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Sergey F.
$50/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Administration
  • Linux System Administration
  • DevOps
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Git
  • Bash Programming
  • Ansible
  • Terraform
  • Docker
  • Jenkins
  • Prometheus
  • Kubernetes
  • ELK Stack

Skilled DevOps and System Administrator ready to work! I have experience in the implementation of different projects, setting up from the scratch, CI/CD processes, migration, tuning, optimization, maintenance/troubleshooting etc systems of various complexity (from simple website to project with more than 100k community such as dingit tv). DevOps and System Administration is not just job for me, it is something more, from a hobby at a young age it has grown into a passion. In recent years, I have great pleasure in doing DevOps and System Administration, I devote for this profession most of my time. I have great experience in:...

Horacio A.
$12/hr
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  • Email Communication
  • Technical Support
  • Data Entry
  • Management Skills
  • Ubiquiti
  • MikroTik RouterOS
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • PCI DSS
  • Wireless Network Implementation
  • Hospitality
  • Network Equipment

Profile Honest and dedicated up for any challenge. Easy to work with, productivity and goal oriented based on function given. I enjoy to maintain my knowledge base up to date enabling me to help others better. Have a vast experience in customer service call centers and infrastructure. more than eight years of experience in computer networking and configuration for end users of Internet service providers like verizon HSI copper lines and Verizon fios Fiber optic lines, working skills include but are not limited to remote configuration of DSL modems, routers, managed switches, diagnostic and monitoring of networks and style NOC ticketing...

Jason L.
$125/hr
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  • DHCP
  • VoIP
  • Ubiquiti
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Cisco Router
  • Unify
  • Network Design
  • Network Planning
  • Computer Network
  • Internet Protocol Security
  • Virtual LAN
  • Network Equipment
  • Firewall
  • PfSense

Experienced Network Engineer. Everything from Routing, Switching, WiFi, Designing, Troubleshooting. I started my career owning an Internet Service Provider and have worked in IT networking my entire career. I'm looking to expand my services by contracting projects for clients remotely. Currently working in with many network technologies at an expert level. Recent 2020 projects in: Cisco, Ubiquiti, Cisco Meraki, Many VOIP solutions, etc.

Archie R.
$10/hr
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  • Technical Support
  • Email Technical Support
  • Linux System Administration
  • Phone Support
  • Microsoft Office 365 Administration
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Power BI Data Visualization
  • Microsoft Flow Administration
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Network Monitoring
  • Network Security

Monitoring and maintaining the computer systems and networks within an organization in a technical support role. If there are any issues or changes required, such as forgotten passwords, viruses or email issues include installing and configuring computer systems, diagnosing hardware/software faults and solving technical problems over the phone. Technical support is vital to the ongoing operational efficiency of the company. Some tasks you may be involved in include: • Working with customers/employees to identify computer problems and advising on the solution • Logging and keeping records of customer/employee queries • Analyzing call logs...

Jonathan A.
$150/hr
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  • VMware Administration
  • Windows Administration
  • Office 365
  • DNS
  • SSL
  • Firewall
  • VPN
  • Google Suite Administrator
  • Data Migration
  • Cloud Migration
  • Backup & Migration
  • Acronis
  • Email Security
  • Cloud Security

I have over 20+ years 🏅 of experience in Cloud, System, Network, and Security Administration. My primary focus is on first understanding business objectives and then providing technical solutions. Communication and customer satisfaction are my top priority with every project. 👈👈👈 You are contracting someone who is an expert in multiple areas. Many projects start with an idea of what the problem is, only to find out it is something else. You won't have to go find another expert in that area to get the job done. 🏆🏆🏆 🌟 I have worked with clients of all sizes and all industries 🌟 ✔ MSPs ✔ Government ✔ Insurance ✔ Education ✔ Dallas...

