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Windows System Engineer IV
Englewood, CO  |  Hybrid
Contract Position
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Applied on June 5, 2023
Job Id #62971 Posted May 5, 2023

Job Summary:
The ideal candidate will be responsible for all windows server /desktop operating system Golden Image design, creation, standardization, hardening, patching, and roadmaps.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Drives and implements the windows server/desktop Golden Image initiative
  • Participates in the evaluation and testing of all new upcoming windows operating systems versions, to ensure requirements are met for both existing applications and new product services.
  • Contributes to architectural discussions, with all stakeholders including security counterparts, to ensure the defined golden image standards are meeting business, operational, and security compliance needs.
  • Participates in collaborations with other engineering and operational organizations to understand unmet requirements and challenges and recommend solutions.
  • Collaborates with peers to set standards for approved infrastructure deployments and integrations.
  • Works with leadership to refine and affect current processes.

Basic/Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering and/or related and/or equivalent work experience
  • Strong understanding of Windows patching methodology and tools (WSUS, SCCM, etc)
  • Strong understanding of AD (Groups, OUs, structure, best practices, etc)
  • Strong understanding of Server OS (Roadmap, versioning, features)
  • Strong understanding of Installation licensing methodology
  • Strong understanding of OS hardening best practices (RBAC, firewall, security, authentication)
  • Strong understanding of Virtualized (ESXi, OSP, KVM), bare metal installs.
  • Strong understanding of OS installs best practices (templates, unattended/automated)
  • Strong understanding of automation tools (PowerShell)
  • Knowledge of bare metal server config standards
  • Knowledge of virtualization standards/features
  • Knowledge of shared storage standards/features
  • Knowledge of networking standards with emphasis on Windows and AD
  • Understanding of networking fundamentals

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience administrating, integrating, and designing data center infrastructure solutions including server hardware, virtualization platforms, SAN switching, storage technologies, basic networking, and Cloud Management Platforms.
  • Experience designing both physical and virtual solutions for cloud architectures leveraging both blade and rack mount server platforms.
  • Minimum two years of experience designing and engineering Software-Defined Data Center solutions for workload optimization and placement.
  • Experience with Cisco UCS B-Series infrastructure and UCS Manager.
  • Understanding of Workflow Orchestration platforms, and Container technologies including Kubernetes and Docker.
  • Proficient with BASH/Shell, Python, Ansible, or similar scripting languages.
  • Experience with automated builds of new data center infrastructure deployments leveraging Workflow Automation platforms.

  • MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator)
  • MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)

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