"Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities."

‒ Aldous Huxley

-- Biography

Guy Dalziel is a Linux systems engineer and Linux / AWS / PostgreSQL administrator. He currently works as the Linux system administrator at Akixi administering and developing ~100 CentOS Linux-based production servers, PostgreSQL databases, and all aspects of associated AWS cloud infrastructure: including AMI creation, EC2 instance configuration, RDS databases, VPC configuration, S3 backups, and asset tracking.

Previously, he was the senior broadcast engineer at Kantar Media where he administered ~200 Linux-based production systems; developed and tested Linux-based broadcast systems and technologies used within the data centres; peformed in-depth analysis of reference site data; and supervised data centre operations.

He is highly logical, analytical, and passionate about computers ever since he got his first computer at seven. He hates ineffeciency and is always looking for ways to improve existing systems and practises. System administration is a profession that requires expertise in many things that take time to learn; with an insatiable desire for knowledge, he spends much of his personal time reading technical books and experimenting with technology in order to grow and develop his knowledge and skills.

After configuring hosted remote Linux servers via SSH for several years, he decided to install Slackware Linux on his desktop and fell in love with it. After several years, a desire to learn the deeper mechanics of GNU/Linux systems led to the Linux From Scratch project through which he was able to compile his own systems from scratch via source; through his involvement with the community he became an official editor of Beyond Linux From Scratch and wrote instructions and provided hundreds of updates for the compilation of Linux software packages.

He is a command line user and feels most at home in such environments, and prefers using Red Hat / CentOS / Fedora Linux distributions.

-- Specialties

  • Windows & Linux System Administration
  • AWS Cloud Engineering & Systems Operations Administration
  • PostgreSQL Database Administration
  • Active Directory & Group Policy
  • Network Engineering & Security
  • Ruby Shell Scripting

-- Education

  • Level 3 Diploma in IT from London Electronics College (distinction* distinction)

Here be dragons