Charles H.
$75/hr
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  • Linux System Administration
  • Windows Administration
  • VMware Administration
  • System Automation
  • Unix System Administration
  • Database Administration
  • Windows Server
  • SQL
  • Amazon Web Services

Accomplished IT Professional offering 15+ years’ formal and informal experience in computer technology with a strong backing in NT/Unix server management. Senior System Engineer with the ability to multitask, prioritize and work enthusiastically under deadlines. Technology savvy self-starter adept at transitioning work environments and drawing from previous experience to adapt to new technologies. Network Engineer: Cisco, BigIP F5, Fortigate, Juniper enterprise class hardware. BGP, GRE, PPTP/IPSec/SSL VPN. System Engineer: Windows Server (2000-2016), CentOS/RHEL, Debian/Ubuntu, Slackware, Gentoo, Solaris, Oracle 10+ years. Application...

Anish S.
$25/hr
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  • Node.js
  • Scripting
  • AWS Server Migration
  • Bash
  • DNS
  • WordPress Development
  • Website Migration
  • Server Administration
  • Cloud Migration
  • Database
  • SSH
  • Amazon EC2
  • JavaScript
  • Virtual Private Server
  • Ubuntu

Hello Everyone! I am an experienced Linux Server Administrator with complete WordPress Knowledge. I do have an expertise in cloud providers like AWS, DigitalOcean, Azure, etc. My Services ================= 1. Full AWS Resources Support. 2. Complete support of Linux Servers. 3. Website migration and DNS setup. 4. WordPress Support. 5. Experience in Javascript. 6. Support on any other CMS/Frameworks. Why choose me? ============= 1. 100% clean code. 2. 100% client satisfaction guaranteed. 3. Provide help even after the project has been marked as Closed. 4. Work seven days a week and available online on CHAT 24 x 7 for any queries. 5....

Dmitri G.
$80/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Administration
  • Linux System Administration
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • Ubuntu
  • Apache
  • SQL
  • Bash
  • NGINX
  • DNS
  • Database Optimization
  • cPanel
  • Plesk
  • Domain Migration
  • WebHost Manager (WHM)
  • Linux

Main expertise: - Linux administration. - Bash scripting. - Web server administration (Apache, Nginx). - Database programming and administration (MySQL, MariaDB, Sqlite, MS SQL, MongoDB, PostgreSql). - Source version control (Git/GitHub/GitLab/Bitbucket/Bazaar/Launchpad) - Building backend applications using PHP, HTML, CSS. - CMS installation and configuration - Wordpress, Joomla, Magento, OpenCart. - Shopping cart payment gateway integration. - Website speed optimisation. - SSL certificate installation.

Maykon R.
$50/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Administration
  • Azure
  • Windows Server
  • Exchange Server
  • Microsoft IIS
  • VMWare
  • Cloud Computing
  • Azure DevOps

IT Professional with more than 15 years of experience. For the last few years, I have been working with a bunch of technologies, most of which are related to Microsoft, like Azure, Windows Server, Azure Migration, PaaS, IaaS, Cloud Security, Office 365, and I little bit with DevOps. I have experience with One-premises servers and infrastructure, such as Switches, Hypervisors (VMware\Hyper-V), Datacenter Projects, Backup, and more. - Certifications: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert - Azure Administrator Associate - Microsoft 365: Messaging Administrator Associate - MCP - MCDST - MCITP - MCTS - MCSA 7/8/10 - MCSA 2003/2008/2012/2016 - MCSA...

Zak T.
$15/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Administration
  • LAMP Administration
  • cPanel
  • Linux System Administration
  • NGINX
  • DNS
  • WordPress
  • WebHost Manager (WHM)
  • cPanel
  • Kubernetes
  • Docker
  • Docker Compose
  • Docker Swarm Mode
  • Apache HTTP Server

٩(^‿^)۶ Hi, ❖ Linux ❖ Command Line, Shell Bash scripting. ❖ Web hosting with / without control panels ❖ Deploy free / paid control panels. ❖ cPanel/WHM proficiency certifications: CPANEL & WHM SALES PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION (CPSP) CPANEL PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION (CPP) CPANEL & WHM SYSTEMS ADMINISTATOR II CERTIFICATION (CWSA-2) LITESPEED CERTIFICATION JETBACKUP 4 CERTIFICATION IMUNIFY360 CERTIFICATION CPANEL & WHM SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR I CERTIFICATION CPANEL & WHM ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION (CWA) Check Certifications from cPanel Inc. university.cpanel.net/user/10077 ◎[▪‿▪]◎ ❖ Docker ❖ Container orchestration. ❖ Kubernetes I'm a...

