Daniel W. Gilbert

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IT MANAGER & LEADER / PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT / ACTIVE DIRECTORY ARCHITECT / TRAINER / SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT

Certified Windows, Security, and Active Directory SME, Cloud & Virtualization Consultant, Microsoft Trainer, 15+ Years of Consulting/Business Experience / 25+ Years IT Experience

My name is Daniel W. Gilbert, and I am a broadly experienced, results-oriented professional with over 15 years in IT Consulting and Management with specific expertise in technology, productivity, quality improvement, innovation, and profitability issues. This experience enables me to quickly assess key technological and process issues in order to develop and implement solutions with full employee ownership. I am a self-starter who requires little supervision, yet a leader who enjoys the challenge of a team environment..

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Project Highlights

Active Directory Architect

2019 - Current

Texas Legislative Council, State of Texas

  • Designed a new Active Directory forest with a security-first approach.
  • Lead the migration effort from the old forest to the new forest by creating all the processes, scripts, and documentation. The goal was to minimize impact to the end-users and create as seamless and invisible migration experience for the end-users
  • Consulted on security issues and initiatives within the old forest and how they would translate in to the new, security-first forest.

Senior Architect

2018 - 2020

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

  • Windows (primary) and Citrix (secondary) infrastructure architect for the VA's MASS (Medical Appointment Scheduling System) Proof of Concept project.
  • Created processes and procedures for installation and maintenance of the MASS Windows/Citrix infrastructure.

Architect

2017

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

  • Designed and documented four approaches to Active Directory in any Cloud Service Provider (CSP) that the VA would use moving forward.

Manager, Global Information Security

2014 - 2017

Hospira, a Pfizer Company

  • Manager of the Active Directory, Messaging, and Identity Management teams. Led 3 teams of 21 Engineers total.
  • Technical Architect for AD Restructure and Trust with Pfizer AD Forest, Exchange/Lync Federation with Pfizer, and implementation of Forefront Identity Manager and upgrade to Microsoft Identity Manager.
  • Transitioned Hospira from a manual Account/Group provisioning/deprovisioning process that required 20+ employees to manage to an automated process that required no intervention and little management. Reduced necessary headcount by half and shifted employees to different roles and focus.
  • Designed and managed the rollout of Windows 2012 R2 Domain Controllers and the retirement of Windows 2003 DCs while meeting audit compliance and security requirements for FDA regulations and validated systems.
  • Technical and Management Lead for migrating all Active Directory, Identity Management, LDAP, DNS, LDS, and Federated services from 3 Hospira Datacenters to 2 Pfizer Datacenters.

Datacenter Migration Manager

2009 - 2013

IBM then Xerox; State of Texas Datacenter Services contract (Xerox took over from IBM in May of 2012)

  • Team Lead and Manager for all Windows and Novell Engineers on the Transformation & Build teams. Led a team of 16 Engineers.
  • Consulted with each State Agency on the processes and timing required to migrate Active Directory (domain controllers, member servers, and objects) to the datacenter.
  • Responsible for evaluating the existing technologies and processes for doing physical-to-virtual migrations, then transitioning the team to new toolsets and processes.
  • Created migration plans, workflows, and contingencies for migrating NT4, Windows 2000, and Windows 2003 domains to the datacenter.
  • Worked with PMs, agencies, and engineers to plan and manage the schedules for migrating servers from the agency's sites to the new VMware infrastructure at one of the Consolidated Data Centers.
  • Created standards, processes, and documentation for use by the PMs, Architects, and Engineers.

Active Directory Architect and Advisor to CEO

2006 - 2008

Loyola Marymount University

  • Consulted with the CEO and IT Directors to advise on current and future projects to provide an objective, outside perspective and expertise.
  • Analyzed the current Exchange 2003 environment to find and remediate all errors. Once the environment was stable, created a project plan for migrating to Exchange 2007.
  • Repaired the Active Directory and DNS environment then planned and executed the restructuring of the Active Directory environment.
  • Provided guidance, knowledge transfer, and documentation to all the IT employees.

Active Directory Architect

2004 - 2006

Manor ISD

  • Redesigned the entire inter-campus infrastructure to use the latest technologies and security.
  • The redesign included upgrading all workstations to Windows XP and using Group Policy to lock down student machines.
  • Planned deployment options to use a combination of Ghost, SMS and WSUS in order to control updates and system redeployments and also to provide centralized management, reporting, and inventory.
  • Designed the AD and Exchange structure from the ground up to limit teachers and students from unauthorized access and to prevent security breaches.

