Bret Fisher | Elance
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Bret Fisher

The Tech Whisperer: A Senior Microsoft Engineer
   United States
  |   Virginia Beach, VA
  |  2:01 am Local Time


Specializing In Windows infrastructure (private or public cloud) and Microsoft server apps like Exchange, SharePoint, SQL, Lync, Azure, and Active Directory.

Co-Founder of for you to monitor your servers quickly and completely.

Fantastic at Windows engineering and administration, over 15 years direct experience managing systems, people, and networks from 10 to 10,000. Hold over 25 Microsoft certifications, and half dozen others, listed at bottom (yawn).

I'm an engineering virtualist; mixing high-end skills such as Hyper-V, SharePoint, and Exchange with *legendary* people skills. I get excited when helping architect a vision to turn your business problems into reliable IT solutions. I can advise clients considering the cloud on decisions to move or stay on-premise. I can fit in as an IT leader: mentoring the junior support staff and advising the CTO or CIO. Every employer or client has wanted to keep and promote me, and I'm confident you'll think the same.
Service Description
Specializing in Microsoft server systems and supporting technologies.

Quotes of previous management and co-workers from LinkedIn:

"Bret's knowledge of all aspects of Information Technology is second to none."..."Bret's technical skills are only matched by his personal skills. He has the ability to build relationships with customers and coworkers. I would recommend him for any engineering opportunity."

"Bret is one of the more innovative individuals I have had the opportunity to work with. An extremely knowledgeable person on current technology..."

"Top notch Microsoft expertise, and I'm still trying to figure out how he keeps as current as he does. If there is something new in the IT field, he will know about it, and his solutions are rock solid!"

History of employment includes Navy enlisted, private and public sector full-time, and indi consulting.

Examples projects include SharePoint 2007 and 2010 admin, with experience deploying and designing farms from 30 users to 5,000. Exchange admin of every version since the good-ol-days, and I can take your basic email system to the next level with Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging and integration with Microsoft OCS and Lync.

Currently performing Office 365 Migrations, SharePoint 2013 Migrations, MDT 2012 deployments, Azure Cloud development and deployments, and more.

Great documentation and proper recovery plans are areas I always insist on with my solutions, as the system is only as good as it's maintainable and recoverable.

Other products I primarily support within the last 3 years include All Windows client and server versions, Active Directory and core network services, Hyper-V, SharePoint, Exchange, ISA and TMG, SQL, System Center products including DPM, SCCM, SCOM, SCVMM, DFS, DNS, OCS, Lync, desktop deployment, MDT, WDS, RDS, RDG, and many more. If additional skills are required, I have a pool of partners I can recommend.

Certifications include multiple MCITP's and MCSE's, with prior Cisco CCNA, SANS GCWN, and Citrix Metaframe certs. Certified in Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, ISA, Windows (NT to 2008).
MCTS: Win Server 2008 Active Directory, Config
Awarded: 2008
MCTS Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Config
Awarded: 2008
Microsoft Certified IT Pro: Enterprise Admin
Awarded: 2008
Exchange Server 2003 Design and Implementing
Awarded: 2006
Implementing ISA Server 2004
Awarded: 2006
MCSE: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Awarded: 1999
Core Enable
Systems Engineer, Owner
2009 - Present
My LLC that I do all my work under as a full-time freelancer. Focused on Microsoft business solutions, network infrastructure, server systems, and upcoming cloud services.
Brittenford Systems Inc
Systems Engineer (consultant)
2002 - Present
Part-time systems engineer for this Microsoft Gold Partner. Implementing and supporting many Microsoft server systems such as Exchange, SharePoint, SQL, IIS, ISA, OCS, Lync, TMG, DPM, Dynamics, ADDS, etc.
City of Virginia Beach
Server Infrastructure Team Leader
2004 - 2009
Directly responsible for implemeting and supporting 6,000 users of these products: Active Directory, Exchange 2003/2007, SharePoint 2007, ISA 2004/2006, LCS 2005, OCS 2007, Group Policy, Desktop Deployment (MDT), System Center products such as SCOM, SCDPM, iSCSI SAN Storage, File and Print services, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, etc. Lead Engineering team of senior engineers from concept to operational support.
Fisher Solutions (freelance consulting)
Systems Engineer, Owner
2002 - 2005
Security Engineer
2001 - 2002
NMCI Security Engineer team leader
Lead Systems Administrator Consultant
2000 - 2001
Value Options
Systems and Network Administrator
1999 - 2000
US Navy
Data Systems Tech
1993 - 1999
Payment Terms
Billed weekly through Elance on Monday. If payment is delayed more then a week, and not prearranged, then I hold on additional work until payment is resolved. This is mostly standard via Elance guidance.
Rob Atwood
City of Virginia Beach, Infrastructure Coordinator
Infrastructure Team Leader for 8-16 staff controlling most server-level engineering and desktop engineering for 6,000 users. Was the technical lead for many advanced projects such as implementation of iSCSI SAN, automated Windows deployment, enterprise file replication, SharePoint 2007, ISA, and many others. Co-lead the engineering to design, deploy, and manage Exchange Server 2003 for 6,000 mailboxes. Later upgraded to Exchange 2007, implemented Microsoft Operations Manager for monitoring, operationalized daily tasks of user management.
Bret Fisher | Elance

Bret Fisher