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Staff Profile Tony Grady, System Specialist

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

When I first came to work at KU more than 22 years ago, I produced graphs and graphics using a Hewlett Packard (HP) PC that had dual 3.5 floppy disk drives (no hard disk drive), a small monochrome touch screen monitor and a six-pen plotter. Desktop computers were just becoming popular around this time. Eventually computer systems became more prominent in the workplace allowing me to get hands-on experience working with and repairing them. As the years passed, I became responsible for supporting computer and network systems at Parsons.

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Tony Grady

Currently I maintain, support, secure, review, recommend, update and renew all aspects of the following: database servers, web servers, resource reservation web application, centralized back-up server, file servers, software update servers, authentication servers, server room, desktop and laptop computer systems, software applications, virtual machine software appliances, workgroup printers, local area networks, wide area network, wireless local area networks, multimedia conference rooms, large format printers, scanning devices, and software media storages.

I maintain a working knowledge of IP addresses, IP ports, network cables, network cards, network login IDs, computer hostnames, command line shells, operating systems, file managers, applications and devices attached to network for Life Span Institute at Parsons to maintain Technical Liaison certification with University of Kansas Information Technology Security Office.

I maintain a working knowledge and provide support for University of Kansas centralized authentication, email, list server, network, web services and annual risk evaluation process by attending training sessions, web conferences, reviewing policies and working with University of Kansas Information Technology staff and Information Technology Security staff.

In my spare time at work, I provide assistance for set-up and configuration of KU central services and cellular phones for staff, assist in printing, finishing and laminating large format documents such as posters and converting obsolete data and video media to digital formats.

I have a lovely wife, Cecil and two very bright and active sons, Newton and Noah. Cecil works at Dwayne's Photo troubleshooting and maintaining photo processing systems. Newton is in 6th grade at Meadowview grade school, and he spends most of his time completing homework and playing Pokemon. Noah is in 2nd grade at Meadowview grade school, and he spends the majority of his time playing football and catching crawdads.

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