From Motors to Servers

10/11/2002

Paul Kearney is a consultant with KCP Computing Solutions, currently assigned to work with EDS on the U.S. State Department enterprise network management operation. He’s helping to roll over 475 domains at U.S. embassies worldwide running Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 and Active Directory, in an effort to centralize management services.

The current migration work masks a past that wasn’t wholly unrelated to IT: Paul served in the U.S. Army as a vehicle mechanic. “We did a lot of diagnosing and troubleshooting, which basically translates over to the IT field,” he explained. “Both fields require you to be very analytical.”

At the end of his stint in the Army, he made the career switch to IT because he “wanted to do something I liked doing,” he says, “versus what I had to do for 20 years.”

Listen as Paul outlines the particulars of the State Department’s massive migration project and explains why he believes Microsoft certification played a key role in his successful post-military career switch. Paul Kearney, Jr., MCSE, MCSA, MCP+I, is a systems engineer with Maryland-based consulting firm KCP Computing Solutions. Currently assigned to work with EDS on the U.S. State Department enterprise network management operation, he's helping to roll over 475 worldwide NT-based domains to Windows 2000 and Active Directory.


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