Aasim P.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Administration
  • Windows Administration
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server
  • VMware ESX Server
  • DNS
  • DHCP
  • VMware Administration
  • Windows Server
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Office 365
  • Active Directory
  • System Administration
  • IT Service Management
  • VMWare

Thank you for taking the time, reviewing my profile. My Objective is to work in the most challenging position with an organization that provides ample opportunities to learn and to contribute. I am a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Certified IT Professional(MCITP) in Windows 2008 Server Administration, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)in Windows Server 2008, MS Certified Systems Engineer(MCSE) in Windows Server 2003, MS Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) in Exchange Server 2003, MS Certified Professional (MCP) in...

Arefin I.
$20/hr
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  • Windows Server
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Technical Support
  • VMware ESX Server
  • Linux System Administration
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft SCCM
  • Citrix Hypervisor
  • Helpdesk
  • Office 365
  • Remote IT Management
  • Microsoft Outlook

-Good working knowledge of Windows, Mac OSx & Linux Operating Systems with a minimum of 7 years of experience -Have a thorough knowledge of and know how to troubleshoot Microsoft Outlook -Have experience troubleshooting hardware--desktop, laptop, monitor, printer -Familiar with basic LAN operations: mapping shared drives, connecting network printers, troubleshooting access to file shares, etc. -Have prior experience with remote support. (Connect Wise Control, GTA (Go to Assist), Anydesk, Team viewer, VNC, etc.) -Savvy and use the internet to help answer questions and solve problems -A pleasant and friendly demeanor working with...

Scott B.
$50/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Administration
  • Linux System Administration
  • FreeBSD
  • OpenBSD
  • SMTP
  • Apache Administration
  • Postfix SMTP Server
  • DNS
  • Network Design
  • Network Monitoring
  • Computer Network
  • MySQL
  • Cloudflare

## BIO Over 25 years of experience in IT. Over 20 years experience as Systems/Network Administrator for Internet Service Providers. Designed and implemented networks, including WANs, LANs utilizing wired and wireless technologies. Provided server administration for production SaaS website and eCommerce sites, including PCI DSS security compliance. ## Area of Expertise Operating Systems: Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, RedHat, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSuSE, Windows Server (2000-2008). Routers: Mikrotik, Linux, low-end Cisco, SoHo routers. Networking: wireless, wired, LAN, WAN, switches, cabling. Server Software: Apache, Sendmail, postfix,...

Noura E.
$20/hr
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  • C
  • MATLAB
  • Embedded System
  • Microcontroller Programming
  • Python
  • Linux
  • AT&T Cybersecurity
  • Network Security
  • Computer Network
  • Computer Science
  • Splunk

I'm a Security operation center engineer with 3 years of experience in cyber security I am working as a freelancer since 2017, I had done more than 100 projects in various related fields I have good programming skills (python ,c) Working as a Linux Administrator ( Centos '7,8', Ubuntu, Kali Linux). I could help you with installing and configuration (Apache server, Nginx) I have good knowledge of containers. I am an expert in MATLAB & Simulink.

Mahmoud S.
$20/hr
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  • Computer Network
  • Windows Server
  • Windows Administration
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Cisco WLC
  • Aruba
  • Huawei USG
  • Ubiquiti
  • Internet Protocol Security
  • Wireless Communication
  • MikroTik
  • PfSense
  • Firewall
  • OpenVPN

***************************************************************************************************** I'm a full-time senior Windows server and network engineer since 2011 who have great experience in Microsoft Servers, Cisco and HP Networking and fluent in English. I hold the following titles: * Senior Data Network Engineer * Wireless Data Network Engineer * MS Excel Expert * MS Visio Expert * Arabic-English Translator Technologies: Microsoft, Cisco, HP, Aruba, Huawei, 3com, Mikrotik, Pfsense, Ubiquiti, NetGear, and Linksys Tools: GNS3, EVE-ng, Packet Tracer, VMware and VirtualBox. Have a look at my portfolio. It contains real case...

