Curriculum Vitae - Philip Plane
Philip is a Unix Systems Administrator. This entails a wide variety of skills and requires flexibility and adaptability.
A Systems Administrator is normally a privileged position. A Systems Administrator can read your email. A professional Systems Administrator will not. Philip strives to be a professional.
The Internet and Internet technologies are increasingly important. Philip has a working knowledge of most of the important technologies, and has configured, installed, and maintained:
Experienced with many Unix operating systems (In rough order of familiarity):
|Solaris 2.x||Daily use since 1993||Advanced|
|Linux||Occasional use since 1996, daily since 2003||Advanced|
|BSD||Daily use since 1997||Advanced|
|AIX||Daily use 2001-2003, occasional 2003-2004||Intermediate|
|Compaq Tru64 (Digital Unix)||Occasional use 1994-1996, 2000, and 2004||Intermediate|
|HP-UX||Daily use 1997-2000, occasional 2003-2005||Intermediate|
Historically have also used:
|SunOS 4.x||Daily use 1993-1999||Advanced|
|SCO OpenServer||Daily use 2001-2002||Intermediate|
|Irix||Occasional use 1994-1999||Intermediate|
|DG/UX||Occasional use 1994-1996||Intermediate|
|Xenix||Daily use 1987-1991||Intermediate|
Advanced level means familiar with configuration of system to install, configure, tune, etc. Intermediate level means would need vendor support or time with manuals to do advanced work, but familiar with day to day operation.
Experience with different configurations:
Installation and configuration of different software, including prepackaged software and building from source:
Familiar with programming in:
Have previously used:
June 2005 to current
Unix Systems Administrator
Mainly supporting Linux infrastructure.
Katipo are a web and software development company, so much of the work is Apache configuration for virtual hosting, system installs, installation and configuration of web applications, and general sysadmin. Xen is used to provide multiple virtual systems for test and development.
Katipo provide some Unix support for customers, including Citylink. Philip assembles routers for CafeNet, installs Linux on Compact Flash, installs and configures the CafeNet application on the router/gateway.
October 2002 to December 2004
Unix Systems Administrator
Mainly supporting Linux infrastructure, DNS, email, webservers, with an emphasis on security. Also some Solaris, network management, security audits.
Primarily responsible for the security and management of Internet facing systems. Mostly Linux, with some Solaris.
Provide support for clients with AIX, Digital Unix, and HPUX.
Linux system installations, minimal systems, hardening for security. I have developed the system installation guidelines used by the team to assist in maintaining a consistent, secure, and functional installation standard.
My role in this was to take some checklists etc gathered from various sources and develop a checklist and report that met the requirements of Datacom's security and management, and of the client. I also wrote the scripts used to gather some of the raw data.
Building on the scripts I had used for the security audits, I developed them to gather more data for performance monitoring and system state recording.
I am a great believer in preparation. We did not have any test or development equipment and there was no funding for anything, so I built up a test lab out of castoffs. This has provided a structure that is now being slowly developed with decent equipment.
Before the team started using our official documentation system in a CMS, I developed my own system using CVS for revision control and HTDig for searching. Documentation was all in HTML. With the introduction of the official CMS this has been discarded for most documentation.
For the data gathered by the audit and system management scripts I adapted the techiques used for my early documentation. This now provides access to the script data with a history of changes. The revision history is automatically generated.
To support a client who allows access to their network by dialup only I set up a castoff system with PPP to allow any of the support staff to connect to the client from their desktops. Previously only one support staff member with modem in his desktop could access the client, causing problems when other team members needed access.
February 2001 to October 2002
Manage the nationwide network, the application servers, the point of sale systems, and the office computers and telephone systems.
The main application server is on RS/6000 AIX. One store has a local server on Linux.
Some completed projects:
February 2000 to February 2001
CyberElves were a web software development company, mostly working on large sites overseas. Most of their work was in database backed web site development.
October 1997 to February 2000.
Employed as the Unix Systems Administrator at Te Papa Tongarewa - The Museum of New Zealand.
September 1996 to October 1997
Senior Systems Administrator
Part of the Unix Network Services group
March 1991 to September 1996
Part of the Faculty of Information and Mathematical Science's Computer Support Staff. The Faculty had 9 Support Staff, the supervisor, 7 consultants and a hardware technician. Consultants had an area of specialty, and also provided cover in other areas.
Specialised in Unix systems and networks from 1992. Provided Macintosh support before 1992. Provided cover in Netware, Macintosh and PC support.
1985 to March 1991
Various positions, mainly Computer Technician.
Worked as Computer Tutor, Computer Technician and Computer Services Manager.
Supported a wide range of computers including:
Courses, Certificates etc.