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Richard Stewart Cave

260 Great Eastern Highway Glen Forrest

0451101966 | rickcave1@gmail.com | LinkedIn


IT Specialist

Qualified IT Specialist with over 35 years knowledge and solid experience within IT, Telecommunication, technical support and operational roles across multiple industries including Oil and Gas, Mining and Government sectors. Services provided covers software and hardware, databases, web resources, networks and enterprise systems including network management, software development and database administration.



Key Strengths

  • Exceptional people skills at all levels who can deliver a professional service across the board
  • Effective and efficient problem resolution
  • Highly developed communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Experienced and highly capable mobile networks / smart phone and tablet / desktop / server / networks / remote support skills including:
    • Asset & Configuration Management – Hardware and Software
    • Service Request fulfilment
    • Procurement, supplier liaisons, pricing agreements
    • Develop and maintain informal training, operational policies and procedures, technical documentation.
    • Server, Cloud, Virtual System Administration
    • Asset and User migrations
    • Office relocation and setup
    • Backup/ Restore/ Disaster Recovery/ Business continuity
    • Virus Protection techniques
    • Troubleshooting, problem solving workflows


Technical Skills

  • Networking: TCP/IP, DNS, DFS, DHCP, VPN, MESH, WiFi, TP-Link, Draytek Vigor
  • Database: MySQL
  • Operating Systems: Windows (All), Unix (Sco)/ Linux (Ubuntu, Mint)
  • Negoiation and Contacts: Telstra, SCOPE BI, Dell, Leader Systems, Ricoh, Pilbara Copy Service, Avast Business
  • Websites and Domains: CPanel, Elementor PRO, CSS, HTML, Wiki, Sharepoint, Sub Domains, GoDaddy, Host Papa, Perth Web Hosting (PWH)
  • Virtual: Hypervisor, VMWare, VirtualBox, Turnkey, Bitnami
  • Security: Avast Business, Trend Micro Maximum Security
  • Email: Microsoft 365, Exchange, Horde, CPanel, Outlook, Thunderbird
  • Design: Inkscape, Irfanview, Easycut, Corel Paint Shop Pro, GoPro
  • Software: MyOsh, MyOB, Quickbooks, Pronamics Expert Estimator, Teams, Zoom, Google GSuite, Microsoft 365, AD
  • Technical: Component replacements (laptop, Desktop, Server, NAS), Tower builds from new, System builds.
  • Platforms: Desktop, laptop, tablet, server, nas, raspbery pi, smart tv, smart phone.


Professional Experience

2017 - Present | Owner/ Principal Engineer

Eastern Hills Computer Repairs, Glen Forrest, WA

Formed a year after joining Diverse Group Australia, due to the downturn my employment was terminated and made redundant. Within the same day I was re-employed under a new title with part-time hours. Some months on from this I was again terminated and re-hired as a casual employee, however only on 8 hours a week. I was advised by Diverse to look for a second job. It was at this point in 2017 I decided to form my own business TeamCave Personal Computer Services (TCPCS).
TeamCave Personal Computer Services (TCPCS) ran up to July 2021, then I decided to rebrand, and changed the business name to Eastern Hills Computer Repairs (EHCR). I control, create, design, and perform all social media actions and tasks from domains, websites, Wiki, design, and merchandise.
I have a good core of residential and small business clients. All Aboard Seafoods, Motorcycle Assist, Revive Roof Restorations, OzSteel Design, Powell Pro Ceilings, Axis Building Approvals.
The tasks are various and with my technical background and grounding has enabled me to 'get out' there and make a difference. I have an excellent relationship with my customers who know they can call on me anytime.
The services I provide are on the website.
I am always on the lookout for small to medium businesses that could use my services.

2016 - Present | IT Coordinator

Diverse Group Australia, Rivervale, WA

Currently employed in a casual role in supporting, maintaining, administering, and developing the company’s assets, systems, and procedures. Responsible for the electrical Test & Tagging of company assets. This is an autonomous role reporting to the head of finance.

