About Me

 

Stephen Wagner

Name: Stephen Wagner

Age: 29

Location: Calgary, Alberta (Canada)

Occupation: President of Digitally Accurate Inc. (also operating as D.A. Consulting)

Interests:

-Computers (Windows, Linux, OSX)

-Wireless Technologies (Device hacking, reverse engineering, long range links, open source hardware)

-Single Board Computers (SBCs, SBC Development)

-Mobile Platforms (Windows 10 for Mobile)

-Mountain Biking

-Electronica (House, Hard House)

Specializations:

-Infrastructure

-Virtualization

-Disaster Recovery

-HP Hardware (Proliant Servers, SANs)

-Storage (iSCSI, SAN, NFS, NAS)

Hardware:

Microsoft Lumia 950XL (Dual SIM) (Insider Fast Build Flight)

Nokia Lumia 1020 (Insider Fast Build Flight) (Backup Phone)

Microsoft Surface Pro

Lenovo X1 Carbon 2015

Mini Biography:

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta (3rd generation), I’ve had the pleasure of also living in North Vancouver and Maple Ridge in British Columbia, before moving back home to Calgary.

I started out very young with technology. My father owned numerous Computer/I.T. companies over the years doing everything from business systems, to Point of Sale solutions. Growing up I had access to business hardware, software, and pretty much all the fun stuff that comes with it.

First memories I have go back to the days of Windows for Workgroup 3.11, NT 3.51, and Unixware around the age of 7. It was around this time that I really started my passion with computers and technology. I still remember how amazed I was when the NT 4.0 beta was released. I was fully building computers at this age (and my father was getting me to help with building systems and rolling them out to clients).

My main obsession was with networking. I found the premise of connecting computers to a large network and sharing information very fascinating, whether it was talking and chatting, sharing files and data, or playing multiplayer games. Around the age of 10 I was already wrapping IPX/SPX inside of TCP to play LAN games over the internet against other players, and had developed a thorough understanding of network technologies.

Shortly after this, my fascination with Linux started. I picked up my first copy of RedHat Linux 5.1 when I was 11 years old from a book purchased at a bookstore. And so began my dive in to the Linux world (I can’t tell you how many nights were spent doing live FTP installs over dial-up connections to get the latest versions of Linux).

Over the years I learnt about domains, active directory, clustering, and got more interested in business applications, infrastructure, and internet services.

Age 13 through 17 were spent learning about internet services, wireless services (and wireless hacking), bettering my knowledge of Linux, and more business infrastructure services. At 16 I could fully configure a Windows 2000 Advanced Server with all of the add-ons/roles enabled and configured (AD, Exchange, FTP, Telnet, Remote Installation services, DHCP, DNS, Clustering, etc…).

Around 17 years old I really started to dive in to Single Board Computing (using alternative architectures such as ARM and MIPS), and wireless technologies. I started off with a Soekris Net4801 board, doing remote PXE installations of RedHat Linux using PXE and NFS. I also picked up specialize wireless cards and specialized wireless antennas (learning about promiscuous mode on wireless cards, long range wireless links, and customization of wireless technologies to permit long range links). Over the years I also made it a hobby of installing/hacking Linux on everything I could (proprietary firewalls, Xbox, Wireless Access Points, etc…). I can’t verify this, but I think I was one of the first people to get the Redhat 9 distribution running on the First Generation Xbox.

Upon graduating high school in 2004, I initially was pre-accepted in to Electrical Engineering, however decided against immediately going to university so that I could get a job and save up beforehand.

My first big jump in to business was in 2004 as I was brought onboard with a major homebuilder as an I.T. Specialist.

During my time there, within 2 years I was promoted numerous times first to I.T. Coordinator, and finally to I.T. Manager. I managed over 80 workstations deployed across two offices (in Calgary and Edmonton), and over 20 sales centers split between the two cities. The technologies I implemented, managed, and supported included Windows Server 2003, Citrix, Terminal Services, SQL Server, and a number of Line of Business applications specific to the industry.

During this time, I fell in love with business and business I.T. infrastructure. After 2 years I resigned from my position to start my own business (at the age of 19).

For over 10 years I have provided I.T. Infrastructure services for the SMB and enterprise markets, specializing in Virtualization, Line of Business applications, ERP/CRM solutions, Storage, Security, and I.T. Management.

Experienced with:
Infrastructure design, implementation and support
Virtualization (vSphere 5.x, vSphere 6.x, iSCSI, HP MSA 2040 SAN)
Disaster Recovery (Tape Libraries, Disk Backup, special requirement backups for databases, etc…)
Wireless Point to Point (Linking buildings)
Wireless Point to Multi-Point (Warehouse wireless)
Linking multi-sites using fiber
Line of Business Implementation and Integration (Accounting, Estimating, Purchasing, Scheduling, etc…)
Remote Access Solutions (Linking multiple branch offices to HQ, or remote access for employees from home)
Mobile Devices (Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Apple iPhone, BlackBerry, Blackberry Enterprise Server)
Workstation Management Technologies
IT Workflow and IT Support Development/Management
Line of Business Applications (Directional Drilling, Home Sales, Shop Management)

Software Implementation, Integration, and Support Experience:
Microsoft Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2012 R2
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS2008, SBS2011)
Microsoft Exchange Server (2007, 2010, 2013, 2016)
Microsoft SQL Server (2005, 2008, 2008R2)
RedHat Enterprise Linux
Symantec Endpoint Protection (and Protection Suite)
Sophos Unified Threat Management (Sophos UTM)
Simply Accounting
Quickbooks
Sage BusinessVision
Timberline Accounting and Estimating
BuilderMT Construction Management
Zybertech HomeFront
Citrix
Lio-Target iSCSI
Embedded Linux development
Halliburton Landmark Compass, WellPlan, EDM
Shoptech E2

 

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  9 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Hey Stephen,

    Could you please leave a post about sharepoint 3.0 and the configuration that goes with it?

    I was told that it it pretty simple but it can also cause many problems…

    Thanks,
    Alex

  2. Are you planning a SharePoint implementation? Currently implementing it, or running in to trouble?

    Stephen

  3. Hey Stephen,

    Just checking in to see how everything has been since we chatted back in October?

    Summer has finally arrived!

    Cheers,
    Alex

  4. Alex, shoot me off an email. im replying to this from my phone. We’ll chat there! Hope all is well…

  5. can you send me this file below or upload to some where and let me know the link. it is no longer on the manufacturer website. thanks
    git clone git://risingtidesystems.com/lio-core-backports.git lio-core-backports.git

  6. Hey Stephen,
    I really appreciate your effort to post all this info and it is of real value. I was amazed how many similarities in the configuration of servers and SAN system I am going to do here are the same with what you described in your blog. Is just like you are writing my exact thoughts and words. I’d like to have your email and Skype ID so we can chat and maybe help me on building this project up.
    Thanks again,
    Romeo

  7. Hi Romeo,

    I sent you off an e-mail!

    Cheers,
    Stephen

  8. Hello Stephen,

    I am experienceing some issues trying to configure similar hardware (SAN and HP Servers) as youu described above.
    Scenario:

    2 x HP ProLiant DL360 Gen9 Servers – both with 2 x 300GB SAS HD on a HP Smart Array P440ar Controller (firmware 1.18)

    Question:
    1) How do I configure the storage controller? Only option appears to be via the HP Provisioning tool.

    Even so, the the vsphere install does not detect the drives..

    Help…

  9. Stephen,

    Thanks for your email where you brought to my attention the HP ESXi installer..

    I tried it and it work like a charm…

    Thanks a million…

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