M.D.Risser

Who is that I.T. Guy?

Introduction

I am a Systems and Network Administrator with over 19 years of experience in all areas of I.T. I started out working in the back of a little “mom & pop” computer shop (although I began working with computers way back in about 1978 or 1979). From there I moved in to web design, and then in to installing, configuring and maintaining web servers, and also started doing some network administration. and system administration for the U.S. Government and worked for a couple of different staffing agencies.

During this time, I began working with virtualization technologies, Vmware mostly, some Microsoft Hyper-V, but no Citrix (at least not yet). I’ve deployed and maintained virtualization environments ranging from small to medium, clustered and unclustered. I’ve worked as an I.T. consultant, full–time employee and as a freelancer; for companies large and small, the Federal Government and a local/city government.

Most of the knowledge I have in I.T. has been self–taught, and gained through experience, although I have attended a couple of Vmware classes, a Microsoft Certification Boot Camp, and a CompTIA training course. I’m currently studying to obtain my CCNA, its a bit of a slow process, but its enjoyable.

Certifications

I’m CompTIA Security+ Certified, I was lucky and got my certification just before they changed over to expiring certifications, so mine doesn’t expire .

Additionally I hold several Microsoft Certifications:

    • Microsoft Certified Professional
    • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Windows Server 2008
    • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Infrastructure, Configuration
    • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
    • Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator on Server 2008

Hobbies & Interests

Of course I’m not all about work, I do have several hobbies. Fishing is big on my list for relaxation, and so is kayaking. Often times I merge the two. I find being out on the water to be very peaceful.

And when the weather, or the fish, aren’t cooperating, you can find me in my shop doing some woodworking. I like crafting something with my own two hands. It’s rewarding to take a few boards and turn them into something useful and/or beautiful.

And then there is photography. I love taking pictures, catching and preserving a fleeting moment in time, or documenting a trip or event. You can find some of my photographic work over here.

The most recent addition to my recreation lineup is archery. Shooting arrows at a target is a great stress reliever.