  • Planned, oversaw, and actioned the complete relocation from Malaga to Rivervale offices, IT and Non-IT elements.
  • Oversaw and initiated the maintenance and transfer of all domain IP to another registrar.
  • Managed the handover from an MSP
  • Implementation and administration of a Trouble ticket system (Jitbit, Spiceworks, FreshDesk)
  • Creation of ICT processes and procedures from nil (Word, Excel, Access, PDF and Visio files)
  • Design and implementation of backup and restore system (SyncBackSE Pro, Crashplan, VEEAM)
  • Administration and management of company directory file structure utilising Beyond Compare
  • Microsoft 365 administration with synchronisation with 2016 AD structure
  • Administration of print queues, scan to email of MFD’s Ricoh, Konica Minolta and Kyocera
  • Implementation of PC, Laptop build process using Ghost Solution Suite 3.2, Clonezilla, AOEMEI, Ninite, PDQ
  • Administration of the Telstra data, landline and mobile accounts using T-Analyst and Market Place
  • Supporting Smartphones, tablets and USB 3G/4G Wireless, WIFI modems (Samsung Galaxy, iPhone and iPads)
  • Implementation, support, administration of LAN-LAN VPN IPSEC connectivity between head and remote offices (Pilbara region) using a variety of Draytek Vigor Firewall modem routers.
  • Administration and maintenance of a Dell host servers, WINSvr 2019 with Hyper-V and six virtual 2016 Servers (Domain controllers, Application Servers and File Servers)
  • Implemented archiving of Microsoft365 mailboxes and leaver data, introducing a NAS for the purpose.
  • Experienced in software packages MS Office 2013/2016, Visio, Nitro PDF, VMWARE vSphere, Bentley CAD, INX, JobPAC, MyOSH, Pronamics Expert Estimator.
  • Administration and Security of systems using Avast Business and Zoho Assist, Spiceworks Collection agents
  • Local and remote support via software applications, mobile and email.
  • Responsible for ICT asset management creating registers on Excel, and currently migrating and implementing a full IT asset system on Snipe-IT.
  • Company Test and Tagging inspector, register creation, have worked both office and in the field-testing power tools, chargers, cables Using a Seaward PAT tester.
  • Building on current relationships with suppliers and operators, looking to always get the best deal for the company. Leader Systems, Avast, Telstra, Ricoh, Pilbara Copier Service, SCOPE BI, Dell.

2016 | ICT Support Engineer

IT Integrity, Jandakot, WA
Employed on a short-term contract, working out of Jandakot Airport and South Perth providing IT support on a major construction project:

  • Setup build lab environment with dumb switches with Aten KVM switches.
  • Building Dell OptiPlex 7010 and 7020 stations with Windows 7, using PXE boots and USB storage media for the builds
  • Assisting with other support issues as they arise.
  • Active role in the geographic relocation of the office
  • Preparation and implementation of complete workstation setups on construction site (I am a white card holder)
  • Working autonomously reporting to the Technical Coordinator.
  • Active Directory administration, account creation, moving and renaming of accounts
  • In-depth fault finding on desktop build failures utilising disk partition tools and other
  • Racking and stacking switches, routers, and other equipment in racks.
  • Patching copper and fibre single, multimode cables.


2015 | ICT Support Officer

Department of Health, PMH, WA
I was engaged on a 2-month contract (extended to 3) with the Department of Health. The role was to complete a device audit which is a deliverable of a larger project for the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Duties included:

  • Physical audit of ICT equipment
  • Tagging new ICT hardware including hospital equipment attached
  • Adding and updating assets into the database
  • ICT asset moves and set-up
  • Auditing of multifunction printer consumables
  • Mapping of clinical and patient areas
  • Database clean-up
  • Installation of clinical IT equipment
  • Writing technical documents
  • Meeting with Head of Departments to discuss decommissioning plans


2013-2014 | IT Support Engineer

Fugro Surveys Pty Ltd, Balcatta and Osborne Park, WA
Contractor position providing cover for the IT manager and the support technician when absent.
Duties included:

  • User administration on 2008 AD including exchange 2003/2009 mailbox and user accounts.
  • Windows XP/7/8 desktop OS and application support to the user base, locally and remotely.
  • Recently installed the latest WSUS server on a VMWare hosted Windows 2008 server.
  • Last job was to check the network and systems on the ship searching for MH370.


2004 – 2014 | IT Specialist

Fugro Surveys Pty Ltd and CGG, West Perth, WA
Provided ICT support for three companies IT infrastructure and systems. Headcount of 120 users, 20+ Servers, 100+ Workstations, 120 desk phones, 40 mobile phones. Planned and oversaw a complete company move from Floreat to Osborne Park (AUD$1.5m) new Computer Room and workshops. Company systems and infrastructure. Then involved in second move some years later.

