About Me

My name is Nikolay Nikolov and this is my portfolio web page. The main goal of the page is to introduce myself and provide a summary of my IT experience, achievements and technical certificates.

Having more than ten years of experience in IT, I have been working with variety of technologies and IT infrastructures in the past. During the last six years I am working mostly with VMware Virtualization Solutions for data-centers, virtual desktops and cloud infrastructures, which includes designing, implementing and administering. I have solid working experience as IT Engineer with vSphere 4/5/6, Horizon View 4/5/6/7vCAC/vRA 6/7.

Providing professional level of services for all of my customers has always been my main goal. Equipped with a desire to complete all my tasks in a professional and a timely manner make me a good candidate for every project.

Taking design decisions, doing deep troubleshooting of problems and proposing new solutions for resolving old problems have always been part of my goals and my everyday activities.

I also hold Master Degree in Computer Systems and Networking obtained at University of Ruse (Bulgaria) and Växjö University (Sweden), which prove my good theoretical IT background in variety aspects of technologies.

Bellow you can find more details about my work experience and education.

Work Experience

05.2015 to Now

VDI Engineer at MSD IT Global Innovation Center                    web page:http://www.merck.com

Main activities and responsibilities:

  • Design and implement Horizon View 5.x and 6.x VDI solutions for provisioning and brokering corporate virtual desktops.
  • Design and implement of Automation solution for provisioning, managing and self-servicing for virtual desktops based on VMware vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator.

 

11.2012 to 05.2015

VMware Engineer at IBM GDC, Brno, Czech Republic                web page:  http://www.ibm.com

Main activities and responsibilities:

  • Design, Implement and Support Virtual Infrastructures (VMware vSphere 4.x/5.x) hosting corporate virtual servers and virtual desktops.
  • Incident, problem and change management.
  • VMware vCenter installation, configuration and patching. ESX/ESXi host installation, support & troubleshooting.
  • Patch management, backup & restore support; Asset evidence & software license support.
  • P2V, V2V Migrations, virtualizations projects involvement.
  • Extended direct communication with the customer.
  • Acting as a virtualization Subject Matter Expert (SME) for one of the biggest customers.
  • Support and update HP and IBM server hardware. Open and manage multiply vendor incident tickets.

 

10.2010 to 10.2012

System Administrator at University of Ruse, Bulgaria                    web page: http://www.uni-ruse.com

Main activities and responsibilities:

  • Design, Implement and Support Virtual Infrastructures (VMware vSphere 4.x/5.x).
  • Apply environment updates and patches on the vSphere and all other Windows Servers.
  •  Planning and Performing hardware upgrades and BIOS updates on several servers.
  • Preparing and Deploying workstation images (Windows XP Pro x86 and Windows 7 Pro x64).
  • Administering several Windows 2003/2008 servers (WSUS, File Servers, MDT, WINS, RDS).
  • Administering Symantec Antivirus Servers (Symantec Antivirus and Symantec Endpoint Protection).
  • Preparing  and deploying system for providing network services to university’s hostels (Cisco, D-Link, Mikrotik, Radius Servers, Billing system).
  • Installing and Configuring SANs (Fujitsu DX80 and Celvin Q800, FreeNAS, OpenFiler) with iSCSI and NFS protocols.

 

08.2009 to 08.2010

IT specialist at EGGED-Ruse Co., Bulgaria                                 web page: http://www.egged-ruse.com

Main activities and responsibilities:

Administering the Corporate IT equipment (Computers (HP) and Peripheral Devices); Supporting and expanding the Corporate Network (Switches and Routers); Administering Windows 2003 server (Application and File server)

 

05.2005 to 11.2006

IT specialist at Data-Syst Ltd., Bulgaria                                        web page: http://www.lan1.org

Main activities and responsibilities:

Physical expanding the ISP network (L2), Configuring and installing SOHO routers and switches, fixing client’s hardware and software problems, network monitoring; Installing external Wireless APs and Internal cabling systems.

 

03.2004 to 03.2005

IT specialist at Acvilon ISP., Bulgaria

Main activities and responsibilities:

Physical expanding the ISP network (L2), Configuring and installing SOHO routers and switches, fixing client’s hardware and software problems, network monitoring.

Education

2009 – 2010

Master of Engineering in Computer Systems and Networks, University of Ruse, Bulgaria

Occupational skills covered: Network Infrastructure Administration, Routing Protocols, Distributed Systems, Enterprise Networks, and Distributed Databases.

03.2010 to 08.2010

Master of Science in Information Technologies, Linnaeus University, Sweden (Erasmus Program)

Occupational skills covered: Computer Networks- administration, Degree Project at Master level (Topic: Designing Corporate network (Security Aspects))

2003–2009

Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Systems, University of Ruse, Bulgaria

Occupational skills covered: WEB Design, Computer Organization, Software Engineering, Computer Peripherals, Databases, Computer Architectures, Computer Networks, Operating Systems, and Local Area Networks.

1998–2003

Electrical and Electronics professional high school, Secondary Vocational School of Electronics, Bulgaria

Occupational skills covered: Electronics technics, Materials in Electronics, Application Software and Programming.

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Desktop

Date: 3 April 2015 @ Brno, Czech Republic

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Desktop – EXAM PASSED!

Having the advanced level certificates for desktop administration and design on VMware Horizon View 5, I have learned Horizon Mirage and Horizon Workspace and I decided to go and update my VCP certificate from VCP5-DT to VCP6-DTM. And here is the result:

VCP6-DT

VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop Administration

Date: 2 December 2014 @ Vienna, Austria

After almost 4 hours of installation, configuration and troubleshooting of Horizon View 5.x based lab environment, I’ve passed the VCAP-DTA exam, which is my fourth VCAP certification.

VCAP-DTA

VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop Design

Date: 23 September 2014 @ Vienna, Austria

One of the most exhausting exams I have ever sat for! Four hours of drawing designs by different requirements, constrains, assumptions and risks combined with 100+ pretty big questions, this is what the exam looks like. I was really very satisfied from my knowledge and the result from the exam.

VCAP-DTD

VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design

Date: 2 April 2014 @ Vienna, Austria

One of the hardest exam ever! Full four hours of reading, answering, drawing datacetner virtualization questions. I am glad that I’ve passed it and now I am ready for a VCDX.

VCAP-DCD

VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration

Date: 5 September 2013 @ Vienna, Austria

My first jump on the Advanced level of certification provided by VMware. Lab based exams are one of my favorite, because you can really show what you can and what you can not. After each exam I learn something new. I’m glad that I have pass it from the first time.

VCAP-DCA

VMware Certified Professional Level Certificates

My first obtained VCP level certificates. Old, but still valid.

VCP-DCVVCP-DTVCP-Cloud