Nicholas Adams
m:313.580.1479 - [email protected]
Work Experience:
Apple, Inc. - Cupertino, CA
[ Nov 2014 - Present ]

Siri Network Engineer - Design, deploy, and operate very large-scale infrastructure supporting millions of users around the world and growing very rapidly

Quicken Loans - Detroit, MI
[ Jul 2013 - Nov 2014 ]

Network Engineer - Responsible for internet presence with enterprise campus and WAN in a highly agile environment

Member Driven Technologies - Warren, MI
[ Oct 2012 - Jul 2013 ]

Network Engineer - Manage a Cisco network in a regulated service provider environment

Greektown Casino-Hotel - Detroit, MI
[ Jun 2009 - Oct 2012 ]

Network Engineer - Manage a Cisco network, administer primarily a Windows and VMware ESX environment

Netlink - Madison Heights, MI
[ Jun 2007 - May 2009 ]

System Administrator - Manage the internal Windows infrastructure and provide support to small/medium business customers

CDI Information Services - Troy, MI
[ Nov 1998 - Jun 2007 ]

System Administrator (DaimlerChrysler) - Provide 24/7 second and third level support for the legacy Netware 5.1/6.5 infrastructure, migrate to an AD forest with Windows 2003 servers, and provide operational support for the new infrastructure

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) - Route & Switch
Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) - Route & Switch (Tshoot Pending)
Employee of the Month, August 2007
Five Bravo and six Spotlight Recognition awards from DaimlerChrysler ITM
Oakland Community College - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Oakland University - Rochester, MI
Professional Organizations:
ACM - Association for Computing Machinery
SIGCOMM - Special Interest Group on Data Communications
Skill Summary:
  • Switches/Routers: Broadcom ICOS, Cisco IOS, Cisco NXOS, Dell, HP, Netgear
  • Wireless: Cisco ISR Modules, WiSM, WLC 5508, WCS, and MSE
  • Monitoring: AirMagnet, Cacti, MRTG, Nagios, RANCID, SNMP, Solarwinds, What's Up Gold/Pro
  • Blade Systems: Cisco UCS, Dell M1000, IBM BladeCenter
  • HyperVisors: VMware ESX/i 5
  • Security: Cisco IronPort WSA, Cisco ASA 5500, FWSM, Cisco Secure ACS, Juniper SA VPN, MobileIron VSP/Sentry, Netscreen, Nessus, RSA SecurID Appliances, Snort
  • SANs: EMC Clariion CX3/4
  • Hardware: x86-based PCs, HP Proliant Servers, Dell PowerEdge Servers
  • Operating Systems: Linux, (CentOS, Debian/Ubuntu), Windows Desktops/Servers
  • Languages: HTML, PHP, Perl, Java, VB/VBS, Bash Scripting
  • Databases: MySQL, MS SQL Server
  • E-Mail: Exchange 2003/2007, ProofPoint, Symantec Brightmail Gateways, Zimbra
  • Cloud Services: Amazon AWS (VPC default, Route53, EBS, RDS, S3, and VPN), Microsoft Azure (topology, VPN)
  • Misc. Software: Apache, ISC-DHCP, OpenSSH, Samba
  • Self Study: CCNP, Network Security, 802.11
Independent Projects:
MPCon -
[ March 2004 - Nov 2014 ]

Coordinator and Infrastructure - MPCon has been an established LAN Party in south-eastern Michigan for 10 years. In that time, we have grown from a small gathering of QuakeWorld Team Fortress clan mates to the largest LAN party in Michigan, and one of the most sought after LAN parties in the Midwest - Our last event drew over 500 attendees.

  • Manage a dozen volunteers to plan, market, set up, operate, and tear down an event for 500 people over four days
  • Plan and coordinate with facilities for cooling, internet access, power, and tables
  • Configure and operate DHCP, DNS, internet access, intrusion detection, game servers, and LAN party management server
  • Monitor attendee check-ins, seating, security
  • Investigate power and network connectivity/performance issues
  • Resolve hacks, intrusions, and viruses on the MPCon network