Jose M.
$50/hr
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  • Linux System Administration
  • Network Security
  • Linux
  • WordPress
  • Web Server
  • VoIP
  • OpenVPN
  • Squid
  • LDAP
  • WebRTC
  • Network Engineering
  • Iptables
  • Nagios Core
  • VPN

Hi Everyone, Im Jose Masdeu, and I have large experience on IT infrastructure and services implementation for systems migrations and reducing costs with Linux Operating System and open source solutions. I've implemented very large and complex systems and services, like: - Distributed Jitsi/jugasi/jibri Balanced and Docker for 5.000 users - Mail and webmail servers for more than 30.000 users - Complex Asterisk VoIP for more than 10.000 users and lots of R2 and SIP trunks - Large SQUID proxyes implementations (100 distributed servers) - PKI infrastructure implementing Electronic Signatures for legal documents (100.000 daily signs) - Large...

Stanislav E.
$15/hr
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  • Linux System Administration
  • PHP
  • MySQL Programming
  • JavaScript
  • HTML
  • FreeBSD
  • WordPress
  • NGINX
  • Laravel
  • CSS
  • System Administration
  • Plesk
  • Linux

Hi, My name is Stanislav, and I am an acting systems administrator. I have 12 years of experience in the administration of Linux servers and various network equipment. My experience also includes various cloud platforms like Amazon AWS and Google Cloud, Cisco-based network hardware, different application servers implementation/optimization/monitoring/administration from SOHO through Enterprise-size. Another part of my competence is web development, and here my main specialization is back-end and a bit front-end development with PHP/MySQL and HTML/CSS/Javascript/React. The most used platforms for me are Laravel, WordPress. I am open to any...

khaled a.
$50/hr
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  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Amazon EC2
  • Internet Security
  • PSD to WordPress
  • JavaScript
  • Real Estate IDX
  • WordPress
  • Bootstrap
  • Divi

A self-motivated System and Network security administrator with more than 10 years in the management and analysis of Linux/Unix enterprise Servers (80 - 100 servers). With deep and advanced knowledge of highly scalable servers, AWS architectures, DevOps and Continuous Integration, Micro Services ( Docker ), Kubernetes, Google Cloud Platform consultancy, Migrations, CI and CD, DevSecOps, and Ethical hacking. Lately Building " WordPress / Laravel / Nodejs / Python / Ruby " hosting environments highly available and scalable in AWS ECS / Docker / Google Cloud - Kubernetes / Azure. New Certification: "AWS Certified Solutions Architect -...

Salman B.
$10/hr
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  • Windows Server
  • Fortinet
  • VMWare
  • VPN
  • System Administration
  • Veeam
  • Fortinet Technologies
  • VMware Administration
  • Server Virtualization
  • DNS
  • Security Management
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • MikroTik RouterOS
  • Virtual Machine

Network engineer with extensive experience of 10 Year in building, managing and troubleshooting IT systems for clients of various sizes and necessities. Skills include the ability to manage all aspects of the client server and to work with colleagues to improve the efficiency of internal IT systems. My experience working in different capacities of network management has developed my skills and honed my attention to detail, ability to multi-task and dedication to effectiveness. I understand what a vital role the network engineer of any company plays, and I am committed to exceeding all standards in my performance. NETWORK DEVICES • CISCO...