Duties and Responsibilities included:

  • Day to day resolution of reported faults and point of contact for first and second line issues using the in-house Ticketing System Manage Engine and TTX.
  • Administration, maintenance and support of Server 2003, 2008R2, 2012, Windows XP and 7 workstations. Using SCCM 2012 for build and installation and WSUS for patch management.
  • Administering vSphere 5.1 for the hosting of application servers Navision (Financial), MS SQL for asset systems, SCCM repository and 2010 Domain controllers. Using the VM Converters for the virtualisation of physical servers and workstations.
  • 1st line Administration of the office CISCO VOIP phone system including the addition, removal, amendment of user and device records. Liaising with the provider IIPC on second line issues including switch administration.
  • Administration of users, devices, distribution lists and groups in the Windows Active Directory – Windows Server 2012.
  • Creation of training media (Snag-IT, Camtasia) such as How To’s and coaching of users on best practices and performed IT Inductions for new starters covering, assets, security, social media, and faults.
  • Remote access support for field users to assist in resolving their issues globally. Remote users had either bit torrent or Checkpoint FDE, I connected in using RDP, TeamViewer or TightVNC.
  • Proactive activities as monitoring system utilisation, storage, network, internal and external services such as mail flow, availability of servers and websites. Using Active Experts software.
  • Experience of Linux Operating Systems, Ubuntu, CentOS, Redhat and others. Installation, creation of users, SAMBA file server, permissions and groups, exposure to cron jobs. Some archiving of files using the tar commands.
  • Maintaining Dell 624* family of switches, configuration for LAN’s, setting up Master stacks and VLAN with some trunking activities.
  • Cable maintenance, replacement, repair, creation and housekeeping and patching schemes performed by myself.
  • Had some experience in using the Thane portable satellite system whilst providing cover for a land survey group.
  • Configuring and maintaining Backup, Recovery and Archiving technologies and processes using Scripted Beyond Compare, NT Backup and SyncBack and Backup Exec 12, utilised the Microsoft operating system shadow copy and the Dell EqualLogic SAN systems’ snapshot technology. Installed and configured the 2008 Microsoft Server Directory File structure and Replication Services which served the purposes for business continuity as it was replicated to an identical Dell Storage server.
  • Ensuring that the host Antivirus Server (Trend Micro – Officescan 10) was patched, up to date and the clients were successful updating.
  • Installation of WSUS 3.0 server for the patching and updates of the Microsoft Systems and Office applications.
  • Assisted in the administration of the Titan building security system and software, liaising with vendors and assisting the office manager.
  • Asset Management activities auditing, using Lansweeper, purchasing, using CUA’s, disposal engaging the authorised third-party contractors
  • Configuring, supporting, Disaster Recovery systems on in a satellite office, installed a Buffalo NAS file servers to store business critical data. Organising offsite storage for archived tapes LTO4 tapes.
  • Used the Third Party VOIP portal for the administration of the users and Cisco 7942’s phones.
  • Planned, administered and organised company fleet plans including hardware, phones, smart phones (iPhone using Iron Port, Blackberry BES5 Server) and data devices such NextG modems for local and global use.
  • Project work includes physical company moves (AUD$1.5M), company, system and user migrations. System upgrades. Asset and software reconciliation, Pilot electronic flight bags (IPAD’s), upgrade from POTS to VOIP phone systems. Installation set up and support the Finance Microsoft Dynamics Navision database, server and client application and services, with liaison with Eclipse consultancy. Including the upgrade from Nav4 to Nav2009.
  • Authoring technical documentation covering, Processes, ‘How To’ guides, network diagrams, using the Microsoft Office 2003,2007,2010 and 2013 suite of tools including Visio of which I am very proficient in.


1997 – 2002 | Team Leader - Senior Engineer

1982 – 1997 | HM FORCES

Royal Signals | Technical Sergeant Class I


Education History

Academic & professional qualifications

ACADEMIC
Tertiary Army Apprentices College
Business Technical Engineering Council National Certificate in Electronics and Communications Engineering
Tertiary 8th Signal Regiment
Business Technical Engineering Council National Diploma in Engineering
CITY AND GUILDS (LONDON) Computer Installation & Maintenance (7261-324)


PROFESSIONAL
TEST & TAG TRAINING (RTO number: 40604) Test and Tagging (licenced)
EXCOM Windows Server 2008 Boot camp
VMWARE (EXCOMM) VMWARE vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage v4
EXCOM Implementing, Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
EXCOM Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Server 2003 Environment
VERHOEF TRAINING Oracle SQL Part1
SCO SCO UNIX Administration Level 2
SCO SCO UNIX Administration Level 1
NOKIA Nokia Network Sub Systems Level 1
NOKIA Nokia Operations Maintenance and Administration Level 1 (OMA 1)
TEKELEC Signalling Transfer Points (STP's)
MICROSOFT MCPS Implementing & Supporting Windows NT 4
SHL Supporting Windows NT3.51
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