Darin Zook

Darin Zook

Data Center Engineer at PremierComm

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Area
Information Technology and Services

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Darin Zook's Overview

  • Network Support Specialist III at Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc
  • Network Support Specialist II at Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.
  • Network Support Specialist I at Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.
  • Consolidated School of Business
  • PMHS
  • PMHS

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Darin Zook's Summary

I am a hard working, motivated individual who has a passion for all things technology. I work efficiently and quickly on my own, but excel and thrive in team oriented, project based environments.

I am experienced with the Cisco UCS architecture. I have deployed 4-6296UPs, 6-5108 chassis, and 32-B200 M3s. I've also deployed the C240 M3 rack mountable server. I'm also very experienced with HP hardware. This ranges through most of HP's DL series servers, to the BL series servers and chassis. I'm also very familiar with HP Virtual Connect.

I have obtained my NetApp NCDA Certification in 7-Mode, and have a tremendous passion for NetApp hardware and the Data ONTAP Platform OS. I'm experienced with both Clustered Data ONTAP and Data ONTAP running in 7-Mode. I believe my enterprise storage knowledge can help businesses implement effective and right-sized solutions to fit the business need.

My knowledge in the datacenter makes it easy to work with electricians, HVAC technicians, and facilities architects to make sure that the environment has the appropriate resources to meet the needs of a high availability datacenter.

Darin Zook's Experience

Data Center Engineer


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Telecommunications industry

May 2014Present (5 months) Lancaster, PA

Network Support Specialist III

Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; susq; Banking industry

August 2013May 2014 (10 months) Lititz, PA

Implemented Multisite NetApp FAS3250 HA Pairs running Clustered Data ONTAP to meet growing user community demands in the Citrix environment. Installed and configured a new UCS solution in backup datacenter consisting of 6296UPs, 5108 Chassis and B200 M3 blades, as well as 2 additional fully populated 5108 chassis in the primary data center to meet this Citrix demand as well.

To facilitate many of the changes necessary for the hardware additions, I worked with the facilities team to add an additional aisle of racks to the Data Center. This included ordering appropriate power and discussion with HVAC vendors to ensure appropriate cooling and airflow to both new and legacy equipment.

Continued to manage the Windows Server 2008 R2 domain, respond to and resolve problem tickets, and act as 3rd level support for application issues. Continued to manage the NetApp infrastructure consisting of 6 HA-Pairs over 2 geographical sites running both 7-Mode and Clustered ONTAP. Worked with VMware administrator to coordinate and upgrade ESXi 5.1 hosts to Update 2.

Network Support Specialist II

Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.

March 2011August 2013 (2 years 6 months) Lititz, PA

I specialized in managing and maintaining the NetApp Storage Infrastructure. I led the migration effort from a pair of FAS3160s to a pair of FAS3270s and a FAS3240. I obtained my NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator Certification in August of 2012 in Data ONTAP 8.0 7-mode. I worked daily with NetApp CLI, NetApp System Manager, NetApp SnapDrive, NetApp SnapManager for SQL, and SnapShot and SnapMirror technologies. I also worked regularly with some of the products in NetApp's OnCommand suite of monitoring tools.

I managed our Windows 2008 R2 Domain & Active Directory Environment, supporting 4000+ users. I assisted in managing SQL 2005, 2008, 2008 R2 & 2012 servers. I worked with our team in managing approximately 250 servers that existed in a VMware vSphere 5.0 environment across multiple datastores, hosts, clusters and data centers.

I worked alongside our VMware administrator to upgrade the VMware 5.0 environment running on HP BladeSystem Infrastructure to a Cisco UCS BladeSystem Architecture consisting of 6296UP Fabric Interconnects, UCS 5108 blade chassis, and B200 M3 Blades. As part of this migration effort, we also upgraded the VMware environment to vSphere 5.1 Update 1.

