Server Migration Tech Lead

Server Migration Tech Lead
Dublin 1 €500 - €550 Ref:

Job Description

My Financial Services client is actively looking to recruit a Server Migration Engineer on a 6-12 month contract.

Job Summary

  • The successful candidate will be partaking in a project where they will be migrating 600 servers (Windows 2003 and 2008) to new 2016/2019 VM servers. The 600 servers in scope support 147 applications. This project is not responsible to upgrade applications, just the servers.
  • This candidate will own the migration process of the application from old to new servers.
  • This role will require a candidate who may need to be flexible in the scope of this role as the project evolves.
  • Taking a leading “hands on” role in planning and executing the migration of legacy 2003 and 2008 windows servers to 2019, 2016 OS using a combination of Z-Install and IIS Easy Migration Tool.
  • Audit and document Servers, Analyse Purpose and business function of Server, dependencies on other servers and application interfaces.
  • Plan Migration of Physical as well as VMWare Virtual Servers
  • verify if the application will work or not on the new 2016/2019 OS prior to actual upgrade.
  • Prepare documentation for change approval (runbooks, roll back plans etc.)
  • Identify any required patches and Patch Legacy Server.
  • Identify and implement any required workarounds.
  • Perform Migration mainly using Zinstall and IIS Easy Migration Tool
  • Trouble Shoot Migration related issues
  • Provide positive and proactive participation within the team and active collaboration with colleagues across the Group as appropriate.
  • Reports into Technical Lead
  • For applications that are too old to work on the new 2016 OS we will need to ring fence them using the Symantec DCS.  Not essential but is a bonus if candidate has this experience

Migration Tech Lead responsibilities:

  • Overall Technical responsible for a group of servers being migrated from Desk Checking to Sign off of Migration Slot.
    • A group being e.g. Test, Pre-Producion & Production
    • Work hand in glove with Change Lead (PM) assigned to that migration change.
    • Lead technical Discussions
    • Raise any concerns with schedule (Managed by PM), do we have time for all preparation activities?
    • Ensure we have the correct technical resources onboard for this group of servers.
    • Raise any Technical concerns with Lead Architect
  • Pre-Migration
    • Ensure desk checks are completed to required quality
    • Analyse the Servers and how they are used by Applications
    • Meet with Application and support teams to leverage their knowledge and experience
    • Propose Migration Approach and ensure by in by rest of team
    • Create Runbook
    • Ensure Technical SME’s understand their remit in runbook
  • Migration
    • Ensure runbook is followed
    • Make any required calls to ensure the successful migration or successful roll back.
    • Lead trouble shooting when required
    • If assigned as the migration engineer for that change perform the migration steps (z-install tool, etc.)

Experience Required

  • More than 10 years experience of Windows Server Operating Systems from 2003-2019.

Essential and Desirable Skills

  • You will need to be technical and ‘hands-on’.
  • Extensive experience required of:
    • Windows Server OS
    • VMWare, ESXi 6.x
    • Active Directory Domain Controller, CSSM, IIS Server, SQL Server,
  • Also experience preferably of:
    • Zinstall
    • IEMT (IIS Easy Migration Tool)
    • Print Server, File-share, SharePoint, MQ, Connect Direct
    • JBoss, IBM WebSphere, IBM HTTP Server
  • Excellent Communication Skills and High level of experience in trouble shooting and categorising issues (group polices, security, application related etc) is essential
  • Good technical knowledge of network protocols and related technologies, and a variety of platforms.
  • Good knowledge of IT Security best practice and CISSP.
  • Some knowledge of information security and risk control frameworks such as COBiT, NIST, ISO 27001, ISO 27002.
  • Knowledge of PCI is preferred.

Educational Requirements

  • 3rd Level qualification in IT is preferred.

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