About Me

Currently a Linux Systems Administrator for Alion Sciences and Technology, a contractor for the Department of Defense. In addition, I am current Cyber Security student at Old Dominion University. Special interests include Linux Administration, Windows Administration, VMWare vSphere environments, and clustering technologies. The security of my environment is also important, so I am also familiar with best practice configurations of firewalls, Access Control Lists, and standard security-related policies.

Contact Details

Ryan Knauer
Norfolk, Virginia, US
(757) 756 - 4433


Alion Science and Technology

Linux Systems Administrator (Secret/SCI) October 2018 - Present

Current job assignment. In this position I manage a large number of RedHat 5,6, and 7 servers on a DoD contract. Infrastructure management involves Satellite 6, Puppet, and Ansible. Duties include providing patching for *nix-based systems on a tight schedule, and maintain the uptime of systems for the company's developers.

Systems Group

Systems Engineer (Info Tech Specialst II) July 2017 - October 2018

In this position is where my Linux Administration abilities were put to work. Day-to-day activities included maintaining HPC Clusters (including GPU resources) as well as managing additional Linux resources (web servers, databases, storage servers) and Linux-based desktops. Config Management for Linux is based around Puppet and SaltStack. vSphere management was also continued in this position. This role also included direct supervision of between 8 and 12 Tier-2 and Tier-1 helpdesk employees, along with scheduling and timesheet approval.

Systems Engineer (Info Tech Special I) March 2015 - July 2017

This job included mainly Windows Administration including Active Directory, SCCM, Exchange 2013, and most modern Windows Client Operating Systems. During this time, all pre-2012R2 server operating systems were phased out and/or upgraded to 2012R2. I also headed a migration to vSphere vCenter from Hyper-V and SVMM during this time when the department was out-growing it Hyper-V for it's virtualization needs. This role also included direct supervision of between 8 and 12 Tier-2 and Tier-1 helpdesk employees.

Systems Group Student Worker & Junior Systems Admin Fab 2014 - March 2015

This was the entry level job with the Systems Group that begun advancing my Systems Administration career. Duties included basic helpdesk, building computing labs and faculty offices. In addition to helpdesk duties, I was scheduled with doing learning projects centered around critical software and concepts required for effective work in IT. These projects, along with the mentoring of the upper-level Systems Engineers, I learned a broad spectrum of technologies spanning from Windows, Linux, Networking, Security, Databases, and Virtualization.


Old Dominion University

Prospective Bachelors in Cyber Security Spring 2018

Current educational institution. Class curriculum includes a majority of programming in a variety of languages including C and its variables, Java, Perl, Python, and multiple *nix shells. In addition, I will be learning Database Administration, Unix Administration, networking technologies, and computer architecture. ODU is also home the Computer Science's Systems Group, which provides a high-tech environment to it's CS students, that the rest of the University was not capable of providing.

Kempsville Highschool

General Education Spring 2012

Your standard highschool education, which is where my love for all things geek started.


Below is my self-evaluation on a scale from just beginning to learn, all the way up to confidence in my ability to run an environment without 3rd person help. Each of these skill sets are things that I have had personal, past experience in be it through a learning project, homelab, or production environment.

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • VMWare vSphere
  • Networking
  • Powershell
  • Python

Client Testimonials

  • This guy is incredibly dope.

    Literally Everyone
  • Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.

    Thomas Edison
  • It’s supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button.

    John Brunner