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Summary

I am curious person with passion for how technology can help people and businesses to work and live better. My specialty spans within end user computing and remote graphics, from Microsoft Remote Desktop services, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, Vmware Horizon, Nvidia GRID vGPU technology, Cloud, Azure, Intune and modern workspace management.
My customers hire me because I have expert knowledge about these technologies,and  because I work very close with them, trying understand what the challenges that they facing is, and working smart to get as much information available before designing a solution. I’m using tools and methods that allows me to base design decisions on facts but also on an understanding of how people are working and what the business goals are.
I’m involved in the process from market communication, pre-sales meeting, assessment projects, solution design, implementation and maintenance of the solution. I believe that automating some of these task helps on getting projects done in shorter time and with better accuracy, that’s why I’m both using tools anddevelop my own tools and scripts using visual studio and powershell to get my work done better. A lot of these tools and script I share for free on my personal blog.
I am used to work in teams and independent, as project leader and member. My communications skills are good both written and verbal Norwegian and English. I’m sharing my knowledge and learning from other experts by attending and speaking at conferences around the world.
I’ve been involved with building up Firstpoint as a consulting company from zero to what it is today.

Magnar has been working with Iot projects in his spare time that involves, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Service bus and analytics.

Work experience

Modern Workspace Architect

Amesto Firstpoint AS
Sep 2007Present

Magnar was one of the founders of the consulting company Firstpoint. 

Magnar worked with large companies in Oil, Gas and shipping industry, and was early adopter of image management solutions for VDI and XenApp soulutions, such as Citrix Provisioning Serives and Machine Creation Services. He was also implementing virtual XenApp and VDI workloads on XenServer, VMWare and Hyper-V.

In the last 5 years he has also helped many customers to implement graphics in XenApp and VDI solutions, starting with Quadro passthrough on XenServer to grid and vGPU implementations. 

Magnar hasworked with  methodology for assessing and sizing VDI environments for 3D virtualization using Lakeside Systrack, Citrix AppDNA and Login VSI. Magnar is also developing his own GPU assessment tools in Visual studio.

Magnar has also worked a lot with VDI and RDSH in public cloud like Amazon and Azure. He knows how to build and size these workloads in the cloud to provide the best cost vs performance balance.

He has migrated several customers from on-prem to public cloud.

Chief INFRASTRUCTURE OFFICER

SIXA INC
Aug 2016MarcH 2017

Magnar had a part time infrasrtucture advisor position for the Sixa Desktop as a Service in public Cloud and RivVR development, a solution for wireless Virtual Reality and cloud based Virtual Reality. 

Senior Consultant EUC

Umoe IKT
20042007

Magnar worked in a team that was helping customers in public and private sector to design and implement Citrix XenApp solutions. Magnar automated the installations from OS level to streamline application installation and settings. He had a lot of focus on user environment,and system center deployment, group policy, and Microsoft infrastructure.

IT Consultant

Bravida
20012004

Magnar was managing one of the largest XenApp (Metaframe) farms in Bergen, and was responsible for application packaging, testing og deployment. Magnar developed methodology for automated XenApp installations. He was also responsible for client deployment and application packaging for client machines using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Wise Installation Wizard. Windows 2000 and XP deployment.

IT Consultant / Trainee

Telenor
19992001

Magnar worked with client side deployments with automated installs of Windows and applications for Financial companies and schools. Magnar worked with server deployment based on Windows NT4 and Windows 2000. 

Education and Certifications

Citrix Certified Expert for Virtualization / Citrix Certified Integration Architect

20122018

Citrix Certified Administrator

20012018

Microsoft Certified System Engineer

19992000

High School -  Computer Electronics system technician

Askøy High School and Laksevåg High School
19961999

PERSONAL DETAILS

I'm married and live right outside Bergen in Norway with my wife and 3 children. My personal interests are technology, history, space, artificial intelligence, IoT.

Volunteer work children and adolescents, Movie and TV production.

Key Products and skills

Microsoft Windows and Windows Server, Active Directory, Group Policy, System Center,  Powershell, Visual Studio, Azure, Amazon, EMS and Intune, virtual Windows 10 and Office 365. Remote desktop services. Azure AD integration and conditional access.

Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer, Netscaler, Provisioning Server, Machine Creation Services, User profile manager,Workspace environment manager, Citrix Cloud, Citrix essentials.

Nvidia GRID and vGPU, SMSPasscode, Lakesidesoftware Systrack, FSLogix, Nutanix, HCI

Pre-Sales, Assessment, design, implemetation, troubleshooting, performance analytics and optimization, user experience.

Scripting, automation and development of tools using Visual Studio.

Blogging, book authoring and public speaking for BriForum, GeekOut365, Citrix Synergy, CItrix Usergroup, TeamRGE

Language

English and Norwegian