Resume of Branden J. Bell
branden.bell@gmail.com

 Professional Profile 

•  Microsoft Certified Professional
•  Over twelve years of increasingly responsible Information Technology experience
•  Very strong Windows Server implementation and administration experience
•  Strong WAN/LAN implementation and administration experience 
•  Strong network and systems security knowledge
•  Strong knowledge of Open Source security and network management tools
•  Linux administration experience 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

HAROLD E. NUTTER & SON, INC., ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA                                                                       4/09 – PRESENT
IT MANAGER  

•  Implemented WSUS to deliver automated critical and security updates to Microsoft software
•  Implemented network monitoring and alerting by utilizing Zenoss Core Open Source monitoring software
•  Consolidated server hardware from 12 physical servers to 5 physical servers by utilizing Citrix XenServer Virtualization solution
•  Implemented asset tracking by utilizing Spiceworks free IT Management software
•  Implemented centralized backup solution using LTO Ultrium backup hardware and media using Symantec BackupExec 12.5 

 
Network Design Associates
, Fair Oaks, California                                                                                         7/08 – 4/09
Network Engineer
 

•  Migrated medium sized client from Windows NT4 domain to Active Directory using Windows 2003 Server R2
•  Migrated medium sized law firm from external POP3 email to local install of Exchange 2003
•  Implemented Postini Mail Security solution for multiple clients
•  Managed and tested backup and restore procedures for multiple clients
•  Used Open Source tools to perform security scans, spyware removal and data recovery for multiple clients 

 

California Hospital Association, Sacramento, California                                                                             09/05 – 7/08 Senior Network Engineer  

•  Responsible for systems/network administration and information security for corporate headquarters as well as seven remote offices
•  Migrated all remote offices from 256K Frame-Relay Internet connections to site-to-site VPN connections using DSL lines to corporate headquarters
•  Implemented Boxtone Blackberry Enterprise Server management and monitoring solution
•  Replaced most end of life HP servers with new HP Proliant ML, and DL series servers
•  Implemented TippingPoint IDS/IPS solution
•  Implemented Postini Spam/Virus filtering for multiple domains 

 

Rearden Commerce, San Mateo, California                                                                                                09/04 – 08/05 IT Manager 

•  Recruited by VP of Engineering and Director of Operations to Manage corporate IT function
•  Implemented computer hardware and software asset tracking system on time and 95% under budget by selecting open source solution that runs on Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (LAMP)
•  Streamlined new hire process by creating Ghost images for standard hardware and software and providing self-help through documenting and publishing FAQ documentation
•  Implemented Request Tracking system with zero capital spend by using open source solution
•  Secondary point of contact for Exchange 2003/Rearden platform synchronization
•  Secondary point of contact for corporate Blackberry Enterprise device and server issues 


Omneon Video Networks, Sunnyvale, California                                                                                          11/03 – 9/04 IT Manager 

•  Recruited by CFO to rebuild corporate IT infrastructure and manage desktop support function
•  Promoted from System Administrator to IT Manager after 6 months of employment
•  Eliminate single points of failure by upgrading out of warranty Dell PowerEdge servers and network hardware
•  Reduced remote access costs by 15% by implementing Netscaler SSL VPN solution
•  Administered all aspects of multi-site WAN
•  Increased employee productivity by virtually eliminating successful delivery of 2000+ daily SPAM e-mail messages
•  Administered Exchange 2003 email server
•  Implemented monitoring and alerting of all production servers and network equipment 

 

Mercury Interactive, Sunnyvale, California
Helpdesk Support Technician
                                                                                                                   3/03 – 11/03 

•  Provided phone and desktop support for Mercury Interactive U.S. users
•  Main point of contact for Blackberry device helpdesk tickets 
•  Mentored Jr. team members with technical guidance, policies and procedures
•  Set new standard in daily amount of successfully closed trouble tickets by effectively implementing “First call, last call” initiative 

 

2Wire, Inc., San Jose, California                                                                                                                      7/02 – 2/03 Systems Engineer 

•  Secured Outlook Web Access enabled e-mail solution by switching to SSL based authentication
•  Upgraded high transaction Dell PowerEdge web servers improving reliability and security
•  Provided project and technical leadership for office expansion in Phoenix, Arizona
•  Provided end-user support for staff located at corporate headquarters
•  Reduction in force resulted in employment termination 

 

Icarian, Inc., Sunnyvale, California                                                                                                                10/99 – 7/02 Systems Administrator 

•  Administration of 25 Dell PowerEdge data and web servers running Windows NT and Linux
•  Administration of MS Exchange 5.5 e-mail servers
•  Administration of software PBX utilizing analog phone lines and Unified Messaging                                                        •  Acted as project manager and technical lead on data center relocation  
•  Documented and implement standard desktop and server deployment procedures
•  Implemented Blackberry Enterprise Server 
•  Vendor selection and negotiation for data center relocation project 

 

EDUCATION 

University of San Francisco, Cupertino, California             
M.S. Information Systems  

Menlo College, Atherton, California  
B.A. Business Management, Minor: Management Information Systems  


CERTIFICATIONS 

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI)
Currently pursuing MCSE on Windows Server 2003 – Expected completion by October, 2009 

References  

Available upon request