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Systems / Networking Administration / Engineering (M.C.S.E)

Experienced in the following technologies

Wintel Server Engineer

Windows Server 2003

Active Directory

MS Exchange 2003 / 2007

Internet Information Server

SQL Server

Windows XP/Vista

MS Office 2003 /2007

Citrix Metaframe Server XP

Corporate Anti-virus Solutions (Symantec, Trend)

Career Highlights

·     Promoted to Systems Administrator of a large manufacturing organization

·Starting my own I.C.T. consulting business.

o      Awarded a contract by Coates Brothers PTY Ltd over several larger service providers.

Work experience

Jan 2005Dec 2009


C-Dew Systems

I.C.T. Consulting

Hardware / Software Sales and Support

After resigning from Coates Brothers I was requested to supply my services back to them on a contract basis after several larger service providers were unable to provide the level of support and expertise that I could.

I resigned from my contract and closed down this company in order to immigrate to the UK

Mar 1999Jan 2005

Systems Administrator

Coates Brothers (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd

Systems Administrator: March 1999- January 2005

I joined Coates Brothers early in the year of 1999 as the Network Administrator and was immediately tasked with assuring the Y2K compliance of the company. My duties included:

  • Country wide administration of the Coates Brothers networking infrastructure.
  • User rights and security administration
  • Exchange Server Administration and support
  • End user Hardware and Software Maintenance and Support
  • Troubleshooting and analysing system failer
  • Hardware Asset Tagging and Tracking
  • Data loss prevention and correction
  • Corporate Anti-virus prevention and correction
  • LAN, WAN and all Hardware networking infrastructure maintenance and support

Promoted to Systems Administrator in January 2003

After Coates Brothers was acquired by Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments I was promoted to Systems Administrator in charge of their Enterprise Resource Planning Systems. My duties included all enterprise server administration, maintenance and support including

  • All pevious duties and the following
  • Database Administration and Maintenance. (MS SQL)
  • Citrix Server Administration (Windows MetaFrame XP)
  • SAN Administration And Maintenance
  • Data and Statistical analysis and reporting.
  • Maintain and update system Documentation
Sep 1995Feb 1999

Workshop Manager

Ultra Technologies

Workshop Manager:  January 1998 - February 1999

After being promoted to Workshop Manager I was responsible for a small team of technicians. The main focus of this team was assembly of new computer systems, repairing faulty systems, onsite computer and network installations including LAN and WAN infrastructure.

Senior Technician:    July 1996 - January 1998

My Duties as senior technician were as follows.

  • Building & testing of new Computer Systems
  • Repairing Monitors
  • Networking
  • Repairing Computer Systems
  • Onsite Network installations and Maintenance

Junior Technician:    September 1995 - July 1996

I was employed by Ultra Technologies as a junior technician because knowledge of computer systems and electronics, having come from a technical high school.

My duties included the following.

  • Building & testing of new Computers Systems
  • Repairing Monitors


Network Administration
  As a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer I have been doing enterprise wide Network Administration since 1999. My employment at Coates Brothers was to administer and maintain their networking infrastructure country wide.  
System/Database Administration
  At the beginning of 2003 the all new Enterprise Resource Planning system was commissioned for Coates Brothers. My roll as systems administrator for the new environment involved having an extensive knowledge of Database administration and client/server computing systems. Part of this was to duplicate the entire environment including database server, applications server, file and print server, citrix and application servers for the sole use of a test environment.  


Jan 1999Present

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Jun 1998Jun 1998

Microsoft Certified Professional



Gerrie Odendaal

Dear Sir or Madam

RE: Chris Eksteen Reference

Coates Brothers (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global inks and pigments manufacturing group Sun Chemical. This letter is to confirm that Chris Eksteen was employed at Coates Brothers (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd as a Network, Systems and Database Administrator from 1 March 1999 to 21 January 2005. He later again provided services to the company as an independent contractor after he opened up his own small IT services company (November 2007 to April 2009). The fact that we awarded the support contract to Chris's upstart company over several large service providers bares testament to the high regard we have for his non nonsense approach to his work, his reliability under pressure, his skill set and ability to learn, as well as his ability to interact constructively with people across all levels of an organization to resolve problems. I believe without reserve that Chris will be an asset to any company that chooses to employ him in any form of technical support, administration, or consulting role. Please fell free to contact me at any time if you require any further information regarding this matter.