When adding new components to the Data Center, I worked closely with electricians and facilities teams to be sure that resources were available to accommodate the additions. In addition to these tasks I promptly responded to and resolved level 2 and 3 problem tickets that came through the IT Support group. I worked to complete all work to the best of my ability and as quickly and efficiently as possible. Much of my day to day support also consisted of after hours work and support. Part of maintaining a critical production environment is working with business units to develop after hours maintenance schedules that do not impact end users, and more importantly the customers.

Network Support Specialist I

Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.

March 2008March 2011 (3 years 1 month) Lititz, PA

I managed and maintained Windows 2003 & Windows 2008 Servers running business critical applications. This included patching, scheduling maintenance windows, and upgrades of the applications they ran. These servers were both physical and virtual in the datacenter environment. These servers included HP DL360s, DL365s, DL385s and BL465 series servers. The virtual environment ran on ESX 3.5, and later 4. I participated in the annual IT Disaster Recovery test. I continually took on additional responsibility as opportunity presented itself. I started managing NetApp storage, handling volume and LUN provisioning, Snapmirror replication, and other duties.

Network Administrator

Donegal Insurance Group

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Insurance industry

May 2005March 2008 (2 years 11 months) Marietta, PA

I assisted in the daily management and maintenance of a multi-site Windows 2003 Active Directory Environment. I built servers, and spent considerable amount of time in the datacenter, running CAT5e, CAT6, and FiberOptic cabling. I answered phones and assisted with desktop support, printer repair, and telephone system maintenance.

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

August 2003May 2005 (1 year 10 months) W. Lancaster, PA

Served as Team Leader in Paint Department, later as Team Leader in Appliances Department. Assisted customers, managed inventory, completed Entry Management Training program.

Darin Zook's Courses

  • Independent Coursework

    • Accelerated NCDA Boot Camp Data ONTAP 7-Mode (NetApp)
    • Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
    • Configuring, Managing and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
    • Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL

Darin Zook's Certifications

  • NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer - SAN (NCIE-SAN)

    • NetApp
    • August 2014 to August 2016
  • NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA)

    • NetApp
    • August 2012 to August 2016
  • Cisco Unified Computing Technology Support Specialist

    • Cisco
    • May 2014 to May 2016
  • Nimble Installation and Operation Professional (NIOP)

    • Nimble Storage
    • July 2014 to July 2016
  • Nimble Sales Engineer Professional (NSEP)

    • Nimble Storage
    • June 2014 to June 2016
  • Nimble Technical Sales Professional (NTSP)

    • Nimble Storage
    • July 2014 to July 2016
  • Veeam Technical Sales Professional (VMTSP)

    • Veeam Software
    • August 2014

Darin Zook's Skills & Expertise

  1. NetApp
  2. Windows
  3. Windows Server
  4. VMware
  5. Active Directory
  6. Microsoft SQL Server
  7. Citrix Metaframe
  8. Servers
  9. Network Administration
  10. Networking
  11. Storage Area Networks
  12. Network Security
  13. vSphere
  14. HP
  15. Virtualization
  16. Cisco UCS
  17. Enterprise Storage
  18. Apple
  19. iOS
  20. Mac OS X
  21. Cisco Technologies
  22. Data Center
  23. Storage
  24. High Availability
  25. Hardware
  26. Operating Systems
  27. SAN
  28. NAS
  29. System Administration
  30. VMware Infrastructure
  31. DNS
  32. TCP/IP
  33. Infrastructure
  34. Server Architecture
  35. OS X
  36. Citrix
  37. Technical Support
  38. VMware vSphere

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Darin Zook's Education

Consolidated School of Business

ASB, Information Technology


Cisco CCNA Courses 1-4, iNet+, A+ Hardware & Software, Adobe Photoshop, Javascript & HTML, Windows Server Administration.



Darin Zook's Additional Information


Enterprise Storage, Virtualization, Enterprise Mobility, Computers, Technology, Networking, Media, Photography, Videography.

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