Randstad Data Center Windows Administrator - Sr in Washington, District Of Columbia

Data Center Windows Administrator - Sr

job details:

  • location:Washington, DC

  • salary:$41 - $43 per hour

  • date posted:Tuesday, March 6, 2018

  • job type:Temp to Perm

  • industry:Information Technology

  • reference:606257

job description

Data Center Windows Administrator - Sr

Position Description:

Seeking a qualified Microsoft Windows Server Administrator to support operations of Data Center and server technologies.

The customer is responsible for providing a reliable, cost effective, scalable, secure, and flexible enterprise computing platform that supports and enhances customer IT needs and capabilities from requirements gathering through design, development, testing, and implementation.


  • Install, configure, patch, monitor and maintain Windows 2008R, 2012 (and beyond) physical or virtual servers, troubleshoot problems, and repair server hardware

  • Maintain/update VMware gold image templates for windows platforms.

  • Performs routine and advanced system administration duties in a Windows Active Directory environment, configuration DNS / DHCP, and maintain appropriate Active Directory documentation.

  • Leads cross-functional teams to troubleshoot and resolve complex problems that may be across multiple systems and subsystems requiring in depth knowledge of the highly sophisticated Data Center environment and IT infrastructure

  • Installs and secures new servers, and maintains the server infrastructure and all forms of systems that support the Data Center environment including cabling, power, space planning, cooling management and all other dimensions in a large, complex environment

  • Documents standard operating procedures and recommend updates to optimize service delivery in alignment with ITIL best practices

  • Documents and implements change requests; evaluate change requests for potential enterprise wide impacts

  • Performs upgrades to operating systems and layered software packages (ie. VDI components, Windows services, or other enterprise apps) as necessary.

  • Leverages SolarWinds to track server performance metrics. Work with SolarWinds team to deliver reporting and alerting for critical server components and provide configuration enhancements to increase operational awareness.

  • Provides occasional off-hours remote support for planned maintenance work, unplanned support issues, or to meet customer SLAs. May occasionally require on-site work at a data center during off-hours

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 7+ years IT experience; 5 years' of Windows system administration and Active Directory experience providing technical support to Enterprise networks

  • Must possess good communication skills, be dependable, outgoing and positive with excellent problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to proactively monitor server components and systems, including network and storage connections, server and associated hypervisors, Active Directory, DNS, and other IT components

  • Understanding of distributed complex AD GPO architecture, with the ability to update and troubleshoot.

  • Understanding of high performing systems in a multi-domain, multi-site Windows Active Directory environment

  • Understanding of configuration, administration, patching, performance tuning/optimization, and troubleshooting for VMware vCenter 5.5/6.x and Windows 2008/2012 servers

  • Working knowledge of HEAT PatchLink, Microsoft SCCM, and/or Sophos patching

  • Extensive scripting background with PowerShell, Python, and/or bash.

  • Understanding of virtual infrastructure hardware, operating systems, and VMs on servers which support business processing requirements.

  • Experience entering and updating incident tickets in tracking systems, such as ServiceNow or Remedy

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • ITIL Foundations v3

  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory and Group Policy management.

  • Familiarity of blade compute platforms

  • Familiarity of SAN/NAS storage technology (EMC VNX preferred)

  • Familiarity with Server automation technologies such as Ansible/Chef/Puppet

  • Familiarity of networking

  • Familiarity of Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Required Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology or related discipline and 7 years of relevant experience, or 12 years of relevant experience without the degree

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship and with the ability to obtain a Public Trust clearance


  • Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

  • Work Location: Rockville, MD or S.W., Washington, D.C.

  • Telecommuting: Potential for 1 day a week

  • U.S Citizenship Required? Yes

  • Travel % Required: 0%

  • Supervisory? (Yes/No): No

  • Is Relocation Assistance, sign on bonus or sign on stock being offered? No

  • Any contingencies? (Background Investigation, Contingent on funding, contract award, customer approval of qualifications, etc.): Public Trust