Oleksandr M.
$24/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Administration
  • Atlassian JIRA
  • Virtualization
  • Atlassian Confluence
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Linux System Administration
  • DigitalOcean
  • Windows Administration
  • Amazon

- Development, design, maintenance of the network, computer equipment, network services, improvement and analysis of existing network, server, and service infrastructure; - Provision of computer services, computer hardware repair; - Users’ technical and software support; - Setting up, administrating, maintaining Microsoft based operation systems 95/98/2000/XP/Win7/Win8/Win10, Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019; - Setting up, administrating, maintaining Linux based operation systems Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, and Unix-like FreeBSD; - Administration of the: 1C, software system "League" Best-report, MeDoc, 1C-Zvit, setting up of the...

Maksym M.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Administration
  • DevOps
  • Jenkins
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • System Administration
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Linux System Administration
  • Security Engineering
  • Network Monitoring

Responsible, attentive system/network administrator with tons of experience over my shoulders. Last 6 years I have engaged in system administration in different projects with varying complexity. I believe that only hard and honest work can bring needed result. I have great experience in: - Platforms: Linux (RHEL / CentOS, Ubuntu / Debian), FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2008/2012 - Apache, Nginx, MySQL, Varnish. - Linux serverside: iptables, OpenVPN, rsync. - Mail: Postfix, Exim, Dovecot. - Cloud Hosting: Amazon (EC2, AWS, S3), Digitalocean, Linode. - Hosting panels : whm\cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, ISP, Virtualmin. -...

Christian Frederick C.
$20/hr
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  • Technical Support
  • Customer Service
  • Salesforce CRM
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Microsoft Office
  • Google Spreadsheets
  • Computer Network
  • Photography
  • Business with 10-99 Employees
  • Troubleshooting
  • Helpdesk
  • System Administration
  • Project Management
  • Windows 10 Administration

I would like to be able to share my 16 years of experience as an Expert System/Network Administrator and Technical / Customer Support Specialist. Provide quality service to my clients. Improve my current skills in Networking / System administrator and learn new skills along the way. To emphasize that I work not just to earn but to improve my client's businesses. ------------------------------------------------- My Skills: Network Specialist - Expert in troubleshooting/Configuration of SOHO and Business Class network devices with VOIP experience (Cisco,Linksys,Belkin,Netgear,Dlink,TPlink,Netcomm) System Administrator - Certified 211...

Aleksey T.
$28/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Administration
  • Linux System Administration
  • Kernel-based Virtual Machine
  • TCP/IP
  • Zabbix
  • Windows Administration

Hi, I am a technical specialist in the field of system administration, work experience of 7 years. The scope of my services includes administration and support of Linux and MS Windows servers, virtualization, working with Mikrotik and OpenWRT, setting up data resilience, there is experience with Cisco. I will be glad to help you professionally with your tasks.

Khaled B.
$100/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Administration
  • System Administration
  • Windows Server
  • Google Suite
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Firewall
  • Cisco Meraki
  • VPN
  • Microsoft Office 365 Administration

As a Network and Cloud Engineer, I have been visible to different platforms (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) and excessive work among on-premises infrastructure and migrations projects. I deliver a full range of IT solutions and networking administrations to different businesses and industries. My role begins when planning, procurement, and deployment extend through ongoing maintenance, updates, and upgrades upon reaching the end of its most effective stage. As a system engineer, I don't focus on projects only but also manage and monitor hybrid solutions and provide full support with optimum stability, efficiency, and integrity. Both together have to...

Jonathan T.
$95/hr
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  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • Network Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • VMware vSphere
  • Microsoft Windows Powershell
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Storage Area Network
  • Fortinet Technologies
  • Policy Development
  • Compliance
  • Network Planning
  • Network Monitoring
  • Network Security
  • Network Security Management

Information Security and Infrastructure professional with over 15 years of experience. I have passion and talent for aligning architecture, plans, controls, processes, policies and procedures with organizational goals and security standards. Examples of previous projects and samples of documentation can be provided upon request. Certifications: - CISSP - C|EH Strengths: - Attention to detail - Planning - Knowledge in multiple areas of IT Skills: - Cybersecurity - Compliance (SOC 2, PCI, NIST/FISMA) - Microsoft products including Windows Server (2000 - 2019) Exchange Server (2010 - 2019) Active Directory (ADDS, DNS, Group Policy, etc.)...

