Windows Systems Engineer

This is a Microsoft Windows Systems Administration/Engineering role. The successful candidate must be a subject matter expert with hands-on experience with a wide range of enterprise computing platforms, in particular Intel x86-64 blades and standalone servers running Microsoft Windows Server. The role will be primarily focused on specification gathering, design, configuration, administration, implementation, and day to day support of a variety distributed computing technologies in support of the Firm’s financial services business. The role requires the candidate to be highly proficient in Powershell.

Principal Responsibilities

  • The primary responsibility is MS Windows Server Systems Administration, including L2 and L3 server support plus engineering and automation.
    • Automation: Develop new, and enhance existing Powershell code and Chef roles/recipes.
    • Day-to-day, run-the-firm maintenance of the Firm’s entire server estate, (approximately 2300 servers)
    • Install and configure MS Windows Server onto physical and virtual systems using the Firm’s automated build procedure (MDT+Chef recipes)
    • Install and support High Availability / Windows Clusters for our MS SQL Database team
    • Document procedures. Write Run-books, FAQs, How-To’s.
    • Work closely with other subject matter experts, including other Unix, Windows, BCP, Storage, Tape Backup, Network, Datacenter and Database specialists.
    • Identify, Evaluate and install firmware, OS and application patches using WSUS and chocolatey
    • Troubleshoot and solve a wide variety of hardware, firmware, software and configuration issues.
    • Share weekend on-call rotation duties.
  •          Additional Responsibilities.
    • Assist in onboarding new Portfolio Management Trading teams by gathering requirements, then designing and implementing solutions that meet business needs.
    • Provide direction, guidance to datacenter teams performing installs and repairs.
    • Develop and engineer solutions that improve business challenges in the company’s x86 platforms.
    • Continually evaluate infrastructure effectiveness, develop technical direction, and upgrade initiatives.
    • Implement proof-of-concepts for new system designs and participate in and document system design reviews.
    • Develop processes and procedures to ensure managed environments maintain the highest levels of availability and quality.
    • Deploy and manage a multi-tenant hosted configuration (AD/File, Systems, Messaging, Security)
    • Configure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) user and computer accounts
    • Create/configure AD Groups and Organizational Units, Objects and Trusts, (GPOs)
    • Configure user and computer environments by using Group Policy
    • Configure and analyze server security and security update compliance
    • Configure and manage Windows Server storage technologies
    • Configure and manage Distributed File System (DFS)
    • Configure Network Access Protection (NAP)
    • Participate in the selection, design, and implementation of new computer equipment, including servers, data storage systems, and backup systems, as well as the systems software that runs on those servers
    • Participate in the planning, designing and testing of disaster recovery procedures.
    • Testing and certification of infrastructure stacks within the Windows Server Platforms including high end peripherals, clustering, high availability, and Storage interoperability
    • Additional hours including weekend work will be required at times.
    • Participate in performance analysis, proactive troubleshooting, and capacity planning for the enterprise computing environment.
  •          Minimum Qualifications/Skills Required
    • 8+ years’ experience in information technology as a Systems Administrator/Engineer
    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, or related field
    • 2+ years’ experience managing a large Active Directory environment of 1,000+ users.  Experiences should include deploying and upgrading Active Directory environments, as well as GPO creation and maintenance.
    • 2+ years professional experience installing, administering and supporting Microsoft Windows operating systems
    • Strong PowerShell scripting experience.
    • Familiarity with HA / Windows Clustering setup, maintenance and monitoring
  •          Qualifications/Skills Preferred
    • Experience with Microsoft DSC or other configuration management technologies (e.g. Chef, Puppet, etc)
    • Experience with Active Directory integration with other platforms.  i.e. Knowledge of Kerberos and LDAP as implemented by Active Directory, and how this integrates with a Linux platform.
    • Experience with WSUS, Altiris, AD, MS Exchange, VMWare, Netapp, a plus
    • Experience managing multiple systems environments such as development, testing, and production environments.

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