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Nigel Hickey

Nigel Hickey

Leader

Houston VMware User Group

Houston, Texas Area

Systems Engineer with focus on Data Center & Desktop Virtualization, Network Storage, Firewall & Active Directory Management. Advanced knowledge with hands on experience of VMware vSphere and VMware View deployments. -Working towards my VCAP6-DTM & VCIX6-DCV certifications from VMware

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Houston VMware User Group

Leader

I Lead the Houston VMware User Group. A VMUG leader's responsibilities include running our quarterly meetings and/or user conferences, acquiring, recruiting and maintaining membership for the chapter via social media and other networking means, recruiting sponsors and customer presentations for meeting content, working with VMware System Engineers to coordinate VMware updates for the user group, and planning other meeting logistics.

National Specialty Alloys, Inc.

Systems Engineer

Oversees & Supports the IT Infrastructure of NSA.

• My current focus is geared towards virtualizing more of our servers and growing our VMware View deployment to be able to support an "Office Anywhere" mindset.
• Working closely with our Operations & Executive teams to be able to complete our Business Continuity plans.
• Continuing to update and harden network and data security.
• Guiding our Change Management Team and helping create new IT policies & procedures
• Overseeing consultant teams that are tasked with helping implement core network changes in Houston

National Specialty Alloys, Inc.

Network Administrator

I joined NSA in February of 2012 to take the lead as the Network & Systems Administrator to support our Houston office and branch locations in Tulsa, Atlanta, Anaheim.

• Setup and configured a VMware View 5.0 environment containing over 60 virtual desktops to replace an outdated terminal server infrastructure.
•Setup and configured VMware vSphere ESXi hosts to support the server virtualization of Sophos AV, Windows Update (WSUS), Enterprise CA, 2008 AD Domain Controller as well as a Test/Dev environment for our software developers.
• Responsible for the clean up and organization of our 2003 Active Directory domain.
• Deployed and configured M0n0wall firewalls in Houston and branch office to replace antiquated Sonicwall devices that helped us stabilize our VPNs and gave us greater monitoring insight.
• Responsible for bringing Sophos Endpoint Protection to NSA to protect our server and desktop infrastructure.
• Implemented Spiceworks for a Helpdesk solution and trained our team on it.
• Worked directly with 3rd party networking team to redesign our server room data cabling to be more tidy and efficient.
• Responsible for all networking changes and updates within the company.
• Supported all end users in Houston and branch locations as Helpdesk & Desktop Support.

2015 Was Real Good to Me: http://buff.ly/1SIv03w #YearInReview #vExpert #vExpertSpotlight #VMware #NewBeginnings

My 2015 Year in Review Yeah I know this is a tad late as we are heading into the 2nd week of the year…but oh well here it is! 2015 was one of the best years of my professional career as well as probably...

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