Robert Half Technology Senior Systems Administrator in Houston, Texas

The Sr. System Administrator's role is to manage servers both on-prem and in the cloud infrastructure (Azure). This role will ensure high levels of availability of the supported business applications and be a primary resource for server, data center operations and cloud (Azure) support and maintenance. This individual also participates in the planning and implementation of Infrastructure initiatives that are consistent with company goals, industry best practices, and regulatory requirements. Individual must be able to adapt to changing technology and need to stay at the forefront on leading IT systems and solutions. Candidate should have experience leading a small team as a technical lead. Scope: Enterprise ESSENTIAL/ NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS :

  • Support, design and implement cloud solutions (IaaS, PaaS) in Azure

  • Design, secure and manage the Azure enrollment for the enterprise

  • Maintain and support operations at the data center

  • Build and maintain VM templates for a range of applications

  • Configure Boot from SAN deployments for Server OS

  • Maintain, troubleshoot and administrate Dell and HP Server Blades and Chassis Hardware

  • Support systems residing on virtual platforms such as VMWare and Hyper-V in addition to stand alone server environments

  • Manage, configure and deploy all MS server operating systems and some Linux

  • Manage end user accounts, permissions, access rights, and storage allocations in accordance with best-practices regarding privacy, security, and regulatory compliance.

  • Perform and test routine system backups and restores.

  • Anticipate, mitigate, identify, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware and software problems on servers and escalate incidents as necessary.

  • Practice server and storage asset management, including maintenance of server and storage component inventory and related documentation and technical specifications information.

  • Analyze system, server, application, network, and input/output device performance.

  • Ensure the ability to recover the system environment to a current operational state in a timely manner, in the event of a major system problem or disaster

  • Recommend, schedule, and perform software and hardware improvements, upgrades, patches, reconfigurations, and/or purchases.

  • Conduct research on emerging products, services, protocols, and standards in support of systems software procurement and development efforts.

  • Create required reports in response to business user needs.

  • Participate in negotiations with vendors, outsourcers, and contractors to secure software products and services.

  • Develop, document, and maintain policies, procedures and associated training plans for system administration and appropriate use.

  • Monitor existing infrastructure hardware and software and track and update incident and changes in ticket management system

  • Identify events, alerts, or configurations that may have negative impact to the environment and resolve or escalate according to company polices.

  • Provide tier 2 support for team members and other support teams.

With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis for initiatives ranging from web development and systems integration to network security and technical support. Through our alliances with industry-leading organizations such as HDI® and the Microsoft® Partner program, we have access to client companies that other staffing firms don't. In addition to our free job search services, we provide our candidates with access to free online technical training and a competitive benefits and compensation package.

Our parent company, Robert Half, once again was named to FORTUNE® magazine's list of "World's Most Admired Companies" and was the highest-ranked staffing firm. (March 1, 2016)

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Req ID: 04130-9500205557

Functional Role: Systems Administrator

Country: USA

State: TX

City: Houston

Postal Code: 77001

Compensation: DOE


  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Minimum 3 years Azure or other cloud infrastructure experience (IaaS, PaaS)

  • Minimum of 10 years server administration experience. (Design, Implement, Upgrade, Support, Maintain)

  • Minimum of 8 years administration experience working with Windows Server and experience with current OS: 2008 to 2012 R2

  • Minimum 7 years of supporting Data Center operations

  • Experience working with IT Service Management systems

  • Experience working with Knowledge Bases LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Microsoft Windows Server, VMWare, ITIL (Preferred)

  • ITIL Foundation - preferred


  • Experience with Azure deployment, maintenance and architecture for infrastructure – Advanced Level

  • Cloud Applications – Advanced Level

  • Experience with supporting data centers operations – Advanced Level

  • Knowledge in managing server hardware including blade technology (i.e., Dell M1000e and HP C7000 Series Chassis) – Advanced Level

  • In depth experience in Microsoft Windows Server administration (i.e., Windows Server 2008 – 2012 R2 OS & Registry) – Advanced Level

  • Extensive Experience in Windows based environment (LINUX is a plus) – Intermediate Level

  • Knowledge in VMWare VSphere v5.5 and v6.0 administration including SRM, vRealize and vSOM technology preferred – Intermediate Level

  • Experience working with service delivery methodologies (ITIL) – Intermediate Level

  • Requires skills for administrating and supporting large datacenter and NOC environments with several hundred servers – Advanced Level

  • Experience with supporting and executing High Availability, Disaster Recover design and action plan – Advanced Level

  • Hands-on installation, upgrade, production support for server hardware – Advanced Level

  • Active Directory (Accounts, Groups, GPs, Security) – Intermediate Level

  • Exchange and Outlook – Intermediate Level

  • Client-Server Applications – Advanced Level

  • Experience with End Point Protection – Intermediate Level

  • Experience in automation and scripting: PowerShell, VBScript – Advanced Level

  • Experience managing a small team in some capacity as a technical/team lead - Intermediate COMPETENCIES:

  • Customer service oriented and proactive in anticipating and resolving problems while maximizing efficient use of available IT

  • Uses excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills along with a patient, positive, and customer-friendly attitude within a team

  • Demonstrates outstanding customer orientation and desire to enable client productivity.

  • Communicates effectively and efficiently with technical and non-technical audiences at all levels of organization; utilizes appropriate communication channels for given situations.

  • Acts professionally and tactfully at all times and in all situations; maintains a professional demeanor and appearance.

  • Produces high quality work results with a sense of urgency while maintaining a high level of focus on detail, exactness and completeness.

  • Builds leveraging relationships & teamwork environment with clients, peers and other IT teams that facilitate knowledge and information sharing; contribute to team's body of knowledge; being recognized as a dependable member of team and a source of positive energy and attitude for clients and team.

  • Able to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously

  • Adheres to change management and documentation policies Send resumes directly to Danny Fernandez at