Musically Geeky

the blog of Mark McCoy

Mark D McCoy

Summary of Qualifications

I am an accomplished Systems Administrator and Programmer with many years of professional experience and a wide range of skills in networking, systems design, and programming. I also served four years in the US Army as an Infantry soldier and a Non-Commissioned Officer, and another 4 1/2 years in the US Army Reserve. My professional and Army experience included supervisory responsibilities such as training, management, personal development, and counseling.

Technical Skills

  • Extensive experience implementing Identity Management infrastructure including LDAP servers, the Sun Identity Manager product, Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager, and Microsoft Active Directory
  • Experience programming in C/C++, Ruby, Python, Perl, Java, PHP, HTML, and bash/zsh/ksh
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer, August 2005, certificate #804005377616305
  • Strong focus on Unix System Administration
  • Over Fifteen years experience with Linux, including Red Hat (3-9, RHEL, Fedora, CentOS), Debian, Ubuntu
  • Four years experience with Sun Solaris 9 and 10 as a Systems Analyst III
  • Experience managing Microsoft Windows in both Server and Workstation environments, FreeBSD, SCO OpenServer, IBM AIX
  • Experience with Unix Server Software including Apache HTTPD, Tomcat Java Application Server, Sun Java Application Server (Glassfish), ISC BIND, sendmail and Postfix SMTP, POP/IMAP servers, and MySQL and PostgreSQL Databases

Professional Experience

University of Texas at San Antonio

Systems Analyst III (2005-2010), Identity Management Analyst (2010-present)

San Antonio, Texas

  • Responsible for the overall Identity Management infrastructure for UTSA
  • Implemented and maintained Forefront Identity Manager 2010
  • Installed and maintained the Single-Sign On / Federated Identity services at UTSA, including integrating UTSA with the UT System Federation as well as integrating third-party applications
  • Primary LDAP administrator, responsible for installation and maintenance of the Sun Directory Server cluster
  • Responsible for the migration of student email services from an in-house solution to an outsourced solution, including implementing several Single-Sign-On systems
  • Systems administrator for mission-critical Solaris 9 and 10 servers, including the student email system with over 80,000 accounts
  • Developed software for systems/user management, user provisioning, and task automation
  • Secondary responsibilities include scheduled maintenance, backup adminisitration, storage administration, managing support contracts
  • Implemented software for system monitoring (Nagios), server provisioning (Jumpstart)

U.S. Army

Infantry Soldier (2001-2003), Infantry Non-Commissioned Officer (2003-2005), Weapons Instructor, (2007-2009)

Fort Hood, Texas
Baghdad, Iraq

  • Small group leader responsible for up to 4 other soldiers in combat situations
  • Bradley Fighting Vehicle Gunner, responsible for over $6M of Army equipment
  • Served with distinction as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad, Fallujah, and Taji Military District from March 2003 - March 2004
  • Served in the US Army Reserve as a Weapons Instructor in the prestigious Small Arms Readiness Group

Cajun Brothers Technology LLC. / MEI Solutions, Inc.

Programmer and Systems Administrator, 1997-2001

San Antonio, Texas

  • Custom built and administered Red Hat and Debian Linux servers deploying HTTP, FTP, DNS, SMTP, and POP/IMAP services for internal use and client hosting
  • Directly supported client networking, hardware, and software issues on Unix, Linux, and Microsoft Windows platforms
  • Supported payroll processing and accounting software software (including Y2K compliance) for up to 100 connected users on a combination of SCO OpenServer, Red Hat Linux, and Windows platforms
  • Developed software to translate report formats between legacy applications
  • Developed archival software that allowed users to respond to queries about customer payroll history
  • Worked on a team to rewrite credit-card transaction processing software used worldwide
  • Defined specifications for and built a Beowulf computing cluster for the US Air Force Directed Energy Research Lab


University of Texas at San Antonio

Major in Computer Science (1994-1998)

Programming Fundamentals
Systems Programming and Database Design

Army Professional Leadership Development Course (2003)

Courses in direct leadership and counseling
Commandant’s List (Ranked in top 10%)
Focus on small group leadership