Djordje C.
$10/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Administration
  • Linux
  • System Administration
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Computer Network
  • DevOps
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server
  • Windows 10 Administration
  • Windows Administration
  • Technical Support
  • Amazon EC2
  • Docker
  • cPanel

My name is Djordje(George) Colic. I live in Serbia. I am windows and linux server system administrator. I have MCSA certificate. I have knowledge of Java programming and power shell. As DevOPS engineer , I was working for Avi . Our client had Ping Directory , Ping Proxy servers . There were different environments. Server OS: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 7.9 . I was logging into client network via SSH. For 5 years I was working as system administrator for Mcs systems from San Diego. This is remote job. I heave experience in using ConnectWise and Ninja RMM as remote management tools. I am logging in to remote networks via...

Alexander G.
$70/hr
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  • Linux System Administration
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Computer Network
  • NGINX
  • Apache Administration
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • SSL
  • Web Development

Senior Linux Server Administrator with more than 9 years of extensive experience in the field. ☑ Optimizing your IT-related budgets, projects' performance and overall happiness. ☑ Utilizing industry leading techniques and smartest approaches in order to deliver maximum results for your projects. ☑ Providing high quality SysOps/DevOps services and tech support. ☑ Optimizing websites based on GTMetrix, Pingdom and Google PageSpeed Insights algorithms. My skills include, but are not limited to following: ➨ Administration and optimization of OS’s: Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS (RHEL, CloudLinux), Gentoo, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and pretty much every...

$NaN/hr

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Write a Job Description to Hire Network Administrators

Maintaining all the technology behind the scenes that makes an organization run is no small feat. IT needs fluctuate, change, and need constant monitoring and tweaking to stay at peak performance, which means it’s crucial to have a seasoned network administrator. This professional can ensure all these components—servers, data storage, Internet connections, user accounts, security protocols, email providers, firewalls, and more—are working in harmony like a well-oiled machine.

A network is your business’s lifeblood; when it goes down, so does your ability to be productive and provide a service to your customers. Ideally, you want a network that’s optimized to do what you need when you need it, with minimal downtime—and a network administrator is the professional trained to maintain that architecture for you.

“A system administrator is an essential member of a well-functioning company. System administrators ensure that all IT assets of a business work effectively, serving company employees best and streamlining company operations.” – System Administrator, A Secret Weapon to Keep a Software Company Organized

Businesses of all sizes need the help of a network admin at one point or another to maintain or expand their networks. And as businesses grow and change, so do requirements from their networks. While there are day-to-day tasks and incident response needs associated with network administration, you may need a dedicated network administrator for specific scenarios, whether that’s to help you scale up, overhaul, or switch services.

No matter what level of help you need, hiring a freelance network administrator is a cost-effective way to generate stability within your organization and help you develop confidence that the core of your business communication and data sharing will be reliable in times of high use and stress. Here’s a quick overview of what a network admin does and some tips for writing a job description that helps you find the best one for your needs.

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What does a network administrator do?

Network administration specialists are highly trained computer information technologists with plenty of experience in maintaining, securing and diagnosing business networks.

A network administrator can provide your organization or business with a variety of services, whether they’re day-to-day, incident-based, or general improvements. What you need from a network admin will depend on the current phase of your network’s life cycle, whether it’s scaling up to meet new bandwidth requirements or in response to a recent security breach. They can include:

  • Network maintenance, and expansion
  • On-site server management and/or servers deployed in the cloud
  • Regular updates and maintenance to software, security systems, and software licenses
  • Security—which can include firewalls, email filters, vulnerability and penetration testing, installing and updating security systems, training users on best practices, etc.
  • System monitoring (for performance, security breaches, and data management practices)
  • Setting up users, email accounts, security protocols, endpoint security, etc.
  • Specific server operating systems (e.g., Windows, Cisco, etc.)
  • Wireless network implementation and communication protocols
  • Router management
  • Hardware updates and implementation, if required

Many organizations use an incident tracking system to flag, prioritize, and delegate network issues that need resolving. Depending on the size of the organization, network administration can be a sole person’s responsibility or can be divided up between people and teams.

