Thursday, June 09, 2011

Job Posting - Sharepoint Admin, Oklahoma City

If you know of someone with Sharepoint experience, please send them Todd's way. You'll find his contact information at the bottom.


Sr. SharePoint Administrator - Oklahoma City, OK

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
•Serve as Administrator for SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010
•Serve as Administrator for FAST for SharePoint 2010
•Plan and lead application system installations and upgrades.
•Monitor, support and diagnose application systems functioning to ensure specifications are met.
•Modify existing application systems to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance.
•Develop procedures for application system testing and validation to ensure system integrity.
•Prepare and review appropriate documentation to record computer specifications, layouts and peripheral equipment modifications.
•Design and perform capacity planning processes to ensure performance is in line with business expectations.
•Analyze user needs and design software requirements within time and cost constraints.
•Develop and support business relationships with project team and business customers.
•Develop and implement policies, procedures and standards to ensure conformance with information systems goals and procedures.
•Report status, issues, and timelines to management staff and project teams.
•Lead multi-function teams in problem resolution, evaluation and implementation of solutions.
•Provide mentoring and training to associate systems administrators and system administrators.

•Strong knowledge of enterprise search concepts
•Strong knowledge of web server technologies/frameworks/concepts (HTTP, networking, Windows Server 2008 R2, Active Directory, PowerShell)
•Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical issues, working alone or in a team
•Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment
•Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of co-workers, clients and other external contacts
•Demonstrated ability to document system architecture, installation configuration, methods and procedures for cross training and troubleshooting
•Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
•Experience with Microsoft FAST Search is preferred
•Experience with Microsoft SharePoint is preferred
Education & Work Experience

Minimum Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Management Information Systems or equivalent experience.
•Experience generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Minimum of 4 years Systems Administration - SharePoint experience


Todd Laduron
Sr. Technical Recruiter - CDI IT Solutions

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Did you ever...?

Did you ever find a site that you went to start to get slow, buggy or that people just seemed to stop responding to you as if they all agreed to do so at the same time?

It may not be just your imagination or that the site is having issues. You may be flagged as an abusive user and these techniques are intentional ways to convince you to calm down and re-think your approach.

I was reading about the site (and related sites) where something needed to be done with the small set of users that were making the site unpleasant for everyone else.

But what does this have to do with QA? Well, consider what happens if your site behaves erratically, is slow and error prone. Whether it's intentional or not, it drives users away. Do you know how often this happens? What's the impact when it does? How do you bring this to light?

Just something to consider.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Incredibly strong passwords that are easy to remember

Steve Gibson is an interesting fellow that has been around quite a while. One thing he does when not creating commercial products is doing security-related research. He has come up with a way to make strong passwords easy to remember.

Consider these two passwords:

According to his calculations, it would take a thousand times more time to crack the second password than the first, even though the first is easier to remember! (check it out for yourself by going to the link above) The idea is that if you take what we typically use for a secure, but memorable password, and padd the front and back with something, anything easy to remember.

For example, take H3!!0 and make it something like one of these:

This increases the length of the password and minimally increases the ability to memorize it.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Job Posting - Norman, OK

If you are in the Norman area and considering opportunities in Quality Assurance, here is one through Tek Systems. They have supported this group for several years and I am very appreciative of that support.

The contact information is at the bottom of the description, please feel free to contact Chris if you are interested.


The Quality Assurance Analyst is responsible for conducting quality control activities for the IT Services Department. The QA Analyst will analyze application systems, create test case documentation, and execute plans. The successful candidate will have proven experience ensuring that complex software applications are performing as designed. Running queries in SQL. Score well on SQL assessment. Needs to proficient and score 5-6 on a scale to 10. Open up SQL scripts and understand it, do joins, deletes, updates, executes in outer joins, unions. Have SQL Fundamentals.

• Develop and maintain test plans, manual and automated
test scripts for user interface, functionality, system and "ad-hoc testing".
• Execute
regression tests, functional tests and data tests.
Document quality assurance practices.
• Provide analysis of test results and deliver solutions to problem areas.
• Ensure that testing activities will allow applications to meet business requirements and systems goals, fulfill end-user requirements, and identify and resolve systems issues.
• Ensure that any new software integration into company systems meets functional requirements, system compliance, and interface specifications.
• Create and execute test scripts, cases, and scenarios that will determine optimal system performance according to specifications.
• Conduct all types of application testing as needed, such as system, unit, regression, load, and
acceptance testing methods.
• Analyze formal test results in order to discover and resolve defects, bugs, errors, configuration issues, and interoperability flaws.
• Analyze documentation and technical specifications of any new application under deployment or consideration to determine its intended functionality.
• Produce reports and documentation for all testing efforts, results, activities, data, logging, and tracking.
• Communicate test progress, test results, and other relevant information.

Chris Keller - Technical Recruiter
3501 NW 63RD suite #300, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73116
866.585.0552 T 405.254.1723
F 405.415.1460 M 405.819.1310

World IPV6 Day - June 8, 2011

There have been several tests of IPV6 around the world already and this is no different. Major web sites such as Microsoft and Google will offer thier content over IPV6.

Now that all the IPV4 address have been claimed by Regional Internet Registries, it's just a matter of time before they are all used up. There are still questions as to how the IPV6 switchover will occur, but knowing your way around IPV6 will be a new skill to learn.