About & Contact

Hi, my name is Tom and I’m a technologist. I think that means that I’m not an IT Pro, not a Dev, but someone who works with all kinds of technologies without worrying about the title. When I started this blog, though, I was a systems administrator and that’s where the name Working Sysadmin comes from.

I like blogging about stuff I figure out or use at work. I’ve positioned this blog as learnings and tales from a real person and so some posts might not be perfect solutions, especially considering that your environment is probably different from mine. The content posted on this site might be a result from things I’ve done at my job but all content, thoughts and opinions on this website are my own and are not necessarily shared by my employer. I maintain this blog on my own time.

There are a couple goals for this blog: 1. Have a place for me to put complex stuff I’ve figured out so I (and others) can refer to it later, 2. Make a resource of tips that might help other people. Most of what you’ll see on this blog will be Microsoft-related because I like Microsoft stuff and that’s mostly what I do professionally. I like lots of other products too but I don’t always work with them much. I don’t like fan-boy-ism. I like using “the right tool for the job” and what makes a tool the right one can vary dramatically depending on your needs.

Here is a formal bio:

Thomas Rayner is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. Thomas was awarded the prestigious title of Honorary Scripting Guy by Ed “The Scripting Guy” Wilson in 2016. His background is in Cloud and Datacenter Management, specializing in DevOps, systems and process automation, public, private and hybrid could, and PowerShell. Thomas is a prominent international speaker, best-selling author, and instructor covering a vast array of IT topics. Thomas is very active within the technical community and a variety of Microsoft technical and strategic teams. He is the former President of the Edmonton Microsoft User Group.

Thomas graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) three times; for a diploma in Network Engineering Technology (NET), a Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology majoring in Network Management (BAIST), and a Bachelor of Technology majoring in Technology Management (BTech), achieving honors with distinction in all three. Thomas remains actively connected to NAIT as a part-time instructor, and as a member of the Industry Advisory Committee for the BAIST program which he has chaired since 2014.

By day, Thomas works for PCL Constructors on their DevOps and Automation team. Thomas enjoys working with a wide variety of different products and technologies, particularly emerging and disruptive technologies and automation-related products. His position with PCL affords him the luxury of facing interesting challenges every day.

Other than commenting on the posts on this blog, there are a few different ways to contact me. I’m available by email at ThmsRynr@outlook.com, on Twitter at @MrThomasRayner, and on LinkedIn at http://ca.linkedin.com/in/thomasrayner/. Please reach out to me on any or all of these platforms. I love getting feedback on my posts, hearing about how they work for you (or don’t), ideas you have, or posts you’d like to see me write about. I’m also open to putting up guest articles in some situations.

Since April, 2015, I’m proud to be a Microsoft MVP.