Active Directory and Exchange Architect

2003

NetSolve

  • Solely responsible for the design, documentation, and supervising the Windows NT to Active Directory migration for the company. The structure was a single domain consisting of 2 sites, 400 users accounts and 400 machine accounts.
  • Responsible for the documentation, planning, and testing of an Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000 migration.
  • Consulted with the client on a variety of products and technologies to help streamline the IT infrastructure and reduce the total cost of IT ownership per employee. These included the implementation of workstation upgrades via SMS, a Software Update Services server, and tailored Active Directory Group Policies.
  • Migrated from UNIX Bind DNS to Microsoft Active Directory integrated Dynamic DNS.

Active Directory Architect

2002

Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation

  • Responsible for the full migration to Active Directory from a mixed Windows NT / Novell environment.
  • Designed comprehensive migration plan to include Active Directory, authentication, DNS, DHCP, RAS, web access, policy distribution using MSI and GPO’s, and more, for both internal and external clients.
  • Revamped the domain security structure without any loss of functionality in order to increase and maintain high security standards.
  • Migrated user home directories, shared file storage, printing, and group policies from Novell to Active Directory.
  • Created a mirrored test environment to test and refine all changes to be made to the production environment.
  • Worked with several different company organizations in order to develop a distributed management policy using Organizational Units.

Education

After 27+ years in IT I am pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Cybersecurity & Information Assurance with the final goal of an MBA.

Bachelor's of Science, Cybersecurity & Information Assurance

April 2021 - Present

Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Information Security & Assurance
  • Cybersecurity Management
  • Ethics & Cyber Law
  • Secure Systems Analysis & Design
  • Digital Forensics & Incident Response
  • Hacking Countermeasures & Techniques
  • Web & Cloud Security
  • Risk Management
  • Data Management
  • Technical Writing

Certifications

Formal education at an institute of higher learning is not the only validation of knowledge. Certifications validate the knowledge and skills gained. I started with my first Microsoft certification in 1997 and continue pursing certifications today.

Microsoft

MCP ID# 441744

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Microsoft Certified Trainer
  • Microsoft Certified Trainer (Alumni)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
    • Windows NT 4.0
    • Windows 2000
    • Windows 2003
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE): Messaging
    • Exchange 2003

ISC2

ISC2 Membership# 478546

Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional

PMI

PMI Member ID# 4253977

Project Management Professional
  • Project Management Professional

VMware

VCP ID# VCP136976

VMware Certified Professional
  • VMware Certified Professional 4 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP4)
  • VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5)

EXIN

Candidate# 4935666

ITIL Foundation
  • ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management

CompTIA

Candidatite ID# COMP001020663685

A+ Certified Technician Network+
  • A+ Certified Technician
  • Network+

Specialties

These are the areas in which I am a subject matter expert and yet am still constantly looking to improve upon.

Active Directory

Everything from troubleshooting issues to implementing identity management and security to building brand new AD infrastructure and migrating users, computers, and applications to the new environment.

Microsoft Windows

I have been working with Microsoft Windows since the late '80s and am continualy finding new features and ways of managing it.

Scripting & Automation

Writing and optimizing code in the PowerShell, DOS Batch, python, and Bash scripting languages.

Identity Management

Full life-cycle management of users and groups in an Active Directory environment. From initial provisioning to final deprovisioning.

Migrations

Migrating users/groups, servers, and applications to new environments such as greenfield AD, Azure, or a new datacenter.

Information Security

Taking and implementing security-first postures for all aspects of IT for clients.

Military

I joined the Army and served for 3 years after graduating High School. It formed the basis of the person I am today.

Combat Medic

1991 - 1994

U.S. Army

  • Miltary Occupational Specialty: 91B10 Medical Specialist
  • Rank Upon Honorable Dischage: E-3
  • Basic Training: Ft. Jackson, SC
  • Advanced Individual Training: Ft. Sam Houston, TX
  • Permanent Duty Station: Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, CO
    • Nurse’s Aide on a General Medicine and a Hematology/Oncology Ward. Responsible for the patients’ sanitary needs and comfort. Also performed any minor procedures prescribed by the physician or nursing staff.
    • Screened and examined patients at an Outpatient Clinic. Also performed any phlebotomy or other testing prescribed by the physicians.
    • Field exercises and training on a yearly basis as ordered by the command staff.

Contact

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Location:

Greater Austin Area

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