A note about certifications

There are a number of industry-recognized certifications for systems/network administration that make it easier to note the skill level of a potential professional such as CompTIA certifications, Cisco certifications, and Microsoft Certified Solutions certifications. A good network admin won’t need to have all of these, but having up-to-date ones is a good indicator they’ve got current skills and will be able to help you set up a future-proof network, not one that will be outdated and prone to failure, requiring you to hire another network admin to make fixes behind them.

Defining your network administrator project

The first thing you should nail down is what you need the network admin to do. As mentioned above, what you need from a network administrator is going to largely depend on the size of your network and where yit is in its life cycle. Do you have an existing network but are experiencing some performance issues? If so, you’ll want a network administrator to run an audit that assesses the health of your system and to then provide a plan for upgrading, augmenting, and expanding your hardware and software to beef up bandwidth. You might just need a network pro to troubleshoot some issues, or update a few systems. Or, do you need a network admin to handle day-to-day support tickets?

Provide a full list of all of the hardware, systems, software and security measures you currently have in place. If possible, generate a report about network traffic, performance, and how many servers, offices, and end users you have. Give as much detail as you can (e.g., is your system LAN?); this will paint a picture of what the network admin will be working with, and provide context around your project description. Finally, briefly explain your goals. What do you need their help accomplishing? What are your end goals—better performance, better security, more bandwidth?

Finally, you’ll probably want to specify for certifications to make sure they’re qualified and their skills are up to date. Good ones to look for include Cisco CCIE, Cisco CCNP, and CompTIA Network+. While not mandatory, these help ensure you’re getting a network admin who’s using the newest best practices. If you’re setting up a new network from scratch, filtering out the “old dogs with old tricks” will ensure your network is future proofed—not merely a functional but outdated network that’s likely prone to failure.

Writing a network administrator project description

Now that you’ve clearly defined your project deliverables, it’s time to write your network administrator project description. The description will determine the quality of the system administrator you’ll attract, so be sure to include as much context and detail as possible.

Be clear and succinct in your title and include any relevant technology they should know in order to work within your system. If you have enough information to provide a set list of deliverables, include those with any hard and fast deadlines you may have. Also, provide information about how you’ll give the professional access to your systems.

Note: For security reasons, you may choose to be vague or open-ended when describing your project, which is fine—just be sure to provide enough context so the candidate knows if he or she is a good fit up front, and can respond with a detailed enough proposal.

Sample Project Description

Below is a sample of how a project description may look. Keep in mind that many people use the term “job description,” but a full job description is only needed for employees. When engaging a freelancer as an independent contractor, you typically just need a statement of work, job post, or any other document that describes the work.

Title: [Certified] Network Administrator Needed to Help Expand and Integrate Existing Network & Overhaul/Upgrade Security Protocols for Merger

Description:

We are a medium-sized (~115) advertising and PR agency that recently acquired a small pharmaceutical ad agency to ramp up our existing healthcare expertise and offerings. Our existing network is at capacity for users and data and has experienced some lags in performance lately. With our new acquisition, we’re looking to add more servers, expand our bandwidth, onboard the new users and integrate their data into our system. Most importantly, we’ll need to implement some new, tighter security measures to protect the sensitive data and communications of our new pharma clients.

Project Scope & Deliverables:

We need an assessment of our current system, a detailed plan for an overhaul of our architecture, and detailed suggestions for a new system. The merger will be finalized EOY ‘17 so we’d like to have an actionable plan in place and assistance with day-of migration of their systems to ours.

Additional: If phase one goes well, we’d love help with planning and implementing an employee training program on email, internet, device and data security best practices as we onboard new talent.

About Us:

We are Paddock Partners, a medium-sized PR and advertising firm with a growing specialty in healthcare and pharmaceutical advertising. Our recent acquisition of HealthStar Marketing will make us a fully equipped healthcare marketing agency able to take on high-profile drug and pharma clients with education, launch, OPDP approval, and more.

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