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IT Consultant Wanted!


Provide clients with professional guidance and technical skills to allow them to leverage technology to improve their businesses profitability.  This position is responsible for the planning, design, implementation and operation of network systems to further client’s business goals in a manner that meets or exceeds client expectations.


  •   Design, implement and maintain operability of networking systems.
  •   Estimate and purchase equipment on client’s behalf.
  •   Tune systems and train client as necessary to achieve optimum operating performance.
  •   Troubleshoot technical hardware, software and user related issues.
  •   Identify potential areas of improvement within the client’s business.
  •   Maintain and grow client relationships.
  •   Follow-up on all Network Department services provided to ECC clients.
  •   Attain monthly billable targets and project goals.
  •   Submit all required forecast and associated reports accurately and timely.
  •   Maintain an in-depth knowledge of industry trends and technologies relating to communications and networking technologies.
  •   Keep clients informed of up-to-date technology.
  •   Locate new opportunities for ECC by visiting existing clients and obtaining new clients.
  •   Maintain orderly, clean, and attractive working areas (both on-site at ECC and at client locations).
  •   Present a professional, clean, well-groomed appearance.
  •   Perform all other duties as assigned.

 Supervisory &/or Lead Responsibilities

  •   Manage client accounts and projects.
  •   Coordinate peer level and junior level assistance as needed.


  •   Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or demonstrated capability through previous experience and education to perform job responsibilities.
  •   Four (4) years experience managing and maintaining IT systems.
  •   Two (2) years experience with Windows-based servers, and network systems.
  •   One (1) year help desk and bench work experience (preferred).


  •   Communicate technical information to clients in clear and concise layman’s (non-technical) terms using both verbal and written formats.
  •   Communicate responsively with clients, vendors, and fellow staff members using both verbal and written formats.
  •   Ability to represent the company in a highly professional manner.
  •   Ability to be flexible and adaptable to new ideas from fellow employees, management and clients.
  •   Strong sense of ownership and willingness to take responsibility and accountability with all client interactions.
  •   Anticipate and identify client needs.
  •   Project management to identify required tasks, prioritize, execute appropriately and follow through to completion.
  •   Provide professional quality of work by completing all projects in a thorough, timely and accurate manner, producing a finished result that is functional, lasting and aesthetically pleasing.
  •   Ability to negotiate with vendors, clients and   staff.
  •   Maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
  •   Ability to effectively manage time in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
  •   Strong designing, estimating, planning and scheduling skills.
  •   Extensive experience with Microsoft technologies:
    • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Server 2008, SBS 2008, 2012
    • Exchange 2003, 2007, 2010
    • Office 2007, 2010, 2013
    • Terminal Server, Remote Desktop
  •   Managed anti-virus/anti-malware solutions experience.
  •   Competence in SMB size backup solutions, both on premise and cloud.
  •   Advanced knowledge of remote access, VPN, LAN and WAN topologies, Active Directory, DNS, file sharing, print sharing, Internet access, e-mail.
  •   Experience with SonicWALL, CISCO
  •   Conceptual knowledge of database design, Web development, and Internet technologies.
  •   Basic math skills.


  •   Current and valid driver’s license.
  •   Microsoft certification (preferred).
  •   SonicWALL certification (preferred).
  •   CISCO certification (preferred).


  •   Sustain repetitive movement (motion) of wrists, hands and fingers.
  •   Lift and/or move up to 35 pounds on a frequent basis.
  •   Occasionally lift up to 115 pounds.
  •   Sit for extended periods of time.
  •   Talk as to express or exchange information and data by means of the spoken word.
  •   Hear detailed information through oral communication and to make discriminations in sound.
  •   Stoop and crawl in order to trouble shoot and install IT equipment.
  •   Specific vision abilities required including close vision and ability to differentiate colors (e.g. computer wires).
  •   Must have the ability to operate an automobile to call upon clients.


  •   High tech, professional office environment.
  •   Local car travel required.
  •   Present for core hours and responsive to occasional off hour client needs scheduled and unscheduled.


Interested candidates please complete a Job Application and submit along with a resume to

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iPhone Camera Roll Recovery

A friend passed along a recent experience in recovering his lost iPhone Camera Roll. I thought I would share it with you. If you think you may have lost all your pictures, this may give you some hope. Following is his email describing the situation:

“In my case, I was able to retrieve my Camera Roll, which was crucial, as I had video from my baby’s birth.

Also, every single contact came back, as well as all of my apps.  I did have to “Update All Apps”, as it restored the app, but the apps were all out of date for some reason.

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Not All Thieves Are Stupid!

I’m passing alond an email that was forwarded to me. I don’t claim to have written it. Research shows that it, or similar emails, have been going around since 2006; however, it is good common sense on simple steps to protect your technology from allowing someone to exploit you. (On a side note, I really appreciate that it was well written with nice format and grammar. Seems a lost art in forwarded emails.) 

Begin Forworded Text:

Not all thieves are stupid.

This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

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Erlach Computer Consulting Commits Two Year Contract in Pro Bono Services to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada

Reno, Nev. — May 7, 2012 — Erlach Computer Consulting has committed to provide a two year contract to Big Brothers Big Sisters – Northern Nevada for computer management and services pro bono. Erlach Computer Consulting (ECC) is investing the work and staff talent to the local non-profit to support the organization’s service to the community.

Following an initial project to overhaul Big Brothers Big Sisters’ IT infrastructure, ECC will provide ongoing support; equipping the organization with the latest IT management resources, optimizing performance and security, and providing unlimited support, troubleshooting and professional CIO guidance.

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Cloud Security Tips

The cloud has been around for a while and is really starting to take off! Here are some thoughts on security that may be useful and help you get your head around your security exposure.

Originally presented to the Washoe County Bar Association April 12, 2012.

End User Devices

This is where most data security issues originate. Individuals do not have the resources, patience, time and focus to assess and counter all the vectors for loss. This area is the greatest threat. At the same time it is the area you have the greatest control over. Review the following recommendations and see if they apply to you:

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