About Me

My name is Stacey Branham and I have over 18 years in the Information Technology industry as a Systems Administrator, and I specialize in Microsoft Enterprise Messaging.
My main focus is Microsoft Exchange and I also have extensive experience with Microsoft Lync/Skype For Business.
I hope my blog gives you some great information on Enterprise Messaging tips, tricks and fixes. Feel free to poke around and leave some comments so I can better help you! 


Exchange Server 2000/2003/2007/2010/2013/2016/Office 365

PowerShell (Scripting/Automation)

Active Directory 2000-2016

Lync 2010/2013/Skype For Business 2015/Online with Enterprise Voice/SIP Trunking

Kemp, F5, NetScaler Load Balancers

Quest, Lepide, BinaryTree Migration Suites

FIM (Forefront Identity Management) 2010/MIM (Microsoft Identity Management) 2016 DirSync

GroupWise, Pegasus/Mercury Mail, Lotus Notes

VMware, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Virtual Server/Hyper-V

Barracuda, IronPort, SpamTitan, SonicWall, Exchange Online Protection (EOP) antispam filters

TotemoMail, Barracuda, S/MIME Encryption

Dell EqualLogic, Xiotech Emprise, NetApp SAN appliances

SMS, MOM, SCCM, WSUS, SCOM, PRTG, SolarWinds, Nagios

Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES), MaaS 360, AirWatch MDM solutions

eVault, Symantec Backup Exec, CommVault, Microsoft DPM, Veeam backup solutions

McAfee Enterprise/ePolicy Orchestrator, Symantec Endpoint Protection, Microsoft Forefront/Defender and Kaspersky Total Space antivirus solutions.

Microsoft DHCP, DNS, RADIUS/NPS, VPN, Subnetting

Enterprise WAN/LAN/Wi-Fi (WAP)/Firewalls

Windows Server NT/2000/2003/2008/2012/2016

Windows 95/NT/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10


Lamparth Consulting (Schott Glass - North America)

Enterprise Messaging Architect (REMOTE)                                                                     05/2016-present 

- Plan, design, install and manage Greenfield Exchange 2016 in a Resource Forest using MIM 2016    for Identity Management/DirSync, according to ITAR/DFARS regulations.

- Lead Lotus Notes to Exchange migration using Dell/Quest migration tools.

- Install and manage Skype4B Enterprise Voice environment.

- Supervise and train Junior Network Administrators.

- Design and configure O365 consisting of Exchange Online and Skype For Business with Cloud PBX  for other contract client.

Harris Computer Systems 

Enterprise Messaging Administrator (REMOTE)                                                             03/2014-05/2016

- Design, build and administer Exchange 2007/2010/2013 environment of 5,000+ mailboxes.

- Lead cross-forest Exchange migrations and upgrades for 50 business units.

- Lead migrations of new acquisitions to corporate Exchange environment.

- Manage OCS 2007/Lync 2010/2013/Skype for Business Enterprise Voice environment.

- Supervise and train Junior Network Administrators.

EDG Inc. 

Senior Network Administrator                                                                                             01/2013-10/2013

- Build and administer multi-site Exchange 2010 environment with active/active Stretched DAG.

- Install and Manage multi-site Lync 2010/2013 Environment.

- Manage over 70 Servers and LAN Infrastructure of over 700 workstations.

- Supervise and train Junior Network Administrators.

Geocent (City of New Orleans Engagement) 

Infrastructure Consultant                                                                                                      08/2012-01/2013

- Design and build Exchange 2010/Office 365 Hybrid Environment.

- Lead migration of over 8,000 mailboxes from Exchange 2003 to 2010 and Office 365 Hybrid.

- Manage Exchange 2010 and Office 365 Hybrid Organization.

- Administer Lync 2010 Online and Lync 2013 on-premises environment.

- Provide Presales Services and Planning to other government agency clients.

- Supervise and train Junior Admins and help desk staff.

- Design and set up SCCM 2007 to 2010 upgrade.

- VMware ESX and HP SAN administration.

Texas A&M University Computing & Info Services 

Senior Systems Administrator                                                                                               07/2010-8/2012

- Design and administer multi-domain Active Directory infrastructure consisting of over 30,000 users and Exchange 2010 organization consisting of over 10,000 mailboxes.

- Administer over 800 servers on an Enterprise Virtual Machine/SAN organization using Xiotech Emprise 7000's and Citrix XenCenter.

- Facilitate migration of hosts and VM’s from XenCenter to VMware ESX.

- Design and maintain 8-node SQL 2008 R2 multi-site clusters.

Texas A&M University Student Counseling Service 

Microcomputer/LAN Administrator                                                                                   03/2006-07/2010

- Design and build Exchange 2003 and Active Directory 2003 organization.

- Migrate Pegasus Mail/Mercury Mail transport to Exchange 2003 Clustered Environment.

- Administer Departmental LAN including 32 servers, 93 workstations, 9 lab terminals, and 4 workgroup printers.

- Provide technical support for counseling software applications, including end-user support.

- Responsible for departmental IT budget, drafting operating procedures, procurement, maintaining inventories, and deploying equipment.

Texas A&M University Physical Plant 

Microcomputer Specialist                                                                                                    08/2005-03/2006

- Administer GroupWise environment of over 800 mailboxes.

- Maintain and manage the Physical Plant information systems consisting of over 700 workstations.

- Supervise, manage and train student worker technicians.

- Provide systems analysis and support of data management and applications within the department.

John Womack & Co. P.C. 

Network Administrator                                                                                                        09/2002-09/2005

- Design and setup network of four Windows 2003 Servers, Exchange 5.5/2000 and a Linux Red Hat file server/firewall with 37 workstations using Microsoft Active Directory.

- Successfully integrated Gigabit networking into LAN achieving an effective throughput of 700Mbps.

- Install, configure and secure wireless networking for traveling auditors.

- Contract consulting for surrounding area City Governments and Public School systems involving migrations, server upgrades, and break/fix support.


Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business                                               

Texas A&M University-Kingsville 


A+                                                                                                                                    06/2003
Network+                                                                                                                         09/2005