.

Brad Groux's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Animal Welfare
      • Arts and Culture
      • Children
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      • Economic Empowerment
      • Education
      • Environment
      • Health
      • Human Rights
      • Politics
      • Poverty Alleviation
      • Science and Technology
      • Social Services
    • Organizations I support:

      • BARC Houston (Animal Rescue)
      • Houston Museum of Natural Science
      • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
      • Children's Museum of Houston
      • Big Brothers Big Sisters
      • Electronic Frontier Foundation
      • Shriners Hospitals for Children
      • The Salvation Army
      • American Red Cross
      • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
      • Sugar Creek Baptist Church
      • charity: water
      • Child's Play (International) Ltd
      • American Cancer Society
      • Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
      • Alzheimer's Association®
      • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
      • Child Evangelism Fellowship

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