Cinderblock.tech, a site by Austin Barnes

About Austin Barnes and Cinderblock.tech

Welcome to Cinderblock.tech! My name is Austin Barnes, and this website is my personal side project where I share a variety of content. I’m a tech enthusiast with a passion for exploring different aspects of technology. In my professional life, I work as an Infrastructure Engineer at Battelle. Prior to that, I gained experience as a Linux Support for Pennsylvania College of Technology and as a Network Technician for Jersey Shore Area School District. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Network Administration and Engineering from Pennsylvania College of Technology.


In the realm of Information Technology, I have a wide range of interests and expertise:

  • IaaS with the Terraform platform: I enjoy working with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) using the Terraform platform.
  • Networking: Networking is a particular area of interest for me, and I am well-versed in various aspects such as network automation, homelab networking, and cloud networking.
  • Cloud Technologies: I have hands-on experience with cloud platforms like AWS and Azure, and I enjoy exploring different cloud services and functionalities.
  • Homelab: I maintain a homelab powered by Proxmox and actively experiment with various technologies, including Kubernetes.
  • Web Development: I have experience building websites using platforms like Wordpress and Hugo.
  • Kubernetes: I am fascinated by Kubernetes and have worked with K3s and Rancher.

Outside of Tech

Beyond my tech interests, I enjoy engaging in various activities:

  • Drones & Photography: I have a passion for drones and enjoy capturing moments through photography.
  • Snowboarding: I love hitting the slopes and indulging in snowboarding whenever I get the chance.
  • Hiking: Exploring nature through hiking is one of my favorite ways to unwind.
  • Hunting/Fishing: I appreciate the outdoors and enjoy hunting and fishing as hobbies.

Education Background

My educational journey has equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills:

  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • Bachelor of Science - Network Administration and Engineering
    • Associate of Applied Science - Network and User Support


I have achieved the following certifications:

  • Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Currently pursuing Terraform certification.

Professional Experience

Throughout my career, I have gained valuable experience in various roles:

  • Battelle

    • Full-Time Contractor Infrastructure Engineer | January 2023 - Present
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology

    • Full-Time Linux Support | September 2022 - January 2023
  • Jersey Shore Area School District

    • Full-Time Network Technician | June 2022 - September 2022
    • Part-Time Network Technician | June 2020 - May 2022
    • Information Technology Intern | August 2018 - May 2020
  • Nuweld Inc

    • Contract Technician | March 2020 - April 2020

Professional Projects

Over the course of my career, I have worked on various professional projects, including:

  • Imaging System using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit with Windows Deployment Services

    • Automation of driver injection, software deployment, updates, and Windows environment setup
    • Creation of custom-crafted .wim images
  • SSTP VPN Setup with Radius & Authentication

    • Certification and user-based authentication using NPS (Network Policy Server)
  • Zabbix Network Monitoring Implementation

    • Monitoring networking devices with SNMPv3
    • Monitoring Windows and Linux servers with secure PSK authentication
    • Configuring notification alerts
  • Camera Monitoring System

    • Setting up and implementing Verkada Camera access
    • Configuring network requirements
  • NPS Authentication with Networking Equipment

    • User-based authentication on networking equipment based on role in Active Directory
  • Migration to Intune MDM system for Windows Devices

    • Policy setup for staff and students
    • Software deployment
  • And more…

Feel free to explore some of my projects on my Projects page and also on GitHub.

Thank you for visiting Cinderblook.com!

Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Last updated on Jun 23, 2023 00:00 UTC
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