The Dell TechCenter recognizes members who go above and beyond to provide added value to the community.

This month the Dell TechCenter proudly inducts Greg Ramsey into the Dell TechCenter Member Hall of Fame.

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July 2009 Inductee

Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey
With 29 threads and hundreds of edits to TechCenter pages, Greg Ramsey is a frequent and valuable contributor to the community. As one Dell TechCenter lab expert put it, Greg has done “some really great stuff on the Microsoft System Center side of the house.” Greg also joins in with helpful contributions and troubleshooting advice on selected discussion threads.

Greg is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft System Management Server (SMS), and he has been working with SMS and desktop deployment since 1998. He currently works for Dell Inc. in Austin, Texas, as an SMS administrator, and he has extensive knowledge in VBScript, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI), SMS Installer, Wise Package Studio, and VB.NET. Prior to 1998, Greg served in the United States Marine Corps, rising to the rank of sergeant. Greg has a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences and engineering (BSCSE) from Ohio State University. Greg is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and he is a columnist for myITforum.com as well as cofounder of the Ohio SMS Users Group, Central Texas Systems Management User Group, and the creator of SMSView.

Most recently, Greg has been updating the Dell Business Client Operating System Deployment page with CAB files, up-to-date information, and links. When he’s not busy with all of that, Greg enjoys biking, hiking, and live music.


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Member Hall of Fame

June 2009


Andreas Erson
Andreaserson Admitting that he spent a bit too much time at the university (mostly trying to avoid classes to indulge in the finer things of life) Andreas Erson (andreaserson) applied for a job at a small company where his girlfriend worked. It develops ERP software for account receivable services. With no previous IT staff and being a self-proclaimed jack of all trades when it comes to IT, as well as having a special penchant for computer hardware, the position was a perfect fit for him.

When he started in May 2008 there were 25 employees, and now, one year later, there are 41. During his first year he designed the network infrastructure and the server room in the company's new office and nearly replaced every workstation/laptop. The company recently purchased new servers, iSCSI storage, and network switches from Dell to completely revamp the aging equipment in the server room. The company is also a Microsoft partner that is going to move into production with the Microsoft® Hyper-V™ hypervisor when the Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2 version is released.

Andreas has contributed to over 20 TechCenter discussion threads, providing valuable information and benefits of experience to other community members. Andreas is also an enthusiastic participant in the TechCenter’s TechTuesday chat series, diligently picking the brains of Dell and community experts with detailed questions that spark lively exchanges among participants. In addition, Andreas is frequently quicker than the moderators when it comes to providing the links to TechCenter pages or external sites that support specific points in the discussion during the TechTuesday chats.

Recently, Andreas offered a recommendation in response to a request in the Backup Solutions (Disk to Tape) for Server 2008 with Hyper-V discussion that also included a link to an external vendor site to support the recommendation.



May 2009

Brian Summers
Brian Summers No matter which TechCenter page or discussion thread a community member may be visiting, there is a good chance they will see Brian Summers among the participants. Brian has logged in 74 page and thread contributions and has received five compliments from community members. Recently, he initiated lively discussion threads on scripting an expanded virtual disk for Dell™ PowerVault™ MD3000/MD3000i storage and seeking a way to determine and log temperature fluctuations in servers for a customer.

Brian is a technical solutions representative in Dell’s Advanced Systems Group, with a passion for Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area networks (SANs) and virtualization. Having built dozens of virtual infrastructures for environments of all sizes, Brian “cannot wait to see how iSCSI will play with 10GbE and other SAN fabric options, such as Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).”



April 2009

Nepharim
Nepharim Since September 2008 Nepharim has made over 40 thread and page contributions to the community and continues to actively participate. Recently, Nepharim provided helpful support information for enabling an Internet SCSI (iSCSI) adapter on a Broadcom NIC for a Dell PowerEdge™ R805 server. He also pointed community members to helpful information on implementing the VMware® ESX Server software in response to an ESX booting issue.

Nepharim is a technical sales representative for small and medium business at Dell, providing storage area network, network attached storage, and direct attach storage solutions and specializing in VMware-based virtualization solutions. Prior to working for Dell he was a system/network administrator responsible for automating application and OS deployments (unattended installations) in addition to providing networking and security solutions and managing projects.



Stooartbaby
Stooartbaby
From commenting on blogs or offering advice in forum discussions to providing feedback on topic pages, Stooartbaby has consistently been an active member of the TechCenter community. Recently, he shared his experience setting up the Dell Client Manager™ software for auditing over 2,000 client systems to obtain BIOS version information, and he also provided helpful workaround advice for installing the Dell OpenManage™ client onto a virtual machine guest.

Stooartbaby has been a contributing member since December 2007. He contributed and continues to maintain a page that provides information and source files for a Daylight Saving Time Date Check script. The script checks the daylight saving time start date and records the machine name and daylight saving time results in a text file by querying the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) service.